Easy Peasy Alfredo Sauce

This is an amazing alfredo sauce, and it is so EASY to make! I had no idea it could be so easy. Pasta is a great way to feed a family economically. There are decent jarred Alfredo sauces out there, but nothing compares to one made from scratch. I have tried numerous recipes, and I eventually … [Read more...]

21 Lifestyle Hacks to Save You Time and Stress

Life can be crazy, can’t it? In fact, it seems like life is crazy much of the time, at least in my world. This is why every little thing we can do to make life just a bit easier makes things SO much easier. I love picking up little tips and tricks. Anything that allows me to multiply my time and … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Saving Tons on Groceries (I spend $350 a month!)

If you’ve poked around here on the blog for any length of time, you’ve most likely discovered that I’ve written a thing or two about saving money, living frugally, and spending smart. I’ve got some amazingly popular posts about how I feed my family for $250 a month. There is also the updated post … [Read more...]

12 Minute Bathroom Cleaning Plan From a Busy Mom of 8

Do you overlook the bathroom as a place that you can multi-task when it comes to cleaning? Did you know that there are things you can do to make your bathroom cleaning duties easier? In fact, you can give the bathroom a good cleaning in as little as 12 minutes a week! Multi-tasking is not just for … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Diffuse a Toddler Meltdown Without Having Your Own!

Have you ever experienced a toddler meltdown? I know I haven't ;) Actually, my boys have been notorious for having a meltdown or two. Of course, they always seem to happen when I am most exhausted as a mom. Just one of the many ways that my kids seem to know how to push my buttons. There may be … [Read more...]

Creamy Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup Using Leftover Potatoes!

In case you aren’t aware, I am the person who feeds my family of 8 for $250. Ever since I wrote that post, it has been wildly popular. Actually, these days I am feeding my family of 10 for $350 these days. One of the ways I do this is by making sure that no food goes to waste, even when it comes to … [Read more...]

What’s Your Spending Language?

You may have heard about love languages, but have you ever heard of spending languages? Maybe not because as far as I know, I came up with this idea all on my own. What is a spending language? A spending language is simply the rationale behind why you spend the money you spend. It is highly … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Your Kids to be Tidy: Tips From a Mom of 8

If your home is like mine, it can be a never-ending battle to get your kids to pick up after themselves at times. In my case, my older kids are even worse at it than the little ones. Perhaps it has something to do with that teen attitude, but I try to keep the younger ones on task even if the older … [Read more...]

I Couldn’t Afford Elite Blog Academy Either

Are you a blogger or someone who wants to start a blog? Have you been so wanting to join Elite Blog Academy but struggle with the price tag? I’m not ashamed to say that I couldn’t afford it either. That's right, I couldn't afford Elite Blog Academy either. (this post may contain affiliate links. … [Read more...]

February Blogging Income Report $4,714.41

February was a quieter month for me. It was fairly routine, and it is a time when things are generally a little slower. I found this to be true for me as well. Keep reading, and you'll find my blogging income report for February as well as the things that make that income possible. (this … [Read more...]

For Those Days When Your Heart is Hurting

I was having a good day, a great day in fact with no warning of the stabbing yet familiar pain I would feel in my heart.  It was a picture on Facebook that triggered it. A smiling loved one having fun. Something that would normally make me happy made me so very sad in that moment. Without … [Read more...]

The Day I Decided I Was So Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

In early 2015, I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was burnt out, exhausted, and really just wanted a vacation. I am stuck in Michigan, and I hate winter. We have a large family, and we had always had a tight budget. We have always been able to make ends meet, but there had been … [Read more...]

Smart Ways to Maximize Your Tax Refund

We are in the midst of the busy tax season. I have a love/hate relationship with tax season, but it is a season that can’t be avoided. Even if I am expecting a tax refund, this time of year still drives me crazy. Can you relate? Ideally, you won’t be getting much of a return. I say this because I … [Read more...]

Traveling With Kids? These 10 Things Can Make it Easier!!!

I had a reader, Emily, write in and ask for some tips on traveling with kids in light of the upcoming spring break season. It is a great question that I thought maybe others are looking for some tips on, too. While we don't travel a ton, we do go someplace out of town usually once a year, and … [Read more...]

25 Household Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

We all have those dreaded tasks that we just seem to procrastinate on, and then there are those mundane jobs that we would rather avoid, but there are ways to be more efficient in both the everyday tasks and in the every once in awhile jobs. Some of these ideas will save you in a pinch while others … [Read more...]