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    One Year of Being Vegan

    We have been vegan for a full year now. It’s kind of crazy to say “We haven’t eaten meat in a WHOLE year!”. We don’t think of our diet as specifically not eating meat: we look at it as getting healthier.     If you would have asked me one year ago how I felt in general, I would say “meh” at best. If you asked me if I loved to cook, I would say that it grossed me out and that I was tired of food. If you asked those same questions today? I would say “much better!!!” and “I love cooking!”. (I was never a fan of cooking…

  • Mom Life,  Organization

    Make Sunday Your Best Day

    Make Sunday the platform for the rest of your week. You should be able to go to bed knowing that the rest of the week will be a breeze. Since my work schedule changed from 10am-7pm to 7am-3pm, I have had to make a lot of changes to my daily routine. No longer could I wake up at 8am and have a thorough amount of time to get ready. Many friends and family know that I am not a morning person (nor did I think I ever would be). Being productive before 7am was a joke. Literally. I would joke with my husband that I didn’t think there was oxygen…

  • saving money

    Making Your Food Dollars Stretch

      I felt like we were falling into a money hole when we first got married. Suddenly everything seemed so expensive ALL THE TIME. We couldn’t get out of the grocery store for less than $80 and for the two of us to eat out was at least $40. That $80 was at Wal-Mart and that $40 was a restaurant the quality of On the Border – nothing was super fancy.  When we started to look scrupulously at our budget, it became very clear that a lot of our dollars were going to food.  We had to change what we were doing. Coupons helped a lot with that and becoming more conscious…

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    7 Apps to Save You Money

    Really, who doesn’t like savings money?!? If you don’t, we need to have a little chat. I have been couponing to saving money over the past two years, and in those TWO years so many rebate apps have popped up! It’s crazy what you can earn in rebates by just submitting your receipts. These are the seven apps that I use on a regular basis: Cartwheel – This Target app saves you on the products that you already buy at the store. You just add the discount for that item to you list and they scan your phone at check out. The best thing is not only that you save…

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    8 Tips to Save Money on Groceries

    Our grocery budget seemed like it was getting out of control when we went vegan. It spiked from just $200 to almost $400. That’s when I pulled a couple of tricks I learned from my mother out of our money saving bag. Here are 8 tips to help save you money! Check your pantry. This should always be step one before you go shopping. You have no idea what could be lurking back there. It could be a gem or it could be rotten! We make sure that all of our canned food get rotated so that the earliest to expire is in the front.You also get to see what you use…

  • travel

    Packing for a Cruise (and being comfortable)

    I love packing for vacations. But, let me tell ya, I LOVE cruises. We just went on our first one and have another booked for the end of the year. I was super afraid of over packing and having to lug two huge suitcases all over the boat (which didn’t ever happen – just make sure you tip them if they carry their luggage for you) or under packing and having nothing that I wanted to wear. For my husband and I, it took 1 large suitcase and 1 medium suitcase for all of our items. Here is a quick list of all them items I packed (look how cute our pillow…

  • budgeting,  saving money

    How We Began to Slash Our Budget

    I am very lucky to have married a frugal man that knows how to save money. We met in 2010 when we were just 19 years old and no clue on how to budget! We went through college together and he got to see all my bad spending habits!! Which, I am very glad that he did because I had a BIG spending problem that I tried to hide. I was fortunate enough that my parents were able to help me financially through college. I know that isn’t the case for most. I was very blessed. And I still am! Without the help of my parents, I would have worked a…

  • saving money

    Saving Money on Spices

    It’s that time of year again – start cracking open those cookbooks and dusting off those pans! This is the one time of the year that I cook twice as much as I normally do. This is also the first year that we are hosting Thanksgiving at our new(ish) house. I am very excited to cook all our family a great Thanksgiving dinner! but I am little concerned about some of the recipes that we will be making. And let me tell ya, buying those weird ingredients that you only use once or twice a year can really add up. So, let me save you some money. All my spices…

  • wedding

    DIY Wedding Card Box

         Guess what. I’m going to save all of you brides-to-be about fifty bucks. Yeah, that’s right. Being crafty can save you so much money for your wedding! Trust me. Over the next month or so as my anniversary nears, I’m going to be posting all of the fantastic ideas and decorations I made and the money saving tips I’ve compiled.       When my wedding planner asked me about where I wanted all of the gifts to go, I knew right away where I wanted the table to be. But then she asked me about a card box. I’m fairly sure my reaction was “like the Valentine’s Day…

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    DIY Framed Initial

    I love my mom. And she is the perfect person to test out my crafting abilities on. Her birthday was also coming up so it was another excuse to make this!  I gathered my supplies: wooden letter, frame, and accent pieces as well as some new paint. You will also need a poster board of sorts, a paint brush, and hot glue. First I painted the frame, letter and little accent pieces and let them dry. Warning! Craft wood is super absorbent and it took me three coats of paint for  each piece. I then cut and painted the poster/foam board to fit the frame and where none showed in…