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In my quest to come up with some good activities for my almost two year old, I came across an idea from Play, Create, Explore. This activity was easy to prepare and my little guy loved it. It kept him occupied for about 25 minutes, which is house in toddler time. So, what I did was save egg shells from breakfast (we had omelets). I boiled the egg shells and cleaned out the insides afterwords. I’m not sure if boiling was actually necessary, but I figured it couldn’t hurt. I put all the shells into a bowl and stuck him in...

Well, I made it through the weekend with out using any plastic (from my wallet that is). I have to say that it’s hard. I am so used to whipping out those cards whenever I reach the front of the lines without really thinking much about how much I’m spending. It is really nice to not have that “I spent too much” guilty feeling at the end of the day. Of course, it helps that I didn’t leave the house Saturday and I don’t ever spend money on Sunday (except for paying tithing). It’s amazing how much...

Every week, I try to be as productive as possible. I like to use my time wisely and get everything done that I need to. I do that by making a to do list every week and every day. I wrote a guest post on a blog called Search with Vonni all about my planning methods. It’s a good one, you don’t wanna miss it! Leave a comment here or on her blog if you like it! How do you make your day effective? Image source: freedigitalphotos.net Share Share this:PrintTweetEmailMorePocketShare on Tumblr...

So, today was the first day of my cash only month, and I have already run into a few hitches. The first one actually happened yesterday when we found out that my husband won’t have work next week. Apparently they are waiting on some parts and have no work for them to do right now.. so all of my careful planning and budgeting got kinda messed up because 1/4 of our monthly income is gone. But, I’m not worried. With a little tweaking, everything will be fine, we just won’t be able to save quite as much as I’d hoped. Our...

I think the most important thing when embarking on any challenge is to start off right. Writing down your plan and your goals will help you to have a more concrete way to know exactly what you want and what you have to do to get there. With this 30 day money challenge, it’s important to have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, as the saying goes. If you have everything all planned out, you’ll be able to make it through the month without a hitch. I developed a little worksheet to get you started figuring out your...

Image source I have a serious love/hate relationship with money. I love that with money I can make my house more comfortable, I can serve others, and create fun memories with my family. I hate that money can cause arguments, that the pursuit of money takes my husband away from our family, and that so much of the world revolves around money. Because of this love/hate relationship that I have, I decided to dedicate the month of March to getting my budget under control. And, for anyone who is working on the LDS personal progress...

A lot of people think that money is a horrible thing. Money is the root of all evil is a common phrase. Marriages are destroyed because of money, or lack of it. I don’t feel this way. I love money. And what I mean by that is not that I love spending money (although I do), I love that with money, I have the ability to help others. I believe that the root of money problems is not that people have it or don’t, it’s that people don’t know what to do with the money they have. They don’t know how to budget, or...

My first post about losing weight was a hit. Read it here. So, I decided to write down five more obvious things I do to lose weight. Because like I said in the first article, losing weight is not magic, it’s science. Drink Water Drinking water increases your metabolism so you are able to burn calories faster. Aim for at least eight glasses a day. I know, the first few days you are running to the bathroom every ten minutes, and that’s hard. Don’t worry, it gets easier.  Go Running Running is probably one of the...

Potty training seems like such a scary thing to me. For one, it means that my baby is growing up. As much as I hate changing diapers, I don’t want him to grow up too fast. I love having babies at home and I am so lucky to have two of them. However, two in diapers is not fun. He is only 21 months right now. I know some people have been able to potty train their children that young, but he is not ready yet. However, I am doing a few things that I think will help him to be ready quicker. And for the record, I had a hard time writing...

When I tell people that my husband and I got married so young, we get a lot of surprised looks, and a lot of questions. The first question that a lot of people ask is how we could afford to get married that young. When we tell them that our whole wedding cost under $4000 (ring and dress included), those looks go from surprise to shock. Here is how we did it: Use your connections  This step saved us a lot of money. It is amazing how many talented people are in my family. I realize that not everyone has this luxury, but many do. Think...

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