• Ever wonder how to start living in the present to increase your happiness? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

    3 Simple Steps to Start Living in the Present

    I recently had a wake-up call that made me realize I need to start living in the present. I had been spending vast amounts of time thinking about things that would make me happy. Thinking that if I could just lose 20 pounds I’d feel so much better about myself. Wishing I could just fast-forward the next few months so I could skip to the good times. You get the idea. One day as I was spiraling in my thoughts of “if only…” I had a big realization. I was spending so much time wishing I was enjoying life that I wasn’t putting any time in to actually enjoying it.…

  • The dirty little secret I use to keep my house clean

    The Dirty Little Secret I use to Keep My House Clean

    Want to know about the dirty little secret I use to keep my house clean? It’s something I used to be embarrassed about. I felt like I was cheating at being the perfect wife who could do it all. But you know what? Using this secret weapon every so often allows me to keep my house clean without losing my mind. And that has become good enough for me. So, what’s the secret? I use a house cleaning service. Now, let me stop you before you think I’m some rich lady with a weekly maid who can’t relate to your situation. First off, I only use a cleaning service 2…

  • How to Take Care of Yourself First – Yes, It’s Possible

    Hands up if taking care of yourself first seems like a joke someone with too much time made up? I know the feeling. In fact, I used to be stuck deep in that rut. But continuously giving away your energy without replenishing your supply is a recipe for disaster. It’s something you can sustain for a little while – or maybe even what feels like a long time – but, eventually you’ll be left without a sense of well being and be buried deep in the burnout zone. That’s why you need to start taking care of yourself first. Not only will this help you feel happier and more fulfilled…

  • The one tip for connecting with your spouse

    The One Tip You Need to Reconnect With Your Husband

    If you have kids, it’s likely you need to reconnect with your husband. While kids are amazing and soul-completing, they make it hard to find time to keep your marriage strong and stay as close as you were before having children. So these days, when I start feeling out of sync with my husband, and I want something to help us reconnect, I have one go-to tactic that really helps. I’ve put it into action enough to know that it’s a great way to help improve your marriage. While this practice won’t fix deep relationship issues, it WILL help you connect with your husband the way you connected when you were dating.  So,…

  • How to Plan Thanksgiving dinner

    How to Plan Thanksgiving Dinner When You’re Crazy Busy ( Step by Step Guide With FREE Spreadsheet & Invitations)

    Wondering how to plan Thanksgiving dinner when your schedule is so insane? For many people, thinking about Thanksgiving dinner brings visions of turkey and pumpkin pie appearing effortlessly in front of them. But, for those who have actually hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you know there’s A LOT more to it than that. Time, money and planning all goes into creating the special scene on this nostalgic day. And hosting it is often squeezed into an already crazy schedule! So, if you’re overworked and overwhelmed but want to pull off Thanksgiving dinner, we’re here to hook you up. The following guide will break down all your how to plan Thanksgiving dinner tasks into…

  • Try These 3 Quick Tips for Better Budgeting

    Don’t be discouraged if you’re having a hard time budgeting. If it were easy we’d all be a lot richer. So, whether you need some quick wins or you want to strengthen your game, here are 3 easy-to-follow tips to try. 3 Quick Tips for Better Budgeting 1. Weekly Accounting I’ve found weekly accounting to be a really important part of my budgeting process. Here’s how it works: I pick a day (Sunday for me) and a general time (after my kids go to bed) when I’ll enter all my expenses into my budget spreadsheet.  I open up my online banking and go to the transactions page for my checking…

  • Before buying my first home I wish I would have known this!

    13 Crucial Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home

    Buying your first home is an exciting (and nerve wracking) time. You’re finally ready to put down roots and you’re committing to it in a big way. While you’ve probably been up to your ears in mortgage meetings and lawyer consultations, how much attention have you paid to what the details of actual home ownership looks like? When buying my first house I was preoccupied by the excitement of planning my decor and fear that I was committing to a 20 year loan. But, after that buzz died down and I was settled into owning a house, I realized there was a lot more I should have considered when making…

  • The best grocery apps you didn't know exist

    The Best Grocery Apps You Probably Don’t Know Exist

    If you’re a ruthless deal-hunter, these grocery apps might be just what you need to take your food-buying game to the next level. These grocery apps can do things like track your grocery list, save the best coupons, keep an inventory of your fridge, and even help you comparison shop. So stop putting effort into tasks that your phone can do for you. Who has time for that?! Take a look at these grocery apps and let them do the work for you. *This post contains affiliate links – you can read our affiliate policy here. Basically, this means that if you click on a link and buy something, we’ll make…

  • How I saved $175/month on groceries and still ate healthy

    4 Things I Quit to Save $175/Month on Food (While Still Eating Healthy)

    Want to save money on food? Maybe your grocery budget is tight or you’re looking to free up funds for a savings goal. Either way, you CAN save money on food through planning and shopping smarter. Because, even though groceries are an essential expense, you get to decide just how much to spend. That means groceries are a great thing to tweak when you want to save some cash. If you’re like me though, as much as you want to save money, you don’t want to have to eat junk food to do it. A lot of money saving food advice suggests using coupons, but coupons are often only good…

  • The best secret to save big on groceries

    The Little Known Way to Save Big on Groceries

    When you’re trying to save big on groceries it can seem like you’re at the mercy of the universe. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the coupons and the sales don’t line up with what you need. And, let’s face it, if you want to eat fresh, healthy food it’s often hard to find discounts for it! But, we know about an AWESOME secret weapon that will help you save big on groceries. Say hello to food share programs! While everyone knows about couponing and in-store points programs to save money, not everyone knows about food share programs. And, it’s about time they do. Because, these types of programs…