#Christmas can be stressful. The #clutter that comes with Christmas can add to our stress.

When the Stuff of Christmas is Stressful, Not Joyful


We dug out the big plastic totes full of Christmas decorations a couple of weeks ago. The tree went up, and the kids took turns pretending to put the angel on the top. Piece by piece, we set up the Nativity on the mantel and carefully placed lights around each little lamb and shepherd. When we were done, we sat…

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#Cranberry sauce fruit leather is so easy to make! Use your #holiday leftovers.

Cranberry Sauce Fruit Leather With Holiday Leftovers


Two of my favorite ways to save money on groceries are to make things from scratch, and use up what you have. This cranberry fruit leather recipe does both! We had Thanksgiving with my sister-in-law’s family this year. Since we are both knee deep in baby-raising, we decided it would be best to order a meal from Whole Foods.  The…

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#Elderberry #gummies are quick and inexpensive to make, plus they have immune boosting qualities to keep your family #healthy!

Elderberry Gummies for a Healthy Winter


We have been so blessed by friends and family since our little guy was born. They’ve provided some delicious meals for us, which means our afternoons are not so stressful, and I’m spending my time snuggling my little guy rather than putting meals together. This time is priceless! I also haven’t had to go to the grocery store in weeks–…

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These easy #DIY #Christmas #Ornaments can be made with things that you probably have on hand. So simple, and so adorable!

DIY Winter Hat Christmas Ornaments


My craft cupboard has several skeins of yarn sitting in it because I always think I’m going to knit something, and I never do. Sure, I’ve made a couple of scarves over the years, but this extra yarn either needed to be used up or thrown out.  My problem was solved when I came across this adorable winter hat ornament…

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This simple #DIY #haircut could save you lots of money...and time!

Are You Brave Enough for a DIY Haircut?


Back when we lived in the land of two incomes, I got haircuts. Sure, the space between cuts was stretched out about three times longer than the stylists recommended. But I made actual appointments, went to actual salons, and enjoyed a seriously relaxing time at the salon. Then I became a mom, and then a stay-at-home mom. Spending $45+ on…

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Taming #Momguilt with ErgoBaby Omni 360. While adjusting to our newest arrival, wearing my baby in a safe #babycarrier lets me enjoy this time with #lessstress.

Taming the Mom Guilt with Ergobaby Omni 360


Thanks to my sponsor, Ergobaby, for supplying the free products to help me write this post today! This post also contains affiliate links.  There is something that has plagued me both times we’ve brought another baby into our family: mom guilt. We turned our little ones’ lives upside down when we brought them a new baby brother. I know postpartum…

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Everyday, the list of things we shouldn't say to #moms grows longer and longer. But could these mom rules be more hurtful than helpful?

The Long List of Things We Shouldn’t Say to Moms


Everyday, the list of things that we shouldn’t say to moms grows longer. These are things that, on the surface, don’t seem at all controversial. But uttering them could send a mom into an angry tirade. They range from comments on sleep to busyness, and they are on the conversational blacklist that only moms seem to know about. There is…

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These #toys grow with your child and offer lots of opportunities for open-ended #play.

Toys With the Most Bang for your Buck


What is the most annoying, most useless toy your child owns?  Was it worth the money, or the precious space that it takes up, or the time that you spend cleaning it up off of the floor? I’m done wasting my time and resources on toys that don’t add value to our home. We’ve gotten rid of most of these…

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Becoming a minimalist #couponer makes sense if you don't like wasting time clipping tons of #coupons, stockpiling #deals, and collecting lots of paper clutter.

Becoming a Minimalist Couponer


Couponing can be like a second job. Clipping coupons, finding more coupons from different sources, organizing them, planning out the deals, matching up the coupons with different stores, buying way too many things you don’t actually need, and then having to figure out how to store all that extra stuff. Couponing helps us reach the goal of spending less, but…

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DIY Rustic Wood Drawer Pulls


*This post contains affiliate links.  Have you ever noticed how crazy expensive drawer pulls are? For a super-simple concept, they can get really pricey. Before E was born, I found a $40 dresser on a buy/sell/trade Facebook group. It definitely needed some updating! We decided on a coat of paint, and new drawer pulls. Nate went to some relatively inexpensive…

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