September 1st, 2009
Today I wanted to share a giveaway that is going on over at one of my favorite blogs… Simple Mom. You can enter to win one of three $50 gift certificates to Lisa Leonard Designs, Lisa has some fabulous unique and handcrafted jewelery. (Ok – I also get a second chance to win by sharing this with my readers:)
Lisa Says: Create a custom mommy necklace or a piece with a meaningful phrase or date to wear near your heart. Have a look around, we know you’ll find the perfect thing!
Our handmade jewelry is meaningful, unique and perfect for everyday. Each piece is hand-cut, hammered, antiqued and polished sterling silver.
This Mama Necklace, shown here is one of my favorite pieces, I love it! So you can head on over to Simple Mom and leave a comment over at Simple Mom to win! You have until Friday, Sept 4, 11:59 pm to enter.
August 21st, 2009
(As busy moms or women, we are constantly trying to make every minute a productive minute. We can’t afford to waste any time on strategies that are not going to work or be beneficial. Holly does an excellent job sharing her strategies on using your workout to get you the biggest bang for your buck. ~ Tashia)
By Holly Rigsby, CPT
Would you like to “jump start” your metabolism and lose your ‘mommy belly’ once and for all? If so, the following seven tips are exactly what you need to improve your workouts and ignite your metabolism. Try some or all of these tips, but beware, the result may be a number of admiring second glances and the need to pull your ‘skinny jeans’ out of the closet.
1. The majority of your workouts should be composed of free-weight, bodyweight or cable exercises.
August 15th, 2009
Here is one way to teach your older kids about real life budgeting. If money is tight in your household right now, this will be especially helpful in showing your kids how to create and follow a budget. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to understand that we only have so much money to spend and why they can’t have the most expensive items on the shelf, by doing the shopping themselves they will surely get the idea!
Let your kiddos create their very own back to school budget, they can be in charge of listing their supplies and proposed prices and will have to make any necessary changes to stay within their budget.
Then they can do the actual purchasing, record actual prices and calculate the remaining balance.
August 6th, 2009
I just read a great article entitled “Back to School Shopping Shouldn’t Leave You Broke” at www.Crosswalk.com, written by Tawra Kellam from www.LivingOnADime.com.
So true, we should not have to bust the budget or bank just to get the kids back in school! Tawra shares some excellent money saving tips:
- Wait for the list to come out and stick to it, otherwise you might buy things you don’t need. Remember, the Bank of Mom doesn’t pay for frills. Any extras the kids want will have to be funded from their own cash reserves. I do understand that it is nice for kids to have “hip” back-to-school supplies. I look at yard sales and thrift stores for brand-name finds. For instance, I recently found a gently used Barbie backpack and a Barbie lunch box, and no one would know that I paid $1.00 each instead of the $32 that Becky Johnson’s mom paid. Who says stay at home mom’s don’t make any money?
August 3rd, 2009
Clothing our kids these days can get to be a pretty expensive task! You can easily spend your whole month’s grocery budget on a couple of stylish outfits! I’m not saying that I have done this and I hope you have not either, but when money is tight you have to be creative.
Stocking up on clothing throughout the year is a great way to spread out the cost and you will also be able to find some fabulous deals!
My favorite ways to get great prices on kids clothes is shopping the End of Season Clearance Sales, eBay and Garage Sales!
July 9th, 2009
Every year I think about how I need to research and find the best natural and safe, yet effective, sunscreen for my kids and for myself of course!
The summer passes on and all the while my “sunscreen research project” is still on my to-do list and I’m using what I think is my best choice from my local “save money, live better” store.
Well, I came across the fabulous 2009 Sunscreen Safety Guide: Best and Worst in one of my newsletter subscriptions and was thrilled! The Environmental Working Group has done all of the work for me (and then some)!
“EWG’s investigation of 485 beach and sport sunscreens finds that 3 out of 5 contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don’t adequately protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays.” ~ www.ewg.org