Thrift Smarter – Get Great Clothes & Make Money For Schools

As hard as I try, I can’t get my kids to stop growing. I tried to get them both to stay around 3 years old (what a great age) but I couldn’t. They’re growing at such a rapid pace, my son grew from a child size 12 shoe to a big kid size 3 shoe overnight. Literally overnight. Keeping them in clothes that fit is a near constant struggle. So I often turn to thrift and consignment for good quality clothes that I can afford. And if I find a gem or two for me along the way.. yay!

And my new favorite way to shop gently loved clothes at a great price is a website called Schoola. Because I get great clothes AND make money for local schools!

It’s the ultimate win-win.

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A Frugal Mom’s Guide To Disney

I know, I know.. every mom blogger posts about their trip to DisneyWorld or DisneyLand right? Well never fear, for mine will be the best one ever! No, probably not. But what I can offer you is a cheapskates guide to surviving Disney without needing a second mortgage on your house. (more…)

Cheap Date Night

I know it seems like it may never happen. But sooner or later the stars will align long enough for you to get a babysitter and escape your house with only adults.

Don’t let money hold you back. Date night doesn’t need to be expensive. Here’s how.. (more…)

Celebrate Seuss

Dr. Seuss is my absolute favorite children’s book author. A good friend of mine gifted me two Dr. Seuss books when I was pregnant with my first child and he has been a favorite in our house ever since. My kids’ book shelves are full of Seuss classics and one of our favorite books and movies is The Lorax. So in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week I made the kids two shirts to wear to school to celebrate Seuss. (more…)

Becoming A Runner

Me 6 months ago: Huffing and puffing, stops, bends over, sucks in air, almost pukes. “I hate running, why am I doing this?”

Me now: Huffing and puffing, keeps going. “I hate running, but I love that I’m doing it.”

How I made it from one point to the other can be summed up in one word, stubbornness. Let’s call it a gift I was born with. If I start something I will become as good at it as I possibly can or die trying. And since I’m relatively healthy there’s a slim chance that I’ll die running.

I wanted to be more fit and healthy. I chose running because it’s something I thought I could never do. Because I live by my favorite quote:

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

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Work & Play Wardrobe

Women have a lot of roles. Mom, wife, boss, bus driver, party planner and on and on.

A couple of my roles are stay-at-home mom and occasional freelancer. I’m blessed that my former full-time employer still highly values me and asks me to come back and help from time to time. That means changing from my Florida mom wardrobe… casual dresses and flip-flops.. to my boss lady uniform.. suits and heels.

But I’ve learned that doesn’t have to cost a lot -or any- extra money if you know how to leverage one wardrobe in multiple ways for work and play. (more…)

5 Things You Should Stop Buying

I hope you’ve gotten some helpful tips from me over the last several months on saving money. But sometimes saving money -though it’s great- isn’t the only motivation to try something new. Another great reason is to make things healthier for you and your family. That’s why I want to show you how to make five cooking staples on your own instead of buying them… for your wallet and your health. (more…)