Are you ready for Christmas?
No? Me neither.
Don’t worry, it’s still about six months away!
But what you do now to save money, could determine whether it’s a happy Christmas, or a Christmas like so many before it (if you’re like me)… a happy season, with underlying, nagging guilt, frustration, and anxiety over debt.
But start saving now, just a little every week, and you can start a snowball of savings. Here’s how I’m working on saving for Christmas in July.
I’ve been so giddy about the new Cricut Infusible Ink that I’ve been in a flurry of t-shirt making. Sounds like a crazy weekend, eh? 😄
So far I’ve made shirts in a variety of fabric types and colors… with varying results.
I’ll show you what has worked for me and what hasn’t.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting Cricut’s new Infusible Ink for weeks! I’ve watched a few Cricut sponsored videos on YouTube, but couldn’t wait to get my own hands on it and answer lots of questions rattling around my creative brain…
- Why use it?
- How do I use it?
- Do I have to use Cricut Easy Press?
- Do I have to use Cricut blanks?
- How cool is it, really?
Look no further, I will answer all of these questions for you.
Starting with the last question, first… yep, it’s REALLY, SUPER COOL!
We all know laundry is a pain. It’s the last chore we want to do and the one that ALWAYS needs to be done.
And with kids in the house who wear something for five minutes then chuck it into the hamper, it seems like there is so much laundry, there must surely be people living in our house that we don’t know about.
Teachers do so much for our kiddos all year. So I like to give them a gift to show them how much we appreciate them just before they hand them back to us for summer.
But I also try to stay with a strict budget. Because with so many teachers between homeroom, art, music, dance, swim, etc… the list can get pretty long.
Life is hectic. And moms’ lives can be a downright circus. But one thing that can contain and manage some of that crazy is planning.
I’ve been meal planning for years and frankly couldn’t get by without it. It’s a life saver for my time, my budget and my sanity.
When Earth Day is around the corner, you see a lot more tips and posts about being kind to Mother Earth, like this post right here. 🙂
But wouldn’t it be great if we thought and acted like this all the time? You can! Here are a few changes you can make in your life today and every day to be a little kinder.
I would start off each pay period with the best intentions. I promise I did. I even followed my own advice and used my Cashless Budget Tracker, budgeted for expected expenses and tracked spending in each category.
Yet so many times I would come up short and have to dip into savings or rack up more credit card debt to get us to the next paycheck.
So, what was happening? Sabotage. Self-sabotage. Ugly, messy, make you want to kick your own ass sabotage.
The one thing that kept my budget train hurtling off the tracks was my failure to plan.
I’ve created a lot of party printables over the years as my kids’ tastes change. Check out these previous Unicorn & Pokemon printables… and more party ideas here.
This year it was all about Fortnite for my son.
Is your child obsessed with llamas lately? My daughter sure is!
Every so often, it seems some new adorable animal starts popping up everywhere putting us on cuteness overload. And lately, it’s the llama.
So I created these adorable valentines for my daughter to give to her friends this Valentine’s Day, as well as a few more for the unicorn and pineapple lovers (because we both love those too!).
And each one has a positive message about being yourself, being strong & kind… and being llamazing!