Weathering our first hurricane in Florida was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. And I learned a lot. I learned about hurricane shutters, how to grab cases of water (fast). I learned that evacuating with tens of thousands of other people takes a lot of patience.. and lots of snacks.
And I learned that the compassion and caring of others is the bright spot in any storm.
Some good friends of ours became even better friends, by opening their homes and hearts to us. They gave us a place to lay our head, food in our bellies and smiles on our faces.
So now safely back home, I wanted to send them something to express how much their charity meant to us. (more…)
Get patriotic on a budget this 4th of July! I love making simple and cheap crafts with my kids to celebrate Independence Day. Check out our crafts and get free printables to make your own. (more…)
You probably know I LOVE after-holiday shopping. You can see it in my previous posts after Halloween and Christmas. It’s pretty much the only time I buy holiday items, when they’re 50% or more off in the days following the holiday.
While grocery shopping at Walmart recently I wasn’t even thinking of after-Easter shopping until I saw the tons of Easter items they still had. So I grabbed a few things and took pics of a few others to give you some ideas on how to take advantage of these great deals. (more…)
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…)
As a total cake novice, I tried to make a Pikachu birthday cake for my son’s birthday. And, well… you’ll see… (more…)
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…)
The day after Christmas is the perfect time to snag those crazy good deals in the after-holiday sales. It’s the most joyous time of year!.. When stores practically give their Christmas decor and supplies away and I get to finally snag those things I’ve been ogling on the shelves for weeks.
I buy most of my Christmas decor and supplies after the holiday. In fact, I was taking stock of my Christmas decorations in preparation for this post and it was actually hard to find items I had paid full price for before the holiday.
But before you head out to the store the morning after Christmas (which I always do), check out these after-holiday bargain hunting tips that I’ve learned the hard way. (more…)
It’s that time of year again! Time for your kids’ Elf on the Shelf to make its appearance in a hilarious way. I hope you have a lot of fun with your Elf. Here’s a few ways we have. (more…)
I love holidays. Who doesn’t, right? But you wanna know a secret? The after-holiday shopping may even thrill me more than the actual holiday. I’m always on the hunt for a bargain. I think I might actually be allergic to paying full price for anything. It makes me itchy.
After Halloween is a great time to score some scary good deals on decor and craft supplies.
Here are a few I’ve found and my guide to not going off the rails. Because I have. Many times. (more…)