Cloth Diapers: 10 Tips to Get Started

Are you thinking about cloth diapering your new baby? Or, maybe you’re tired of buying boxes of expensive diapers only to see them go into the trash. Cloth diapers have made a huge comeback in recent years and for many reasons: they are environmentally friendly, relatively inexpensive, and chemical-free. They are also incredibly cute on a little baby bum and come in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. While cloth diapers have their definite pros, any small amount of research will show you that it can easily become an overwhelming and sometimes confusing world of diapering, sending your mind in circles and wondering if you should make the leap. If you are considering cloth diapering, here are some simple things that any veteran cloth diapering mama will tell you to help you start and adjust to this new venture!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

Times seem to be changing drastically all around us. Millennials are proudly sporting beards and using words like “Lumbersexual” to describe a whole different genre branch-off of hipsters. Across the U.S., people are selling their downtown loft apartments and yearning to take a step backward in time, and kick it old-school style by taking up a lifestyle probably similar to that of their grandparents. We’re talking about homesteading, and whether you live on a half-acre suburban plot, or out in the boonies on 20 acres, it’s possible to achieve that lifestyle, and become thriving, self-sufficient homesteaders.

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5 Tips for Landscaping on the Cheap

Anyone who’s ever been to a botanical garden or driven through a swanky neighborhood with professionally landscaped flower beds has likely had serious plant envy. Nothing creates curb appeal quite like a lush garden full of colorful blooms. Flowers soften up the hardscapes of concrete and brick, and brighten any yard. Like most things nowadays, though, a bountiful landscape comes with a big price tag. If cost has been keeping you from planting the garden of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place! The following tips can help you fill up your flower beds without emptying your wallet.

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How To Reap The Benefits Of Yard Sale Season

“Yard Sales, Rummage Sales, Church Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales”

No matter what you call them, the season of thrifting has begun! If you’re a thrifty mama, love finding a great deal or just enjoy discovering treasures in the midst of someone else’s clutter, we know how much you look forward to this time of year!

Whether you’re a seasoned sale hopper, or you’ve never gone on the hunt on a Saturday morning for those bright yellow homemade yard sale signs, we’ve got the 411 on all things “yard sale” for you, including why you should be hitting them up this summer and how to reap the benefits of thrifting. 

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Save Big $$$$ On Your Family Summer Getaway

She’s part foodie, part tech geek, part mom, and part traveler. When she’s not strolling through the shops of Manhattan or sitting poolside in Mexico, she hangs her hat in the burbs of Seattle, Washington at the intersection of travel, technology, and motherhood. Working side by side with Expedia, she’ll reveal to us the true savings from this popular online travel booking company. Get ready to save hundreds… even while traveling abroad AND with kids! 

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DIY All Natural Odor Eliminating Discs

Odor eliminating discs can be used in a number of places — diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym lockers, your car trunk, the list goes on and on! But, buying these discs is an unnecessary expense. In fact, you can avoid store bought odor eliminators that are filled with chemicals by making your own using just a few natural ingredients.

This DIY is a fraction of the cost, takes no time to put together, and you probably already have the ingredients. Read on to see just how easy it is to make your own all natural odor eliminating discs!

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Skincare Products: Comparison Shop to Save Big

We all live and breathe by our skincare products, whether it’s our favorite shampoo and conditioner that keeps our locks looking model-worthy or the heavy duty moisturizing lotion that saves our skin during February’s wintry weather. We always seem to be shopping for the latest and greatest, or simply our tried and true favorite, skincare products, spending money every month on the essentials that make up our toiletry arsenal.

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5 Ways to Save Money on your home Electricity Bill

We have entered the winter months and when the weather outside becomes frightful, our monthly utility bills do the same. We have put together a helpful guide that can help you reduce the amount of money you’re spending each month on your electricity. These strategies include heating, lighting and powering your home more efficiently while cutting down on the cost associated with each.

Here are 5 tips to saving money on your home electricity bill.

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5 Ways to Save Big on Car Insurance

There are several non-negotiable items in our monthly budgets — things like housing, car payments, student loans and insurance. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t exactly thrilled to shell out a portion of our hard-earned money for insurance — especially car insurance.

The fact of the matter is, many of us pay our car insurance diligently (and automatically) every month — and never actually have to use it. We don’t get into any major accidents — and small scuffs from taking a curb too close simply aren’t worth filing a claim for.

The good news is, there are probably a few things you can do to save yourself some money — without sacrificing anything! Here are five tips to help you win big when it comes to car insurance.

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8 Reasons to Take a “State”cation

With young kids, sometimes taking a “big” vacation just isn’t in the cards. Maybe you have a car-crier, or you recently potty trained or your child just started school. Maybe work schedules don’t allow for a week-long vacation. Maybe your budget doesn’t (because, let’s face it — kids are expensive! And so are vacations).

Or — maybe you took a summer vacation, but would still like to get away with the family for a few days.

Consider taking a state-cation; that is, exploring your own state! Between state parks, historical monuments, fun museums, local festivals and new playgrounds, there are probably lots of places you’ve never been before. Here are 8 reasons on why to take a family state-cation.

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How to Make Extra Cash in Time for Holidays

We all do our best to put away a bit of cash throughout the year so that the holiday rush doesn’t catch us off guard. But then life gets in the way; the car needs new tires or the washing machine breaks down, and we’re back to square one. So if you could do with a little extra cash in the run up to December 25th this year, then here are a few ideas that could help you raise some helpful funds.

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Shop Your Closet For The Perfect Holiday Outfit

It’s that time of year where our schedules fill up with holiday parties, planning and shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. We spend more money than we anticipated, we buy extra presents and more food than we need. Only to find ourselves with nothing to wear because we have been too busy buying and preparing for others. The holiday party can be a buzz kill if you have nothing to wear. Wouldn’t it be nice to open your closet and with a couple items pull something together?  

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Quick & Easy: Copy-cat “Larabar”

Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!

Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!  

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If The Shoe Fits! Tips for Finding the Proper Fit at a Great Value

Did you know that podiatrists actually recommend that new walkers up to three years old should be walking barefoot as much as possible? Walking barefoot aids in helping children recognize new terrain, adjust their footing accordingly, and develop balance, movement, and posture! While barefoot is best, there are times when safety is in question and shoes are certainly a must. With the average child outgrowing their shoes by a half size every three to four months, it’s important that a child’s shoes not only fit properly, but are made to function just as they do — run, jump, slide, and tumble.

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