Posts Tagged ‘cheap’

Prepping for Pre-K and Keeping it Minimal

I feel like it was just yesterday that my son was still latched onto me breastfeeding and I researching on my phone looking into all the different schooling options he would have when he finally reached that age. In hindsight, this is comical because it seems like I blinked and then there we were last year sending him off on his very first day of preschool. And now, I have blinked again and here we are about to start his second year of school in a Junior Kindergarten program at a local private school.

I have spent much of the last year working on simplifying, minimizing, and organizing our lives and our home. About a year or so ago, I decided that I had had enough with all the extra stuff or “fluff” as I like to call it. I felt that we were consuming too much, purchasing too much, and holding onto things for no real reason. In an effort to find a bit more peace of mind for my family and to show my son what is truly important and worth valuing in this life, I have worked very hard to clear through the clutter and focus on the things we really need. Figuring out what we really need and what constitutes fluff for our family is an everyday learning process, and with back to school upon us it has given me a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate what is REALLY essential for going into the new school year.

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DIY: Milk Carton Birdhouse

Up today: a DIY birdhouse you can easily make with stuff you already have! This craft is perfect if:

  • Your child has shown an interest in birds/nature.
  • You have an artistically inclined kiddo.
  • You’re homeschooling and want to do a lesson on nature/birds/ecosystems.
  • Your toddler is into building things.
  • It’s a rainy day, and you need a fun distraction.

So basically, this is a craft for anyone! Let’s get started.

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5 Inexpensive and Effective Items for Building Your At-Home Gym

5 inexpensive and effective items for building an at home gym

Gym memberships have their perks — numerous machines, gadgets, and fitness pros promising to shape and mold your body into its best form ever — but they also have their cons —  high fees, for one. Add to that the number of machines you probably have no idea how to use, even after quite a few hours of study from your favorite corner treadmill, and no matter what, you still haven’t worked up the guts to go try one of them out. But, what if you could get a great workout from your own home without the fees or the slight feelings of apprehension? What if you could master some of the gizmos and gadgets that once looked somewhat foreign? To get you started, here are five inexpensive, but completely effective, items for building your own at-home gym.

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Staging Your Home to Sell (For Cheap!)

It’s spring, and besides seeing lots of flowers bloom, bird nests everywhere, and parks filled with kids, you’re probably also seeing For Sale signs on every street corner. It’s prime time for putting your house on the market. If your family is ready to take the leap from homeowner to home seller, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some ways to get your home in tip top shape for showings and open houses this spring. All of our tips are geared towards staging your home for little or next to nothing out of your pocket. Before you pull out the big guns of total kitchen remodels or professional home staging services, see what you can do yourself with a few weekends of work, a little bit of cash, and a whole lot of motivation to sell.

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Top 10 Beauty Items for Under $10

Make up and beauty products can be a girl’s best friend. This can also be a love-hate relationship since it can cost us a fortune if we want the really high-end stuff. Did you know that one tube of lipstick can range anywhere from one dollar to over one hundred dollars? That can get really expensive when you want the whole kit and caboodle. We want to help you out a little in the beauty department, so we searched high and low to find the top ten beauty products for under ten dollars. You can thank us later, but for now, read on to discover what they are.

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DIY Body Butter


Winter is here and you know what that means right? Dry, itchy, white, flakey skin. Rough, cracked, chapped, dry skin. Need we go on? Using a simple store bought moisturizer will do, but wouldn’t you rather know exactly what is going on your skin? There are tons of hidden chemicals found in your everyday moisturizer so we have come up with a simple and easy way to make your own body butter right at home in your own kitchen. Read on to find out how.

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Britax Affinity Stroller Giveaway

High fashion meets high function with Britax’s newest stroller, the Affinity. This innovative stroller is available in a variety of colors and takes safety and functionality to a new level with it’s adjustable seats, forward and rear facing capabilities, and Britax’s patented CLICK & GO integrated adapter system that makes it ideal for carrying infant seats. Read on to enter for a chance to win one yourself!

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