Free Printable Yearly Cleaning Schedule

Free Printable Yearly Cleaning Schedule

 

I will admit that I am not the best housekeeper you have ever seen, but hey I do it all myself so I gotta get some credit for that right!? In an effort to keep a cleaner house this year I came up with this Free printable yearly cleaning schedule so I could keep myself organized and not seem overwhelmed when it comes to what needed to be done. I figured I wasn’t the only one that needed some help, so I wanted to share my yearly cleaning schedule with you guys! It is never too late to start getting your space in order. This printable will help you. You can make it a game and invite the kids to participate. [Read more…]

FREE Printable Easter Games

FREE Printable Easter Games

Free printable easter games

 

 

Spring time is almost here! For the rain on my window tells me so! Easter is one of my daughters favorite holidays because she loves egg hunting, decorating, and all the spring colors and fun that come with Easter. And I love doing fun themed activities with her so it’s a win-win for both of us! I thought I would share these 3 Free Printable Easter Games that I made with you guys so you can have a little fun with your kids this Easter. [Read more…]

How to Make Easter Bunny Barrettes

How to Make Easter Bunny Barrettes

DIY Bunny Barrettes

 

Happy Spring! The time has come for some sunshine, playing outside, and spring crafts! One of the best Spring holidays is Easter right!? And the first thing I think of when I think of Easter are cute little Easter Bunnies! So I thought it would be fun to make some DIY Easter Bunny Barrettes just for fun. You could wear them yourself, make them for your children, or for your child’s doll like I did!  Would you like to learn how to make them? Let’s check them out!  [Read more…]

How To Save Money When You Buy A Car

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The best thing I ever did was buy my car. It gave me my first experience on how the world works. I had never bought anything that I would have to pay for over time.   It was the first time I was a big girl, and I bought something that I couldn’t pay off the next month. It has been a long time since I was twenty but one thing hasn’t changed you need to do your research when you buy a car if you want to save money.

I know own four cars they are all paid off and I can tell you the secret to do the same thing.

 

  1. Determine what you can afford. You will do this by listing all your expenses and adding in 20% for savings. Then you need to figure out your loan amount.
  2. Go to Cars.com 
  3.  Open up the Cars.com auto loan calculator  
  4. Once you have figured out how much you plan to borrow if you plan to borrow add 10% to that amount because you will need to save for car repair and car maintenance.
  5. Then you will have a good idea of what you can afford.
  6. Once you know what you can afford you can search for the cars in your area that are in your price range.
  7. You will need to look at more than the sticker price when making your decision. You need to look into what type of services the car will require and when. If you buy a used car with 30k miles does it need something large done by 36,000 miles? These are all important factors to consider when shopping for a car.
  8. Once you have a good idea then use this information to compare the cars on Cars.com.
  9. Then check for their availability and find who has the car you want at the price you can pay.

In order to, not have a loan I suggest buying a car that is 50% less of your projected budget and putting that money into an account. If you have to take out a loan this time if you save each month your next car should be able to be purchased in cash. They say cash is king and that is true. I have always gotten better deals by being able to write a check for my car over having to deal with the bank. The first car I bought was a lease so that I was able to put away cash for when the lease ended. Then I had enough money to buy a car that I still own. You know what they say you can have what you want but being able to afford it is important.

That is how I save money when buying a car.

 

Fun Ideas For a Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Fun Ideas For a Tractor Themed Birthday Party

tractor birthday party ideas

If your little one has a birthday that falls in the fall, a great theme for them would be a Tractor Themed Birthday Party! Fall is filled with all things outdoors. Pumpkin patches, farming, ect. So what better way to celebrate the fall season than with a Tractor themed birthday party right!? Of course, it doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy a tractor themed birthday party, but you know what I mean, ha! We recently attended one of these fun birthday parties and I thought I would share some of the awesome ideas the host had! Let’s check them out! [Read more…]

Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! Can you guys believe that a brand new year is upon us? It seems like 2014 flew by! As I sit in my office (hm, my Livingroom) I look around and suddenly get inspiration for my 2015 goal. You might have already guessed it considering the title of this article right? I need to get organized like no one’s business! One of my favorite ways to stay motivated to see a goal through is to right them down and share them with others in hopes of keeping myself on track and helping anyone else that might want to join me. So with that in mind let’s check out some of the best easy tips to get organized in the New Year that I have found!  [Read more…]

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe

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It’s officially coleslaw season again!  As summer approaches, our dinner menus begin to change.  This is the time of year when my husband starts grilling and I simply have to prepare side dishes.  For me, it’s a bonus because I have a recipe box filled with summer sides, including fresh salads and vegetables.  After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is put together a whole meal.

Our local farmer’s market just opened and, with all the fresh vegetables available, our family’s dinner side dishes no longer consist of frozen vegetables.  We’ll be enjoying zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, radishes, green beans, bell peppers, peas, cucumbers, and asparagus fresh from the farm.

This family favorite simple coleslaw recipe is one which I adapted from my days of following The Flylady.  Instead of chopped cabbage and carrots, the recipes calls for these ingredients to be shredded.  My family is not fond of sweet coleslaw so this coleslaw, which is more on the tangy side, pleases everyone.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Toll House Cookie Skillet Recipe

Toll House Cookie Skillet

cookie skillet

I am the first to admit that I love a good cookie. What is better than one cookie? How about a Toll House Skillet Cookie?

The truth behind my love of this recipe is that I love the idea of baking cookies. However, once I make a sheet or two, I am over it. Once I’ve mixed up the batter, I don’t want to be getting up every ten minutes to take cookies out of the oven and fill up the cookie sheets again. That’s why I decided try a cookie skillet instead of individual cookies.

After seeing the idea on Pinterest, I decided it was worth a try. I loaded the next batch of cookie batter into a skilled and baked it until done. This is favorite new way to bake cookies. [Read more…]

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise

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We only have two more Spring Breaks to take a vacation as a family.  This year we will Cruise the Bahamas for Spring Break!  Our teenage daughter’s only request is that this Spring Break trip must include sun and fun.  Well, this year we plan to deliver just that.  Planning a vacation for the three of us takes more than a little bit of coordination and planning. With the travel dates set well in advance by the school system, all we need to do is arrange for time off that week.

First Things First:  Cruise or Resort?

The first step was to contact our travel agent to let him know when we wanted to get away, where we wanted to go (South!), and how much we planned to budget for the trip.  We have a personal relationship with our travel agent and he was able to quickly come up with three options.  As much as we wanted to travel out of the country, the Mexican beach resort option was immediately dismissed because it required us to obtain passports.  I know we eventually need to apply for passports but it’s just not in the budget right now.  That left us with two options:  a beach resort in Puerto Rico or a cruise to the Bahamas. [Read more…]

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Who needs Disney tips?  I know I did. I wanted to make sure I got the most out of my money and my child had the best experience. We have 7 tips for getting the most out of Disney for your money. I also wanted it to be a learning experience for us all. We compiled our best tips in our Disney Tips post. We even reviewed Pandora at Disney World.

The next step is to have your children feel like they are part of the experience and teach them responsibility.  That is why we came up with Disney bucks for my fellow Disney lovers.

I wanted to think of a way to set a budget for my daughter and to help her earn her own money to spend while we are there. I am not a fan of a free for all during vacations, so I make sure my daughter knows how much it costs to go, and how hard we work to go. So she loves being able to “work” for her own spending money, and it helps us from overspending as well. That’s why we came up with Disney Bucks!  [Read more…]