Free Seasonal Decorating Ideas

free seasonal decor

I love decorating for the seasons. It’s so fun – creating a festive, warm atmosphere in and around my home to celebrate a holiday or time of year.  There are times, though, when money runs a bit too tight for me to indulge in seasonal decorating. Having the desire to prettify my space, but not having any budget to work with can be frustrating.  So during these times of ‘fiscal drought’ I like to get creative, Continue Reading

Cut Your Grocery Budget – Without Coupons

cut your grocery budget

One of the biggest things my fellow Mamas I complain to each other about is … grocery shopping.  No one likes doing it, and everyone feels like they spend way too much money when they do.  Almost all of us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unprepared when we head into the grocery store, and the result is too often a cart full of stuff we don’t need – and a huge bill at the register.  Sound Continue Reading

Budget Friendly Furniture Facelifts

budget friendly furniture facelift

Is your furniture looking a little worse for the wear?  Showing signs of aging, sagging, rips, tears, stains?   Wishing you could replace it but knowing it’s just not in your budget right now?  Me, too.  If only there were some fast, easy, and budget friendly ways to give your furniture a facelift.  Wait!  There are!  And I’m going to share my very favorites with you in this post.  🙂 Every year when I start decorating Continue Reading

Making Do-Overs

I’ve talked on the blog before about being frugal. Many times, I’ve referenced my penchant for what I call ‘making do‘.  Of course, it’s helpful that I’m one who enjoys finding new purpose for an old thing and turning what I have into what I want or need it to be. A lot of my ‘making do’ overs involve creating decorating or organizational pieces for my home. While decor might not be considered a necessity by most people, Continue Reading

Kids vs. Mama: Who Costs More?

Everyone talks about how expensive it is to raise kids these days. And I won’t disagree that having four kids really does put a pinch on our family budget at times. Between their activities’ fees, constantly outgrown wardrobes and endless appetites; it can add up pretty quickly, cash-wise. But it occurred to me the other morning, and has from time to time over the years, that the kids aren’t the biggest financial burden in our Continue Reading

Bargain Hunting in the Digital Age

It’s no secret that I get really excited about saving money.  I don’t think of myself as cheap per say, just really discerning about how I spend money.  I’ll buy things I don’t need, but I want to find the best possible deal on those things.  It’s how I roll. To further my money-saving efforts I’ve done a lot of different things. I’ve clipped coupons, made my own laundry and household products, played ‘The Grocery Continue Reading

Odor Guard in the Water Closet

Well, it seems I just cannot stay away from y’all! I’ve got another fun and super helpful tip for you from the Farm … You know how when someone “goes to the bathroom” in your house and even though you might have air fresheners or sprays or incense or what-have-you in there, the stink just sort of … lingers? Yeah, me, too. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, though. Everybody poops. But nobody wants anybody Continue Reading

Just a Note About Dirt

Okay, I know I said I was on a break with the blog, but I found something so exciting this past week that I just have to share. Where I live, the red dirt is a nightmare for white clothes.  It’s so hard to get out that I stopped even buying my family white clothing to wear years ago.  No white t-shirts except for pajama shirts.  No white socks.  No white pants.  And because this Continue Reading