Monday, March 9, 2015

My Current Favorite Baby Products

Now, that we are well into the world of eating for baby, I've found some awesome products that I thought I would share. These four items land on my "top list" of must have for any mom with babies!

1) The White Hot Spoons by Munchkin... My mom gave me one of these and I thought it was a great idea. The spoons turn white if the food is too hot. Even though I like to check the temp out myself, these offer a great backup! It's a double duty win/win for me.

2) The TommeeTippee Bibs are amazing! They have several adjustments so that you can fit the bib to size for your little one. They are easy to clean up with the swipe of a baby wipe, so no extra laundry for me.

3) The Baby Brezza was a gift for me this Christmas. At first I wasn't sure if it was worth all the hype, but I'll be honest. I whipped up baby food for a months worth in a matter of minutes. It beats pulling out my honkin sized blender. Easy peasy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10 Ways To Earn an Extra $500

Each year, we find small projects that we want to save up for. To help set aside money, I like to find simple ways to earn extra cash to help give to the financial aspect. Here are 10 ways I've earned an extra $500:

Sell Items on Ebay

I like to "purge" our house twice a year. Once during the winter, and once during the fall. My winter purging is part of my spring cleaning prep, and my fall cleaning is part of my holiday prep. I usually find valuable items that we no longer use. I've been able to earn most, if not all, my money back just by selling items on Ebay.

Clean Homes or Businesses

Do you know of local business owners? If so, see if any of them need help with cleaning their business. For some, they may need someone to do a deep clean once or twice a month. Also, consider helping elderly help tidy their homes on a week by week basis.

Host A Yard Sale

If I find items around the house that are too bulky or cumbersome to sell online, I usually team up with a friend and host a yard sale. Typically, I've earned anywhere from $100 to $400 dollars in one day.

Flea Market Booth

Consider teaming up with a friend or family member to co-host a flea market booth. I used to buy and sell antique books. I often found them for mere pennies, then re-sold them at face value. It was fun learning about antiques in the process!

House Sit 

With people traveling more and more these days, there is a climbing need for house sitting. Offer to watch your friends homes while they are on vacation so you can build a portfolio. Once you have an experience or two under your belt, you can advertise your services.

Laundry Services

Believe it or not, many families will hire out help for something as simple as help with the laundry. Your service could provide washing, drying, folding, and even ironing. This would be an easy business to promotion social media.

Personal Shopping

Another great venture is personal shopping. You can provide service to shop for groceries, home decor, ect.

Meal Planning

With many families trying to eat healthy, a simple meal plan could come in handy. You can create a plan of 5 to 6 meals complete with a grocery shopping list, recipes, and tips for staying on track with their meal plan.

Consignment Shops

If you like to shop for clothes, consider scaling yard sales for name brand clothing. You can turn around and sell them at a higher price at local consignment shops. This is perfect if you are fashion savvy, and up on designer labels.

Etsy Business

Do you create items from hand? Perhaps you like to make greeting cards or paint unique portraits? Research your options and see if an Etsy business is up your ally.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Earn Free Gift Cards With These Apps

I love earning free cards. I use them for fun things like Starbucks drinks, or to help offset the cost of every day items. Here are a couple of apps that are my favorite options for earning free gift cards:

Swagbucks: Nothing has even come close to the ease of Swagbucks. You can earn hundreds of points a day by spending a few minutes answering questions, filling out surveys, etc. They offer an app you can keep on your phone. So, the next time you are waiting at the doctor's office, why not earn some free cash? Sign up here to help me out. Shameless plug. ;)

Shopkick: I was introduced to Shopkick earlier last year. I was blown away with how easy it was to earn points! Basically, you sign in when you enter a store on their list, and you can earn points. You can also earn extra points by logging in and scanning items. I earned a $5 gift card in about two weeks. Not bad!

What are some of your favorite apps to earn free gift cards?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather outside is: Cold & Sunny 

On the breakfast plate this morning: Iced Coffee ;)

As I look outside my window: Quiet day outside.

Right now I am: Getting ready to help a friend around her house (she just had a baby)

As I look around the house: It's obvious that it's a Monday! Lots to pick up.

On today's to do list: Laundry, dishes, crock pot dinner, workout, errands

Currently reading: Lienage of Grace by Francine Rivers

On the TV today: Hopefully, some old Murder She Wrote Re-Runs

On the menu this week: Homemade Bread, Korean BBQ, White Chicken Chili, SKillet Dinner, and Soup

What I am creating at the moment: Been working on knitting

New recipe I tried or want to try this week: Brocolli & Cheese Casserole

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals: I've been reading "The Power of a Praying Wife" devotional and it's been very eye opening for me. 

Homemade Cleaners For Your Home

Here's a list of simple homemade cleaners that you probably have in your pantry!

For Bathtub:
1/2 Cup Borax
Warm Water

Soak tub in warm water then sprinkle borax. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

For Carpets: 
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Cornstarch
(amount depends on size of carpet area)
Sprinkle baking soda and cornstarch over carpets. Immediately vacuum! The baking soda helps with odor, while the cornstarch will give your carpet a facelift.

General Cleaner:
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/4 Cup Warm Water
2-4 Drops Lemon Oil

This can be used for tough stains and sticky residue on counter tops.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Shop Online Yard Sales

One of my favorite ways to score a good deal is to shop online yard sales. Most of these are handled through social networks (Instagram & Facebook being the largest that I know of). Generally, people will share their items for sale, set a price, and let people have at it.

Here's a few tips for what to look for when bargaining online:

Pictures: Make sure they offer well lit pictures for the items you are purchasing. Bad lighting or poor quality photos could disguise problems with the item you are bidding on.

Contact: Make sure they provide an outlet for contact information. With online sales, private messaging or texting seems to be the most popular forms of communication.

Meeting: It's important to keep safety your priority, espeically if you are meeting someone you don't know. Take someone with you, meet in a public location, and a well lit area. Typically, I meet folks downtown.

Monday, January 12, 2015

5 Simple Ways to Create a Peace Filled Home

I realize that most days are hustle and bustle for most of us desite our well layed plans for an organized and simplified life. Yet, even smack dab in the middle of every day life, we can apply simple techniques to create a peace filled environment. Here are my top five:

Decorate Your Home With Scripture: This is a newer idea to me, and I'm not sure why it took so long for me to apply this to our household. However, I printed off one of my favorite verses for the living room, and fell in love with the simple addition. Now, whenever I'm cleaning or playing with our daughter, I see this verse and have a calm wash over me. It's an easy way to bring peace to the chaos of every day life.

Pray Over Each Room of Your House: An older lady taught me this one. She shared that whenever given the chance, she will walk through each room and pray over her family. For example, you have a tv room, you may want to pray for guidence in choosing media, for your bedroom, pray for the protection of your marriage, etc.

Create A Thankful Journal: Like anyone, I can be given over to greed in a matter of seconds. Rather than thinking on the things I don't have, I choose to be thankful for what we have been given. This has been elevated by simply journaling my "five things" that I'm greatful for each day. It's a great way to start my mornings.

Create Ambiance: Even if you live in the smallest house in the world with zero decorations, you can still set the mood. Try dimming the lights, and burning a candle. It's a simple way to bring beauty and peace to your home.

De-Clutter for 10 minutes every day: Clutter takes a toll on our emotions whether we realize it or not. Start your day off by clearing the countertops, and putting away items through the house. Speed cleaning will do wonders for the overall peace of your home.

What are your tips for creatinga peace filled home?