Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Remember last week when I shared a photo of our homemade Summer Gazpacho on Instagram and Facebook? Well, I decided to share that lovely recipe (thanks to eMeals*, of course) with you because it is not only a delicious clean eating recipe but super frugal, especially if you have a backyard garden (or really kind […]

Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Remember last week when I shared a photo of our homemade Summer Gazpacho on Instagram and Facebook? Well, I decided to share that lovely recipe (thanks to eMeals*, of course) with you because it is not only a delicious clean eating recipe but super frugal, especially if you have a backyard garden (or really kind […]

Mama's Night Out. Sometimes, things just don't go according to plan...

Mama’s Night Out

Oh goodness. A couple weekends ago, I had the most amazingly awesome night that I have had in a while. I went out with a group of girls that I have been best friends with since elementary, middle, and high school. We were celebrating our friend Jesseca’s upcoming nuptials with dinner, a painting class, and […]

Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Super Frugal Clean Eating Summer Gazpacho

Remember last week when I shared a photo of our homemade Summer Gazpacho on Instagram and Facebook? Well, I decided to share that lovely recipe (thanks to eMeals*, of course) with you because it is not only a delicious clean eating recipe but super frugal, especially if you have a backyard garden (or really kind […]

The No Spend Challenge

July No Spend Challenge – Update #3

Ugh, this past week of July No Spend Challenge did not go so well. It started off with me purchasing some Fourth of July party supplies that were on clearance (that dang clearance section gets me every time). We are in the planning stage for our soon-to-be one year old’s birthday party next month. It […]

Let Financial Freedom Ring. Creative Ways to Pay Off Debt

Creative Ways to Pay Off Debt

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love Swagbucks* and that I use them a lot. I use them to score free gift cards, free clothing, and to shop for free. Now, I am using them to help pay down my debt. If you read my debt check-up post, […]

Why I Waited 2 Years to Monetize My Blog

Why I Waited 2 Years to Monetize My Blog

I started blogging two years ago with really no plan and no idea what I was doing. Last year I started to take my blog seriously and started honing my writing skills and content in order to start reaching new readers. Even with all that work, I still was not making much money blogging. I […]

The No Spend Challenge

July No Spend Challenge – Update #2

Are you joining us in our July No Spend Challenge and Financial Freedom Fridays? It is funny how during the week we do great at not spending money but as soon as the 5:00 whistle blows on Friday I swear the itch to spend money becomes almost unbearable. Thankfully, though this weekend we managed to […]

Let Financial Freedom Ring. Scoring Your Favorite Items for Free

Let Financial Freedom Ring! Scoring Your Favorite Items for Free

As part of our July No Spend Challenge and Financial Freedom Fridays, I am sharing with you how I score two of my favorite things for free – clothes and books. I have not actually paid for clothes in over a year and I have not paid for a single book since March but my […]

Mama's Night Out. Sometimes, things just don't go according to plan...

Mama’s Night Out

Oh goodness. A couple weekends ago, I had the most amazingly awesome night that I have had in a while. I went out with a group of girls that I have been best friends with since elementary, middle, and high school. We were celebrating our friend Jesseca’s upcoming nuptials with dinner, a painting class, and […]

The No Spend Challenge

July No Spend Challenge – Update #1

Well, week one of our July No Spend Challenge has ended. Were you able to determine your spending trigger(s)?   Here is how we did with our No Spend Challenge this week – not so great. My hubs did go and spend some money on “Georgia Fireworks” (the little no boom kind) for the Fourth. […]

Determining Your Spending Trigger

Let Financial Freedom Ring! Determining Your Spending Trigger Challenge

Happy Fourth of July all my fellow Americans!!! Wondering what a spending trigger is? A spending trigger is something that causes you to spend money or more money than you normally would without you even realizing out. For me, I have two spending triggers, online shopping and the clearance rack. Even the most frugal minded […]

Bouqs Review - 1st Arrived

Making Your House a Home with Fresh Flowers

My late Grandmother used to tell me growing up that a home is not quite complete until there are fresh flowers in the house. I can remember as a child running through her sunflower field looking up at those giant stalks. I loved helping her pick flowers and arrange them in mason jars to hand […]

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2014 Goals – Update #6

Blogging: I am currently participating in the SITS Summer of Love social media challenge where each day from now until July 18th bloggers are challenged to do certain tasks on two of their social media platforms. The two platforms that I picked are Instagram and Google + in order to grow my following and have […]

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Celebrating the Fourth with #AmericasTea. The Southern Way.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #CollectiveBias #AmericasTea   We fly our American flags high and proud, we stop our vehicles in the middle of the road when a funeral procession drives […]

Adding Your Blog to Your Resume. Why you should do it.

What to Include on Your Blogging Resume

If you make money with your blog, guess what, it is your job. So why would you not include it on your resume? Regardless of what your profession is and how secure you are in your career, you should update your resume every six months to a year – even if you are a stay-at-home […]

How Do You Handle Financial Change 5 Ways We Deal with Financial Change.

How Do You Handle Financial Change?

How do you handle financial change? Do you reach for a credit card in a moment of panic? Do you cry at the thought of having to withdraw money from your savings? For a long time I handled financial change by swiping my credit cards (yes, you read that right, cards) and have even blown […]

What to Take to The Pool

Keeping Your Sanity While at the Pool with Little Ones

Happy Summertime Y’all! I absolutely love summer; sweet tea, front porch rocking, pop-up thunderstorms, lightenin’ bugs, and water, lots and lots of water. From May until September, it is not uncommon to find my family out on Lake Allatoona or in a nearby pool cooling off. Yesterday, I took my crew to my best friend’s […]

Debt Check-Up An Honest Look At How Far We Still Have To Go

Debt Check-Up: An Honest Look at How Far We Still Have To Go

So far, I have survived over $30,000 of debt but I am far from being debt free. I am really a debt survivor in progress. After reading The Total Money Makeover in 2013, I knew we had to make some drastic changes. In a year, we have managed to pay off a little over $23,000 […]

Should I Rent or Own My Home

Should I Rent or Own My Home?

A question that I am often asked is if it is better to continue to pay rent or to take out a mortgage? The answer is quite simple but does involve a little math in order to figure out what your best option is. Your housing cost, whether it be your mortgage or rent should […]

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The Trouble with Summer

This is a guest post submitted by Amy. Here in the northeast, it was a long, cold winter, and early spring wasn’t much better.  Thankfully, it has finally warmed up, the trees have leaves, and the gardens are coming back to life.  I love spring and summer, but they bring unique financial challenges. Income – […]

Managing the Chaos as a WAHM - 5 Tips for the WAHM with Toddlers

Managing the Chaos as a Work-At-Home Mom with Toddlers

I have probably read every time management book and blog article on how to best work from home and increase productivity out there. The only issue is that these never mention how to work from home, manage your time, and increase your productivity if you have children at home with you who are younger than […]