• Balanced Finances,  Featured

    How I Paid Off $40k in Debt as a Young Mom

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here.   Have you ever found yourself in a place financially where you’re just terrified? Your next paycheck is still days away and your bank account is slowly creeping its way down to zero.  You work hard, but nothing seems to change. You feel like you’ll never get ahead. I’ve been there too. My Getting-Into-Debt Story I got married at 22, just out of college. While we were very happy and worked hard at full-time jobs, we were also naive about money. We bought…

  • Achieving Goals,  Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    Are Your Big Dreams Ruining Your Life?

    If only I could lose weight… If only we lived somewhere else… If only my kids would listen more… If only we could make a little more money… If only I could get this business off the ground… If only, if only, if only. Are you guilty saying things like this? I certainly am. I have lots of hopes and dreams for the future. I have goals that I’m pursuing this year and for my family’s big picture. I even have some big, scary dreams. You know, the kind that gives you butterflies in your stomach. The “dare-I-even-say-this-out-loud” kind of dreams. Do you have those too? Dreaming big is great!…

  • Balanced Finances,  Featured

    7 Work at Home Ideas for Busy Moms

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support! When you’re a mom, sometimes working seems like a lose-lose situation. You lose time with your kids and you lose money from your paycheck to childcare. And if you have more than one child, forget it. Daycare costs force many otherwise career-driven women to stay home because it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to work. But what if we have goals like getting out of debt or saving money for our kids’ college? It can be hard to…

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    Tips to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

    Smartphones are wonderful tools. They help us to keep up on current events, stay connected with loved ones, support good causes, share important stories, and millions of people (including stay-at-home moms) have even started using them to make extra money. I love what my phone is capable of. From the comfort of my couch, I am able to work, talk to friends, and even grocery shop. But with this powerful tool comes a serious potential danger—overuse. I’ll admit, it seems a bit strange to be writing a post about breaking cell phone addictions when I have a business that is dependent on social media. But I believe strongly in finding…

  • Achieving Goals,  Featured

    8 Ways to Succeed with Your New Year’s Resolution…For Real This Time!

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support!   A new year is just around the corner. Another blank slate, a new chance is here. The possibilities are exciting and empowering. There’s a lot of naysaying around New Year’s resolutions. After all, some 90% of people don’t see their plans through. Maybe you’ve personally set some goals in the past that you haven’t accomplished. Maybe this is a pattern for you— you set ambitious goals for the year, but by the time March rolls around, your motivation…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    How to Prep for a Great Snow Day with Kids

      This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support! Forecasters are calling for a snowstorm. Chances are good that your kids won’t have school and the whole family will be home for an entire day. I’m somewhat of a homebody, so I secretly look forward to these days. Snow days are a chance to slow down, relax and to have some fun with your family.  But in order to get the most out of the day, you need to prepare a bit. So, how do you prep…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    Why You Should Ditch the Mom Guilt

    Mom guilt— Just thinking about those words brings a flurry of uneasy feelings to my gut. “Mom guilt” seems to be a universal experience. But why? Why do we all feel the same negative emotions surrounding the job that we are doing raising our little humans? For example, I feel guilty whenever I discipline my children. Was I too harsh?  Will this punishment work?  Should I be trying positive reinforcement?  Will this make them question my love for them? But whenever I don’t discipline them when I feel it’s deserved, I feel guilty about that too. Am I being permissive?  Am I letting them walk all over me?  Will they end up making poor…

  • Balanced Body,  Featured

    12 Foolproof Tips to Start Working Out in the Morning

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support! How do you start working out in the morning when you’re a mom? You know you should exercise. You know it would help you feel good about yourself, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. And you could really use some extra energy to chase after your kids all day. But when you’re a mom, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Come on—some days, it can be hard to find time to sleep or…

  • Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    You Won’t Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea (and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About It)

    You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Do you like tea? Personally, I prefer coffee. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with tea— I just don’t like it. Like tea, you’re not for everyone. That’s meant to be good news. You’re not meant to please everyone. Maybe you’ve been making every effort to make everyone like you, and yet, there are still people who don’t. I get it. I tend to be a people pleaser myself. Sometimes I get tempted to “conform” to the people I’m around or change a post on social media because “What will people THINK?!” but I’m slowly getting over it. This might be a…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    I Was Having “One of Those Days” as a Mom

      This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support!   I was having one of those days as a mom. I was frustrated. ​Nothing seemed to be going right. My fuse was getting shorter. I was exhausted. The kids wouldn’t listen. They kept asking me for things. Asking over and over and over again. Even after I had said no a million times. I just wanted a minute to sit down and rest. I got snappy. I rolled my eyes. I yelled about something that…