Travel to Hawaii | How to save on a Hawaii vacation

how to save on a hawaii vacation

How to save on a Hawaii Vacation

I am currently planning my fourth trip to the Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth and a very popular vacation destination. Unfortunately, traveling to Hawaii can be very expensive. That being said, there are many ways to save on a Hawaii vacation. These are the tips that I am personally using to save on my next trip to Hawaii, and I know they will work for you too! I mention the Big Island because that is where I’ve spent most of my time on the islands, but most of the tips will apply on any island you choose to visit!

Continue Reading

How to save money on healthy food (with minimal effort!)

how to save money on healthy food

How to save money on healthy food (the easy way)

Food is expensive. There just isn’t any way to get around it. Unless you grow and raise your own food, you probably spend quite a bit of your monthly budget on groceries. We have all heard of the various ways to save money on food. Couponing, price matching, searching for sales. All of those methods do work, but with a couple of minor issues. The first issue is that these methods take time. I used to “heavily” coupon, and I spent a lot of hours searching for coupons online, cutting them out of the paper, searching for sales, and shopping. It was exhausting. The second issue is that it was hard to find coupons for real food. They do exist, but getting them usually entails contacting companies individually rather than finding the coupons in the paper. I still find ways to save money on food, but that doesn’t include hours of couponing anymore. I have two “secret weapons” that I use, if you want to know how to save money on healthy food, keep reading!

Continue Reading

30 day Minimalism Challenge | The Minimalists | #minsgame

30 day minimalism challenge

30 Day Minimalism Challenge

You may have heard of The Minimalists, they have a popular blog and podcast. I will admit that I am definitely not a minimalist, but I do look to simplify and declutter whenever I possibly can. Maybe someday I will be a real minimalist, like when my kids are grown. 🙂 I will be posting one a week over the next 4 weeks with my progress. I will also be posting daily on Instagram, so make sure to follow me and check that out. If you’re looking for a fun 30 day minimalism challenge, keep reading!

Continue Reading

Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge vs. Vega Chocolate Protein and Greens

plant based protein comparison

Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge vs. Vega Chocolate Protein and Greens – Plant Based Protein Comparison

I have exciting news! I decided to start a YouTube channel and share some of my blogs in a video format. I hope that you enjoy these vlogs and that you subscribe to my channel.

In my first video, I am comparing two plant based protein powders. Orgain creamy chocolate fudge vs. vega chocolate protein and greens. Which one is better? Watch the video below to find out!

Continue Reading

October Favorites – Fitness, Food & Beauty

October favorites in fitness, food & beauty!

October Favorites – Fitness, Food and Beauty

I have decided to start writing monthly favorites blog post. I will do these at the beginning of every month focusing on things that I loved from the prior month. In this post, I will go over my favorite items in fitness, food and (maybe) beauty products. I hope to continue this post in video form when I get my YouTube channel up and running. I love watching “Favorites” videos, leave me a comment if you like them too!

Continue Reading

Baiji Water Bottle Review

Baiji water bottle review

Last April, I bought two Baiji Water Bottles on Amazon for our trip to Hawaii. I had the intention of writing a review on the water bottles but it got put on the back burner. Well, after 6 months of not writing a review, here it is!

I took one of these water bottles to the gym the other day and realized that I needed to do a review. All opinions are my own, I bought the Baiji water bottles on Amazon for full price.

Continue Reading

Should I count calories? Calorie counting vs. macro counting vs. not counting

calorie counting vs. macro counting - a beginners guide!

If you are on a health and fitness journey, you have probably wondered about counting calories. There has been a lot of recent talk about macros in the health community, and many wonder the differences between calorie counting vs. macro counting. Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion and what has worked best for me. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. I always advise doing a little trial and error and figuring out what works best for your personal heath and fitness journey.

Continue Reading

My favorite fitness gear for busy moms

best fitness gear for busy moms

My Favorite Fitness Gear for Busy Moms

I have taken a turn with this blog and I want to get back to where I started. I am now going to focus on fitness tips and inspiration for busy moms. I plan to do more posts about food, fitness, and how to fit it all into a crazy schedule!  Today I want to talk about my favorite fitness gear for busy moms.

Continue Reading

You can afford an awesome vacation!

how to afford a vacation

How to afford a vacation

When I returned from our trip to Hawaii, I got a lot of comments. Most of them were positive, but a few were more along the lines of “I can’t believe you got to go to Hawaii” or “I wish I had the money to go on vacation.” I don’t travel as frequently as some (I wish!) but I am still asked how we are able to afford to do the traveling that we do. The answer is surprisingly simple. Priorities.

Continue Reading

7 tips for traveling with kids

7 tips for traveling with kids

7 tips for traveling with kids

Traveling with kids can be tough. It can be expensive, and highly stressful without some strategic planning. Fortunately, traveling with kids is also a wonderful experience that kids will remember for the rest of their lives. With a little planning ahead, traveling with kids might be more fun and cheaper than you think. I hope these 7 tips for traveling with kids will help you on your next adventure!

Continue Reading

6 things to buy that save money over time

6 things to buy that actually save money over time

6 things to buy that save money over time

I know what you’re thinking. How do you save money by buying things? It seems crazy, but there are things to buy that save money in the long run. If you’re already on a tight budget, you might consider adding these items slowly over time instead of trying to buy them all up front.

  • Cloth Diapers – I used cloth diapers to some extent with all 3 of my children. I have probably used cloth diapers 75% of the time through my children’s diapering years. I haven’t ever added up exactly how much money I saved, but I’m sure it was a lot! I find that the most cost effective time to cloth diaper is the newborn and earlier months, when you use more diapers than you can count. However, I didn’t start cloth diapering my oldest until he was 2, and I still saved a lot of money because he wasn’t potty trained until he was 3. My favorite cloth diapers are from BumGenius AIO (all in one)and Happy Heiny pocket diapers.

Related Post: Cloth Diapering 101 – Types of Cloth Diapers

Related Post: Related Post: Cloth Diapering 101 – All About Wool

Related Post: Related Post: Cloth Diapering 101 – How to wash cloth diapers

  • Diva Cup – I know that this is a taboo subject, but 99% of my readers are adult women so just hear me out! I was one of those people who thought for years that a reusable menstrual cup was disgusting. Then I decided to try it and it’s honestly a life changer. Not only is it much less disgusting than tampons or pads, but it saves a ton of money. If you only try one thing from this list, I strongly suggest trying it! I was very skeptical too.  If you’re looking to save a little, I have used this off-brand and I find it very comparable to the actual Diva Cup.

 

  • Reusable K-Cup – I love coffee and I love my Keurig, but K-cups are expensive. I had an a reusable cup with my old Keurig and recently purchased this one for my 2.0. If you are used to purchasing K-cups, this one little purchase will save you quite a bit.

It seems counter productive to buy things to save money, but these 6 products actually save money over time. Adding these items to your budget slowly will help save money in the long-term!

  • Reusable Coffee Cup – This seems pretty obvious, but making your own coffee at home will obviously save money. Even if you don’t make it at home, most coffee shops and even gas stations will give you a discount by bringing your own cup. I use a Beuno Cup from Target (clearance!) and a Koffie Straw.

Related Post: Koffie Straw Review

  • Cloth Napkins – I can’t tell you how much money I have saved over time by using cloth napkins, “un-paper” towels and cloth wipes. I have never gone so far as to use cloth toilet paper, but some people do! I have some nice un-paper towels with snaps that a friend made, but I mostly use inexpensive rags/hand towels. If you want nicer cloth napkins, I am thinking about buying this 12 pack.

6 things to buy that save money over time

  • Epilator – I am not going to lie and say that using a epilator doesn’t hurt – it does! However, if you spend a lot of money on razor blades and are looking for ways to save, it’s a great option. I’d say that it hurts less than waxing, and the results last much longer than shaving. I use a Panasonic brand epilator that also comes with a shaver attachment. It is an expensive purchase, but one that I feel will pay for itself over time.




These are 6 things to buy that save money over time, but it’s certainly not an inclusive list. What products do you use that save you money in the long run? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

 

Continue Reading

5 best things to do in Branson for families

5 best things to do in Branson for families

I used to call Branson home, but it is also a very popular vacation destination. I didn’t realize just how popular Branson is until I lived there. I have had friends from all over the country tell me that they see commercials for Branson all the time. Families travel from all over the country (and sometimes other countries!) to see what this small, Missouri town has to offer.

Branson is a reasonably affordable place to stay, with accommodations ranging from simple hotels to very nice vacation resorts. It’s central location makes it drive-able from many states and easy to access from everywhere else thanks to it’s small airport. Branson has a lot to offer, and it can get overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to start. These are, in my opinion, the 5 best things to do in Branson for families, in no particular order!

Continue Reading

How to make money from home as a mystery shopper

how to make money as a mystery shopper

Working from home often involves several different income streams. I’ve recently started doing some mystery shopping, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to make money from home. Mystery shopping probably won’t make you a millionaire, but it is a legitimate way to make extra money (mostly) from the comfort of your own home. For most mystery shopping trips, you will have to leave your house and computer. For most of us who work from home, that is actually a nice break from the regular routine!

Continue Reading

8 year old birthday gift ideas

Fun Fact: All six of our kids have birthdays in May-August. This means that “birthday season” is kicking off at our house. We actually aren’t doing big birthday gifts or parties this year, but instead we are taking all the kids on a summer trip and celebrating with activities instead of gifts. Even though that is what we are doing, I wanted to share some birthday ideas for all the birthday parties that you might be attending this summer!

My son is turning 8 on Saturday, and my husbands son will be turning 8 just three weeks after that! Earlier this month I wrote a post about 5 year old birthday gift ideas, so make sure to check that out too! All of the items listed are from Amazon, although you can purchase most of them anywhere. Generally speaking, I have found that Amazon has better prices than Wal-Mart or Target, unless Target is having a good toy sale. If you don’t currently have Amazon Prime, you can try it for free for 30 days. Use this link to get your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

If you’re on the fence about Amazon Prime, make sure to  check out my post about how to get the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription and then sign up for the trial. There are so many things included that most people don’t know about!

Continue Reading