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.

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How to save for a vacation | Prioritizing to make travel a reality

How to save for a vacation

My family gets a lot of comments about our travel habits. Most of them are positive, but a few are more along the lines of “I can’t believe you got to go to Hawaii” or “I wish I had the money to blow on vacations like you do” We don’t travel as frequently as some (I wish!) but we are still asked how we are able to afford to do the traveling that we do. The answer is surprisingly simple. Priorities.

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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.

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  • 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!

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Starfish Themed Beach Wedding Ideas

How to plan a beach wedding | Beach wedding ideas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love the beach. I’ve been talking about Hawaii a lot lately, but I love a good beach anywhere! My husband and I got married on the beach in Galveston, Texas. I spent a lot of time researching beach weddings ideas. If you’re interested in having a Beach Wedding, you’re in luck! I’ve already found some awesome ideas for you.  I found tons of beach wedding stuff at HotRef Party Favors, but these were my favorites.

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How to work from home with kids and keep your sanity

Is it possible to work from home with kids and keep your sanity? I am going to be honest with you, it’s still something that I am working on! As I am writing this blog post, there are five kids aged ten and under in my house. Phrases like “he hurt me!” and “I’m hungry” and “moooooooommmmm!!!” are heard every 12.5 seconds (or less.) I don’t have it all figured out, but I do have some tips to make sure that working from home with kids goes a little bit smoother!

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Where to stay on the Big Island | 5 reasons to choose a vacation rental condo

5 reasons to stay in a vacation rental condo | Where to stay on the Big Island

If you’re traveling to Hawaii and wondering where to stay on the Big Island, I have a great recommendation for you! The first time I went to Hawaii, we stayed with family. The second time I stayed at a resort, and this last time we stayed in a vacation rental condo with an extra day at a regular hotel.

Assuming that you don’t have the option to stay with family, which of the 3 options of where to stay on the Big Island is the best? I choose a vacation rental condo, hands down! Keep reading to find out why the vacation rental condo is my first choice of where to stay on the Big Island.

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Two things you should pay for when starting a blog

Two things you should pay for when you start a blog

2 things to pay for when you start a blog

There are so many free resources out there for starting a blog. In fact, I created a Pinterest board dedicated to just that! That being said, there are two things that I believe you should pay for when you start a blog. If you want to start a money making blog, spending money when you’re just starting out can be really hard to do. I don’t want you to spend more money than you have to, so these are the two things that have helped me the most when starting my blog.

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How to get the most out of an Amazon Prime subscription

How to use Amazon Prime | How to get the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription

I have been using Amazon Prime for several years now. I have found it to be extremely useful and even though I’m sure I could live without it, I don’t want to! The $99 yearly fee has been well worth it, and we save a lot of money every year.

I’ve had several questions about Amazon Prime, how to use Amazon Prime, and how to get the most out of an Amazon Prime membership. I want to share some tricks that I’ve learned while using Amazon over the years. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime account, you can try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days.

What you probably already know is that Amazon has great prices, and offers 2 day shipping on Prime eligible items. What you may not know is that there is much, much more to Prime! Keep reading to find out how to use Amazon Prime and get the most out of your $99 subscription.

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5 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas

5 year old birthday gift ideas | gift ideas for 5 year olds | what to buy a 5 year old for birthday

5 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 today. 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.

 

Miss M is turning 5 today, so I am kicking it off with 5 year old birthday gift ideas. All of the items listed are from Amazon, although you can purchase most of them anywhere. 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. I am including gift ideas for girls and boys, my daughter is pretty girly, but lots of girls like trucks and dinosaurs too!

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