10 Frugal and healthy recipes your kids will LOVE! Plus a free meal planning printable.

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Healthy kid friendly recipes

It’s really easy to find recipes that are healthy, budget-friendly or kid-friendly. It’s a little harder to find all three! It can be difficult to cook for kids, they can be picky, and go through the weirdest food phases. I’m talking to you, toddler mom. If you’re looking for kid friendly recipes for picky eaters, you’re bound to find a winner here! You can mix and match these recipes for at least a weeks worth of yummy, healthy food that your kids will love.

If you’re struggling with meal planning, check out the bottom of this post for a free meal planning printable!

Recipe images belong to the bloggers who created them. All images used with permission.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about having a simple Christmas

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5 steps to a more simple Christmas

I’m usually the kind of person who is almost finished Christmas shopping sometime in October. -shop all year and I finish very early. But not this year. This year, I wanted to do things more simply I wanted to declutter and simplify, not bring in more things to store. I wanted to have a simpler Christmas, with fewer gifts.

My sister recently shared a photo on Facebook. It was something that’s been going around for a while. The idea of 4 Christmas gifts, want, need, wear, read. This idea has been around for a while, and who wouldn’t want a simpler Christmas? If you ask yourself, do your kids really need a large number of gifts, the answer is probably not.

This blog post is not to shame anyone who wants to have a big Christmas. If you want a big Christmas with lavish gifts, that’s just fine! This particular post just isn’t for you. If you are struggling to get your kids to be grateful for what they have, live a more minimal lifestyle, or just cut some chaos out of Christmas, it’s for you.

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Learn how starting a mom blog could change your life! 7 reasons to start today.

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7 reasons to start a mom blog today

Before I talk about the reasons to start a mom blog, I want to tell you a story. When I started this blog in 2016, I did not want to have a mom blog. I had a “mom blog” from 2009-2013 and I wanted to do something different.  I wanted to write about simplifying life, healthy living, saving money, but I didn’t want it to be considered a mom blog. I signed up for a Peek User Test and the person testing said “Oh, it’s another mom blog.” I was horrified!

Fast forward to the next year. I realized that my readers were moms. I realized that my posts that were doing well were, for the most part, parenting related. Whether I wanted to or not, I had a mom blog. So I embraced it. There’s nothing wrong with having a “mom blog.” Some of the most popular blogs are indeed, mom blogs. I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about what a mom blog is, and isn’t. We’ll talk about those too. So why should you start a mom blog? Here are 7 reasons to start a mom blog today.

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Best things to do in Maui

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7 Best things to do in Maui

The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui is a popular destination for tourists of all ages. Maui offers a unique view of several other islands. From Maui, you can see Kaho’olawe, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii!
With 10000+ saves on Pinterest, my “Best things to do on the Big Island” pin has been my most popular on Pinterest so far. Of course I had to follow up with the best things to do in Maui. Also known as the “Valley Isle” Maui is one of the most beautiful places that you can visit. From snorkeling, to mountain sunrises, to beautiful waterfalls, there is so much to explore on this amazing island. My husband and I recently spent some time island hopping and stayed on Maui for a few days. These 7 things were just a few of our favorites.
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The best LEGO sets for preteen boys | Holiday 2017 Guide

the best lego sets for preteen boys

Are you looking for a Lego set for a huge fan, but aren’t sure which one to get? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I have three Lego-loving kids, and my oldest is a huge fan. One of his favorite hobbies is putting together his Lego sets. Kainan is 9 years old and he has given all of the following sets a thumbs up. This gift guide is geared toward preteen and young teen (8-14) boys, but girls of the same age or kids who are a little younger will probably enjoy these LEGO sets too!

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October Blog Traffic Report

October blog traffic report

October Blog Traffic Report + Stats and Goals

Back in August, I started keeping track of my blog traffic, stats, and goals for the next month. I may be adding income reports at a later date, but for now the only way to see my income reports is to subscribe to my email list. If you’re wondering why I would share these numbers at all, that’s a great question. There are actually two reasons. The first is that it’s a way for me to see my own progress. I also find blog traffic reports and income reports from other bloggers to be helpful and inspiring. My goal is to be helpful and inspiring to new bloggers someday.

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The secret to a perfect Pinterest strategy is easier than you think!

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How to use Pinterest for business

Whether you’re a blogger or a small business, having a Pinterest business account can be a huge asset. Pinterest can put you right in front of your customers. Unlike Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Pinterest isn’t really a social media platform. Think of Pinterest more like Google or YouTube, it’s a search engine.

People go to Pinterest looking for things. This is great for businesses, because it can bring customers to you who are looking for what you offer. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to use Pinterest for business so that you can grow your business using this amazing platform.

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Breakfast Fruit Skewers | Kids Breakfast Ideas

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Breakfast Fruit Skewers

The kids are back to school, and things are finally falling back into routine. Of course, it’s important to make sure that kids have a healthy breakfast before they head off to start the day. I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to find fun and healthy kids breakfast ideas that are easy!

This super fun recipe meets all of that important criteria, it’s very healthy, super fun, and most importantly, very easy. This simple recipe can be used as part of a healthy breakfast, or a snack any time. My kids also love these fruit skewers as an after-school snack.

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Age appropriate chores for kids + a free printable chore chart!

age appropriate kids chores plus a free chore chart printable

This age appropriate chores list has been highly requested since I wrote “How to get kids to do chores.” This is just a guideline, and every household and every child are different! However, this is a great starting point to figuring out age appropriate chores for kids.

My daughter was able to do most chores at a much younger age than either of my sons. My youngest is no where near where either of his siblings were at his age. You know your child best, and you will be able to figure out what they’re ready for. If they’ve never done a chore in their life, don’t expect them to pick up and do everything perfectly from the start. This is why it’s so important to start early! If you haven’t, that’s okay too, just start slowly wherever you’re at.

I created a free printable of this list, along with a free chore chart that can be customized for your child! Make sure to read to the bottom of the page, so that you don’t miss it!

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The Best Football Gift Ideas | A gift guide for football fans

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The Best Football Gift Ideas

If you stumbled on this gift guide because you’re looking for the best football gift ideas, look no further! I have to be honest with you, I’m not a football fan. Not even a little. But don’t leave yet! Fortunately, I enlisted the help of my husband, who is a huge football fan. With his help, we’ve come up with a list of the best football gift ideas. This gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the football fan in your life.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out my other gift guides:

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Work at Home Mom Gift Ideas

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Work at Home Mom Gift Ideas

As a mom who has worked at home in some capacity for over 8 years, I know what makes a great WAHM gift! Work at home moms face a unique set of challenges. It’s tough to have work responsibilities, timelines, plus having kids at home on top of it! For most work at home moms, this is the reality! As moms, we sometimes tend to neglect the things we want and focus on things the kids want, things for the house, etc. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s just how our brains tend to work. This means that there’s probably something the work at home mom in your life needs, but hasn’t gotten around to buying for herself.

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8 top survey sites to make money

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The 8 Best Survey Sites to Make Money

I’ve been using free survey sites to make money for over 7 years. In fact, it used to be one of the top ways that I made money online. Survey sites are a little different than they used to be, but the concept is still the same. Share your opinion to earn cash or gift cards. I don’t use survey sites as much as I used to, but I still do surveys as a side hustle in my spare time.

How many survey sites should I sign up for?

If you’re looking to make doing surveys online a side hustle, I recommend signing up for more than one. Some sites won’t always have surveys available, or won’t have surveys that you quality for. Signing up for multiple sites means more opportunities to earn money.

If you’ve been looking for the best survey sites to make money, chances are you’ve come across a few scams. There are quite a few scams out there. You should never give your information to any company that you aren’t sure is legitimate.

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The best gift ideas for Star Wars fans

Star Wars gift ideas. The ultimate guide of gift ideas for Star Wars fans of all ages.

The best gift ideas for Star Wars fans

Thanks to the recent Star Wars releases, fun Star Wars merchandise is easier to find than ever. With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premiering on December 15th, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan! Check out the newly released official trailer here.

Did I mention that I am excited about The Last Jedi? I’ve really enjoyed the latest Star Wars movies, although nothing touches the original trilogy. This was the most fun gift guide that I’ve ever written. I love Star Wars (as evidenced by my left arm, below) and I’m definitely not alone! If you’re looking for an awesome gift idea for the Star Wars fan in your life, look no further! Today I am going to share 32+ Star Wars gift ideas for a fan of any age.

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September Blog Traffic Report + Stats and Goals

September blog traffic report

September Blog Traffic Report + Stats and Goals

Last month, I started keeping track of my blog traffic, stats, and goals for the next month. I’m not including full income reports yet, but that may come at a later time. If you’re wondering why I would share these numbers, there are actually two reasons. The first is that it’s a way for me to see my own progress. I also find blog traffic reports and income reports from other bloggers to be helpful and inspiring. My goal is to be helpful and inspiring to new bloggers someday.

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7 awesome teen girl gift ideas | Holiday 2017 Gift Guide

7 awesome teen girl gift ideas

Are you stuck trying to find a gift for the teen or pre-teen girl in your life? Teen girls are notoriously difficult to purchase for. I decided to do the next installment in my gift ideas series all about teen and pre-teen girls.This teen girl gift ideas guide is mostly geared toward pre-teens and younger teens, about 11-15 years old.

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