Holiday Budget Tips and Quick Side Hustles for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

This post about holiday budget tips has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. You're thinking 'It's still summer, who wants to think about Christmas bills'... right?  Well, I am already seeing ads for high tech holiday gifts and those aren't cheap! Want to skip the holiday gift giving DEBT this year? You need to start pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips. There are plenty of ways that you can save money and MAKE money in the next 3 months before you start your Black Friday shopping adventures.  Keep reading … [Read more...]

6 New Hobby Ideas for a More Unique YOU

This post about new hobby ideas has been sponsored, however, all opinions are my own. If you are looking for new hobby ideas this year,  you are well on your way to creating a more unique YOU.    All work and no play makes mom a dull girl, right?  Finding a new hobby is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.  Depending on the which new hobby you decide to try, you may make new friends, create something you can sell to earn money, or even get more physically fit. Need a bit of inspiration when it comes to developing a new … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding Uber Scams for Safer and Hassle Free Travel

Driving can be a huge hassle when traveling. Traffic is a nightmare, parking is impossible to find and maybe you want to indulge in a cocktail or two and don't want to risk driving under the influence.  The solution to these problems may be to give Uber a try.  Have you ever tried using Uber? I have heard many stories about Uber scams and worry sometimes that it might not be a safe choice.  If you are worried about avoiding Uber scams, here are a few smart tips to help keep you safe and protected on your next Uber ride home. Tips for … [Read more...]

Waste Free School Lunch Tips to Save Money and Reduce Trash

I know....you are in the middle of summer vacation and don't want to think about school lunches, right?  Well, my kids go back to school in 3 weeks so I am thinking about what they will bring to eat this year.  Sending a waste free school lunch is important to me but it definitely takes a bit of planning. One of my favorite tips to save money is to ditch the disposables.  No sense throwing your hard earned cash in the garbage can, right? If you want to cut down on lunch costs this year, here are a few school lunch tips that might help. Check … [Read more...]

Estate Sale Tips for Sellers

This post about estate sale tips for sellers has been sponsored. All opinions expressed here are my own. Last month, my son and about 20 other neighborhood kids all graduated from high school. One of the families in the neighborhood decided that since all their kids were now out of the house, that they were going to move. And they were downsizing considerably! Since they had so much stuff that they didn't want to keep, they chose to have an estate sale. Having an estate sale sounds like a great way to downsize and I may just try the same … [Read more...]

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard for Greater Peace of Mind

If you have pets and small children, you may be wondering how to keep snakes out of your yard to help keep them safe. I know this is a huge concern for us here in Georgia. A few years ago, my husband and I found two rather large copperheads in our yard.  Needless to say, there was a lot of commotion over this fact since they are poisonous. I am a huge nature lover but I can't have poisonous snakes in my yard.  Unfortunately, we had to kill both copperheads which was very upsetting to all of us. What I really want to do is to keep snakes away … [Read more...]

Turn Summer Chores for Kids into Smart Money Management

This post about summer chores for kids and smart money management has been sponsored by BusyKid. All opinions are my own. Ever since my kids were young, they have been given chores.  Since we live in the burbs, they aren't out milking cows at 5 Am but I try to make sure they have a few things to do most days.  Since they have a lot more free time during the summer, they have more chores to go along with more free time. Summer chores for kids are a great way to teach them responsibility. It also lightens your own workload at the same … [Read more...]

Celebrating High School Graduation with Burgers, Tears, and Memories

This post about celebrating high school graduation has been sponsored by Culver's.  All opinions are my own. The school year is drawing to a close.  It's hard to believe that the last 9 months have flown by so quickly.  What makes this year particularly difficult is that I have a high school senior.  There will be no going back for this guy.  He is moving onward and upwards and will be heading off to college in a few months.  His impending departure has me wanting to cling to every moment I have left with him. He is harder to hold on to as a … [Read more...]

Common Family Legal Issues and How to Speak with a Lawyer FAST

This post about common family legal issues and tips on how to speak with a lawyer has been sponsored by LegalSpark.  All opinions expressed here are my own. My husband and I recently updated our will.  Since it hadn't been done for about 15 years, it was about time.  15 years ago, the kids were toddlers and we had far fewer assets so it was pretty easy.  This time, we got some will making software and spent a few days making lists of assets.  However, I found that I had legal questions and no one to ask them to! My son is 18... can he be … [Read more...]

How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort!

Ever look at your mailbox and think it needs a bit of TLC?  Are the numbers peeling off and the paint chipping?  If your mail is getting wet and your mailbox flowers are dead, I am going to share a few tips on how to spruce up your mailbox with very little effort! How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort! Understand Mailbox Rules Before You Start! We spent some time this weekend painting, repairing, and decorating our mailbox.  We knew that our homeowners association had mailbox rules that we had to follow.  I know, it is … [Read more...]