It's my birthday! Year 33 has been a good. There has been a lot of building, reworking, learning and refocusing this year all wrapped up in a lot of joy! Mid 30s I think bring lots of self development and lots of juggling. I learned a couple key things this year.
1. It's okay to be exactly who you are, all the time. Thank you Enneagram test for leveraging that real self talk!
2. It's totally okay to not be crushing it at everything all at one time. I finally eased into the reality of not needing to be achieving my highest levels of success at every moment. Each life category has it's shining moment at it's own time.
3. Girlfriends are like gold. No one replaces my mama but man have I found lifelong bonds this year! Trusting these girls with my victories and defeats has been incredibly good for my soul.
4. It's okay to cry and just not be okay for a little while. Then we put on our big girl panties and get on with it.
5. To flip that coin, it's really okay to celebrate the crap out of victories big and small!
6. Personal growth sets you free. If I'm not growing how am I getting closer to super woman status?
7. Forgiving doesn't mean they won. It just means that YOU are no longer mad. So much power in that. God handles everything always how it should be.
8. God really shows up! All the time!
9. Fine lines are just a real thing. They are coming in hot and who the heck cares.
10. It's okay to be a little fat and happy now and then! This 34 year old body is pretty okay.
11. Saving money sucks all the time. But having that extra $$ when you need it or want to splurge is heaven!
12. Standing up for yourself and for others matters. If you don't who does?
13. God has a specific plan for me. He knows exactly the woman I am now and who I am to become. He knows the wife and mother I will be and He's got it worked out. Man is that reassuring to not have to worry about that.
14. I cackle when I laugh and it's a lot but it's okay
15. 34 looks good!
Look one is so comfy cozy and perfect for chilly weather while site seeing on vacay or boating! Let's be honest it's pretty cute for grocery shopping too! Love this easy, casual look that reads so classic and nautical. The bright yellow hooded raincoat is such a fun departure for winter neutrals but can be toned down with a classic striped top, black skinny jeans and topped with a grey beanie for cooler days.
Look one is highlighting the trench coat as a layering piece over leather leggings, a simple white tee and a chunky geometric scarf or luxe poncho. This look paired with tan heels is sexy but still uber chic. You could also skip the heels and throw on some comfy tennis shoes (or these and these) to keep the look more casual.
Look two is one of my favorites and just exudes effortless chic! This is a look that Meagan Markle sports a lot! Pair your classic trench with a chambray button up blouse, tucked into stone washed skinny jeans. Top the look off with black booties, black oversized sunglasses and sleek black clutch for cocktails with friends or date night.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access is here! I've been scooping up great staple peices! I'm always inspired by simple, timeless fashion. I like to find a piece and work a look around that special piece to create multiple looks. I've created this series to help you put together looks all from pieces on major sale right now at Nordstrom!
I love a moto style jacket and find them so versatile. Blush has quickly become a neutral shade and can be paired well with light or darker tones. The feminine color mixed with the edgier style of a moto jacket is the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. I love these two takes on styling a blush pink moto jacket.
We love Fourth of July and always make a point to explore new resorts and experiences each year. This year we tried Monarch Beach Resort having heard such fun things about their Fourth of July festivities.
We checked in on the 3rd and bee lined it for the beach. Beach access is by jumping on a cute little trolley that winds you through the resort to the beach. They have the sweetest set up including loungers, anoraks and The Monarch Bay Club with yummy cocktails and local menu. I had big plans of parking my booty under an umbrella with a glass of rose, but the girls were ready to party.
After getting properly sandy, I snuck away to the spa for a facial. To say I was giddy was a massive understatement!!!! I was welcomed with a Detoxifying Ginger Elixir shot made with lemon and ginger juice, black pepper and raw honey. To follow the ginger shot, I sipped a Soothing Green Elixir made from celery, cucumber, pineapple, apple and kale juice. So refreshing! The Miraval Spa is pretty legit! With full service treatments including Diamond facials and Hydrafacials, massages , yoga and endless fitness classes. It even has a DryBar to keep your tresses looking perfect!
I had a Hydrafacial and it was the dreamiest! I would say one of the most luxurious facial experiences I have ever had! My skin was left decongested and glowing and the scalp massage was beyond divine!
The next day was the fourth and we hit the ground running with pool time! What I loved about the resort is how easy access everything is from morning coffee and healthy snacks at the Part & Parcel market to super attentive pool staff. This mama was so happy! The girls right away made some new friends. We split our time with festive waterslides, snow cones, the pool and endless fun in the kids club. They got crafty with USA Sand art and Patriotic glitter tattoos. That evening we got ourselves cleaned up for a magic show. The kids were mesmerized! After our minds were blown with the magic, we headed up to enjoy a massive, delicious Fourth of July BBQ buffet and fireworks show! There is nothing like sitting under the stars with your people watching fireworks. My heart is so full watching the girl's faces as the fireworks explode.
The next morning, my mom and I tired Aerial Yoga. We were both a little intimidated but have always wanted to try it. How bad could we be right?! We had the best time! The funny thing was that we surprised ourselves with what we could do. Everything is very mind over matter and once we got over the little fear that came we were able to conquer a couple really cool poses and stretches. There was even a handstand involved. So to say we are submitting our applications to Cirque de Solei....game on!
Overall, we had the best trip! The hotel is beautifully styled, has impeccable service, yummy food and a million activities to keep all ages busy and excited! We will definitely be back!
So here's the thing.... I danced for over 18 years. Was I the best, no. Did I work the hardest, no. Did I think I was pretty good, yep! Am I beyond competitive, yep!! I'm going to be brutally honest in the most loving way possible! We keep it real in our house! The girls had there dance show this weekend and it through me into a tailspin of OMG! Capri's potential is beyond and Peyton is living her best life in her costume with full makeup. So that's the situation. Capri is a dancer in every form but can't retain choreagraphy and isn't that excited about practicing. Peyton, is pretty hard core but has a serious knock knee, sickle foot scenario going on. All the heart and not that much natural talent. What I realized is this, I probably shouldn't be dance mom, and here's why....
Reason 1. No one wants you fogging up the glass during class while your daughter is dancing. Disclaimer on this one... I did ask Capri if she wanted me to watch her practices and she said yes. My intensity level was apparently accepted.
Reason 2. No one wants you, as a grown woman, doing the Jr. Jazz routine almost full out in your chair.
Reason 3. Calm down, the pirroute prep situation is giving you a major eye twitch. Can she just turn the correct way? Don't even get me started on Peyton's turnout!
Reason 4. My panic ensues when we are off count.
Reason 5. Can we just let it be fun and not be about being the best? I'm not sure on how to even deal with that basic question.
Reason 6. Capri forgot half of her 2 routines in her first show. I broke out into a cold sweat.
Reason 7. There was a mother/daughter dance at her show. Should I even tip my toe into that situation? It took every restraint to not bust a serious move. I thought about it but for sure knew I'd rip my hammy so that settled that.
So overall, I'm trying to be a good dance mom. It's taking a very large effort and I'm working really hard on making sure the girls aren't aware of my level of crazy. What I can say is we are pretty situated in our stage hair and makeup game. #wegotthis Parenting is no joke! Any other dance moms feel me?
This is the yummiest mocktail that may make you not even miss the booze! We love the kids to be able to drink anything we are so mocktails are our jam these days!
You will need:
1/4 cup watermelon juice
2 T lime juice
1 t agave nectar
Chop watermelon and blend until smooth. Strain the watermelon to separate juice. Stir in lime juice and nectar. For spicy kick add jalapeño like my hubby likes!
You could also blend with ice and rim glass with sea salt.
For boozy option, add tequila!
Gingham is my all time favorite warm weather go to! It's fresh and flirty! I love this off the shoulder, ruffled dress by Tobi. It's flattering silhouette nips in the waist to be oh so feminine. I paired this easy breezy dress with a wide brimmed sun hat, leather belt, comfy slides and straw bag for a day at the park with some friends.
Spring has sprung and nothing gets me more excited that outdoor fun on a sunny day! I grabbed my favorite new book and something sparkly and planted myself for an afternoon of lounging this weekend. It was heavenly!
Since our weather has been so nice I decided for a fresh white look for the day. I paired my new favorite off the shoulder top from Tobi with a crisp white denim skirt. Topped my look with a hat and off I went.
I love whites for any occasion. This Tobi off the shoulder blouse is just the perfect top! I could pair it with denim cutoffs for a super casual look or a flow midi skit for something a bit more dressy. It's so versatile.
We are off to a couple big trips this year and I am the self proclaimed queen of packing practical and light. I am a firm believer in a capsule wardrobe and think this premise is super helpful when it comes to packing for a getaway. Let's be real ladies we don't need all the options! Save your sanity and keep it light. Here is my go to method and some tips and tricks I've found tried and true when it comes to packing with the capsule mindset.
Tips to get you started:
1. Plan your itinerary. Will you be walking all day, everyday? Lounging at the beach? Enjoying dinners out? What will be filling your days up?
2. Check your destination's weather for when you will be there. Rainy? Don't pack your leather shoes or jackets that aren't waterproof. Gloomy? Layers will be key. Windy? Plan on no hats and chic hair situations to not look crazy windblown Hot? Think loose fitting and light fabrics.
3. Check out your destination's color pallet. This may seem odd but if you dress with the pallet of your location in mind you will always look perfectly chic in every photo. This will also help you keep on track with a cohesive packing color pallet to allow to mixing and rewearing items.
4. This is always something I think about too... I like to eat and enjoy myself on vacation so I purposely avoid tight fitting outfits so I can be as full and comfy as needed. I may add a belt to cinch in my waist for some shape or a fitted jacket but I keep my outfits loose fitting for the most part for my eating!
5. Decide on hair looks. I wash my hair about once a week so I plan accordingly. I usually start my trip with fresh hair then plan for hats and accessories like headbands and clips for the rest of the trip so I can avoid traveling with a million styling products. Dry shampoo is the best and plan for wash and wear styles like cute braids. If you must, plan on one curling iron to touchup any simple styles.
I have sort of a fool proof science when it comes to my packing. I go day by day and pack for the whole day each day at a time so I don't forget something. I visualize the day from start to finish and pack literally each item as I would envision using it per day.
With this structure, I rewear a lot of items. I pack two pairs at maximum, one jacket in a neutral color, one pair of sunglasses and one hat. One beach tote that I use as my carry on and one crossbody bag to keep hands free. I also try and pack my swimsuit cover to double as a shawl for chillier evenings.
This is how my packing would look for a beachy vacation with mulitple different additional outings:
Swimsuits can be worn under denim shorts, green shirt or sarong for beach days. Breezy sundresses and rompers for exploring local areas or dinners out. White blouse and denim cut offs or crisp white jeans for more comfy options.
Palm Springs is always our favorite go to when it comes to spring break. We love that if feels like a real getaway but is still close to home. We stayed at the Westin Mission Hills this year and were so excited to explore.
First off, we made a b-line for the pool! It was a mad house but we hit the water like no one's business. I booked this resort solely for it's waterslide to be honest. The girls swam for about 3 hours and took turns on the waterslide a million times. We had a hankering for Mexican food and drove a couple blocks for some yummy tacos and chips. We decided to tuck in early that night and continue our Star Wars marathon we had started earlier in the week. Us girls had never seen Star Wars so Erik thought it would be fun to watch all of them over the break.
Day Two, we hit the pool super early. This pool seating situation was no joke. I set my alarm and off we went at 7:45 for our spots. Once our mission was accomplished, we grabbed a nice easy breakfast at the Mission Hills Market Cafe. I love the ease of this sort of breakfast. They offered fresh pastries and Starbucks coffee along with toiletries and snacks for the rest of the day. Cereal for the girls and coffee for mommy and we were set. We also had the option of fresh pancakes by the pool too which smelled delish. That was definately a perk of getting to the pool early was yummy breakfast options and quiet pool. The Westin hosted super fun kids activities all throughout the day. From family fishing to waterslide lifeguard games to watermelon eating contests there was always something fun to do. Capri decided to participate in the watermelon eating and won! Girl can take a watermelon down!
That night we ordered Dilberts pizza in for more Star Wars. They were playing a fun movie that night by the pool but we were all sun kissed and exhasted from the pool all day.
Day Three greeted us again with a simple cafe breakfast and comfy spot at the pool first thing. My idea of a vacation is parking myself by the water and absorbing myself in a book all day. I got my wish! I literally barely moved and was so happy about it! For lunch the girls noshed on freshly grilled burgers and mommy got a fresh watermelon salad while Erik hit the gym. The girls swam all day and when we had our fill, we hit the road reluctantly.
Tips for your stay:
- Get to the pool no later than 7:55 am to get a spot.
-Take advantage of poolside breakfast and cafe. They will save you money and time getting a whole family breakfast situation at a restaurant.
-Plan to keep an eye on little ones, the pool does not have lifeguards.
-Take advantage of the kids activities and kids club for a nice adult free couple hours.
-Bring fun pool floats and balls. There are a million kiddos around and the floats were a hit. The pool also has a volleyball net to play with.
Overall, another great family Spring break vacation for the books.
I had a funny conversation with a friend the other day about what was on my agenda for my "average Momprenuer" Monday. I was saying how relaxed the day was going to be and then got to really thinking what my "normal" Monday would be. Momprenuer life is no joke! Mom's wear many hats and then add in work life the hats double and triple. I am so fortunate to have a couple businesses that allow me most of the time to work from home. Nevertheless, my days are run like a well oiled machine. Not every day is the same but here is my Monday from this week. Don't miss the big GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!! It's a good one!!! Let's get into it!
7:00 am I rustle up throw on my robe over my pjs and get to the morning routine. Yes, I am 100% the mom that rocks her robe to school drop off! Peyton is not a morning kid and loves to be cozy so she takes quite a while to get rolling. Capri is much more like me and once we are up , we are up. We check the weather and quickly decide what to wear that day. As the girls wake up and get dressed, I start breakfast. Our hens are giving us so many eggs so mornings consist of scrambled eggs, berries and english muffin. As the girls eat, we listen to some music and I work on lunches. Lunches consist of half a sandwich ( peanut butter only for Capri and peanut butter and jelly for Peyton- Don't mix them up mommy!!) a piece of fruit like a cutie orange and a healthy chip or pretzel with juice. Snacks get packaged and put into backpacks while the girls grab their vitamins and start working on brushing their hair. Hair done, teeth brushed, shoes on and off we go!
7:40 am Off to school. We love to listen to music and chat on the way to school. I really try and make mornings fun so it starts our day off great!
8:05 am We roll into school drop off with kisses and love
9:00 am 2 cups of coffee and email checking begins while one load of laundry gets started.
9:30 am I make a couple protein pancakes or eggs and get to responding to my emails, making grocery lists for the day, list of things I need to accomplish that day ie. change sheets, pay bills, clean bathrooms, workout, bleach teeth, shower etc.
10:00 am Start to do list. Fold and restart new load of laundry. Strip the sheets on the beds. Clean dishes from morning and clean kitchen countertops and reorganize living room. Run Puppy ( Roomba)
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10:30 am Workout for the day ( quick Tone it Up workout or a class) and beauty maintainence. This would be doing some self tanner, giving myself a mani pedi, face mask or teeth bleaching. This may seem silly but being a blogger and work in the wedding industry it's important for me to keep my self situated. Nails are in my bride's wedding photos and in my blog photos. We randomly need to shoot a look or something quick for the blog so self tanner helps me not look scary. Teeth bleaching was on my 2018 goal list. I partnered this year I partnered with Smile Brilliant and have the prettiest teeth I've ever had. I've used white strips in the past and would be so frustrated with them sliding around and missing the stains on my gum line not to mention ouch to my sore gums. Smile Brilliant bleaching trays have been a game changer! I got customized trays that fit my teeth perfectly, bleaching gels and even desensitizing gel to keep my gums happy. I pop in my trays and get on without a hitch in my to do list. I can tackle phone calls without sounding funny, do a workout, take a shower or even run an errand and they are virtually undetectable. I brush my teeth to get my morning coffee off, pop on my trays with bleaching gel in for 30 minutes. Brush with wet ,sans toothpaste and follow with desensitizing gel for 20-30 min. I rinse and viola! I pop in my trays and get on without a hitch in my to do list. I can tackle phone calls without sounding funny, do a workout, take a shower or even run an errand and they are virtually undetectable.
11:30 am possibly shower and back to computer. This time I follow up on morning emails and start working on timelines for upcoming bride trial runs and weddings. Next, emails go out to my team to keep them up to speed on upcoming appointments or weddings. This is my time for brainstorming on new blog posts and/or shooting them and online shopping for items for upcoming posts or trips.
12:30 pm out of the house chores. This Monday,I dropped my car off at car wash and walked over to Target to get a competition team little present for Capri's competition team sister, more La Croix ( obviously) and trash bags. Next was grocery store for week's worth of groceries and Erik's meal prep items.
1:00 pm Run home with groceries. Throw together a simple lunch ( I love leftovers or lettuce wrap or salad). After lunch, I put away the morning's laundry and listen to a podcast ( I'm into Goal Digger or Lady Gang)
2:00 pm I grab a La Croix and head to pick up the girls from school
3:00 pm I prep a snack for the girls while they relax and start getting homework out. We like crackers, celery and peanut butter, apples or pretzels and quac or hummus. Snack plates and fruit bowls are big favorites.
3:15 pm Homework for both girls while I go through their school folders to see what's up for the week from their teachers.
4:30 pm Capri gets ballet gear on and hair up in bun and off we go do dance for the night. Monday's dance schedule consists of Ballet and Lyrical for her.
5:15 pm Peyton finishes up homework or works on some chores while I start dinner. Tonight we are having spaghetti. Ground turkey, yummy Rao's sauce, whole wheat noodles for girls and zoodles for me and Erik. After dinner is ready Peyton and I play a game or watch a movie together.
7:00 pm We pick up Capri from dance and daddy gets home from work.
7:30 pm We gather at the table for dinner ( non-negotiable) and chat about our days. We have our routine of "Best Day" we each take a turn discussing the best part about our day. This could be something awesome that happened that day or something simple like the pretty weather or great song we heard. It gets us all talking and connected. I'm a big believer in family dinners and lots of conversation at the table.
8:00 pm Girl's jump in shower, brush teeth, brush their hair and night time books picked out for reading. Hugs and kisses and na night time.
8:30 pm Erik usually tucks in around this time too for his early morning wake up call (3:00 am) while I clean up after dinner. I usually hit my emails one more time to make sure I got any lingering emails answered, blog posts finished or projects wrapped up. Tonight I finished up my computer work and plopped down on the couch to work on my bible study lesson for Thursday. After my study, I either play on instagram and watch all my favorite stories, watch a quick episode of my shows ( The Crown or Animal Kingdom)
10:30 pm Lights out for mommy!
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You guys ask all the time about my every day makeup look! I am happy to share it here for you all! I hope you guys find it as easy as it really is! I firmly believe in natural beauty and am not a personal fan of perfection! My belief is brows are supposed to be sisters not twins! Everything doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!
Here are all the products I used:
Step by Step:
3. Swipe concealer under eyes and pat with moistened Beauty Blender to blend. I like to pat my concealer down near my nose to outer corner of eye to create a triangle as well as cover my whole lid. This acts like an eyeshadow primer.
5. Using a fan brush, dust bronzer under cheek bones to contour as well as eye lids, neck and hair line. This is where the sun would natural kiss the skin. Adding it to your eye lids starts an eyeshadow layering process without all the extra work.
7. Apply lighter eyeshadow from your Cordura duo to the outer socket of the eyelid. Wiggle back and forth to build up a little color in the corner top portion of the eye. Without picking up any more color,, using small circular motions, blend the shadow with your eye shadow brush through the crease concentrating on outer corner.
8. With an angled liner brush, use the darker shadow from the duo to create a soft smoky liner. Start from the middle of the eye's lash line and wiggle color along the lashes until you reach the outer corner. If you want to draw the up a bit ( my eyes slope down naturally) create a little wing or flick with the shadow. This doesn't have to be perfect. The smokier and smudged the better. Soft is best! Add a bit more color to brush and start your lower lashe line from the outer corner working towards the center. By keeping darkness on outer corners only you draw the eye up and open. Use your finger to smudge any harsh lines.
9. Apply three coats of black mascara. I like to wiggle a little on the bottom outer lashes.
10. Using a brow brush or your fingers, brush brows upwards. Begin creating light small strokes with your brow pencil. Concentrate color only in the center of the brows. With light stroked draw small "hairs" upwards in the inner eye area of brow. Lastly elongate and shape the end of the brow to come to a soft point. I find a small peak at the top of the brow is universally flattering. Finish by brushing your brows up again to see if you missed any spots or to blend your work.
11. Apply cream highlighter to apples of cheeks, brow bones, temples, tip of nose and cupid's bow. Blend with fingers.
12. Finish your look with a light shimmery bronze lipstick.
I asked you guys last week on Insta Stories what your Easter basket go to's are and got so many awesome ideas! I am avoiding candy or sweet treats and wanted to keep the whole thing simple. My girls get little treasures all year with a new movie or a Disney day so all the gifting doesn't feel super necessary to me. But who doesn't love a sweet Easter basket?! We got so many great ideas from swim suits, coloring books to bubbles and chalk. My most favorite one was additions to our fairy garden! We have a special spot in our yard we planted last year that houses our fairy garden and I can't wait to add precious little additions to it. We now have two new fairy residents of our precious little spot. Their home is complete with tree swing, bark path and wishing well. I had so much fun creating this sweet little land and adding blooms from our peach tree for a little extra. I have gotten so excited about all the fun treasures and created a whole Pinterest board dedicated to all the magical things people have created for their gardens.
I adore Easter decor and wanted to try something a little different with my table this year for Easter brunch. I found this fun floral Kate Spade table cloth and black and tan striped runner and ran with it! I layered the two linens with sweet bunny place mats and added blush pink linen napkins to adorable wooden bunny napkin rings. For place settings, I layered my favorite rattan chargers with classic white beaded dinner and salad plate. To top the setting, I added blush crystal coupe glasses filled with gold foiled eggs ( tutorial here) . I love mixing metals and added gold flatware to my galvanized metal peices for a chic touch. Next, I gathered straw reeds from a field nearby our house and created a simple center piece with an oversized galvanized bucket. Our brunch menu will include all sorts of yummy treats including waffles and my favorite frittata. I added some cranberry orange scones to a blush crystal basket. I fell in love with this metal and wood, wheelbarrow salad bowl. I just think it's the cutest little addition. I layered a variety of bagels on a scalloped metal cake stand for some height contrast. I find with creating a table space you want to keep an eye on your heights and make sure to have a variety to make the table interesting. For an extra Easter touch, I added the cutest little straw bunny.
I was having a interesting conversation with a friend the other day about spending. What we each choose to spend our money on and what our habits are. As I get into my mid 30's I've started cutting back on my spending and focusing on the bigger picture when it comes to money. Thankfully, Erik has a wonderful career and my biz has been very good to me over the last 10 years but it's never to early to be more frugal. Also I find that the things that I want are always more $$ than I have. #adulting Over the last year, I've starting making small adjustments on my spending habits and tweaking my spending to put more away towards bigger projects or goals. Here are some small changes I've made that have created to put roughly $400 back in my pocket each month!
Do my own nails- sounds not that fun right? I know but hear me out! I work in the beauty industry and my nails needs to be done or looking clean at all times. I found that a. I don't care that much and b. I was spending around $60 a month on nail maintenance with my gel manicures and regular pedicures. No more!!!! Now I plop myself down in front of my favorite show at night and give myself a little mani pedi when I need it. I've collected about 10 nail polishes to cover all seasons and get it done. Total savings per month: $60
Make coffee at home-I actually prefer sipping my coffee at home during the week but was making a habit on weekends ( my work days) of grabbing a latte and protein box before work. That would add up to be about $8 each week at least. $16 if I was doing it both Saturday and Sunday. Now I brew my favorite coffee, add my almond milk and sweetener, healthy preplanned breakfast and off I go. I don't have to fret about waiting in the drivethru line and I that money goes straight towards other things. Total savings per month: $32 ( $8 a week)
Stop drinking during week- Erik and I made a rule of no more drinking and man has it changed out spending. This was a surprise one to be honest. Erik never cared about his wine being nicer but I acquired a taste for a middle of the road costing wine. We don't drink now outside of the occasionally date night or getaway and are saving roughly $45 a week just by not drinking. Whaaaa????? Total savings per month: $180
Cut fresh flowers from my own yard- I love fresh flowers in the house. There is nothing more cheery than a vase full of blooms on the kitchen table. I would gather about $12 worth of pretty stems from Trader Joes about twice a month for around the house. Since Spring is upon us, it's the perfect time to spend that $12 on potted blooms for our yard or porch. I now can plant my favorites and enjoy them whenever I want. Total savings per month: $24
Batch meal-I'm not a fast food person but my hubby is. I live for a grocery list and my hubby likes to walk the aisles for options. I CANT! So I made him a deal, if I batch meal for the week for us will he cut down on his eating out and extra grocery trips. If I'm batching for myself, whats it to me to make double portion? Nothing! I budget around $150-$200 on groceries per week which feeds the 4 of us breakfast, lunch and dinner for 6 days. The 7th day we usually go out as a family. Some of our go to's are tuna or chicken salad with pita chips for after school snacks, Spagetti, Burrito bowls and Tacos. I always try and utilize our local produce stand for our veggies to save major bucks. I can only get away with that budget because I meal plan and make a list like a machine! I get us all organized on Monday's and we are good to go! Total savings per month: $75
Comb through my subscriptions- I started combing through my bank statements and noticed a handful of subscriptions I've gathered over the last couple years. Yes YEARS I've been paying $3.99 here and $9.99 there for services that we don't use! NOOOO! When I totaled them up I was spending about $30 on nothing! Just throwing it out the window! Needless to say I cancelled those lingering things that I just didn't need and wasn't using and can put that towards something actually I will use! Total savings per month: $30