8 Stress Free Ways to Pay for a Night Out Without Working More

Ok, as a stay at home mom and a wife…and an extrovert, I have been pretty open about my need to have nights away from the house. Years ago, when we were terrible with managing our money, we made so many excuses why we couldn’t afford fitting a night out into our budget. When we would finally cave, we would just charge our night out on our credit card! Well, I’m here to help you avoid the same mistakes we made. No credit cards, no excuses. Here are 7 totally stress free ways to pay for a night out without working more! 

365 Ways to Live a Better Life in 365 Days. Declutter. Simplify. Live with Purpose.

You can do a lot with a year. Or you can totally waste it. The choice is up to you. As we enter a new year, however, I have decided to make a list to go with each new day. Try new things. Declutter. Simplify. See what works, and ditch what doesn’t. I hope you can take some inspiration from these 365 ways to live a better life in 365 days ideas. Got any extra ones? Feel free to share in the comments!

The 50 Most Requested Copycat Recipes. Stop Eating Out and Save Money!

Sometimes the temptation to eat out at your favorite restaurant is just too great. You want to save money, but you also want to treat yourself to some super yummy foods. I get it! I am a big fan of not cooking dinner. However, in the name of saving money and paying off debt, considering copycat recipes might be your best option. Personally, whenever we have gone out to eat and eaten something unique that we love, I have tried to come home and copy it. The funny thing is, you can actually get more of the food you love for less than the cost of one meal eating out. So I took the top searched restaurants and gathered five of their best copycat recipes just for you! 

Texas Tourism: What to Do With 24 Hours and $200 in San Antonio, Texas

I was so bummed to learn that my brother was graduating basic training the same weekend I was photographing a wedding. Even though I wanted to be there for him I knew I couldn’t. I decided to book a flight from Sunday to Monday and I asked my oldest daughter to come along with me. I wasn’t exactly sure what we would do in San Antonio, Texas with so little time but I wanted to be there for my brother. When our trip ended and we were headed home I was shocked at how many things we had actually managed to do with so little time and on such a small budget! So if you are looking for a quick trip, here is exactly what you can do with 24 hours and only $200 in San Antonio, Texas!

10 Smart Money Moves That Take 10 Minutes or Less

I recently wrote a post about 10 Simple Decluttering Moves that Take 10 Minutes or Less and naturally, I had to do one that is just as simple when it comes to your finances. It’s crazy to think how many times I would use 10 minutes as a way to instantly blow hundreds of dollars without even thinking about it. That seems so crazy now that I know  so many smart money moves to make in 10 minutes or less. I really wish I would have started making smarter money moves so much sooner. If you are wanting to improve your finances, but have no idea how to even get started, these are 10 must see tips that will help you make or save money in 10 minutes or less!

5 Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Humble During the Holidays

We all want to raise children who are generous, kind, caring and humble. Right? Somehow during the holidays with all of the candy, food and presents a lot of us lose sight of what really matters. So what can you do to keep your kids humble during the holidays? How can you teach them to remember what really matters without having a total meltdown? I have 5 super simple tips for keeping kids humble during the holidays that won’t add extra stress to your big to-do list. These tips are easy to execute and might even help remind the adults what the holidays really are about.