Create a Simple Budget with a Piece of Paper and a Smartphone

While I am a huge fan of budgeting apps like the EveryDollar budget, I’m also a person who comprehends things so much better when I write them down. In fact, my first simple budget was nothing more than a piece of paper and a smartphone. Often times I still need to use this message just to help my brain really pay attention to where my money is going every month. It’s why I created an easy to use Budget Bundle. I needed something that was specific to my budgeting needs that was easy to follow and I knew others probably felt the same. Check out the budget bundle. So, if you don’t like worksheets, how do you start a budget with a piece of paper and a smartphone? I promise it’s a lot easier than you think.

Minimize Travel Stress with One Bag Packing for the Whole Family

When asked, travelers said that the planning stage of travel was the most stressful part of a vacation, especially the packing. This should be a chance to relax, unwind, and have fun, so find ways to cut down stress wherever possible. If you are a mom packing for her husband and kids, then the packing struggle is even more real. Therefore, consider embracing minimalism. Even if you have three or four children, one bag packing is possible. Cutting stress in this area allows you to spend more time planning activities, so you and the family can really enjoy your trips together.

Minimalist Fashion for Summer: 10 Ways to Style Jeans and a Tank.

Confession. I have a problem. I could literally live my entire life in ripped jeans. Maybe it’s because my teen years were spent at Hollister and Abercrombie and I’m just glad the ripped jean look has made a comeback. If you are working on decluttering your wardrobe but are totally stumped on how to make a smaller amount of clothes work for you, I get it. As a minimalist fashion lover/ripped jeans obsessed 30 something, I have got you covered. I have officially perfected all the possible ways to style your ripped jeans and white tank for any occasion. An accessory here, a change of shoes there and boom, you’ve got yourself 10 minimalist fashion ideas for summer.

Finding Simplicity After Adopting Three Children from Foster Care

I never thought I would be a “minimal” type person. I have always loved doing all the things and have a house full of treasured possessions that I have collected over the years. But that all changed for me 5 years ago. 

To give you a little framework for what my life was before, my husband and I were DINKs, dual income, no kids.

He works in tech and I had a marketing business that employed three women and took up lots of time. I was also publishing books with a writing partner and working on my online marketing. Oh, and we had two dogs and a cat. Life was great!

I had time to take trips to Vegas a couple of times a year, attended marketing conferences, and flew around the world to give speeches about marketing!

And then we decided to adopt one child from foster care. The process took a couple of years and at the end of we wound up adopting THREE kids from foster care.

10 US Travel Destinations (That No One is Talking About.)

I admit it, my favorite past-time is scouring the internet for affordable U.S. travel destinations. Tom and I let our passports lapse last year because we knew the next adventures we wanted to take (after paying off our debt) were the ones located in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. After a visit to the Dominican Republic a few years ago, we felt kind of silly when the tourists there from Ireland and the Netherlands rattled off long lists of the places they were dying to see in the U.S. Here we were with all of these amazing sites and festivals all around us and we weren’t even taking advantage of them. Now, of course, there are big hot spots most people know like LA and NYC…but what about the rest of the country? I’m quickly learning there are a ton of US travel destinations that no one is talking about! So, I’m here to break the cycle and start filling you in on all the places you might be missing out on America.