3 reasons to try the Every Dollar!

Every Dollar

The Every Dollar Budgeting Tool

Let me start out by saying that I’m in not being compensated for this review and I’m not an employee of Dave Ramsey!  This is just an honest review and rave about a quality product that has blessed our family in the last year. 

We have been big fans of Dave Ramsey’s message for years- we did our debt free scream on his radio show 13+ years ago and have worked as a team with our finances since.

So, why should you give it a try?  I have 3 big reasons why I think everyone should give this app a chance.

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10 Fall Journal Prompts for Kids!

Fall journal prompts

If you would like to print this little card feel free! Here’s the PDF file to make it easier for you:   fall-journal-prompts-for-kids

Fall Journal Prompts for Kids

It’s been said Labor Day is the second New year- summer is over, it’s a fresh start to a new school year, and my beloved sweater weather is in sight.  As the air turns crisper and the holidays approach I love to encourage my kids to write!

(I totally didn’t mean for that to sound like a poem.  I guess I have writing on the brain today!)

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An Organized Woman Interview: Sabrina

An organized Woman

Welcome to a new series of interviews called An Organized Woman!

Basically, these are women who get the job done!  They have solved the mystery of how to never lose another piece of paper ever again and personally, I want in on the secret.

My first interview was with Sabrina.  She knows the value of celebrating who you are and not apologizing for it.  She also knows how the spirit in her home is calmer and kinder when it is organized.

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A Bird’s Review: Oldies and Newbies Blogging Network

Oldies and Newbies

I can’t wait to tell you about two blogs I’ve been lucky enough to be connected with lately through a blog mentoring program called Oldies and Newbies Blogging Network.

One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog is because I love to read blogs.  Getting first hand information and inspiration for my daily life from real women is a beautiful thing.

Where else can someone you’ve never met help you through a problem- simply because they have experienced it themselves and were brave enough to write about the experience?

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10 Back To School teacher gift ideas that Won’t Break your Budget!

10 back to school teacher gifts that won't break the bank

How is your summer going?  Did your kids do much on their Summer Bucket List?  We have a few gaps in our list, but over all we had a fun summer vacation!

I like to send in a little teacher gift at the beginning of school to thank our new teacher for their time and effort in getting the classroom ready and maybe help supplement some of the out-of-pocket cost they take on at the beginning of each year.  Simple, thoughtful gestures can go a long way toward building someone back up after a stressful few weeks!

Most of these ideas could also be great projects to get your kids excited for back to school.  Not that any of you are dealing with that right?  Am I the only one with kids who thought summer break flew by this year?

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Cub Scout Help! A Webelos Day Camp “Catch Up”

Cub Scout

Cub Scout Webelos Den Catch Up Day!

The new scouting program for the Webelos den is a TON of work!  It’s a big jump from the relatively low-key Bears to Webelos.

Our Solution?

 

A Webelos Day Camp!  This activity will address a lot of requirements we won’t get to in the weekly den meetings.

 

Camp Plan:  Saturday   10 am-4 pm- We did ours back in April so if you have questions about how to run a quick one day camp be sure to let me know!

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Fun and Free 4th of July printables!

4th of july printables for kids

The 4th of July is a time of reflection, celebration, fireworks and fun!  To help my kids take sensory overload breaks this 4th of July I’ve been on the hunt for some activities to do indoors.

Here’s a printable of the little word hunt I created for my family car ride to get you started:

United States Word Hunt

4th of July

My favorite 4th of July Kids Activities

#1 If you are traveling for the 4th activities like this word search from My Untitled Life are a must!

#2 This cute little bingo game will sure to be a hit with younger kids.  Thanks to Gift of Curiosity for making this!

#3 imom.com made this cool trivia game- 4th of July style.

#4 Are photo booths still “in”?  I have no clue- I have never claimed to be up on the latest, but what’s not to love about these cute little mustaches from Fox Hollow Cottage?

#5 If the kids need a break from the heat have a few of these coloring pages from Easy Peasy and Fun printed and ready in the AC.

#6 My Sisters Suitcase has created a 4th of July version of Don’t Eat Peet that I think is downright adorable.  Instead of Peet we have Don’t Eat Uncle Sam!

#7 Moritz Fine Designs has one of my favorite finds- a 4th of July Scavenger Hunt!

#8 A paper chain flag is such a clever idea!  Decorations made from staples and paper that my kids can make themselves are my kind of holiday spruce!  Thanks, Lightbulbs and Laughter!

#9 What about a 4th of July pull string pinata?  I’ve made this pinata a few times and different wrapping paper will make it work with any theme!

#10 Finally- a dessert idea to serve the masses– it’s all assembly which is why I’m considering it for our July 4th cookout.  Chocolate covered pretzels… YUM.  Berries… YUM.  Cherries… DOUBLE YUM!

Don’t forget my little printable make a word game- perfect for beginner readers through adults so a boring car ride doesn’t turn ugly.

United States Word Hunt 

Happy 4th of July!

 

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40 bags in 40 days challenge + Free Printable List!

Bird With A Bag

40 bags in 40 days!

I first heard about the 40 bags in 40 days challenge over at Memories on Clover Lane.

Saving my sanity may be asking a bit too much out of a little trash bag, but I am confident it is up for the challenge!

I have a habit of giving up on decluttering a few days into the project because I get overwhelmed.  Anyone else do that?  I can’t be the only one who looks around my messy house and thinks “How did we get here… again??”

Instead of making myself feel bad about the fact that I have to re-organize the plastic storage cabinet and my shoe closet every few months I have decided to embrace it.

It’s just part of who I am.

I stick with a system for my home for a few months or more and then it falls apart and I find a better system. Remember acceptance?

40 bags in 40 days

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