The Inspired Year Planner: A Busy Mom’s Best Friend

This Inspired Life Planner is made just to help busy moms stay organized and focused. It's great for scheduling, goal setting, and motivation! Check out this post and enter to win your own.

Being a mom is a full time job! Add an actual full time job, blogging, and a side business on top of that, and you can probably understand the importance of organization in my life. I use a combination of digital and paper note taking to keep my life straight, but there is just something so satisfying about filling out a nice planner. I was really excited to team up with Kathy over at This Cherished Life to check out her Inspired Year Planner. Keep reading to see my thoughts on the planner and enter to win your own. read more

The Birthday Thief Review & Giveaway

The Birthday Thief is the perfect birthday gift for a baby or kid of any age. It is a story personalized just for your little one with their name and birthday included. Checkout my review and giveaway in this post. Wonderbly is a company that offers beautiful customized children's books around the world! Book for baby. Birthday gift for baby. Customized books for kids. Personalized children's books.

This weekend we celebrated Peanut’s first birthday! It is crazy to think about the past year and all that we have gone through as a family. We celebrated with a great weekend full of family, love, and of course cake. 🙂 There were lots of laughs, and plenty of gifts. As parents, it can be hard to decide what to get your kids as gifts. You want something they will enjoy now and something that they will want to keep forever. For Peanut’s very first birthday present, I teamed up with the folks over at Wonderbly (formerly Lost My Name) to create the perfect first birthday gift keepsake that we will enjoy as a family for years to come! Check out this post to read my review of the book and enter to win your own copy. read more

10 Great Gift Ideas for Dad

 Does anyone else find men hard to shop for? Check out this post for 10 great gift ideas for any dad! Gifts dad will love, gifts for dad, gifts for husband, gifts for him, dad gifts

Does anyone else find men really hard to shop for? There are a few go-to gifts for them, but those all tend to be cheesy, lame, or expensive. Now that my husband is a dad, I feel like the pressure is really on to find him awesome gifts. He puts so much of himself into taking care of my son and I that when we get him something special, we want it to be just as great as he is. It doesn’t help that we are usually on a tight budget. This post has 10 great gift ideas for dad that fit any budget. read more

How to Write a Birth Plan (with printable birth plan worksheet)

There are many things to consider as you prepare for labor and delivery. Use this birth plan worksheet to help outline how you want your birth experience to go. Things to consider when writing a birth plan Birth plan worksheet Birth plan template How to write a birth plan Printable birth plan Birth plan outline

We are coming up on my son’s first birthday, and it seems like the last year has flown by in a blur! So much has changed in the last year, and I have learned a lot about myself and being a mom. One of the things that I was thinking about a lot this time last year was my son’s birth – not just his arrival, but the labor and birth itself. I took a birthing class, read plenty of birth stories, and prepared myself for the unexpected. You cannot plan how your labor and delivery will go entirely, but there are a lot of things that you can decide. Having a plan will help keep you calm and keep things going smoothly. Read on to learn about how to write a birth plan and download a printable birth plan worksheet. read more

The Cutest Halloween Costumes for Baby Under $30

Finding an adorable baby Halloween costume idea doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out these great options available for under $30. Affordable baby costumes. Budget baby costumes. Baby Halloween costume ideas. Halloween costumes for baby.

Halloween is slowly sneaking up on us, and it is time to start thinking about costumes! It seems to silly to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a costume that your little one will wear for an hour before it is covered in spit up, poop, food, or all of the above. At the same time, they are just so darn cute! Sometimes it is best to opt for something that is both cute and reasonably priced. Here are some of the best affordable baby costumes for baby on Amazon. There are options to meet any budget. read more

Great Deals on Amazon Subscribe and Save September 2017

Amazon Subscribe and Save is a great way to save and find deals on diapers, snacks, coffee, personal care, and household items! Check out the best discounts available for delivery in September.

Happy September! It’s pretty much officially fall now, right? Are you an apple or pumpkin lover? 🙂 Either way, it’s a great month to learn how to save on your household staples with Amazon Subscribe & Save. You can use subscribe and save to find deals on diapers, baby food, snacks, personal care items, coffee, cleaning supplies, and just about any other consumable product that you use within your home. Keep reading to see what is coming in my September order and suggestions for great deals for your monthly order. read more

Fall Apple Recipes

Fall is apple season! Looking for ideas what to cook or bake with all of those apples? Apple chip recipe, apple bread recipe, apple cake recipe, apple cider recipe, and other apple recipes!

Fall is a very special, very fun time for our family! It is most definitely my husband’s favorite season, and I have come to love it as well. We get outside as much as we can before winter comes, and we always make it out to pick pumpkins and apples. Even last year, when we had a three week old baby, my husband and I broke out the stroller and make the trek through the orchard to bring home a whole box full of apples. We were definitely on the hunt for apple recipes to use them all up! read more

Healthy, Cheap, Easy Black Bean Soup Recipe

This black bean soup recipe really checks all of the boxes - it is healthy, cheap, easy, filling, freezer friendly, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, full of vegetables, and packed with protein. It makes for a great healthy dinner or easy lunch that is not a sandwich.

This black bean soup recipe really checks all of the boxes – it is healthy, cheap, easy, filling, freezer friendly, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, full of vegetables, and packed with protein. It makes for a great healthy easy dinner or lunch that is not a sandwich. Black bean soup is one of my favorite meals to make in bulk. This recipe makes 8 meals in under 45 minutes. You can easily double it as well if you are looking to feed a crowd or really fill your freezer. read more

25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby

So often we focus on the challenges of parenting. There are many things that are just easier or better about life when you have a baby. Chex out this post and focus on the joys of parenthood.

A couple of weeks ago I shared this list of 25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby. It was a fun little list of parenting truths that I think all moms and dads can relate to. At the risk of being a negative nancy, I wanted to come together to complain and bond in our exhaustion and suffering for a minute. Now, in an effort to show everyone that it is not all bad, here are 25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby. read more

What Does a Minimum Wage Budget Actually Look Like?

Can a family really live on two minimum wage incomes? Or even better, one income? This seems to be a hot topic right now. Check out this post to see what that looks like in reality.

Recently there has been a resurgence of the infamous, mockable sample budget that a couple of large companies put together to prove how a family can survive on a minimum wage budget. (If you don’t know what I am referring to, go search “ridiculous minimum wage budget spreadsheet” and you will find it.) This budget was originally published in 2013 when my husband and I were right out of college and living in a large city on two minimum wage salaries. I thought this may be a fun time to bring out our budget and show people what it really looks like to survive on minimum wage. read more