Month: August,2017
My Gym Bag Essentials

My Gym Bag Essentials

Don’t Get Caught Without the Necessities!

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I hate getting to the gym and realizing I forgot something.

And when I forget something, it’s a big something. Like deodorant. Or my headphones. I even forgot water one day, and wouldn’t you know that was the week the gym didn’t get a water delivery. Awesome.

Now, I keep my gym bag packed and ready, waiting in the car for me.

 

Underarmor bag – I absolutely love this bag. It’s not giant, but it’s big enough to fit all my stuff with a bit of room left over. It’s got a good amount of pockets, too, for the small stuff.

Combination lock

Water bottle or reusable bottle

Kirkland bathroom wipes – I’ll be damned if that pre-workout doesn’t kick in right as I get to the locker room. Every. Time.

Kirkland Face wipes

Chapstick

Deodorant

Socks

Towel

Tampons

Mouthwash

Hair bands

Sweet Sweat workout bands

Inzer wrist wraps

Extra headphones (I keep 2 pairs in my bag)

Lotion

Barehand Gloves

Cash

Shaker bottle with protein powder

Clean underwear (I didn’t originally have this on my list but a friend said that a clean pair of underwear is never really a bad thing to have in your bag.

Meal Planning

Meal Planning

My Guide to Meal Planning – Week by Week

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Ah, meal planning. The one thing that can make or break our budget each week.

With a plan, I make some rockin’ dinners, my husband has lunch for work the next day, and we save quite a bit of money.

Without a plan, we eat junk food, make a lot of fast food runs, throw out food that just sat around unused, and we spend more money than is necessary for a family of four.

The short amount of time it takes to meal plan is well worth the money spent on food that will just sit and go bad and most certainly worth the healthier bodies from less fast food and junk.

The key to a successful, week by week, meal plan is just a little organization.

All you need is a calendar sheet, a pad of paper, and a pen! No need to have any special calendar, just print your monthly calendar from your computer or email or use the one on your wall!

There are times I just divide out sections on a piece of scratch paper for each day I’m planning meals. I don’t always bother with a calendar.

The simpler, the better.

I only plan one week at a time or I find that I throw away more food.

14 Tips for a Stress Free Move!

14 Tips for a Stress Free Move!

14 Tips for Stress Free Moving!

The thought of packing up an entire household, moving it to another home is enough to make my eyes cross.

Especially after our last move. Disaster. I was pregnant. Things didn’t get done in any kind of order or timeliness.

Moving day came and it was a mess. We had family members scrambling to help us get everything out of the house. Beds still needed to be taken apart. We had to go rent our 3rd storage unit. And as we drove away, we looked like the Clampetts with everything piled into our pickups. We were just missing Grandma up on top.

There was no need for the chaos.

Moving is a big event. It’s a lot of work. And not everyone has help. Without our families and a few friends, we would have had to move everything on our own. Or hire a moving company, and I’m too cheap. And we don’t have extra money for that, let’s be real.

I’ve put together some helpful tips I’ve learned through selling a home and buying a home to help eliminate the stress of your sale and move!

They’re in no particular order. Happy moving!

  1. Declutter! – This is a big thing. Buyers need to be able to see their things in your house. There has to be a vision. The first time our agent said this to us,
Save Money Around the House

Save Money Around the House

Start Saving Money Around the House

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Everyone likes to save money here and there. Here are some simple things I do around the house to save a little money.

Most of these things won’t be instant-money-in-your-pocket-savings, but they will add up over time.

 

Wash cloths for everything!

You know those flimsy little baby wash cloths you have in the kids’ bathroom that really don’t clean them anymore? Toss them in your kitchen drawer and use them to wipe off little faces and hands after meal times. They may not scrub up whole little bodies, but they wipe off Oreo remnants just fine. Save yourself the paper towels and baby wipes, the cost of those alone add up!

Kitchen sponges, any sponges, gross me out. They smell, they make my fingernails crawl, and the scrubby side wears out quickly. So, I turn to wash cloths yet again! I found an ugly green set in the clearance section in Kmart that were perfect for dishes (I have a stack of off white ones I use for other cleaning through the house, the separate color means I never have to worry about using one I’ve used on the floor on my dishes…). I use one all day then toss it in the laundry with the rest of the towels. Saves money on sponges! Easy squeezey.

A friend has been telling me about her Norwex cloths.

Prepare For a No Spend Challenge

Prepare For a No Spend Challenge

Prepare for a No Spend Month!

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Sometimes we go was overboard with our money spending. We don’t have an income problem, we have a money spending problem.

A big one.

Oh, this is cute, I’ll buy it.

You want new shoes to add to your other 42 pairs? OK! That sounds like a totally responsible decision. My little girl inherited my love of shoes…*Eye roll here*

We spend so much money on unnecessary wants and then we’re annoyed when we can’t go out to do something fun as a family, or we have to cancel date night because our bank account told us to settle down.

Instead of saving extra money, we go out for coffee most days of the week. Frilly coffee plus 2 kids chocolate milks several days a week really adds up! Plus I’m startin to put some inches on around the waist… Time to cut back on the sugar AND the spending.

I let my inner lazy girl talk my organized-wants-to-be-healthy-girl into fast food for lunch on my husband’s days off or after the gym with the kids. Talk about counterproductive.

I get bored so we take a trip to Michael’s or Target just to get out of the house. Bad idea. Actually, expensive idea.

There is a big, big difference between want and need.