Tag : Favorite Things

Friday’s Favorite Five: Easy Money Saving Tips That Won’t Pinch

Let your grass grow a little longer.

Here are five of my favorite ways to save money without making your life miserable.


  1. Turn the lights off when you are done in a room

    And the TV of when you’re done watching it, and the dvd player, the game system, stereo, computer (at least hibernate it)! They all suck energy. If you want to get real hard core you can unplug them. Electronics use electricity even when they are shut off so that they’re instantly able to turn on when you push a button, plus other features like showing the time, and that little light that shows you that it’s on.


  2. Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth(Turn the flow down, while washing your hands)

    The average person bushes their teeth for 2-3 minutes. In those 2-3 minutes you just used upwards of 12 gallons of water! That’s just one person. Multiply that by the number of times you brush your teeth per day and the number of people in your house and that adds up fast.

    For more information about savings you can see just by turning off the water while brushing your teeth go here.


  3. Turn your Heat down 1 or 2 degrees in the winter and up in the summer

    For every degree you turn your heat down in the winter (or your a/c up in the summer) you save 3% on your bill, that’s huge!


  4. Use both side of the paper

    This isn’t just for kids. With the price of everything going up due to rising gas prices, paper is sure to become even pricier. I even use the back side of return envelopes from credit card offers for grocery or to do lists. Here is a link for a great idea to reuse paper


  5. Let your grass grow a little longer.

    This is first of all healthier for the grass, requiring less fertilizer and watering, but it is better for the environment allowing the grass to make the air cleaner. Not to mention the gas/electricity you won’t be using to mow your lawn.


    Tell us, what are some of your favorite money saving tips?

Friday’s Favorite Five: Baby Items I Love

Obviously with the countdown to babies arrival growing closer, I have everything baby on the brain. Here are five things that make my life with babies much easier.


  1. Bum Genius Diapers

    I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use cloth diapers. When I got ready to look into them I had no idea how much easier they had become. I still had memories of babysitting and being terrified I would stab a baby (or myself) with the safety pin. Gone are those days my friend. I decided on bum Genius all in one diapers. I got the 2.0 since that was the newest available, but if you are looking at getting them I would get the 3.0. The difference is Velcro tabs with the 2.0 vs. snap tabs with the 3.0. When you’ve washed for a while the Velcro doesn’t stay attached to the strips of female Velcro sewn in for washing purposes, which can leave you with quite a long diaper chain when you are done washing and drying. Plus, when your kiddos get older the Velcro is quite easy and fun for them to unfasten. If I end up replacing of the first set of diapers I purchased I will definitely be getting the 3.0.


  2. Moby Wrap

    I have two of them, one we bought and one that was given to us. It’s so great to have baby right there, safe and secure next to me.


  3. Arbonne Baby Care Line

    I’ll say upfront that I’m an Arbonne consultant, but this is not a sales pitch. My girls have super sensitive skin, and since Arbonne’s line is fragrance free, dye free, and naturally tear free (no numbing agents) I feel at peace knowing there is nothing in there that will irritate their skin. Plus it works.


  4. Bumbo

    I didn’t have one of these with Emma and I wish I had. It’s especially nice when you have older children. You can sit baby in there and the older siblings can easily play with them safely.


  5. Sleeper Sacks

    Sleeper sacks keep baby nice and warm while providing easy access for diaper changing. Plus they’re just so darn cute in them!


    What are your must have baby items?

Friday’s Favorite Five: Things I Love About Sammie


I love her button nose.


Yesterday was Samantha’s Second birthday. It feels like only yesterday she was that tiny bundle (pictured above) I took home from the hospital. From day one she has been my snuggler and I have loved every minute of it! She is growing up so fast and becoming more beautiful, sweet, and creative every day. Here are five things from my long list of favorite things about here.

1. Her smile

This is so Sammie right now. Hands in her pockets, big smile, and some sort of headband on. So Cute!

It lights up a room and melts your heart in an instant. It’s so big that it’s sometimes hard for this momma to say no.

2. Her laugh

This girl LOVES to laugh, and when you get her going into her belly laugh, well, it makes you laugh uncontrollably as will!

3. Her dancing.

The girl doesn’t even need music to be playing to bust a move (she just like her mommy that way)

4. The way she plays pretend

She has such an imagination. She plays mommy with her baby, she grabs a bag and pretends to be leaving to go shopping, she makes meals and pushes her little grocery cart around with food in it.

5. Her determination


She decided that she wanted to ride the trike in the snow. Needless to say it didn't work so well.


Another word for that would be stubbornness, but I’m choosing to look at the positive side of things. She is determined to figure things out or try it on her own before she asks for help. Part of this comes from trying to be like big sister, but often times she will try something before Emma will. She is quite the dare devil.


Friday’s Favorite Five-Strawberries

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite things once a week. It gives you a look into what makes me tick, and in the case of this week’s favorite five, what makes me drool. All the amazing strawberry-ness that I’m sharing with you I found via Pinterst. All five are on my list of “I want to make, but haven’t yet”. And in my defense, I found them all this fall and winter so strawberry season hasn’t hit yet making these affordable. But I tell ya, once those organic strawberries go on sale or the farmer’s markets open up, I am going to town.

Grab a napkin to wipe up your drool and enjoy!

  1. Fresh Fruit Chocolate Bars (this one’s made with Strawberries but I’m guessing you could use whatever you want)

                 (just letting you know, I tried to find the original post on the blog it was linked to and could not find it)


    Wouldn’t you feel so much better about yourself if you were eating one of these instead of a candy bar from the checkout isle?

    Basically you use an icetray to make them.

                2.   Frozen Strawberry Pie


    Frozen Pies are so refreshing in the summer. I can hardly wait!


                3.   Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberries


I love the drizzle and the double dip. These would make great gifts for any occasion or just because!


                4.    North Pole Strawberry Smoothie


This just looks so yummy! Just because the name has North Pole in it doesn’t mean we have to wait until Christmas right?


                5.    Chocolate Strawberry Pie


I love that the majority of this pie is fresh strawberries.


Have you found any yummy strawberry recipes via the internet or Pinterest? Or maybe you have an old standby recipe that you just can’t live without? Leave a comment and share the strawberry love!