Struggling to go to Work?

Struggling to go to Work?

Today was rough. I feel like all Monday’s are rough. Somehow, today felt a little rougher than most. I found myself having to pause more than usual to remind myself why I bother with it all. I told myself after returning to work that I wasn’t going to stay working. I was going to find a way to stay home with my kids. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you might have the same feeling every once in a while. Here’s how I manage to cope: Pictures of my son. Lots of them. He and my husband cover my desk

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The Secret to Saving Money

Happy Friday everyone! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While most of the world is out there getting drunk right now, I’m hunkered down at home with a teething infant, looking over our bills for the week (yay for adulthood!). I’m personally determined to reach a point of debt-freedom; and since I’ve never been a patient person, I’m wanting results to happen quickly. So here I am, searching the internet and analyzing each. and. every. single. bill we have, trying to pay these in the best way possible. By that I mean, instead of paying a little extra on each bill,

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Recovering from a C-Section

**This post is not to replace any professional medical advice. This is solely my story on my own experiences with a c-section** If you’ve read my story about my pregnancy with Bradley, you know that his birth did not go AT ALL like I had planned or envisioned it in my head. To save time and energy, I won’t retell the same story, but if you’re interested you can read about it [HERE]. As I’m sure you can tell by the title of this post, I ended up having a C-Section with Bradley. With all my research regarding labor and

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How I ALWAYS Save on Diapers

Hey guys. It’s Monday. Not only is it Monday, but it’s the Monday after Daylight Savings and my son has 3 teeth coming in… I’m pretty sure coffee is the only thing left running through my veins. Nevertheless, we’re here and we keep moving on. It’s just what moms do, right? 🙂 Plus, I’m beginning to think I function better on a steady ‘less-than-6-hours-of-sleep’ routine. Anyways, amidst the chaos of this weekend, I noticed today that I was getting low on my diaper stash shoved away in his closet, and should probably start planning on reeling in some more stock

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The 1 Thing I Changed to Save Time Each Day

The other day after I came home from work and got Bradley into bed, I looked around the house at the chaos that had taken over. Dishes piling up, toys all over the living room, laundry basket overflowing. It was a Thursday, so I knew the weekend was coming up and I would be able to get to everything then… but who wants to spend their whole weekend doing chores? Of course part of this ties into my whole premise of creating the blog and trying to find the ‘best of both worlds’. Regardless, I figured that there are people

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Debt Freedom: The New Way of Life

So today my husband and I finally set aside the time to get our taxes done. Last year, we ended up owing money for the first time, which I must say was not a pleasant feeling. This year, although we were able to claim our home for the first time and we now had our son to claim, I’d being lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous to start crunching the numbers. I’m happy to say that this year we will actually be getting a refund back (thank goodness) but going over the numbers and realizing just HOW

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Go-To Aldi Items

As promised on my Grocery saving post, I have compiled a list of items that I buy from Aldi. This may seem like a short list, but that is only because I’m including items that I’ve personally purchased and used. I’ll make sure to add to it as I try new things! Go-To Items: Oatmeal (instant packets & rolled oats) Fruit Snacks Salsa & Queso Kettle Chips Hummus Eggs Milk Cheese (block, shredded, and sliced) Butter (I’ve only tried the sticks) Frozen Hamburger Frozen Chicken (tenderloins and breasts) Ice Cream Bread English Muffins Lunch Meat Cream Cheese Pasta Pasta Sauce

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Nervous about Aldi?

I recently posted on a couple ways to save money on groceries, since it’s probably the easiest place to cut back on when you need to save money fast. One of the tips I had listed was to shop at Aldi. I will be honest and admit that I was SO skeptical about Aldi when I first started reading posts about it. I live in the Suburbs of Chicago, where it’s not uncommon to find higher end grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme nearby. Since not many people I know shop at Aldi, I really had to go

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5 Items NOT to Waste Money On

**this post may contain affiliate links** In this day and age, everything is built around convenience. Fast food is probably the biggest example. What many people don’t realize, is that a lot of our day-to-day items may appear to be necessities, but in fact fall into this same ‘convenience’ category. Below are 5 types of everyday items, that I choose to skip purchasing to save the extra cash! 1.Disposable Kitchen Items By this I mean paper plates, plastic utensils, disposable cups, etc. The only exception I may make in this category is if we’re throwing a party. Partially because I

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My Pregnancy with Bradley

*this post is of my own personal experiences and should not be taken in place of professional medical advice* My husband and I were ready for a baby. It would come up in casual conversation and be taken into account when making decisions on our house projects. So when that second line came up on that little piece of plastic, it’s needless to say we were excited. Not only would this child be our first, but he is also the first grandchild on both sides of our family… talkabout spoiled. I had a pretty easy pregnancy, not going to lie.

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