Our Little Life Hack #12: Save Money at the Grocery Store – Freeze It!

I have shared with you some of the ways that I save money on my grocery bill before – including my favorite apps.  Today I have yet another frugal living tip for you in regards to your grocery bill: Freeze it!Read More »

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My Super Simplified Weekly Cleaning Routine

Have you searched Pinterest for all the cute little weekly cleaning checklists? Or maybe you jumped on board with a program like Flylady?  I’ve been there, tried that.  You know what?   It didn’t quite fit in my real life.  I was either always cleaning instead of enjoying my family and downtime, or I felt lots of guilt whenever I couldn’t keep up with the “prescribed list.”  Life is too short!  I’ve finally found what works for me, at this particular phase of life.  Read More »

Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #10: Cheesy Chicken Nachos

This is post nine in the series that started with the crockpot whole chicken. Just finding out about this great series? Start here to catch up.

I haven’t added a new recipe to this series in a while, but I had a craving for nachos this week and I thought it would fit perfectly as one of the recipes here!  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m all about using what you have, so my pictures are missing some of the ingredients listed below.  The recipe is the “ideal situation.”  My pictures are the reality of what I had in the house that day, without making a trip to the grocery store, since this was not on the menu plan for this week.  (I shop weekly for the most part, to help stick to the budget)Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #8: Simplify Your Laundry Cabinet

I have been slowly transitioning all of our cleaning supplies throughout our home to more natural cleaners that are free of harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to our health.  Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out some of the ingredients on the back of your favorite household cleaner and Google them with the words “dangers of” in front of the ingredient.  Endocrine disruptors and carcinogens are usually among the most common side effects!Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #5: Repurpose Your Items and Save Money!

Recently we upgraded our daughter from a toddler bed to a “big girl bed” (re: twin bed).  She was very excited to make this transition, and has been sleeping longer through the night since (Thank you Jesus!!).  The only issue we have is that she is still not potty-trained.  We’re working on it…  This means that she may end up having a leaking diaper, or an accident while she is in the bed.Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #4: Healthy Popsicles & Avoiding Food Waste

I don’t know about you, but it seems as though on the weeks I’ve bought the 1 lb pack of strawberries, the pack is gone in a day or two.  Everyone wants strawberries! So on my next weekly grocery shopping trip, I buy the 2 lb pack of strawberries and I end up throwing away old, yucky strawberries by the end of the week because barely any were eaten.  It’s so difficult to guess whether this week will be a strawberry week or not.  By the way, this goes for lots of different fruits in my household, not just strawberries.  So what can I do to avoid wasting perfectly good produce that my kids are just “not in the mood for” this week?  Hello healthy popsicles!Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #3: Keeping Kids Happy at the Grocery Store

Welcome to our new series: Our Little Life Hacks!  Check back each week for a quick trick or tip to simplify and improve your life. Remember, little steps help us to stick with a new change or habit.  

Since I stay home with my kids now, I do my weekly grocery shopping trips with both kids in tow.  While I’ll eventually get to shop by myself once they’re both in school, I still have a few more years before that time is here.  For now, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for keeping them entertained while I shop.Read More »

Our Little Life Lessons Learned in the Garden

Over the last 34 years of my married life, I have planted a garden many times. My focus has always been on reaping the blessings that it would produce. It wasn’t until my children were grown and I spent more time in the garden that I began to understand that there are many life lessons to learn in the garden. Lessons that could have helped me in all aspects of my life. Whether you are young and single, married with small children, raising teenagers, empty-nesters, widowed, etc., follow me each week as I take you into my garden and share the little life lessons that I am learning.

–Penny

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Our Little Life Hack #1:  Simplify Trash Takeout Day

Welcome to our new series: Our Little Life Hacks!  Check back each week for a quick trick or tip to simplify and improve your life. Remember, little steps help us to stick with a new change or habit.  

So I’ll start off this new series with a rather simple hack.  I like to get at least one more use out of the plastic grocery bags I get each week from our shopping trips, so I use them as trash bags or liners for my small bathroom trash cans. This also saves me from buying those specialty small-size trash bags. (#frugalliving) We also have a small trash can in the nursery since our youngest child is not fully potty-trained yet, so I use the bags there too. (Smaller trash can means it gets emptied often, hence less smells.  We can count that as a bonus tip! haha)

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