Favorite Mom Hacks

Investing in Vacation Rentals in Ashe County: Tips for Success

Summer is here, which means it’s high time to nail down those summer vacation plans, if you haven’t already. And as you may have already learned, renting that picturesque summer cottage or cabin somewhere can cost you a decent chunk of change. What if, instead of paying those high rental fees year after year, you […]

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How To Save Money On Baby Stuff

Congratulations, parents-to-be! Are you in sticker shock yet? According to the USDA, US parents spend over $12,000 on average per year on child-related costs! Wondering how to save money for a baby? Getting newborn essentials on a budget should be tops on your list. Fortunately, it’s easy to save money on baby essentials with these

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Easy Ways to Save Money on Everyday Purchases

No matter where your family stands financially, who doesn’t like to spend less money when they can? I love a good bargain, and I especially love finding money-saving tips for those everyday purchases, like groceries, that everyone needs to buy. But let’s face it, the past few years have made it a lot harder for families

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How To Balance Work and Family: 5 Tips for Busy Parents

How do you balance both your family and your job? Hey fellow mamas – how many of you struggle daily with how to balance work and family as a mom? (Or, if you’re a dad, with how to balance work and family as a dad?) It’s not easy to balance career with the demands of parenting, or balance

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Your Holiday Dinner Party Made Easy (Minus the Stress!)

Do you like to entertain around the holidays? Even if you’re not much for entertaining the rest of the year, the holidays are often a time to host friends as well as family for get-togethers over dinner. Hosting a holiday dinner party can be hugely stressful, though. Edit date and time Unless you make a

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The BEST Side Hustles for Parents (That Actually Make Money!)

Perfect Jobs for Parents With Some Spare Time So you’re a busy full-time parent, but you want to help grow the “income” side of your family budget. Or you’re gearing up for your youngest to enter kindergarten. Or your pre-parenthood job is no longer viable, and you’re on the hunt for a new career. Whatever

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Best Fidgets to Help Kids Stay Focused With Schoolwork

Getting kids to do their homework can sometimes seem like pulling teeth. Getting neurodiverse kiddos to do their homework is more like trying to sprint up Mt. Everest. Yes, setting up a designated homework station can help. So can setting limits on non-learning screen time, and postponing their first cell phone for as long as

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Your Children’s Consignment Sales Quick-Start Guide (Free Printable!)

How to Start Selling at Kids Consignment Sales Are you tired of all the outgrown baby stuff cluttering your attic/your spare room/your basement? Wishing you had a way to get rid of it all at once? Or maybe, in this world of skyrocketing prices for everything under the sun, you’re looking to get a little

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Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids (On a Budget!)

Tips on Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids: As regular readers know, I am a huge fan of saving money. Especially when it comes to things you have to buy anyway. Between rising grocery costs and skyrocketing energy bills, most families – including ours – are really feeling the pinch these days. Which is all the

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How to Reach Your Goals This Year (Free Printable!)

(UPDATED FOR 2022) As I’ve written elsewhere, once upon a time I was the Queen of Getting Things Done. Then I had kids, and my productivity mojo vanished. It’s taken a long time for me to reclaim it. But now that I have, I can’t wait to share with you the secret of how to

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7 Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Time (And Money!)

My Seven Favorite Ways to Save Money on Groceries: I love a morning of leisurely shopping as much as anyone. But ever since I became a parent, running errands has become more like a tactical strike operation. While single me would spend an hour of Sunday afternoon browsing store ads for the best deals, parent

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The EASIEST Way To Cook Dried Beans (Foolproof and No-Fuss!)

How To Cook Dried Beans In A Slow Cooker: Even if you didn’t cook at home much before, I’m betting that recent global events have you spending more time than ever in your kitchen: Restaurants are closed except for takeout and/or delivery. Store shelves are often out of half of what you want. And if

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Gift Ideas To Help Mom Be More Productive

My Fave Mom Hacks for Getting Stuff Done: If you’re a parent, I am betting there are never enough hours in the day. Ever wish you could clone yourself, or have that magic tool Hermione used in Harry Potter to get twice as much done at once? If so, Mamas, you should seriously consider putting

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Why The 25 Percent Rule For Housing Matters

Why The 25 Percent Rule For Housing Is Your Family’s Best Friend: How much do you spend each month on your housing expenses? If you’re following a family budget, chances are good you’ve done the math. But if you’re like many families in today’s economy, you’re probably still spending way too much on housing: Housing

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Buying Furniture Online: Tips and Tricks to Save Time and Money

How to Find High-Quality Affordable Furnishings Online: Have you ever bought furniture online? It’s a catch-22 that so many of us in the U.S., who used to rely on things like upscale national-chain department stores for furniture buys, now HAVE to resort to online buying because our local upscale department stores have either gone bankrupt,

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