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Guys Gift Guide 2018

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I need you to know that a lot of thought has gone into this gift guide. I have been keeping a running list of gift ideas in my phone over the past 365 days!

Last year I was frantically searching the internet 72 hours before Christmas (thank goodness for Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping!!), trying to find something worthwhile and within budget for hubby. Only to end up buying something he courteously acted excited to recieve. But we both knew it was a flop…

I made it my mission to give him a gift this year that had thought behind it and I could be sure it was something he would actually be stocked to get!

You’re not going to find “Ties” or “Socks” on this gift guide for guys!

What’s more is that I LOVE that I got input from our Pearls for these gift ideas! I put it out there on Instagram last week asking for your best gifts ever given to the men in your life. Dads, hubbies, brothers, uncles, or whoever. If it was a win, I wanted to hear about it!

You guys had some brilliant ideas and I’m excited to have included them in this roundup to share with everyone! So thank you so much!

 Let me help you figure out gift ideas for your guy! This gift guide for guys is full of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that the guys in your life aren’t going to have to pretend they like. They will sincerely be stoked once they open it up! Not to mention, these are all very affordable gift ideas with nothing costing over $50! Need some gift ideas for this Christmas? You’re gonna want to watch this! Continue Reading →


3 Quick Dollar Store Halloween Costume Ideas for Moms

Costume ideas for mom are always a last minute thought! We forget about ourselves all of the time and Halloween is no exception. For the last 6 years I didn’t think about what I was wearing for Halloween until I was putting the finishing touches on my kids outfits as we were about to walk out the door!

I know I am not the only one in this situation. Which is why I wanted to share three super quick costume ideas for moms and the bonus is if you don’t already have the supplies, you can gather them with a five minute stop at the dollar store!

Costume ideas for moms are always a last minute thought! We forget about ourselves all of the time and Halloween is no exception.Which is why I wanted to share three super quick costume ideas for moms and the bonus is if you don’t already have the supplies, you can gather them with a five minute stop at the dollar store! Continue Reading →


Getting Started on a Budget – Our Family’s Budget Basics

When it comes to getting started on a budget that you will actually stick with, there are a few budget basics that need to be established. It’s super simple and you can probably get this done in just a few minutes! I’ll show ya how!

Our family has had to learn the hard way with getting our personal finances on track, but that doesn’t mean you have to!

Learn from our mistakes and our wins and skip the hard part! I am sharing our real numbers today in hopes of painting a clearer picture to help you as you are getting started on a budget.

What you need to do is put yourself in the same shoes and ask yourself the same questions. These budget tips for beginners will help you set the basic groundwork for creating a hugely successful family budget that will not fail!

7 essential basic tips of budgeting for beginners. Get a crystal clear example of getting started on a budget by looking at the real life family finances of a middle class family living in one of the most expensive cities in the US. These budgeting tips for beginners will help you start a budget with motivation and the tools necessary to stay on budget. Continue Reading →


Meal Planning on a Budget – FREE Printable Toolkit

When you are really good friends with someone, you want to do nice things for them. Which is why… ta-da! I have put together this meal planning on a budget toolkit for you, my Pearls! 

This is the exact method our family uses for meal planning on a budget that has saved us over $6,000 this last year! That is based off of an already frugal lifestyle. If your family is in the beginning stages of cutting your expenses, I am sure you will be able to save even more money then we have!

Stay on budget and organized with this FREE PRINTABLE Meal Planning on a Budget Toolkit. Easily save over $500 this month by using this step-by-step guide on how to meal plan on a budget. This is the exact system our family of five uses to save thousands of dollars each year, simply through meal planning!
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How to Make Face Paint

You know those days where you have been running around from store to store to just get a couple things? You can only find like one thing at each store. So long ensues your scavenger hunt around town to finish checking off your list.

Then… you get home and realize that you still forgot something! Ahhhh!!!!

You might have guessed this is what happened to me today.

Tonight at our church we had a trunk-or-treat activity and of course the kids dress up. Well, to complete their outfits, the kids needed some face paint. That is exactly what I forgot.

This is such an easy DIY face paint recipe for kids!  Click through to the article for step by step tutorial on how to make washable homemade face paint using only four products!


Just the thought of running out to the store one more time was torture on its own! 

That’s when I thought. “I wonder if I can figure out how to make face paint?”

Cue the choir! Hallelujah! Thank you Pinterest!

I can’t believe how easy it is to figure out how to make face paint! All it takes is four ingredients that you already have at home, mixed together in a bowl, and done! If you want to know how to make face paint, this is the easiest way possible! Continue Reading →


Beginners Guide to the Cash Envelope System

Dang it! We did it again! Oh no, another $30 overdraft fee! Why are we always over spending?

This scenario was recurring way too often in our bank account. We would think we were staying on budget but the reality was, we really had no idea where all our money was going.

Every month, three days before the next pay day, I would send a frantic text to my husband, “Don’t spend another penny! We only have $18 left!” Then some months, it was too little too late.

Pending purchases would push us over the edge and we would end up paying overdraft fees. Getting us ever further behind on the next pay periods spending! Ugh!

I am so sorry if this dramatic reenactment sounds all too familiar for you.

The good news is that we eventually figured it out! In fact, we are actually an entire month ahead of our bills now! We haven’t had overdrafted our bank account in over a year!

Can you imagine how wonderful that feels? How completely freeing it is to have your spending under control! Looking at our budget no longer provokes tense conversations or anxiety driven swipes of our debit card.

Who wants a taste of this financial freedom!?Start a budget today fast and easy without complicated paperwork. Use this simple guide to the cash envelope system and find your financial freedom today! Continue Reading →


$2 DIY Infinity Scarf Tutorial in 10 Minutes

Making your own DIY infinity scarf is so simple and really seriously did only take me 10 minutes!  I love this easy to follow infinity scarf tutorial!  It was super simple and fun to make with my kids!  This infinity scarf also makes such a perfect homemade inexpensive gift!

What is super cute? Super fashionable. Can freshen up your winter wardrobe in seconds and can be created in less than 10 minutes?

You don’t even need to be a professional seamstress! If you have a sewing machine handy and are able to sew a straight line, then you are in business!

What if I told you, all it would cost you is about $2? Doesn’t this little DIY project just keep sounding better and better! Are you ready to get started yet?

If the thought of sewing makes you a little anxious don’t worry! I am by no means anything near resembling a seamstress. I can use a sewing machine for a straight line and that about it and the good news is that’s about all you need to know for this DIY infinity scarf project!

Here is the easiest way how to make an infinity scarf in only 10 minutes! VIDEO Tutorial easily teaches you how to make your own $2 DIY infinity scarf with simple step-by-step VIDEO instructions. Perfect beginner sewing project!
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