Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tip Tuesday Chirstmas 2012 Style

I have a secret.

I know the best savings tip. Ever.

What is the best, most effective, super-duper, Christmas style, awesomest(Is that even a word? We don't care because we'll be saving so much money) money saving tip ever?

Stay home! And don't shop electronically while you're there!

Christmas has never been about money anyhow. Put away the credit cards, sit in the same room with someone and share about your lives. Watch Charlie Brown and It's a Wonderful Life while your husband does impressions of Jimmy Stewart just like the first Christmas you spent together. <3

This is the gift you'll actually remember next year and ask for again.

Merry Christmas. K.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amazing Ebates.com

We've all heard the gimmick "Get paid for shopping!"

But seriously. YOU can. Get paid. To shop.

To SHOP! :)

Ebates is a great way to get some very quick cash back and it's very simple to use.

Especially when you're probably shopping online anyhow this time of year.

Go to www.ebates.com and sign up for your completely free account.

Plus you'll automatically earn a FREE $5.00 credit.

This means you're getting paid $5.00 to just sign up!

Then you simply search for your favorite online stores, follow their link and shop.

Each store can earn you from 1.0% to 27.5% or even 75.0%!

Ebates will keep track of your savings for each purchase and mail you a gift card to the store of your choice.

Before you buy today, go to www.ebates.com and start earning!

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments section, I would love to help you out! K.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tip Tuesday 12-18-2012

Schedule your families yearly health check ups.

Right in the middle of cold and flu season we travel to new places for holiday gatherings and see lots of new people, exposing us to lots of new germs.

Don't wait until you have a problem that needs fixing. Stay preventative.

Eat your favorite holiday treats on the buffet but don't completely skip the veggie trays and fruit salads or you may be sneezing in the new year. K.

Only 7 days until Christmas! Are you still shopping for gifts? Or have you been done for months? Leave a comment and let me know, it's the best gift to give a blogger ;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tip Tuesday 12-11-2012

Ceiling fans! Not just for the summertime!

Go here to find out which way the fan should turn to help circulate the air in the winter.

This goes right along with last weeks tip about turning down your thermostat. Have you tried it yet? Add in this ceiling fan tip to stay even warmer. K.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tip Tuesday 12-04-2012

Lower your heating bill a great deal by setting the thermostat just two degrees lower.

C'mon, it's only TWO degrees, you can do this!

When you set your thermostat to 72 degrees or higher it causes heat strips to kick in...

..It works harder. You pay more.

It's December, stop trying to make it July inside. :) Buy some slippers, use a blanket, sit that warm laptop on your lap, long into your bank account online and decide how to budget your savings. K.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tip Tuesday 11-27-2012

Pack your lunch!

This doesn't have to be a ritual saved for school children who lug around smelly bologna sandwiches anymore.

And packed lunches aren't just for school and work anymore either! When I'm out shopping with the babes, or even on the rare occasion I shop alone, I always pack enough snacks to make a meal.

Leftovers can easily be taken to the park or any outdoor seating area. These are the fun days your kids will remember and be grateful for, unlike that time you let them super size their fries...

 Not only do you save money by packing your lunches, especially if you're using up leftovers (did you freeze those Thanksgiving leftovers?), but you save a lot of calories, and fat, and sugar, and salt, and I think you get the idea. K.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tip Tuesday 11-20-2012

Save money by making your own broths. Very simple, if you can boil water, you can do this! With Thanksgiving just days away this is a great idea for those leftover turkey parts after you've carved the bird. K.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Starbucks Thru Sunday!

Not only are the Starbucks holiday drinks buy one get one FREE (from 2-5pm), but I also had a promotional gift card for $5!

Making my final total 7 cents! For two venti sized drinks!

Even without the gift card this is a nice deal. Treat a friend, tell them you'll buy. I'll keep your secret. K.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

10 Things To Do For Your Husband In 5 Minutes Or Less

1. Make the bed in the mornings.
2. Fold his favorite pajama pants or t-shirt and stack them under his pillow.
3. Clean his night stand.
4. Turn on his favorite game system or movie and have it ready when he comes home.
5. Organize a drawer in his closet or dresser.
6. Take out the garbage or recycling.
7. Clean out his bathroom drawer or shelf.
8. Help the kids make him a card.
9. Pray for him.
10. Send him an encouraging text. K.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

USMC Ball 2012

My Hairstyle

My Dress

My Shoes :)

Pictures of the event to follow for sure! Have you ever been to a military ball? Let me know in your comments! K.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10 Things About The Author, 2012 Edition

1. I am 25.
2. I have been married for 4 years. (Next month)
3. I have two children. One girl, one boy, 25 months apart.
4. I am a midwest girl, always have been, always will be.
5. I love fashion... Still.
6. I'm slightly addicted to Pinterest.
7. I love living near the ocean.
8. I homeschool.
9. I am a Marine wife.
10. I love sharing through this blog. K.

Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Ways To Save Money As A New Mom

1. Buy generic.
2. Buy in bulk.
3. Join a co-op.
4. Buy unisex items.
5. Make your own (baby food, blankets, diapers, wash cloths, wipes...).
6. Breastfeed.
7. Cloth diaper. (They're cuter too:))
8. Buy second hand basics.
9. Coupon when you can. Don't be afraid to try new brands of soap or diapers.
10. Learn to photograph them on your own. (My favorite :)). K.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Risk, Risk, Risk! Reward, Reward, Reward!"

Story of a Wife is about to reach a goal in the number of views this site has received! Keep 'em coming, keep sharing the link! It is really appreciated! Once the goal is reached I will pick one of you to guest post! Now who wants to volunteer? The topic and style choices are all yours, though I will edit for inappropriate content. :)

Don't want to guest post but have a topic idea? Let me know! If you send topic ideas my way I'll try my best to blog about each and every one. K.

10 Slightly Random Things My Kids Will Know

1. God loves each and every person and so should they.
2. I love their father. Their father loves me.
3. I love them. Their father loves them.
4. I budget because I want to give them the most I can.
5. Determination is all it takes to reach a goal, the rest is in the details.
6. Honesty isn't the best policy, it's the only policy, everything else is just an excuse.
7. Home made is always better than store bought.
8. "It's not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are."
9. My time spent with them and their father is my favorite time of the day.
10. I make every decision with them in mind, even if the decision wasn't my best, I never forgot about them in the process.

This was just a small list of ten things that have been on my mind recently (and they are really not in any specific order). I'll try to add more lists of 10 as the days go by. Leave a comment and let me know what you would add to the list! K.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Nothing worth having comes easy.

Have you heard this before? I've heard this plenty of times. But do you understand it? Do you really get it? Are you truly listening?

Read it again: Nothing worth having comes easy.

These 5 words can calm so many complaints. Bring peace during struggle. You're in pain now, not easy. The comfort you will feel later, worth it. You're tired now, not easy. The rest you will feel later, worth it. You're uncomfortable now, not easy. The confidence you will feel later, worth it.

Just remember, simple concept. Big idea. K.

Monday, October 8, 2012

My Husband Is Not My Best Friend

It's true.

My husband is not my best friend, he is my husband.

The word "husband" has lost some it's weight with the rise in divorce rates and the general mentality of the 'entitlement generation.' There is this idea that no human can be closer to me than my best friend so hopefully husband will be my best friend too. And that, like best friends, I can just find a new one when I come to a new season in my life.


Disclaimer: My best friends are amazing. But my best friends live out of state, they have missed important events in my life, like my wedding or the births of my children. Sometimes they don't call me back or respond to my texts. They don't help me raise my children, pay my bills or do the housework.

My husband is my husband.

He is the provider for my family. He is my helpmate. He is the father of my children. He is the leader of our household. He will change with me and our family through each new season of life.

Let's just say it. He's pretty awesome. :)

My husband is my husband. And I wouldn't have it any other way. K.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tip Of The Day 05-11-12

When switching your toddler from thick sturdy board books to books with much thinner paper pages use coloring books at first. You can find cheap coloring books at dollar stores and in dollar spots that have all the same favorite Disney and Sesame Street characters as the more expensive coloring books found in the magazine aisles. This helped my toddler learn to turn pages without tearing them, while keeping her quietly entertained so I could make dinner many nights! K.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Felt Cupcake

Here's another handmade toy my 20 month old loves! A cupcake made out of felt. I free handed the outline for the cupcake and used that outline as a template for the size of the wrapper, icing and cherry on top.  The sprinkles are made from felt scraps from other projects.

My 20 month old loves to take these apart and stack them back together. We talk about the different colors and number of pieces in each set and how the felt feels. But her favorite part is a big handful of "sprinkles" to drop on the icing.

None of these pieces are sewn, just cut, so older children could help with these. Each piece of 8 1/2 x 11 felt cost me 29¢ and four pieces of felt should yield three full cupcakes with a little left over. Not bad, $1.16 for three cupcakes! Or more if you choose to make them smaller. K.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Toddler Pretend Kitchen Picture

Here's the finished project!... For now at least :-) I'd still like to paint the inside and add a cute cafe name on the outside but I wanted to test my 20 month olds level of interest first. And it went great! She loves this new toy! She likes to play in her kitchen when my husband and I are busy making dinner or doing dishes.

She also has a pot, pan and whisk (not pictured) and loves to "stir it up!"

This toy is great because it can be made from things you have on hand. Even if you purchase new items, you can buy them from a dollar store and spend around five dollars or less! K.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tutu Tuesday: 01-24-2012

This week for Tutu Tuesday my daughter made painted hand print tutus.

We used acrylic paints and computer paper, or you could use card stock. I traced the outline of a leotard and painted it in for her. Older kids could do this on their own. You can also cut out a leotard from colored card stock if you choose.

Then came the fun part! I put acrylic paints on paper plates so she can easily flatten out her hand in the paint. Next she makes hand prints where the tutu would go. It's easiest to have the picture upside down for this part so the painter doesn't have to turn their small wrist around backwards.

Let me know how your tutus turn out! I'd love to hear from you! Happy Tutu Tuesday! K.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today's Project: Toddler Pretend Stove

DIY Pretend Play Cooktop from Recyclables | Frugal Family Fun Blog

I'm going to make mine a little different, with the diaper boxes I have on hand. I'll post pictures of my finished project as soon as I'm done! K.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK Jr. Day

Have a great holiday today! We'll be doing as much as we can with our daughter: Painting, water beads, Hot Wheels, sensory bin, trains! K.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tip Of The Day: 1-15-2012

When kids are just learning to use crayons in late infancy or early toddlerhood try giving them a blank piece of paper or coloring page that is taped down. We taped ours to the kitchen floor for the day because the crayons cleaned up easily from the floor, but you can could use any surface you don't mind putting tape onto. (I don't suggest the wall tho!) This technique helps your child to master the art of only coloring, leave the paper folding and tearing for baby's first Christmas. K.

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