Yes, Yes, You Can.

You can ditch the soda habit. You can quit watching TV. You can kick the bad eating habits that have plagued you for years. You can choose to change.

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Don’t tell me you love food. I love food. And for thirty days I gave up (almost) all I hold dear. I lived to tell the tale.

We say it all the time, “I could never ____________.”

Fill in the blank: homeschool, stay home with my kids, start running, get fit, quit my job, get a job, go to school, whatever else that seems ominous to you.

These past couple years have been full of things that very much fall into the “I’ll-never-do-that” category:

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Create an Emergency Fund

Setting aside an emergency fund is a great way to buy yourself peace of mind as well as funds to deal with that crazy thing you didn’t plan for.

Create an Emergency Fund: Setting aside an emergency fund is a great way to buy yourself peace of mind as well as funds to deal with that crazy thing you didn't plan for.

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About eight years ago, I was pregnant with our fifth child. My husband was self-employed. I made zero income. We’d made some good money in the California real estate boom, relocated to Kansas City, invested in both a home and a rental property, and then….

And then, slowly the money that was left slipped between our fingers.

We didn’t buy a yacht, go on a big vacation, or drive fancy cars. We were frugal spenders and it showed. But, we were a mess with our finances. While we had a “cushion” in the bank, we did what we wanted. However, we didn’t have a budget or much in the way of financial goals.

That wasn’t what we wanted, but we didn’t know any better. Once the cushion dwindled, things started to looked bleak. Since then, we’ve changed our ways and readjusted our trajectory. We live debt-free except for that lingering rental property and we’ve got some money tucked away in the bank. We will probably never be “rich”, but hopefully we won’t be destitute, either.

As I’ve mentioned over the last few weeks, now is a great time to get your own financial house in order. If you’ve got debts, if you have misgivings about your spending, if you wish that you had a better handle on things, now’s the time to make some changes.

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How to Make the Best Out of Your Visit to the Salon

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Make the most out of your next trip to the salon. Everyone loves going to the salon and being pampered. Sometimes though, it’s overwhelming and terrifying going in for a new cut or color. Here are some tips on making your visit to the salon a satisfying experience. 1. Use Pinterest or magazines for inspiration. […]

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How to Move without Going Crazy

How to Move without Going Crazy - This is the definitive post for moving house without losing your mind. All kinds of tips and tricks for moving with kids.

In the past three years, Life as MOM contributor Janel has moved house three times and just completed move #4. Today she shares some tips on how to make the moving process a bit easier. Moving can be the start of a great adventure. Or it can make you feel as if you’re going crazy. Since […]

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Bonus Feature #3 {Yes, Really}

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.  Blogging has been such a wonderful experience for me. I’ve met so many great people over the years, yourself included. One of those sweet people is my friend Amy. We met at a blogging conference almost […]

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Girls Get Building with GoldieBlox

Girls Get Building with GoldieBlox

The following post is sponsored by GoldieBlox: I was a fairly prissy girl. I liked to read books, stay indoors, and not sweat too much. I wasn’t very fashionable, and I wasn’t into dolls all that much, but I was definitely all girl, despite the fact that I don’t like pink. It was the ultimate […]

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Booking It August Update: Reviews of Great Expectations, Cinder, & The Big Mama Books

Booking It July Update: Reviews of Delicious, The Warden and the Wolf King, & Mastering the Art of French Eating

Booking It is an online book club where we share the good reads we’ve found in the previous month. We’ve found that over the years we’ve discovered some great new books thanks to this monthly book share. Carrie and Anne are my fellow bookworms and help round out the selections. This post does include affiliate links. If you make […]

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Budget-Friendly Meal Plans

Budget-Friendly Meal Plans - The free printable meal plans provide you with a road map for dinner time, including a budget grocery list, quick tips for prepping, good cheap cheats for trimming the bill, and a make-ahead prep list.

Are you looking to get dinner on the table quickly, easily, and under budget? Well, This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less pretty much fits that bill. The free printable meal plans provide you with a road map for dinner time, including a budget grocery list, quick tips for prepping, good cheap cheats for trimming […]

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