Clean Eating On A Dime {How We Did The Whole30 2.0 On A Budget}

I love clean eating. No really, I do. I feel my best, make better choices, and generally enjoy life more when the majority of our diet is clean, home/locally grown, and full of good nutrients, not chemicals and additives. (Occasional exceptions made regularly for Jordan's hot dogs and Thin Mint cookies.) But let's be real: clean eating is expensive! Forget a gallon of milk, have you priced organic produce lately? Or grass fed beef, locally raised, free-range chickens or coconut oil? Yup. It adds up really fast. Which is why my husband and I made some strategic decisions leading up to and during our 2nd Whole30 Journey this past March, to set ourselves up for success, both for our wellness and our budget.

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“I’d Rather Be Blogging” {Confessions of A Busy Mom}

You've seen the bumper stickers: I'd rather be fishing... I'd rather be shopping... I'd rather be... Yeah, those ones. The ones that make you want to scream, "I'd rather be ANYWHERE than stuck in traffic reading your stickers!" But occasionally, the phrase applies. Me? I'd rather be blogging. I'm over a quarter of my way through my first blogging year and, as much as it's a challenge some days to find the time, it has been one of the best additions I could have made to my busy/crazy/messy/baby-full life.

When Mama Just Needs The Simple Things

I would like to state right off the bat, that this post is not a rant. I love {LOVE} being that crazy, frazzled, exhausted mama who hasn't showered in days and is missing an earring. No really, I do. But not because I'm a drawn to large amounts of laundry or enjoy self-imposed insomnia. I love my kids. I love being a mom and having kids. And I can't wait to have more! However, I also love things from my past life like naps, alone time, silence... some days you just need to have you some silence. So, to make myself feel a little better and to, hopefully, inspire a few tired mama's to laugh instead of cry at their current situation, I've made a list of my top 10 'simple' things that some days I would pay exorbitant amounts of money to have. It's kind of like searching Pinterest for deliciously sinful desserts while on a diet. Pointless? Yes. Dangerous? Probably. But we still do it and it makes us feel, if only for the moment, like we're in good company. {Did I take this analogy to far? Because if I lost you, you can find me getting chummy with a piece of red velvet cake.}

Busy Mom’s Guide: DIY Coffee Bar

I love coffee. My husband loves coffee. This makes our lives┬ámuch┬ámore enjoyable than when only one of us liked coffee. It also makes our budget a bit tighter in the coffee department. Which means that when we come across an adorable coffee bar we simply must have it. We must. So we did. But we … Continue reading Busy Mom’s Guide: DIY Coffee Bar

Happy Easter! {Celebrate with Free Printables}

I absolutely love Easter! As a kid I looked forward to the egg hunts, the baskets in the morning, and going to my grandparents' church in a brand new fancy dress. Decked out in my new hat and gloves, I would eat up every admiration and compliment that graced my 6-year-old ears. Now, as a … Continue reading Happy Easter! {Celebrate with Free Printables}