7 Money Saving Hacks for the Minimalist Want To Be

19
Jul
2017

Money Saving Hacks for Minimalists

For the past year, our family has been on a journey to “less” – now commonly known as minimalism.  It has been amazing and I would encourage you to look at how you can shift your lifestyle as well.  

One area I get asked about often is how we are living on less and saving more.  Here are just a few quick hacks I have for you in the area of saving money when living with less.

Use Amazon to it’s Fullest

Since moving to a more remote location, it is even more critical that we use services that deliver items we use consistently to our home.  It means less driving, less gas used and less stress.  I use amazon for almost anything I can, because it just makes plain sense.  We have a monthly subscribe and save order with my favorite coffee creamer, organic pumpkin for my favorite no sugar smoothie, cocoa powder, and more.  Items we need every month are in our order, delivered right to our door.

One Product for Multiple Uses

Since simplifying our life and also focusing on a healthier toxic-free lifestyle, we’ve managed to save money and eliminate things that were not only wasting our money but promoting illness.  Since going into remission from Lupus, through helping my body to heal itself (so so grateful!!), I’ve learned the chemicals I were using in my home were poisoning my entire family.  Now I use one cleaner for all our needs – cleaning stove-tops, counter, floors, showers, windows and more.  One bottle taking space under my counter instead of ten to twelve.  Thieves Household Cleaner is the one for me!  It’s concentrated, all plant based and I can make up a bottle with the exact level of cleaning I need for a job.  

Stop Buying Bottled Water

We make this decision several years ago and are so happy.  Instead of wasting the money on bottled water and adding to all the plastic bottle waste, we purchased a BIG BERKEY and have amazing filter and fluoride free water at our finger tips.  Each family member have glass water bottles and we fill those when we are headed out and re-use them.  Yes, the cost of the Berkey is an initial expense, but the savings over time is great.  We even have the Go Berkey to use on the road.

Wash in Cold Water

Most detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in hot. We have been using cold water on all but our sheets and it has worked great.  My favorite detergent in the Thieves Laundry detergent, also a concentrate and amazingly effective.  When you can switch to cold, your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!

Get Rid of Clutter

This is a process – we’ve done the clutter reduction and purging three times in the last year.  It feels amazing to live in a small space and not have every counter or table top covered in stuff!  When you have less around, you reduce the risk of buying soothing you truly don’t need plus you can easily find things, so you are not wasting time.

Be Smart About Organic

As I have grown in my journey to give my family the best of toxic-free living, I’ve learned where it’s important to prioritize.  We can’t buy everything organic, so it is helpful to know what is most prone to be contaminated with chemicals and worth buying organic.  You can check out the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” and determine what is truly most important to buy organic.

Reduce Your Wardrobes

Just how many pairs of jeans does a person need?  I am in the process of reducing my wardrobe and really want to dive into the Project 333 — still thinking, but in the meantime I have cleared my closet considerably and it is so freeing!  By investing only in clothes you actually love and enjoy wearing it is easy to keep things organized and you actually look forward to getting dressed each morning!  I am in the process to do this with my  seven year old – to reduce his clothing as well.  

 

5 Lessons from Small Space Living

8
Jun
2017

5 lessons from small space living

In September of last year we moved from a 3400 square foot home to a 500 square foot carriage house, thrusting us into small space living. This was an “eventual” plan of ours, to move to our vacation property full-time, but we put things into fast forward last summer and ditched city living for a slower pace.

It has been a huge season of change, building new relationships, finding a new church, learning to truly enjoy a slow pace, but most importantly learning to let go of stuff and live small.

We are preparing to build our dream home here at the beach, but for now, we are living in a small space, the three of us and our two doodle dogs.  You can view our home, which was highlighted on one of my favorite blogs House of Turquoise almost three years ago.   It is a small space and I will tell you – it looks pretty much like that even today -with us living in it!

What I have most enjoyed about this season, is realizing that living small is an amazing freedom and I’ve learned a few lessons that are pretty powerful.

Less Indoor Space Means More Time Outdoors

We moved to the beach to slow down and enjoy the little things more.  The frantic pace of suburbia and all the traffic was exhausting us.  Here at the beach, we spend way more time outside and this includes my seven year old.  He’s outside constantly – and he doesn’t mind the wind, rain or clouds at all.  We walk the dogs more, we find a reason to go for a bike ride – and really – do you need a reason?

I don’t need 28 sweaters

Moving into a small space meant I needed to clean out my closet – BIG TIME!! I realized I had clothes that I didn’t really love – and too many of them.  Truly – how many sweaters do you really need?  I have been de-cluttering my closet now for over six months.  It is freeing and so empowering.  It means less choices in the morning and actually looking forward to getting dressed because the clothes I have I really like wearing!  

Clutter Suffocates

This is not a new discovery – but I can tell you, having less in my home means I can breathe.  Its okay that not every counter or shelf has decor or something placed there.  It provides a sense of relief honestly.  In a small space you enjoy having less – it provides room to just BE.  We must make a decision about whether we are keeping something NOW, not put it aside and wait until another time and then decide after it’s been stuffed in a drawer for five years to purge it.

Less Stuff = Less Stress

Being purposeful about what we have in our home and what we treasure has provided a huge stress relief.  The guilt about getting rid of things that I felt I needed to keep has been conquered.  This can take a bit of time, believe me – I was having a hard time with old photos and such, but then we decided to scan photos and take pictures of memorabilia instead of keeping the item.    We you begin to experience the freedom in parting with things that are in boxes and not enjoyed daily, it begins to be much easier to make decisions for the future.

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

I am sure you’ve heard this before, but it is true.  I have more time to spend doing activities rather than cleaning, picking up, organizing, storing, purging or doing upkeep.  We can visit friends, invite someone over, do an impromptu get together or get out of town at the last minute.  When you have a small space with less things, it provides time freedom as well as emotional freedom.

This is a season for us, we will be building a larger home and moving into a bigger space within the next year and a half, but this has been one of the best life lessons I have had – living small and learning how to determine what it really important.

Does living small appeal to you?

Homemaking Just Got Easier!!!

26
Apr
2017

homemaking bundle

It’s not like you expected homemaking to be a piece of cake.

But you had no idea you’d be so tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed, right?

I’ve often felt the same way. When I first became a wife and mom years ago, I needed GPS to find my way around the kitchen. Oh, and developing systems to efficiently handle laundry and cleaning? Um… do I have to answer that?

Homemaking is filled with mundane tasks that never end, but here’s the thing: do you want to spend more time overwhelmed by things you don’t enjoy?

No, no, you do not.

So what if you could find resources to help you become better at homemaking (and maybe even learn to love it)?

Well, look no further, because I found something that might be just what you need: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you the price.)

This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site.

These top-quality resources cover everythingyou need to make homemaking and mothering feel less stressful… quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, sizzling date night ideas, parenting helps, and so much more.

For less than the cost of a meal out (and you won’t need to be rescued by drive-thru after this!), you’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Cook up wholesome recipes for your family
  • Build stronger relationships with your kids (even your teens)
  • Discover speedy cleaning routines for the toughest messes
  • Rekindle the romance in your marriage
  • Put self-care back into your life
  • and finally enjoy homemaking.

Plus, it comes with over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (this is one of my favorite parts).

My Favorite Picks in the Bundle:::

  • Matters of the Heart: a 52-Week Scripture Memorization Journey for Women by Carlie Kercheval ($10.00)
  • Cozy Minimalist Decorating Class by Myquillyn Smith ($39.00)
  • What’s 4 Dinner Challenge Meal Planning eCourse by Erin Odom and Holly Dvorak ($47.00)
  • 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine ($4.99)
  • Productivity and Well-Being eCourse by Lisa Grace Byrne ($47.00)
  • Making Big Life Changes Together: Pursuing Your Dreams as a Couple by Haley Stewart ($3.99)
  • 30 Days, 30 Ways for Mothers to Take Care of Themselves by Angela Henderson ($19.95)

Just those favorites would total $171.93 if bought separate – so I am grabbing this bundle for the lower price of $29.95!

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!

Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $1980 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

Becoming efficient as a homemaker is one thing. Fully embracing all the messy moments and hard times and loving it (most days) is another. But it’s not out of reach.

Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 1st, so don’t wait!)

You also get these amazing bonuses too!!!

  • $15 store credit from Cultivate What Matters (international shipping available)
  • Free 1 month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $20 value ($15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers, shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month MightyFix shipment from Mighty Nest, $17 value ($15 store credit toward next add-on order for existing MightyFix subscribers, international shipping available)
  • One project box from Detox Project Box, $25 value (shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month subscription from Bookroo, $18 value (box of past favorites for existing customers, international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Orglamix (international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Strawesome (international shipping available)
  • Digital download of the 2017 Hope Ink Calendar, $20+ value -or- $15 credit + 3 art prints from Hope Ink, $99 value (international shipping available)
  • Homeowner Lifetime Membership from HomeBinder, $120 value (digital)
  • Free 1 year annual membership from MollyGreen.com, $29 value (digital)

Creating a Chemical Free Home Made Easy

24
Apr
2017

Creating a Chemical Free Home Made Easy

Who wouldn’t want to create a Chemical Free Home to help live the best life we can?

Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in every room in your home – and many are being used which are causing great problems for our family.  

Synthetic fragrances, found in household cleaning products, perfumes, nail polish, and plastic food containers contain Phthalates.  These have been found to interfere with testosterone and estradiol, a hormone that affects breast development. Studies have found that women who develop breast cancer have higher levels of certain types of phthalates than women who are cancer free. (SOURCE)

And it gets worse when you consider the toxic chemicals in our personal care products!

From antiperspirants to perfumes, from toothpastes to skin care products, Americans have been unknowingly poisoning themselves and their families with hundreds of chemical compounds that the body is unequipped to deal with.  Chemical free should be our goal for our family.

Just one example are Parabens. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.  They are found in all types of personal care products – and they are harming you every time you put them on – sometimes multiple times a day.

Our indoor air quality is very toxic when you include burning candles, using plug in wall scents and all the product we use thinking we are “cleaning our home” but in fact, we are poisoning ourselves.

Most experts agree that anyone serious about experiencing improved health today and in the long-run must begin to replace products made with toxic chemicals, and use personal care and household products that are safe for the body.   I began making chemical free changes about four years ago, even ditching my all-item favorite perfume and my life has been dramatically altered for the better.

If you could use products that are simpler, less-expensive, and more effective than the toxic products you are currently using wouldn’t you at last want to give them a try?

Now is the time to make a change and I want to help you get the best deal – because I am all about being frugal as well as putting our health at the top of the list.

Step One

Grab a Young Living Premium Starter Kit – my favorite it the Premium Starter Kit with the Home Diffuser #5462.

Premium Starter Kit

This kit comes with 11 bottles of pure essential oils that have endless uses, from emotional support, cleansing the skin, immune support, freshening the air, and promoting wellness. 

It also comes with a fabulous diffuser that will rock your world  – my house is never overcome with nasty chemical odors anymore, but instead – we breathe in essential oils that actually help our emotional state and aren’t poisoning us.

You also get some sample bottles, cards and two samples of my favorite anti-oxidant drink, NingXia Red.

Here’s what you get:

  • Home Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

And in May, every new member with a Premium Starter Kit purchase, receives a FREE 15 ML of Tangerine.

FREE Tangerine oil

Step Two

Grab the Brand New Thieves Home Cleaning Kit (#20421) – it’s the perfect introduction to natural cleaning and provides you with a foundation of cleaning tools and supplies to utilize Young Living’s 100% pure essential oils. It includes the tools you’ll need to clean and protect your home without using harsh, chemicals.  

Thieves Home Cleaning Kit

It contains:

  • Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Lemon Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Pine Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Purification® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Household Cleaner 14.4 oz.
  • Carrying Case
  • Stainless Steel Bucket
  • Amber Glass Spray Bottle 16 oz.
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Cleaning Recipe Booklet

Step Three

Add Thieves Foaming Hand Soap 3 pk – so you can replace the chemical filled version you are using now with an all-natural, plant based formula!  It’s one of my favorite products.

Step Four

Start your journey on replacing items in your home with plant-based options by joining Young Living’s monthly box subscription program, called Essential Rewards.  You will earn a percentage back on your order each month and you can use toward free products – plus you will also get FREE products in your order from Young Living, depending on your order level.

Essential Rewards Program FREE products

Step Five

With this bundle I’ve put together, you will be grabbing over $390 worth of amazing items for your and your family for only $275.25 – saving $115 – plus you’ll be earning 10% back on your very first purchase, when you join Essential Rewards!  That’s 27 points towards free product.

Here are the FREE bonuses for May – if you want you can even add a few more things to your order and snag the 300 PV level – getting over $200 worth of product for free.

May 2017 Young Living Promos

And here’s the best part – I am offering $25 CASH BACK when you purchase your starter kit and join my community – where I offer support, guidance and a bucket full of great reference material to empower you as you start this new journey!!

Young Living new member special

Now is the time to create a chemical free home – you will NOT regret it, I guarantee it.  I offer a 30 day money back guarantee on the starter kit – so there’s no risk.  I want you to be happy and get the same wonderful benefits I have received over the past four years.

Ready to hop on the oily train?  You can check out more info here, where I have some great information and options on other starter kits.

Or if you are ready to get this box of goodness on it’s way to you PRONTO – go here and get started!  

I am excited for you to get started- it will change your life!

My Top 12 Favorite FREE Printables

20
Mar
2017

My Top 12 Favorite FREE Printables

I have rounded up some of the cutest and most practical free printables for you to use in your home and to make life a bit easier. We all need a bit of “easier”, don’t you think?

I didn’t include my FREE Weekly Household Planner here in this list (because you likely already know about it), but it is my top favorite for sure. Here are some great printables that include many areas of home management. I hope you find a few new ones to brighten your day! Which will you print out first?

#1: 31 FREE Printables for Pretend Play

31 FREE Printables for Pretend Play

#2: Six Beautiful Scripture Printables

Six Beautiful Scripture Printables

#3: Fitness Planning Printables

Fitness Planning Printables

#4: FREE Financial Printables

FREE Financial Printables

#5: FREE Printable Recipe Binder

FREE Printable Recipe Binder

#6: FREE Vision Board Printables

FREE Vision Board Printables

#7: FREE Printable Weekly Planners

FREE Printable Weekly Planners

#8: FREE Journaling Printables

FREE Journaling Printables

#9: 4 FREE Seasonal Cleaning Checklists

4 FREE Seasonal Cleaning Checklists

#10: Prayer Journal FREE Printables

Prayer Journal FREE Printables

#11: FREE Printable Chore Chart

FREE Printable Chore Chart

#12: FREE Printable Menu Planner & Shopping List

FREE Printable Menu Planner & Shopping List

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