New Parent’s Check Our Top Parenting Books

I know there are so many people around me having babies, especially new parents. When I became a new mother, I felt like I NO resources or tools. I felt like I couldn’t learn enough before becoming a parent. But even after you become a parent there is the constant learning and struggling going on.

So whether you are a new mother, or a second time mother, know that all of these books can be a great tool for you. Each of them have personally helped me.

Enjoy my top parenting books I picked:

1-2-3 Magic

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The Whole-Brain Child 

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No-Drama Discipline

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The 5 Love Languages of Children

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Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child Grow 

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Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men 

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Five Simple Ways to Save Money Right NOW

We all want to save money, especially at the beginning of the year, every single year. We set these goals, and we do good for a day or two, then fall off the wagon. The truth is that you can save a few simple ways.

Here are FIVE simple ways to save money right NOW:

  1. Set Savings Goals

The first step is to think about what and why you are putting money aside. It can be for a vacation, retirement, or just for a savings account. You need to really break down the purpose you are saving. The objective depends on where you are and where you want to be. Set yourself milestones and goals. Check in once a month or bi-weekly and see where you are and how far away you are from your goals. 

  1. Pay Yourself First

Set up an auto debit from your checking account to your savings account each time you get paid. This action is something referred to as “set it and forget it.” The number doesn’t need to be much, but take a look back at step one and see how much you need to save each month.  

  1. Stop Smoking

My husband smokes, eh. I hate it, but it has been SO hard for him to quit. We have tried so many different options. I often think about how much we could save if he stopped smoking. If you smoke a pack and a half every day, that amounts to nearly $3,000 a year. Imagine a nice vacation you could have with that money; that is a considerable chunk of change!

  1. Take a “Staycation”

The place doesn’t even need to be anywhere close or far away, but somewhere with a bit of distance so you can truly enjoy the trip. Not traveling too out-of-the-way will save you money, while you are still able to have a little fun. 

  1. Pack Your Lunch

I am pretty adamant when it comes to taking your lunch. To prevent spending $10+ a day on a meal, I pack my own and snacks. I do manage to treat myself at least once a week or bi-weekly. By saving that money, I can put it aside into a separate bank account to see exactly how much I saved from not eating out. 

One more quick way to save: Create an Interest-Bearing Account. Many banks have different interest rates or rewards. Invest in the one that will bring the most bang for your buck. When you have a savings account, you certainly want to ensure to get a high interest rate.

Once you get a savings account built up, open a CD or emergency fund with a larger investment rate so that you can let it sit and build cash. What are some ways that you save money? Prepare for your future by always setting aside a little bit at a time over a longer period!

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Ladies Fashion Under $40

Winter fashion calls for me being broke. Okay, all fashion does. I love fashion and being able to show off my personality for the different seasons. The really best part is that you can look good and still not be completely broke. I have found some of my favorite fashion items at amazing prices. Go get your shopping on!

Here’s Ladies Fashion Under $40

Fall Checked Ruana Poncho All over plaid checkered pattern, on a darling ruana poncho! This oversized, one-sized, cardigan is a perfect way to top off your winter styles. Complete with a tassel trim to add a bit of texture!

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Cherry Cordial Striped Sweater Color blocked, striped knit sweater with a statement sleeve and fitted cuffs!

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Peppered Coal Cowl Sweater Grab your favorite cup of coffee and head out for your weekend errands in cozy style this fall! This cowl keeps you classy, while the relaxed fit keeps you ultra comfortable! Who says you can’t have it all?

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Wheat Fields Textured High Low Sweater  Deep V-neck, and an oversized fit make this high-low sweater a favorite! The heavy texture, and cuffed sleeves add a texture and detail that set you apart!

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Round Neck Chenille Sweater | Ash Grey  Velvety soft, thick weave sweater with a high round neck and oversized fit, perfect for a cozy cold day!

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Thermal Stripe Drop Shoulder Top | Wine  Get into the fall spirit with this perfect transition piece! Show off your summer tan with the drop shoulder detail, but stay warm with the thermal soft fabric and long sleeves!

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Holiday Gifts For Kids Under $30

I like to get practical and fun gifts for kids. I have always been a fan of just practical gifts where kids can learn and explore. I put together practical gifts for you at frugal prices. I hope you can enjoy these great gift ideas.

Here are holiday gifts for kids under $30.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set 
Pinkies up! Tea time is extra sweet with the Laugh & Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set and its magical, light-up teapot. As toddlers “pour” out their tea, the spout lights up and plays fun songs, sounds, and more! Press the tea bag button for even more fun songs and lights! And with two tea cups, a sugar bowl, and a tray full of puzzle-play “treats”, this adorable tea set is perfect for sharing a spot of play with a friend—introducing your tiny diner to manners. Plus, the tea set includes three Smart Stages levels with different songs, sounds and phrases, so the learning fun can keep going as your child keeps growing!

PJ Masks Deluxe Figure Set  This PJ Masks action figure will provide children aged 3 years and up with endless entertainment.

LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse’s Birthday Party 10873 Little Disney fans will love to help Minnie Mouse celebrate in style with LEGO DUPLO 10873 Minnie’s Birthday Party! Play with them as they drive Minnie in her cute pink car to the party venue, where Figaro the cat is waiting to get the party started. This LEGO DUPLO set is perfect for endless role-play with a birthday celebration theme, and comes with a giant buildable birthday cake plus 2 bricks decorated as presents. Includes a LEGO DUPLO figure: Minnie Mouse, plus a cat figure.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press and Race Monster Truck Rally Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s time for the monster truck rally show with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race™ Monster Truck Rally™ by VTech®. Race and jump with Mark, the Press & Race™ monster truck, around the rally tracks and off the launch pads while listening to him play fun phrases, sounds and melodies. Then, have a jump competition by launching off the stunt ramp to encourage creative play and discover cause and effect.

Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand Kingdom Playset with 3lbs of Beach Sand, Build amazing sandcastles anywhere with the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom! The Beach Sand Kingdom playset includes 3lbs of Kinetic Beach Sand and everything you need to build real sandcastles! Different from the smooth feel of classic Kinetic Sand, Kinetic Beach Sand is made with larger grains of natural sand and feels just like wet beach sand!

My Little Pony Styling Head –  Pinkie Sea Caution is recommended when purchasing this styling head because it includes small parts
Clean this styling head with a damp cloth when dirty
Great for ages 3 years and up
Practice makes perfect and with this styling head from My Little Pony, hairdressers aged 3 years and up can master new techniques.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set  Your child can rock out and learn with the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set! This drum set for kids comes with a pair of drumsticks that can be used to tap the four different electronic learning drums. Your child can drum freestyle or play along to nine pre-set melodies in a variety of musical styles. Or for more structured play, they can follow the lights on the drums as they learn about letters and numbers. With four ways to play and a variety of fun sounds, your child will love learning to the music with this educational toy!

LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Help your baby learn the alphabet and develop word skills with the LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. Plug letters into the base to read out letters or change levels to teach phonics and word skills. These colorful magnets will catch your little one’s attention and as they play and learn, developing their fine motor skills as they learn to fit the letters into the slot in the base.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum  Clean up time has never been more fun! When your toddler pushes the vacuum along, bright lights and learning songs and phrases will introduce colors, counting, and more. Flip the “power” switch up and actual vacuum sounds let your tiny helper really get into the role play fun!

Melissa & Doug® Match and Roll Shape Sorter – Classic Wooden Toy  This brightly colored wooden shape sorter is an exciting update on a classic toy! Toddlers can drop the dozen-plus vibrant wooden shapes–including a triangle, octagon, star, rectangle, square, trapezoid, hexagon–through the color-matched holes, then roll the drum along, open the lid, and start all over again. An early-learning powerhouse that encourages color and shape recognition, manual dexterity, and more!

Disney Princess Cinderella 14″ Doll For every girl who dreams big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible.
In a spectacular story inspired gown and tiara from her Fairy Godmother, Disney Princess Cinderella wishes to go to the ball. Join the story as she dashes home before midnight!

B. toys Beautifloor Alphabet Foam Tiles – 26pc  Brighten up any room in your home and make it more comfortable for wobbly little ones with the Beautifloor Alphabet Floor Mat from B. toys. Interlocking tiles are nice and thick, making even hardwood floors more comfortable if your little one happens to fall as they’re learning to walk. For even more fun, each letter pops out for plenty of learning adventures. A comfy place for all your pals, including A, B and C.

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The Top Three Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Vacation

It doesn’t matter if you work, where you work, or how often you work; Everyone needs a vacation. This getaway doesn’t need to be anything crazy either. It can simply be a mini-vacation two hours away from home. I am not kidding. It will do you good. Hear me out.

The truth is that vacations HELP you. Don’t let yourself find excuses such as not being able to afford something, whatever that something is. You can do it. You need to take one. What’s even better is if you can experience a vacation away from the kiddos!! I use this planner to put together my vacation budget.

My husband and I took a trip back in August to Nashville to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary. The journey was kid-free, and it was the BEST feeling ever. I did have to do some work while there, but it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t do!! I was nervous; this was the first real time we went anywhere without our son. We left him with my parents, but it was like four nights without a kid! At first, I felt so down and called my parents A LOT because I didn’t know if they could handle it. The joke was on me. I was excited to use our new suitcase, we were able to really pack a lot with this suitcase.

We drank a little too much, hung out with old friends, and just enjoyed time doing nothing. We came back relaxed and ready to take on the world again. There is so much that comes from a vacation regarding mindset. More importantly, we were able to reconnect with each other. Life happens, and we can’t always have the time that we need.

We love to eat, so we went out to some of the best restaurants, and even  went to a comedy club. Of course we did tons of shopping and exploring the area even though we lived there many years ago. We did look to find out some new ideas from this book.

You feel rested, amazing, and like a new person. That is what vacation is ALL about!

But even small trips away will work. Last weekend, I went to a corn maze with the girls. I was gone for about five hours, had fun, drank wine, and laughed a little. This stint felt like a vacation to me; I was away from my husband and my son. These getaways are so essential to have at least once a month if not more often. We all need it! PS if you love wine, then you need this wine box!

When you take these breaks, be sure to unplug. Make sure you aren’t calling your kid and SO all the time. Get off social media and enjoy the moments! If they need you, they will get with YOU. Enjoy the time that you have apart from them.

When was the last time you had a vacation?

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Discover Frugal Ways to Save Money for the Holidays

I know the holidays scream money; trust me, I know. Here are some of my tips to save money during the holidays. Pick which ones work best for you and wisely save your money this holiday season. These are some of my tips that I have done first hand and really have helped me to save better.  

  1.  Christmas Cards.  I used to have to send them and create a fun and meaningful theme each year. I sent out more than I received. Each year, I got less and less. So now, I don’t do them. They took a LOT of time to do. Not to mention, they can cost a good amount of money. (Maybe around $50+ including stamps!)  We have actually decided to only send to immediate family members custom kid art work; they seem to appreciate that more.
  2. Holiday Dinner.  Potlucks or buffets are much less expensive than the traditional sit-down dinner. There is nothing worse than being the cook and not being able to interact with guests. The bigger thing though is saving money if you have ever hosted any holiday dinner you know how quick it all adds up. This cookbook has so many great ideas for a potluck so when people ask you what to bring, you can provide a great answer.
  3. Stick to cash.  I know how easy it is to bring out the plastic this time of the year. Figure out how much you spend each year, and start a dedicated Christmas savings account in CASH! (Remember those?) You will be happy; something about cash makes it easier to manage and budget cash flow. This is a great way to hold onto that cash!
  4. Family Fun.  I know you want to do many different activities (all of which cost money). Find one or two with expenses that you want to go to, and attend. Forget about the other items and have movie night from Netflix or Amazon.
  5. Have a cookie swap.  Each guest brings a favorite Christmas cookie, and you swap with others. This way you don’t have to bake all these cookies and do all the work, and of course spend all the money. You even have a variety to choose from now, so you can enjoy something different.

There are many other ways to save money this holiday season, but these are my five favorite practices that we do each year. Don’t forget to budget for gifts and stick to it. Happy Shopping!

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Gifts For Him Under $50

I have a hard time always shopping for my husband; he is also expensive. I managed to find some great, practical gifts, for under $50.

Here are the best Gifts For Him Under $50

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The Best Gifts For Aunts Under $30

Aunts hold a special place in my heart. I love getting my aunts gifts around the holidays. I always love finding such fun and creative gift ideas, in fact these are super affordable and frugal. I know you, and your aunt, will enjoy them! ;0

The Best Gifts For Aunts Under $30

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Men’s Holiday Fashion

If you are anything like me.. you probably need to go shopping for your significant other, aka husband. He won’t go shopping and is super picky.. SO it’s up to me to find something nice to wear for the holidays (because if it was up to him he would wear white t-shirts with jeans!). I love dressing up for the holidays and love love when my family can dress up with me too.

Here are some of our favorite picks for men’s holiday fashion:

Van Heusen Flex Ottoman 1/4 (Quarter) Zip Pullover- Big and Tall

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The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. Long Sleeve Flannel Shirt-Big and Tall

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St. John’s Bay Long Sleeve Henley Shirt

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Van Heusen Long Sleeve Windowpane Knit Polo Shirt- Big and Tall

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 Dockers Mock Neck Long Sleeve Acrylic Pullover Sweater

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The Top Must Have Office Items

I am always on the hunt for some great office items. I love finding new and innovative things to have in my office. These are so practical and fun to have for your office. You can choose your own colors for all of these items, and they are all super affordable.

Here are the top must have office items:

  • Multifunctional Office Desk Pad
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    YSAGi Ultra Thin Waterproof PU Leather Mouse Pad, Dual Use Desk Writing Mat for Office/Home (31.5″ x 15.7″, Pink)  Dual Side Usage: Different color in each side, same material for all the mat, special design to use in both side, 2 in 1 desk pad, just turn it over and you can utilize it
    Easy to Clean: made of heavy-duty and durable PU leather, just use cloth to wipe it, very easy to clean, wet cloth would be prefer if there are too much dirt in the mat
  • Myartte Home Decor-Set of 4 small Cube-Shaped Ceramic Pot with 4 different Artificial Succulent Plant for Home decoration Office decoration
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    Cute artificial succulent plants set with real rocks, looks great and works with all kinds of home decor.
  • Jerry & Maggie – Desktop Organizer Office Storage Rack Adjustable Wood Display Shelf
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    Birthday Gifts – Toy – Home Decor | – Free Style Rotation Display – True Natural Stand Shelf  Material of natural wood , definitely no pungent scent – non-toxic | green healthy life style | sturdy board Composition of two main parts – the position and the distance between two parts can be adjusted and rotated to best fit your needs – a great decoration at home or office
  • Cell Phone Stand, Cute Elephant Phone Stand Tablet Desk Bracket with Pen Pencil Holder
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    Compatible iPhone iPad Nintendo Switch Tablet Smartphone, Desk Decoration Multifunctional Stationery Organizer
    Multi-Functional: The elephant body can be used as desk supplies organizer, pencil holder or makeup brush holder. The elephant nose can hold your mobile phone ( horizontal placement ) or tablet, such as Samsung, LG, kindle, iPhone, iPad mini series Stylish Decoration: Designed with a lovely elephant shape, Which is a beautiful decoration. It can be used at many places, such as in the office, living room, bedroom and so on, to make your place more tidy and beautiful
  • CYBERNOVA Desk Organiser Office Small Objects Storage Keyboard
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    Commodity Shelf  Ready to hold all of you desk and personal accessories Capacity to hold:Mobile phone,Business cards,Repositional and Memopod Storage for pens,scissors,rules Pullout drawer for clips,pins and other samll items
  • Large Size Mouse pad Anti-Slip Desk Mouse Mat Waterproof Desk Protector Mat
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    with Smartphone Stand, Pockets, Dividing Rule, Calendar and Pen Groove(Various Colors) (Pink) Premium Material and Performance: this mouse pad is made of high quality durable PVC and soft pad material, smooth, good abrasion resistance. silky surface ensures the comfortable movements for your hands and arms while typing, writing and browsing.
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I am always on the hunt for some great office items. I love finding new and innovative things to have in my office. These are so practical and fun to have for your office. You can choose your own colors for all of these items, and they are all super affordable.

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