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Chalkboard Paint Is My Favorite Thing

A few years ago when my daughter was 18 months old and starting to draw everywhere, I decided to give her a wall to color on. I went to Home Depot, picked up a can of chalkboard paint for only $9 and turned my hallway into Audrey’s future masterpiece. I taped off one long chalkboard on one side and three smaller rectangles on the other. It has been my best idea yet! She has walls that she can color on, preventing her from sneaking off behind my back and turning my other walls into her own pieces of art. Over the last few years we have worked on learning colors, shapes, and letters; she even wrote her name for the first time on it. We play matching games, I write little notes on it, and enjoy decorating it for parties and on holidays.



I love to cook! I subscribed to satellite television for the sole purpose of the Food Network Channel. Okay, and for Grey’s Anatomy. I used to spend several hours a week planning my weekly menus and challenging myself to create new and exciting dishes to eat. I would spend an hour or two every night cooking a fun, delicious and oftentimes intricate meals. Beef bourgiugnon, tamales, pies, the more challenging, the more I enjoyed making it. It gave me a sense of accomplishment when I could make something incredible out of raw ingredients.


Upromise: Save for college by spending money!

Crazy right? With Upromise, that’s exactly how it works. Upromise is a great savings program with your future (or your child’s future) in mind. They partner with online retailers, restaurants and more, to help you put money in the bank. It’s really easy too! All you have to do, is log into your free Upromise account, pick the store you would like to shop at, buy through the link, and the savings are automatically put into your Upromise account. Every store has a slightly different savings rate. For example, right now, is offering 2% of your purchase. That means, 2% of how ever much you spend online at Target will get saved! And you don’t have to do anything at all, but shop like you usually would. 2% doesn’t sound like much, and I am certain this won’t build your child’s entire college fund. But, here’s what I figure. We shop at Target very frequently in my family. I generally buy the majority of my home decor, some clothing, baby gear, movies, etc. I estimate we spend about 50 bucks a week just at Target. Going on that average, we will be putting 52 bucks a year into a savings fund. Not much right? My daughter is only 1. If we keep doing that, she will have 881 bucks to put towards college, just from shopping at Target. Gonna pay for her entire tuition? No way. Is 881 bucks going to help a lot? You bet!

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WeeRide Bike Carrier

I was introduced to this amazing bike carrier a few months ago while visiting with my husbands parents.  They were camping at a beach nearby so we decided to visit for the day.  While we were there we saw a dad riding his bike with his toddler.  Unlike most bike carriers we’ve seen, this one was different and we were sold on it immediately!  Most bike carriers are mounted onto your bike from behind, only allowing your child to look at either your back, or the views from the side.  Well, guess what?  The WeeRide mounts to the FRONT of your bike, allowing your child to be able to fully see what is going on in front of them.  Not only do I love the fact that my child is able to look at more than my back, I love the fact that I can keep an eye on what he is doing while still paying attention to where I am riding.  Having them in front of you also makes communicating with them 100% better.  Which is worth it to me.


The Crazy Coupon Girl

Although we normally do guest posts on the weekends… we can’t keep all this awesome information from you for 5 days. It is written by Christine. Learn more about her at the end of this jaw dropping post. Note: If you are completely unfamiliar with couponing, like I am, this post might give you a bit of a headache. However, familiarize yourself with the details and I will explain how she helped me save 90% on my grocery bill! Details and all.

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Camping for beginners part 2: Supplies

In my first post, I talked about the gear you will need to make your camping trip comfortable and fun. Now, lets talk about supplies and how to get it all organized for easy storage and transport. First, what do you need? I want to talk about the essentials, and then I will tell you about some luxury items that will make camping more fun, but aren’t necessary.