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.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a website called Once A Month Mom. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find this site. I have a really hard time with dinner, to be honest. If you don’t, then this post may not be for you. I generally get home from work about 5:30, and need to have dinner on the table by 6:00 because that’s when the little native starts to get restless. She’s a year old, and like clockwork she needs to be fed dinner at 6 or else melt downs ensue. Snacks don’t cut it. There is no “tiding her over”. If I don’t have everything I need for dinner on hand, then I have to stop at the store and that puts me home about 6:00. You do the math……it hasn’t been working. I have tried meal planning, and it just ends up in disaster. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook or plan. I used to be really good at both, actually. But now it’s become such a huge source for anxiety that I would rather not do either. And I’ve been feeling like a failure for it! Not good.

It’s about that time of year again in my house, to dust off the camping gear. The camping season officially opens Memorial Day weekend, so I like to pull out the gear, make sure everything is in good shape, and take inventory of what I need to restock. A friend of mine asked “what do I need for camping? do I really need all that stuff?” In regards to my sporting goods store sized supply of gear. So, I thought it might be good to share with you, what you need and don’t need if you are new to this whole great outdoors thing! Even if you have gone camping before, things change a lot when you have kids. You suddenly have a whole new person (or people) to consider bringing supplies for. It can start to seem overwhelming when you think about all the things a little one needs. I will help you sort that out though. I’ll also include a list of my absolute favorite gear to make your trip to the wild more enjoyable. If you are an experienced camper, don’t worry. I’ll have a post for you later on too. Lets start with the beginner basics though!