Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick, Easy, and Affordable {$3 plus change} Coupon Organization (VIDEO)

Hi ladies!

I hope your day is going swell!

So, I did something a little different for this post and I really hope you enjoy it! I made a video! I tried photographing the inside of the expanding file envelopes, buuuuut, it wasn't working out to well because I wasn't using my tripod at first. When I set up my tripod I was like, "hey! why not do a video?" Talking to myself and everything. Not really. Maybe I was. I don't remember.

Anyways! I have tried various organizing methods, the most widely known being the big binder with baseball card inserts. I was so excited when I first put my binder together, I made it all pretty. I used it for about a month, then it was history. It was too big and overall, it just wasn't the thing for me. I prefer something more compact.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 2: {Groceries and All Other Stuff}

If you haven't, you can read Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 1: Clothes and Shoes where I explain my shopping strategies for finding the best deals on clothing and shoes.

"All other stuff" includes, but is not limited to:
  • hygiene (deodorant, lotion, soap, etc.)
  • hair products and supplies
  • nail polish and care items
  • home decor and organizing items
  • electronics 
  • clothing and shoes
  • groceries 
  • home cleaning supplies
  • etc.

My Grocery Shopping Strategies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mind Right Monday

Ok, so I just noticed (tonight) that the writer at one of the many blogs I read hosts a Monday linkup titled "Mind Right Monday" and I have decided to partake in it. I'm a planner, have been since I was a kid. I love to write down any and everything because if I didn't, I'd be a hot, unorganized, confused mess. Also, I think this will be a great way to hold myself accountable :-)

Basically, what will happen each Monday is, I'm going to list my goals for the week and what I'm grateful for OR I'll have some words of encouragement for readers.

Let's get started!

My goals for the week are to:

  • Finish cleaning my room (Hubby and me switched all the furniture around this weekend and there was a lot of stuff on the dressers. Did I really just admit that?)
  • Plan a Pinterest project to complete next week
  • Wake up before the kids and have a morning prayer each day this week
  • Spend 30 minutes doing healthy movements (because "working out" sounds discouraging)
  • Keep up my water intake
  • Stay on top of of my daily and weekly home blessings (a.k.a. chores. "Home blessings" sounds more encouraging, doesn't it? Thanks Fly Lady!)
  • Have ZJ continue practice writing his full name and the alphabet
  • Plan and prepare games and learning activities for Gabriel to start next week
  • Have the kids recite my telephone number (for the hundredth time... I'm worried they'll forget it)
  • Write a new meal plan for the following two weeks
  • Write a grocery list (check ads and coupons)
  • Finish cleaning off my desk
  • Work on some drafts for Sis. Jessie
  • Buy more washi tape and stickers to beautify my planner

I am oh so grateful for:
  • The health and safety of my family and friends
  • My faith and optimism
  • God's love, grace, and mercy
  • My family's love
  • My wonderful parents
  • My pastor and church family
  • Our home and everything in it
  • My wonderful parents
  • Everything that makes me laugh and smile
  • My husband's employer
  • Financial stability
  • My contentment
  • My thoughts, growth, and health

That's it from me for now! Feel free to share any goals you have for the week and what you're grateful for :-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let's Talk SHOPPING! {Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 1: Clothes and Shoes}

Hey Ladies!

I hope your week is going grrrrreat! Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about... SHOPPING! More specifically, how I shop without breaking the bank. My husband is the only person in our home with a full-time job so we're usually on a strict budget, however, with great money management (which I will get into in another post) and great shopping strategies, we manage quite well :-)

Let's get started!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

May 2014 Color Run 5K- Kansas City, Missouri

Hi Gorgeous!

Soooo, ever since I ran {jogged and walked} my first 5K (Diva Dash 5K) back in March I have been addicted to 5K's! Not only am I getting a great workout, but part of the proceeds are donated to charity. Part of the Color Run proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Here are a few photos from the Diva Dash...

From our spot at the starting line.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27th: It's My Birthday Lovelies!!!

Guess who's 28 today!!! 

Yes honey! 

I am so grateful to make it to this day. My faith and character get better with age so I am not ashamed to proclaim the number of years God has given me, allowing me to improve and grow into the woman HE wants me to be, the number of days HE has given me to spend with and/or talk to my loved ones. 

Thank you God for 28 years of your gifts of grace, mercy, and forgiveness which I do not deserve!!! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Quit Relaxers and "Go Natural" Without All the "Extra"

Hi Ladies!

I think this is my first hair blog post! I usually shy away from talking about "natural hair" because there's more than enough information and more than enough stories and journeys, tips, how-to's and everything else curly hair related on the the world wide web. However, I was inspired and compelled to express some of my opinions on this topic because I think some of us naturals can scare away our relaxed "sistas" with all our natural hair rules and stipulations.

Now... First let me explain that I am NOT one of those over the top anti-flat iron, anti-weave, anti-wig people. I really like weaves and wigs, have worn weave a few times myself since I've been fully natural and I've flat ironed my hair. I am anti-relaxer for one main reason- relaxers are dangerous.

Have you seen the Chris Rock documentary "Good Hair"? Did you see what that perm did to the Coke can??? It dissolved an aluminum can! I didn't even see the movie until after I stopped getting relaxers back in May or June of 2010 and although I had already made up my mind that I would never again put a relaxer on my head, seeing that movie further solidified my decision. Clearly, the documentary didn't have the same effect on many other women as it had on me because there are many many Brown women who still relax their hair.