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Living Life is about being a parent, giving tips for home management, finance, humor, love, and everything the day throws your way.

June 2, 2017

How to Reduce Stress this Summer

This post is sponsored by Quicken Loans National, but all ideas and opinions belong to me.

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I remember looking so forward to summer. I would count down the days, hours, and minute until that last bell echoed in the crowded hallway. I remember being part of the wave of children that emptied onto the bus waving goodbye to my friends. The smile was plastered onto my face as I made my way home. I was elated. That was until I arrived at my front door.Continue reading

May 28, 2017

10 Summer Activities for Kids that Fight Boredom

10 Summer Activities for Kids that Fight Boredom

You have a schedule. You are used the kids going to school. I mean your life was full enough. Now you have the responsibility to keep the kids active, happy, and create the summer of their dreams. You need tricks or a magic wand or both. You need 10 Summer Activities for Kids that Fight Boredom and you needed the yesterday.

These are some fun activities for kids at home.
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May 23, 2017

How to Help Military Members as They Transition to Civilians

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Walmart and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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How to Help Military Members as They Transition to Civilians

The night was quiet and seemingly ordinary. The moon was on full display as it reflected on my window. I was awake reading with my tiny lamp beside my bed. My husband was asleep next to me. I was at peace.

I began to remember nights that weren’t like this.

I thought about the nights when I slept alone. I read all night long because I was worried about where my husband was, and I was concerned about what he was doing. I wasn’t even sure exactly where in the world he was.Continue reading

May 21, 2017

100 Things to Do This Summer

Chase the Boredom Blues Away With These 100 Things to do This Summer


The kids have not even been out of school for 2 weeks and already they are “bored”. In my house, that word is not tolerated. It will get to a point in the day that I am assigning chores for everyone time they say it. I wanted to skip the hassles of previous summer and give them fun simple options that will keep them entertained every day of summer vacation. We have put together a list of 100 things to do this summer. This way I can save my sanity and they won’t be spending their whole summer in punishment. Now when I think that the dreaded words, “I’m Bored”, will utter their lips,I can pick something from the list and our day is full of fun.

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How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables rank on the bottom of my list lately as I have seen their prices go up and the quality go down. This has always been a hard decision but with a strict grocery budget and no one in my house volunteering to give up meat, it has to be done. However, most recently I have realized not having fruits and vegetables handy is hindering my weight loss and affecting what my children eat. So I decided to figure out how I can save and have my fruits and vegetables. Today I hit the jackpot as you can see in the picture. Can you guess how much I spent on all the fruits and vegetables in the picture? Because I love to save money on vegetables.

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How save money on vegetables

1. Buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy apples and pears but they will cost more in the spring. These are the best times to buy Fruits and Vegetables

2. Compare prices between your local grocery stores, fruit markets, specialty stores each week when the sale come out.

3. Buy in bulk. Many times apples, oranges, potatoes, and onions are cheaper in prepackaged bags than individually. Split these purchases with family and/or friends if you won’t use them up by yourself before they go bad.

4. Only buy what you can eat before it goes bad. There is nothing worse than throwing away fruits and vegetables that are rotten. I see dollar signs in my heads when I do this.

5. Buy frozen or canned versions if fresh are not available for a reasonable price. This is a great alternative for strawberries, brocolli, green beans, cauliflower and berries. I do not like canned asparagus.

6. Buy from local farmers and vendors. This can save money and also give back to your local community. I will note that sometimes they are not always cheaper than the stores depending on your area and encourage you to be aware what the stores in your area are charging.

7. Buy fruits and veggies the way they were grown. Don’t pay extra just because they have already been washed, cut and package for you. It doesn’t take much time to do this yourself and is definitely worth the savings.

8. Shop the manager’s specials or clearance section. Many times this food is marked down because it is not attractive to shoppers but it is still perfectly edible. Many items that are marked down include: single bananas, broken apart bunches of grapes, slightly bruised apples, citrus that is not vibrant in color, etc. THIS IS HOW I SAVED TODAY!! I filled up my cart and came home with everything in the picture for only $31.64.

So when my family is roaming for food I can sit comfortably knowing that I have provided them with fruits and vegetables to keep them them satisfied and healthy.

Go enjoy some fruits and vegetables with your family!!!

Print this Free Printable list of seasonal fruits and vegetables

Also check out our other saving money tips

Frugal Ways to Save Money When Buying New Home Appliances
How to Save Money Gardening
How to Save Money by Using a Calendar

How to Help Others

How to Help Others

Throughout the last few years, I have noticed a steady increase in helping others. It never truly disappeared but, it did seem to become less of a common thing. For a while, things in our society seemed more “me” focused. People were only worried about their needs and wants versus others needs or wants.

I am very happy to see the helpful mentality making a big comeback! I know there have been many times where I thought I would love to help someone. I saw their need, but, the trick was, not knowing how to go about it. Even if I did know how I could help, I didn’t know if they would be accepting or just think I was up to no good.

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