Get over $1200 in Craft and DIY eBooks, Courses and More for $34.95!!!!

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There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!  While I am SUPER busy with so many things I have found that when I am creative or give myself an outlet, life is much easier to deal with and to remain sane!  Like I said on my facebook page last week, you have to work some sanity money into the budget.  This is a great way to get the most out of that sanity money!

Do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are! They are not all millionaires or made of money either.  Just people that want to have pride in their creations.

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!



Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

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How to Manage Accounts and Organize Your Money + Free Printable

Filed Under: Family Budget

how to manage accounts


Managing accounts is the first step to getting your finances in order.  I know accounts are really sacred in families, but you have to keep track of this information somewhere. I know that when we started keeping better track of our money, we wanted to make sure both of us had access to all accounts. A spouse can’t help feel in control of the money if they do not have access to accounts. We tried a few different options to manage accounts and get passwords back and forth.  none of them worked really well for us and we would always forget to add things to it.

The First Step to Manage Accounts and Track Your Money

Since everything is “online” nowadays, we often forget to write things down that will help us remember what our account log in and passwords are. That’s why I wanted to create a printable that would help you be able to track every account you own, where it’s located, and of course the username and password.

Be sure you keep this page to manage accounts in a safe place where others wont easily find it.  I would recommend putting it into a safe or other locked filing cabinet.  This will keep it only in the hands of the right people.



I hope you find this free printable useful. I know we’ve used it in my family several times and I always recommend it to friends and family who are trying to keep better track of their finances. Download the free Account Information Worksheet right here…._Account_Information_Worksheet.

Be sure to check out the other family budget printables!

You can also get more tips on a perfect family budget here!

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The Debt Hole We Dug and How We Are Digging Out Using a Budget

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Family Budget report

I will get into the whole story of why we made the choice to go into debt later.  For now, I am going to just share with you some real numbers and the depth of what we dug.  I knew it was coming when we made our choice but to look at the number we have now to pay off it seems crazy!

Honestly sometimes I wonder what the heck we were thinking.  I can’t say we would do it the same way if we went back, but there are 2 things we feel it is OK to have debt for.  One is a house and the other is an education.  Now, knowing that, that doesn’t mean it was easy for me.  I don’t care what the reason is for getting debt.  It weighs me down big time.  So we are on a path to pay this off as fast as possible so we can enjoy the money my husband is making and have a real life with a house and vacations and fun that we have dreamed of our whole life.

A lot of people think it is impossible to pay off your debt quickly when you have as much as we do.  But we are doing it!  Before I get into how we are paying this off, here is the numbers of what we owe.

All of our debt is student loan debt.  Which is all managed by the government now.  We have 3 years of 2 semesters each where we took out these loans.  We were able to get a couple scholarships during those 3 years which helped a small amount to lessen the debt we took out, but we took out money every year we were there.  So as of Jan. 10, 2015, we have $194,633.80 in loans to pay off.

Yes that number is a house.  We “bought a house” when we decided to go to school, but we have no house to show for it.  We have a degree that has helped him get a job.  While I think the amount it cost us to go to school is crazy, we decided to do it and we now have to be accountable to pay it off.

So we sat down after my husband got his job and we started looking at how we would budget this new amount of money we receive each month.  The first decision we made early on in our decision to go to law school was that when we were done we would not change our standard of living until we were done paying off our loans.  We are luck to live in a great place where the rent is rather low for the area we live.  We live in a 1200 sq feet, 3 bedroom apt.  We are a little cramped in here but after living in a 950 sq ft 2 bedroom place, this one feels HUGE!  We plan to stay in this place until we pay off our debt.

Ok, so now you know the HUGE amount of debt we have here is our plan to get it paid off by the end of 2019 (hopefully sooner).  Yes I said in 4 years.  We will be paying off our entire debt in 4 years!!!!!  If we do some side jobs or sell some items in our house (which we will) it will be sooner, but the longest we will take is 4 years!

To help us to do that, we are going to be posting our budget and our end of the month report on what extras we were able to do to pay things off faster.  We are going to be VERY open with everything so you can see what we do and how you can also make needed changed to live a better life.

January is the first month we have been able to make a budget like this so you will see little changes over the next couple months as we iron out how much we need in different categories. Due to my husband having a bi weekly paycheck, we are having to use a different budget then we have ever made.  It makes me a bit nervous because it is so new tome.  I am not sure I am doing this right because he will get checks 2-3 times a month, so each month will be a little different.  So I may switch us to a strictly every 2 week schedule if I can’t work it out to be a monthly one.  So Here is our budget for the month.

Real family budget


As you can see we are having to scatter some of our bills between the 2 checks and other things we are splitting between each check.  We are doing this because some of these are monthly bills due at certain times and the others are yearly or every 6 month bills we are saving for.

I am hoping we will be able to get some more income from selling unneeded items and by earning more on the blog.  If Ww do earn a little more, we will be able to put $3,000 on our loans and be 1/2 way done with 1 of our loans!!!!!  so excited for that!  Can’t wait to check it off our list!

Now to press forward and make more huge dents in our debt so we can be financially free again!

How is your budget this month?  What suggestions do you have for us???

Be sure to check out how to budget if you are new at it!


After Many Months of Trials

Filed Under: Frugal Living

paying off debt


I can’t say the last couple years have been easy for me. In fact I have seen myself going from loving my family and being debt free and care free to becoming someone that is not the real me, probably pretty depressed and becoming crazy about the money.  It is hard for me to put into words what has happened these last few years, but I have not been in a great place.  I have never admitted to anyone the toll this took on my emotions and I have never talked about it very openly at all.

I stopped blogging back in July because my husband was studying for the bar, we had lots of debt and no savings to live off of.  We had to make a change and I had to make more money.  So I started to focus on the thing that I could use to bring us in enough money to live until he got done with his test.  I had started to sell Lularoe is June and I was doing a lot of boutiques and was making just enough to get us by.  I just couldn’t keep up with everything and all the pressure.  So I let go of the blog for a bit to help my family get through all this.

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Edible Thanksgiving Kids Craft: Teepees

Filed Under: Family Life, Frugal Living
Thanksgiving Kids Craft

Thanksgiving morning can be crazy and there is always lots of things happening. This thanksgiving kids craft is a great way to keep kids occupied and give them a little snack to keep their fingers out of the dinner foods!

These adorable ice cream cone teepees are great for using as representation of the indians and also a tasty treat for dessert! You can use these as just simply decoration or you can actually use them to eat out of! They are super easy to make and they look adorable and awesome! I hope you enjoy, let’s get started on how to make them!

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