Morning friends! Since Margsy started part time daycare I’m finding myself with plenty of free time to start considering alternate forms of income for our family. The blog is my main side hustle and although it does generate some income I’ve been exploring options to supplement my families income even further by exploring other online options. The internet is a tricky place and if you google things like “make money online” I can almost guarantee you that you’ll find yourself sucked down a rabbit hole of dead end links, shady business and other questionable activities that claim you will make you a fortune by simply putting in a few hours of computer work. I’ve done my research folks and I’ve clicked around enough that I can say with confidence that the sites and opportunities below are not only 100% legit but also offer up the potential to really supplement your…

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Morning friends! Can we talk about food today? Specifically, snacks? Margsy’s at an age now where she’s constantly eating. She’s an awesome eater which we are so incredibly grateful for. She’s really only shown a distaste for eggs and cheese but will gladly eat any veggie, fish or protein we give her. This kiddo isn’t picky and has a healthy appetite which makes cooking and preparing meals for her super fun! Now that she’s snacking more and asking for food (Momma eat!) when she’s hungry we’ve had to start incorporating more snack foods into our weekly shopping trip. Although she’ll gladly eat fruits or veggies for snacks I’ve challenged myself to try different snack combinations and recipes to keep things interesting. I’ve blogged about our 100$ weekly limit before and have had to tweak it a little to allow for some healthy snack ideas. I’ve been experimenting and found quite…

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Mornings with kiddos can be rough am I right? When Margsy was a tiny baby I hadn’t realized how important it was for my own sanity to wake up before her and start my daily routine by making the time to just focus my own energy and be alone with my thoughts even if it was for a few short minutes. For nearly a year, I’d wake up with Margs and frantically try to entertain her, wake up from my own grogginess and get myself and her ready for the day. I bet you’re not surprised to know that I often found myself overwhelmed, frantic and exhausted because I really wasn’t focusing on incorporating any “me” time into my morning routine. A couple of months back, I wrote an entire post about the value and importance of having a solid…

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Morning friends! It’s been just a little over a month since my last post hasn’t it? Life sorta got crazy and I took a major step back from the blog-o-sphere to keep up with all the changes going on around here. Margs suddenly became super curious, mobile and verbal and I’ve spent my days adjusting to this new phase of toddler-hood which is simply amazing. Her little personality is hilarious and I’ve really enjoyed being disconnected for the last stretch of summer and spending all my time running, playing and playing some more. We’ve also been pickling, preserving and harvesting our summer veggies which has been insanely time consuming. But, it feels so great to know that we’ve got a freezer stash of garden veggies ready to sustain us through the cold Canadian winter months. Look out for a post about preserving veggies in the coming weeks. Margs is also…

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Last week I decided to share a weeks worth of meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for our family of 4 for under 100$. I had no idea how popular that post would be so I decided to write another one this week to share our food choices for the upcoming week! Here we go! A few things to keep in mind I’ve made the basic assumption that most people have things like seasonings, sugar, oil and flour stocked in their pantry. If you’re missing these items add them to the list. The prices reflected below are from our local Walmart. The prices may vary depending on your geographic location. We don’t buy milk as part of our weekly grocery haul. This is the one item that we buy on a per-need basis because we’ve got a milk guzzling toddler in our house. Most if not all of these…

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Did I ever tell you folks that I was a teacher? I’ve taught everything from first grade through 11th and every summer when I drafted my school supply list I struggled with trying to keep costs down for parents and including everything kiddos would need for the entire school year. In my last three years of teaching I actually came up with a system where I’d call each and every kiddo’s family on my class list and arrange for parents to give me money so that I would buy all the school supplies for my entire classroom for the entire year. I’d essentially create a school supply fund that I’d use to purchase everything from pencils to Kleenex boxes so that every kiddo in my room had exactly what they would need. In order to do this I’d shop deals and scour for the best prices so I could come…

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Meal planning isn’t necessarily something I’ve always loved doing. It’s tedious, can get overwhelming and it takes a good chunk of your time if you’re cross referencing with local sales and grocery deals. Having said that, I force myself to do it week after week because it truly is a phenomenal and fool proof way to save money on grocery and stick to a very specific food budget. I attribute our ability to stick to a 100$ weekly budget to feed a family of four ( 3 adults and a toddler) 100% to meal planning and savvy shopping. I know I’ve mentioned our budget before but I’ve never gotten into the nitty gritty of what we’re specifically eating and buying on a week to week basis to feed our family and stay within our budget. Today I’m going to share a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners from This…

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