Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How are you saving your family, money?

Here are some solutions I can come up with, quick...

  • Get the Sunday Newspaper, it's full of coupons.
  • Planning your meals! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners, Snacks, for each family member.
  • Buy in bulk!!!
  • plan your shopping list in advance.
  • Repurpose old furniture
  • design on a dime or make things yourself.
  • buy clearance items
  • buy generic brand food if you shop at a local grocery store. i say it that way b/c we shop at an air force base, commissary.
  • put a little money away a week, such as $5, $10, whatever you can spare.
  • start a savings at a young age for children.
  • do all your seasonal shopping for the next season as one season ends and things get clearanced out.
  • look for internet coupons.
  • make a monthly budget.
  • ALWAYS balance your pocket book.
  • If you can and have time, CLOTH DIAPER your little ones.
  • Pass clothing and essentials down from child to child, if you can.
  • Swap babysitting services with a friend/family as needed.
  • Keep a change/money jar and cash it in at the end of the year.
  • cut back on a bad habit: ie: smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco, coffee drinking, energy drinks, chewing gum. put that money you would have spent into your money jar.
  • make your own baby food.
  • if you are able to, BREASTFEED your children.
  • Eat in instead of eating out all the time.
If you can come up with others, please feel free to share. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do you have a picky toddler, like myself?

If you too, have a picky toddler like me.. what are some things you have done to get him/her to try/taste new things. Our oldest just refuses to try new things.
Our latest thing we have tried is using some sort of condiment, such as, honey. You would be surprised at how many things my son can come up with to pair honey with. Some rather disgusting in my opinion, but hey, whatever will make him at least "try" it, that makes me happy.

Of course, there is always disgusing fruits/veggies and packing them away inside of the item you making. That trick just doesn't work for my son. He is wayyyyy too smart for his own good ;)

You could alway "play" with their food and use cut outs/cookie cutters. Make it into shapes, add faces. Etc.

Or giving things a fun name. i.e: "ants on a log," "pigs in a blanket."

And my latest adventure into the mind of my toddler is making him a STICKER CHART! Brilliant! Euerka! Sticker chart blog.. coming to you soon. But this worked like a charm. Making a section dedicated to just eating his food and rewarding him for eating. :) Genius, if I do say so myself.

Yours truly,
♥ Rachel

Saving money!

What does your family do to save money? Or if you are a single gal/guy, how do YOU save money? What are some things you can share with the class?

Our family
  • coupons
  • buys in bulk
  • doesn't eat out and cooks at home
  • we use a movie rental service instead of purchasing movies
  • we only buy what we 'need'
  • we make shopping lists
  • we meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks.
  • sales shop
  • creat a budget
Feel free to share some of yours below.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


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That made my night. I used them to make my son's 4th birthday invitations.

He is having a Pirate themed party.. Arrrrgggghhhh :)

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Starting the year off right...

...The procrastination FREE way!
In lieu of 2012, please join me on an adventure to keep-committed to your own New Year's Resolutions/Goals.

Here are some of my own...FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOURS BELOW :P

1. More patience with my first born. He can be quite the little handful.. aren't all three-nagers/four-year olds?

2. Read to both boys every night. My oldest is in a "I do everything myself phase." So this isn't such an easy task to accomplish anymore. But I allow him to read to me, to help to use his own imagination a bit. Quite adorable actually. :)

3. Practice schooling/writing with my oldest. We do as it is, but I would like to fully committ to a routined, school day, until we send him off to pre-school, which should be soon-ish.

4. Start an at-home routine... and STICK TO IT!

5. Find an exercise routine & diet and STICK TO IT!

6. Give up one guilty-pleasure. Either soda or Starbuck's. Haven't fully decided :$

7. Whenever I begin a project, to start AND finish it!!


9. To get my CNA certification and a job working as a CNA.

10. To learn to sew and/or crochet.

11. Start a daily "TO-DO" list and accomplish ALL tasks upon it.

12. Dedicate myself more to my Pampered Chef business.

13. Spend less-time on the internet.

14. Curse less.

15. Be more lady-like. I have the tendency to be a salior-mouth at times, and burp out loud. Ooops. :/ lol. I am practicing being more of a lady.. promise.

16. Stick to a reward chart/sticker chart with Noah (my oldest).

17. Create a reward jar for Noah with miniature prizes.

18. Stay organized.. which shouldn't be too much of a problem considering I have diagnosed OCD. lol.

19. Stay on top of daily household chores.. such as dishes... since they are the root of all cleaning evil. EEK!

20. Declutter is KEY!

21. Save money!!

22. And finally.. I made a daily project list.. or as I named it "PROJECTS TO CONQUER". Fun at-home projects that I hope to stay on top of and share with you fine people. :)

Until we meet again,
♥ Rachel

Beginning my SAVVY Journies :)

Welcome to my blog. Glad you stopped by. First off, Happy New Year. I can't believe it's already 2012.

In case you haven't had a chance to read my "ABOUT ME" section. My name is Rachel. I am a SAHM/WAHM. I work for Pampered Chef and hope to soon work for Scentsy. I am a mother to two children, both boys. One who is turning four next month and another boy who was born this past August. Both boys are the light and loves of my life. They are the inspiration behind all that I do. I have been married almost 6 years, to my Air Force sweetheart. We are a military family. :) 

In this blog, I hope to journal all my savvy thoughts, ideas, projects, photography, money saving tips, recipes, things I love, things you must try, how-to's. Etc. I hope to reach a large audience, so please feel free to share my blog.

Like to see something new for me to post about, please feel free to message me at Rachelkalinowski@aol.com or post below.