It's no secret that I am all about saving money when I can. I don't buy name-brand unless I have to, and I don't splurge unless I've made room for it in our budget.
That last part is important because as a mom of two kids in a world that seems to get more expensive by the day, splurging seems like it would be a distant dream. Doctor's visits, hospital bills, daycare, groceries - they are all budget-hoggers and leave little to no room for non-essential purchases.
But I am happy to report that I have found ways to make room in our budget for fun, spontaneous purchases without getting our electricity cut off or having an insane credit card bill at the end of the month.
One of those ways has already been discussed here on my blog in my post about the 8 apps I use that offer cash back for every day purchases, but I've got another little secret to share with you guys; it's an app/website called Wish and you need to know about it!
My poor first child. She was brought into this world by a mom who relied on Google, herself, and this so-called 'maternal instinct' I just knew would kick in to save me from embarrassing and stressful baby moments. Little did I know that there was way more to parenting than I ever could have realized.
As many of you know, we just recently welcomed home our second child. Although I'm still no expert, I feel so much more confident this time around. I know there will still be blunders, but if I can reduce the number of them, I might just survive parenting two children!
Below are 6 things I'm intentionally doing differently this time around to make life just a little easier for all of us. I can tell you from experience that doing the opposite of these things with my first led to a lot of sleepless nights, anger, hopelessness, and money spent that I'd rather have been spared. If this is your first, consider implementing these things - it might just spare you some of those unwanted side effects of parenting!
Blogging has to be one of the coolest things ever invented. Seriously. I know to some it may sound silly (the term 'blog' itself is kind of funny), but if you've never read one or tried writing one yourself, you really are missing out.
When I started my blog, I had no idea how beneficial it would be for me mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It started simply as an outlet, a place for me to practice my love of writing and use some of the inspiration I've gotten from other bloggers via Instagram and Pinterest. But it has grown into so much more: a community I feel a part of, an escape when I need one, and a source of self-worth I lost when I quit my job to become a full-time SAHM.
I say all of this because I am just incredibly grateful for this avenue and the opportunities it has afforded me; one of which is recently being nominated for a new blogger award known as the Liebster Award.
After 39 weeks and 3 days of waiting for our second daughter's arrival, we finally met Charley Lynn on October 19, 2017! Below I've shared the details of my labor and delivery and just how this beautiful little girl made her debut into the world!
While my most recent pregnancy concluded before the 40 week mark, I am all too familiar with that feeling of a steadily-approaching due date and no end in sight as this is what I experienced with my first pregnancy.
Those last few weeks are, simply put, rough - on the body, on the emotions, on the mind. Pregnancy is an endurance race, there's no doubt about that. But with modern medicine, it seems like we've transitioned to the expectation that a pregnancy can and should end well before the due date, and sometimes they do for medically-relevant reasons. All too often, though, it's simply because of that pesky thing we all get from time to time: impatience.
Wow. Just writing the number 39 blows my mind! I am still caught between really wanting to meet our daughter and really wanting to cling to these last few days before life with a newborn begins again!
Read below to see how things are going at week 39, and how it compares with my first pregnancy!
If I told you I knew a way to get virtually free money, would you be interested? Or better question, would you even believe me? Well, I don't just have one way to passively make some cash; I have EIGHT that I have personally tried and made money with and would love to share with you!
Been an eventful week over here, y'all! But, still no baby. And I'm honestly okay with that!
Read below to see the interesting news we got this week and how it compares with my first pregnancy!
Packing a hospital bag can be both an exciting and daunting task. While you're trying to wrap your head around what to expect in the birthing process, it's both difficult and exhilarating when you have no idea what to expect.
Having made the trip to the hospital just once before, I feel like I can somewhat help clarify what you'll truly need for the time you spend welcoming your little into the world. Below I will show you what I am packing for our impending visit to the hospital and why I feel these items are absolute necessities!
When you are growing a little human, it's easy to see what a beautiful gift it is. Feeling their incredibly powerful kicks, seeing their growth at every ultrasound, hearing their quick little hearts beating away.
What's not as easy is feeling beautiful during the whole process. It's no secret that pregnancy is rough on a woman's body, but that doesn't mean you have to look rough for those tumultuous 9 months. The solution? Well-priced, pretty, and practical pieces from PinkBlush Maternity!