How I spend only $50 on my child for Christmas…


What is your budget per kid for Christmas? Well at my house it is $50! You may think this is crazy and such a small amount considering electronics and such. Not so crazy if you think about it.

Who waits till the month before Christmas to shop? Well I don’t! I literally start the day after Christmas for the next year’s items. I learn the clearance times of year for my local stores, I scour online for coupon codes, free shipping, and huge sales/clearance, and I shop second hand. Not everything has to have a huge price tag.

My favorite place for toys is Meijer! They have wonderful clearance and you earn bucks back with purchases. They use the original price for those totals also! Score! I got a Rock and Royal Barbie this year on clearance for $5 from its original price of around $25. Daughter loves Barbies and Music.914jp2n-qgl-_sl1500_


Who would pass up that price? Right? I love finding great deals. I also got “dress up” clothes on sale for $2 a piece. They are basically the Halloween costumes that went 90% off. I am talking Hello Kitty, Police women, Batgirl, Supergirl and a few others. I got her a few other items too and my total came to $47.43 this year with tax. She will have tons of presents under the tree and has no idea how much I spent. I am a frugal shopper, not due to finances, but due to the fact that I can spend that leftover money on other things for my house, my job, my car and even put it in savings. Hopefully, you all have a happy holidays and you find some great deals!



Family Photos

We got some family photos done! BTW it takes forever to get a man and a toddler to cooperate properly. Ha Ha. I think my friend Kathy did a great job.  Shows that not all photos are perfect, no matter how much you try.

Life gets in the way…

I haven’t posted in a long time. My only excuse is life gets in the way. Two new jobs, toddler, husband, broken thumb and all. Life has even gotten in my way with working out. I need to redo things in my life to make it work. I want no more excuses.

My fulltime job will be done after Halloween. Husband got a good promotion that will keep him away from home more. I am going to focus on my Virtual Assistant business and take care of my little girl. I am going to work out 5 days a week and start slowly eating better. 

Life is always an excuse and I am tired of it. It shouldn’t be one. It should be what motivates you. I am making changes for myself and my family. I want us all to be happier and healthier. 

Hope you all learn from my journey and motivate yourselves to accomplish everything you want.

Life and adventures!

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, been busy and sick with everything under the sun. Here are some of our adventures from the past month or two:

She got to explore our jungle of a yard and loved it!

She finally moved to the table wth the the booster seat part of high chair and is so happy about being a big girl!

We went to the park hiking/walking trails. She loved all the dogs she got to see. 

The park has a creek, so it was her first time. Daddy taught her to throw rocks and to splash with her feet.

Mommy made homemade play sand with baby oil and flour. Someone had a blast. 

I decided to do some yard work and made tires into planters and decoration.

Her first official Easter egg hunt at greatgrandmas. She had fun collecting pretty eggs and running around. 

My friend Kathie took amazing Easter photos of bel for easter. Toddlers are crazy and hard to photograph.

Product Review: Teething Necklace and Bracelet

Disclaimer: I received this at a discounted or free price for an honest review.

I will start out by saying my daughter hated teething items except her giraffe and vibrating strawberry. I have been having trouble finding something she likes. She is late getting her teeth and have 4 top front teeth coming in at once. She is miserable.

I looked into different products and found this set. I was worried at first, but figured I would try it.

It is a Silicone Baby Teething Necklace for Mom to Wear. BPA Free FDA approved. Originally $23.99 on Amazon for $13.99 It is a set. It is made by Haidue.

It works Amazon and my daughter steals the bracelet and thinks it hers only (she is 16months and sassy).  We take it everywhere we can.  She is so picky and lucky she is cute.

This a great product!

DIY HE Laundry Detergent 

I have been into saving money for a few years and this is one of my favorites. My very first batch lasted almost 2 years!

I buy my supplies at Walmart. Total out of pocket

Borax: $3.97

Arm and Hammer Washing Soda: $3.97

Zote Shaved Laundry Soap $2.64

Grand Total: $10.58

I add 1 cup of each until one runs out. I use a 13 qt bucket and this makes 5qts!

You use 1tablespoon for a normal load, 2 for a large load and 3 if you are like me and your husband has nasty work clothes.

You can add fabric softener if you like.

It works in both regular and HE washer and dryers. I have HE and have no problems.


Product Review: Frosty Pillow Gel Mat


Frosty Pillow Gel Mat – Cooling Pillow Mat – Reduces Migraines, Hot Flashes and Fevers Soft & Flexible Slim Design Conforms to Your Body – ADULT SIZE – Includes Storage Cover (12.5 x 22 inches)Make hot nights cooler and more bearable with a cooling gel mat that can even reduce fevers, night sweats and migraines. 

There’s nothing worse than a hot night’s sleep. You toss and turn, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t get any rest and worse, that you could be sick. But thanks to the revolutionary Frosty Pillow Gel Mat, you’re about to get the best, most cooling rest of your life.

Designed using premium, safe medical-grade gel, the Frosty Pillow Gel Mat ensures that you go to sleep on a cool, comforting pillow. Whether you choose to slide it inside your pillowcase or lie directly on top of it, our gel mat is soft, comfortable and won’t interrupt your sleep patterns. With the ability to reduce headaches and migraines, fevers and hot flashes, it’s time you relied on the Frosty Pillow Gel Mat to get a truly wonderful night’s sleep.


✓ Soothes hot flashes, fevers, migraines, and night sweats
✓ Great for relieving head and neck pain
✓ Soft, flexible and comfortable
✓ Cooling gel within; won’t leak
✓ Adult-sized
✓ Includes a FREE storage cover


I got this product for a discount to give an honest review. I personally love this product. Yes, it does have a smell to it because it is plastic, but it works as intended. I used it recently when my 16-month-old daughter’s fever wouldn’t break. It helped her cool off and helped the Motrin break her fever. You put it flat in the freezer for an hr and it lasts over an hr. at least for us, it did. I have no complaints so far.

Update: My daughter is 2.5 now and we use it when she is teething, sick or just burning up after playing outside. Now that I am pregnant, I have been using it during my crazy hot flash moments. It really does help.

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