How to Motivate Yourself to Clean

March 12, 2015 Tara Joy 8

It is a necessary – never ending thing. No matter how much you do it, you will always have more to do the next week. It’s mundane. It’s exhausting. It’s cleaning.  Somedays it’s hard to convince myself to clean. I have a million other things on my todo list that I just HAVE to get done that clean ends up taking a backseat. But when put off for too long the cleaning becomes overwhelming. Where to start? Oh it’ll never get clean — it just makes me want to go AHHHH. and I loose all motivation to do it. Oh [Continue Reading…]

How To Save Money at the Grocery Store. 10 Helpful Tips!

February 16, 2015 Tara Joy 6

  When I was a little girl I was so insistent on always buying the name brand foods. I remember once I was in the cereal isle with my mother and I was dead set on getting Lucky Charms or whatever the most popular cereal was of that time. It had to be the name brand because the amazing commercial said it was the only one, the BEST one to buy!    I had no comprehension then of the marketing ploys and expense of “Name Brand”. My mom tried so hard to explain that we were only buying the name, [Continue Reading…]

New Years Resolution and Goals to Accomplish Them

January 2, 2015 Tara Joy 4

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a fun New Year! My family was in bed by 10 PM because a parents work is never done, and my son likes to wake up early to start the day!  I know it definitely sounds kind of lame, but I do not mind it one bit!  What did you do for New Years Eve? (Comment below!) I wanted to start off by saying I am SO sorry that this past week has been the most inconsistent with blogging and posting Facebook/Twitter etc. My computer charger broke and I had to order a new [Continue Reading…]

Christmas Basket On A Budget!

December 15, 2014 Tara Joy 6

Like I said on Fridays post: Les Cadeaux de Noël, we didn’t have a ton of money to spend this Christmas. With my husband as the sole provider, a toddler who is still in diapers and a possible move coming up we needed to save where we could.  I know that this time of year sometimes stresses us out because it is SO easy to go over budget. Or to get into that mindset where you think that the only good gifts are the really nice ones from the stores because your family and friends deserve the best.  And I [Continue Reading…]

5 Reasons You Should Read Books & A Deal You Don’t Want to Miss!!

November 5, 2014 Tara Joy 32

**Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.** I love to read.  I remember when I was in the 5th grade I had a Locker Library in my locker, it had 5-6 of my favorite books and I told my friends that they could sign them out whenever they wanted. Haha  I don’t know think anyone took me up on my offer but, that is how much I love to read. Even now years later, I always have 1-3 books going [Continue Reading…]

10 Ways To Slow Down and Recharge

October 6, 2014 Tara Joy 17

“Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it Holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” Exodus 20:8-10 When was the last time you read the ten commandments? I can tell you that just this past weekend I read them over again for the first time in probably a year. But why should you? You [Continue Reading…]

How to Sew a Kitchen Curtains & My Favorite, Quick Late Night Treat

September 17, 2014 Tara Joy 0

With my husband and I being married only a few years and having a 2 year old, we haven’t had time or finances to go all out and decorate our apartment. We have our vision, and little by little we will make it all come to fruition.  Knowing my love of sewing and the color scheme for the kitchen, my mother in law picked up this super cute fabric from a yard sale or something. It used to be living room curtains so there was more than enough to make small kitchen curtains!  I love the country style kitchen look [Continue Reading…]

How to Reuse Old Candle Jars And Wax

September 3, 2014 Tara Joy 0

Candles can be expensive, and to think you use the candle until it has about 1/4″ wax left in it and then you throw it away. What a waste!  Lets save some money and reuse instead of going out and buying new ones every time! Not only is it inexpensive but it is super easy!  My family loves candles, we love having our home smell nice and warm. Who doesn’t right?  The problem was that we’d buy 2-3 $3-$5 candles at the store each month, and that is pretty steep once you add everything up. I hated to throw away [Continue Reading…]

Stress Free Cleaning: Keeping Your House Constantly Clean With Minimal Effort

August 20, 2014 Tara Joy 0

A few weeks ago I wrote out some of the Keys to Contentment, where I gave a few ideas as to how to be more content with your life. Being content with your life includes being content while doing the most mundane or stressful tasks such as cleaning and keeping up with your house.  Especially if you have children.  Life with a toddler brings a constant, never ending supply of messy flours, walls and rooms.  It can be stressful adding cleaning to the many things still to do on the to do list.  Here is how I keep cleaning less stressful, [Continue Reading…]

Repurpose An Old Dress Into A New Skirt!

August 14, 2014 Tara Joy 2

Do you have a dress that you never wear in your closet but hate to just throw it away??  I just hate to throw away good clothes, especially if the budgets tight and you can’t go out and buy a new wardrobe.  I was cleaning out my closet of things that I hardly ever wear and I came across this Victoria Secret brown dress. I wore it ONCE, yep just once, for my college sororities recruitment and I thought it didn’t fit me right so I never touched it again. I paid $20-$30 for a dress I would never wear? [Continue Reading…]

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