Dreaming of more Family Time? You CAN be a STAHM & get by on ONE Income!

I am always on the hunt for really good information that can help me be and better me… and also help improve my family’s life in general.

Money, income and budgets are a biggee in our family and I am always exploring news to make and save the almighty dolla. There Internet is filled with awesome thought leaders on this subject and Becky Mansfield from Your Modern Family is one of those people. She always has amazing blog posts crammed with solid info, and lately I’ve discovered the joy and bounty of the many ebooks she has written. This one really caught my eye becasue I know many moms doubting that they can be a STAHM & get by on ONE Income.

The Moms Guide to Saving Money was one that caught my eye. As a self-employed individual, I am always curious about creative ways to cut costs, stretch the budget and hacks and shortcuts that can save money. SO…I bought Becky’s book.

A Mom's Guide to Saving Money

“My goal, for writing this book, is to share ideas with you about how you can save money for your family, make money from home, and make it easier plus more affordable to reach your goal, whatever that may be. I will share with you tips to prepare your family for your journey to be a stay-at-home parent or to teach your family how to save money.”Becky Mansfield

I truly think ebook will be helpful to far more people then STAHMs or WAHMs. This ebook is for anyone who wants to start saving now in hopes of working less in the future. It would be helpful to ANYONE who is just looking for ways to supplement their income. It’s perfect anyone who loves to make their dollars stretch as far as possible.

Within the pages of this ebook, readers will learn so many tips, ideas & secrets to help them save more money & live easier! The stress of money can be a big one if you let it; but a work-around is to learn to take control of your money NOW. Spend less & save more, live below your means (not above it) and do so the easy way!

This book was previously called You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income, but because it is filled with money-saving ideas Becky opted to changed the title to The Moms Guide to Saving Money.

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Whatever the title, the info inside is worth it’s weight in gold. SERIOUSLY

What you can expect from Money Saving Tips for the Stay At Home Mom:

– Make money from home

– Save money at the grocery store

– Save money on clothes

– Save on household items and decor

– Get discounts on schools (private school, preschool…)

– Get discounts on gym memberships and club memberships

– Learn the secret to getting items for FREE with coupons, the easy way!

– Get prescription medications for free
Make money selling items online

– Learn the best websites for the best deals

– Save money on diapers

– Get free toys for your kids

– Alternatives to preschool (or saving money on tuition)

– Eat out for over 70% off the regular price
and so much more!

Good info…and so much more. And for less than the price of a pizza! Consider the affordable $9.99 cost an investment in your future. Let’s git ‘er done.

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Summer Activities for When Boredom Sets in & Funds are Limited

Summer is a blast…it is also expensive at times. Between the zoos, trips, gatherings and adventures, I often feel like there is Too Much Month at the End of the Money. Here a some Summer Activities for when the money runs low and boredom sets in:

LOVE!! Bumblebee Garden Stake {Kid’s Craft} – Coffee With Us 3

summer crafts
30 Fairy Crafts and Recipes for Your Little One from Kids Activities Blog

 

It’s Minion Madness! 20 minion activities, crafts and foods from Mum in the Mad House

summer crafts

 

Camping Activities for Kids

pretend play camping

Invitation to Play in the Mud! From Paint on the Ceiling blog

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What summer fun have you discovered?

 

Summer is in full swing and our kids are loving their summer of freedom.

As always, the Flansburg Crew will be engaging in our annual No Bummer Summer Quest. This quest involves finding new adventures, crafts and activities (preferably ones that involve the out-of-doors) to help temper the long days of summer.

This summer, we are trying something new. We are trying a creative, affordable alternative to pricey summer camp, this 8-week eCurriculum called At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum.

At Home Summer Nature Camp

This eCurriculum is packed with ideas and inspiration to keep your kids engaged and happ.y all summer long. In one easy-to-follow PDF, parents will receive eight kid-approved themes, each including ideas and tutorials for: outdoor activities, indoor projects, arts & crafts, recipes, field trips, books & media, and more. Every weekly theme is packed with summer nature fun our family can have right in our own backyard! Learn more, or plan your summer fun here At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum.

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Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch & Learn : How Healthy are We?

Information courtesy of Essentia Health of Brainerd

Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Lunch & Learns in July answers the questionHow Healthy are We?
Thursday, July 16
 
 
Crow Wing Energized is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn opportunity at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. 5th Street, on Thursday, July 16, from Noon to 1pm. A recent Crow Wing County Health survey reveals how healthy we are. The survey developed by Crow Wing Energized, Minnesota Department of Health, Essentia Institute of Rural Health, and Crow Wing County Community Health compiles feedback from nearly 750 residents of Crow Wing County to identify key areas where health improvement can take place. Jessica Waytashek, Crow Wing Energized Workplace Wellness Goal Group Co-Lead and Health & Wellness Coordinator at Mills Family of Companies, will share key findings from this survey that include eating habits, exercise and health disparities.
 
The monthly lunch and learns are part of the Making Healthy Choices noon series that is a collaboration with Brainerd Public Library, area organizations, and Crow Wing Energized focused on various aspects of health and wellness in our community. Mark your calendar for these future topics:
Thursday, August 20     Noon – 1:00 pm                   Home Health Care – What is it and When should I consider it?
Thursday, September 17  Noon – 1:00 pm                   Crow Wing Energized Falls Coalition
 
These events are free of charge and all are welcome and encouraged to bring their own healthy lunch to enjoy while learning!

 

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The Summer Snackies- Fast Snack Ideas for Kids

Children love to snack. Unfortunately, most snacks that you can buy in the store are  unhealthy. They’re packed with sugar, fat, and sodium. None of this is good for your health or your children’s. With a little advanced planning, you can have quick and easy snack ideas on hand at home. Here are seven Fast Snack Ideas for Kids that parents will love and kids will eat!

#1 Apple slices and cheese – It sounds so simple and so basic but children love apples and cheese. Add a few whole grain crackers and even some slices of ham and you have a well-rounded and healthy snack idea. The good news is, it only takes minutes to prepare. Make it fun and use a small cookie cutter to cut the cheese into fun shapes.

Fast Snack Ideas for Kids

#2 Ants on a log – This is an old favorite and can be prepared two ways. The foundation of both preparations is celery sticks cut into two to three-inch lengths. Place natural peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese down the middle. Now top with raisins or chocolate chips – they’re the ants!

Fast Snack Ideas for Kids

#3 Gorp – Gorp stands for good old raisins and peanuts. However, you can give it any twist you like. Many children are allergic or don’t like peanuts. Substitute dried fruit chips, whole grain cereal like Cheerios or Chex. Add a few chocolate chips or candies and your children have a high fiber snack they can eat by the handful. Prepare a large batch of it and serve it as an after-school snack. It’s also great for road trips.

Fast Snacks for Kids

#4 Baked chips and salsa. Again there are two approaches to this tasty snack. You can use wonton wrappers or corn tortillas. With the wonton wrappers cut them into triangles. You’ll get two triangles per wrapper. Brush them with a little bit of sesame oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them in the oven at 350 degrees F for ten minutes. Watch them carefully. When they begin to brown at the edges they’re done. Let them rest for a few minutes to get crispy, then serve plain or with a fruit-based salsa or chutney.

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If you’re using corn tortillas, cut them into squares, brush with vegetable oil and place in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. Again, watch the time because they can get too dark very quickly. Serve with salsa.

#5 Edamame. Edamame are soy beans in their shell. You can buy them frozen or fresh. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Place water in the bottom of the bowl to steam the beans. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for three to five minutes. Test. If the beans are still cool, warm for another few minutes. Sprinkle salt on the beans and enjoy.

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#6 Hummus. Hummus is a mixture of chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste). It’s usually made to taste. Begin with a can of chickpeas and a tablespoon of tahini. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetables to dip.

Fast Snacks for Kids

#7 Air-popped popcorn. You can buy an air popper for under twenty dollars. Keep fresh popcorn on hand. You can buy it in bulk. Melt margarine or spray with low-fat margarine topping. Sprinkle salt lightly and enjoy.

Fast Snacks for Kids

Kids love to snack and eat. With these seven quick and easy ideas you can be sure they’re eating healthy too.

 

Want to be”DONE” with diapers?

Check out Becky Mansfield’s Potty Train in a Weekend-THIS BEST-SELLING BOOK HAS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO POTTY-TRAIN YOUR CHILD IN 3 DAYS!

Potty Train in a Weekend

This ebook is a personal account of exactly what a mom (of four!) did that worked for her, her family and her friends. I just want to share it with you in hopes that you get the same outcome!

Potty Train in a Weekend is the only guide that you will ever need to potty train your child. Whatever method you choose, this eBook has more than 70 pages packed full of information that will be helpful to you and your child! Author Becky Mansfield even asked other Moms for their advice and input and she researched where they were having difficulties in potty-training and addressed those issues. Take the first step and ditch those diapers!

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Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

**Information provided by Essentia Health of Brainerd
 
Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body
Benficial Berries
       
If you’ve bought any fresh fruit lately, you know berries are in season right now.  But not only are berries delicious, they’re also a terrific food for getting much-needed fiber and for fighting disease.
“Berries are some of the most powerful disease-fighting foods available,” says Teresa Farrell, registered and licensed dietitian at the Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic..  “They are rich in antioxidants that help turn off signals that trigger inflammation and decrease damaging free radicals — molecules that can damage organs and cells in our body. There’s even an acid inside berries called Ellagic acid, which protects against cancer.”
Berries deep in color, such as blueberries, contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which work with another antioxidant, quercetin, to help slow age-related memory loss and decrease inflammation.
Benficial Berries

According to the Arthritis Foundation, people become more susceptible to the damaging effects of free radicals and inflammation as they age. Berries help prevent those effects by turning off the inflammation signals triggered by free radicals.
A recent study also shows eating berries could reduce your chance of a heart attack. Women in the study who ate the most blueberries and strawberries were 32 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to women who ate berries once a month or less. The findings appear online Jan. 14 in the journal Circulation.
 
“Plump, juicy and sweet blueberries are one of nature’s great treasures,” adds Farrell. “Blueberries are virtually fat-free, low in calories (80 per cup), packed with vitamin C and full of fiber. Research continues to discover the many possible health benefits of blueberries. They’re also very versatile. Add blueberries to a smoothie, a green salad, chicken salad, yogurt or your cereal.”
Benficial Berries
Some “Berry” Interesting Facts on Berries:
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C in a one-cup serving than one orange and are particularly high in folic acid.
  • Blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries each contain 8 grams of fiber in one cup.
  • Cranberries not only combat urinary tract infections, but also are a natural probiotic, supporting healthy bacteria that grow in the gastrointestinal tract and aid in digestion.
 
Ripe for the picking:
•       Strawberries:  Mid-June to mid-July
•       Raspberries: Early July to mid-August and then late August through September
•       Currants:  July
•       Juneberries and gooseberries: Mid-July to late August
•       Blueberries:  Mid-July to late August
•       Blackberries: Mid-August to mid-September
 
 
SIDEBAR:
Farrell suggests to try this quick and delicious blueberry scone recipe, and if you’d like to learn more about blueberries and find some great recipes, go to blueberrycouncil.org.
Blueberry scone recipe
Blueberry Scones
2/3 cup regular oats (not instant)
1/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons margarine, softened
1/3 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
¾ cup fresh blueberriesPreheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients with the margarine and mix well. Add milk and stir. Fold in blueberries. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Divide batter into 4 mounds, leaving some space in between because they expand. Bake 10 minutes.Servings: 4
Serving size: 1 scone
Calories: 125
Fat: 2.5 gm
Sodium: 180 mg
Carbohydrates: 23 gm
Fiber: 2 gm
Protein: 4 gm
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The Minnesota Traveler- A Dream Come True for Jennifer Mergen

The day I met Jennifer Mergen, I knew she would be one of those people I would like forever. She sparkles, she shines, has more energy & enthusiasm in her pinky than I do in my whole body…and she has the Best.Laugh.Ever.
The Minnesota Traveler
Jennifer has always been ambitious and I love her spirit and “go get ’em” attitude. I’ve watched her gracefully navigate a series of adventures including acting and even being a business owner, but this Sunday, I know her ultimate dream is coming true.
This Sunday is the first episode of her new television series, The Minnesota Traveler-a dream come true for Jennifer.  She’s shared little tidbits of this journey along the way, but the project has been “hush/hush” for months.
Jennifer Mergen
Frankly, the suspense was killing me 😉 But today she was kind enough to email me (and others)to share the details!
“The Minnesota Traveler is an exciting show about all the fantastic things to do across the state of Minnesota! The show airs on FOX Sports North & FOX Sports Wisconsin throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa. Each episode airs Sundays at 8:30 AM and then 2-3 additional times each week. Check out the website for specific details. www.theminnesotatraveler.com. You can also watch online the following week. Check out our pilot episode on the website now! Oh! And tomorrow I will be interviewed live on FOX 9 morning news about the show! You can watch online if you don’t have access to a TV.”
Knowing she is “in her element” when in front of a camera, I asked Jennifer what she liked best about her new project, and this is what she had to say; “Oh my goodness! Everything! Mostly that I have never felt more alive or enjoyed life more than when I am on camera, ” she replied. “And strangely to most other people, I feel more comfortable & confident on camera :)”
The Minnesota Traveler
If you would like to follow The Minnesota Traveler on Facebook, here’s the link.

Go get ’em, Jennifer! Can’t wait to see you SHINE!

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