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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 because 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.


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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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
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
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

Mother’s Day Fun Freebies and Giveaways You Won’t Want to Miss!

I’ve had the chance to work with some pretty amazing people lately. Some are local, some are not…but all are interested in locating family opportunities that provide not only “me time” for moms, but quality family time opps too. Here are a few you may want to check out and be mindful that some end very soon. Good luck!

The Mama Report (a Minnesota blogger like me 🙂 is offering the chance to win some passes! Check out the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium in the Mall of America® Giveaway
Giveaway ends 5-25-15

Sea Life

It’s Day 1 of Twin Cities Kids Club’s month-long “Summer of Fun” Giveaway! Right now they are giving away a FAMILY PASS to the Minnesota OSCVR Transportation Museum in St. Paul! It’s good for 2 adults and up to 4 children for any date including this Saturday at Jackson Street Roundhouse for their National Train Day celebration!

Enter by liking, sharing OR commenting on this Facebook post! Easy peasey! Be sure and check back daily for a new giveaway every day all month long. On Facebook

twin city kid
Lisa at Twin Cities Frugal Mom has the MOTHERLOAD of awesome (and free) perks for Mother’s Day Weekend! Check out this FREE List for the Twin Cities 2015. There are a few that we are for sure checking out on Sunday the 10th!

Twin Cities Frugal Mom

What fun will you be mustering up for Mother’s Day and beyond?

5 Winter Skin Care Tips {Guest Post from Tracy Watson of Nature’s Genesis)

5 Winter Skin Care Tips


As we all know Winter can and does wreak havoc on our skin. Here are a few winter skin care tips that will leave your skin feeling soft, dewy, hydrated and moisturized.

Tip #1-Taking Essential Fatty Acids is vital for healthy cell membranes. Without permeable cell membranes nothing goes in and nothing goes out, which means no nutrients can penetrate and no toxins can be eliminated. Our cell membrane is strictly dependent on EFA’s that are found in walnuts, dark leafy greens, flax & chia seeds, cold water fish and supplements.

Tip #2-Never use soap on your face.( If I could have a $1 for every lady who told me she used soap on her face……I would have quite a few extra dollars in my bank account)..and the sad part is…their skin showed the effects. Soap is alkaline and extremely harsh on your skin. It strips your natural oils and causes Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TPWL) which causes skin dehydration. Without proper hydration, skin sensitivities, acne and the overall health of your skin is compromised

Tip #3-Using a toner with hydrating components such as our Cucumber Hydrating Toner will help lock moisture within the skin especially when you apply our Ageless Hydrating or Vitamin C serums while the skin is still damp from the toner. The right toner with the right ingredients is like a refreshing drink of water to your skin. It is proven that moist skin is 10x more permeable than dry skin meaning when you apply serums with active ingredients those ingredients will penetrate deeper within the skin creating change.

Skin Scripts Cucumber Hydration Toner 4oz

Tip #4-Skin needs extra protection during the winter months including a more emollient moisturizer such as Skin Scripts Hydrating or Peptide Moisturizer or Natures Genesis Herbal Infused Cream Therapy or Nature’s Genesis Reparative Anti-aging Cream Therapy. Extreme temperatures both hot and cold pull the moisturizer from your skin leaving the skin feeling taut and dry. If your skin is dry and flaking that means the surface of your skin is dehydrated and needs to be exfoliated. Exfoliation will allow our nourishing serums and moisturizers to penetrate deep within the epidermis.
Nature's Genesis Herbal Infused Cream Therapy  4oz

Tip #5-Running a humidifier or a crockpot in the bedroom will do wonders for your skin. Since dry air sucks moisture anywhere it can…even from your skin, using a humidifier will help bring moisture back into to the air and into your skin. Personally, I wouldn’t be without my crockpot on the nightstand….give this a try…you will feel the difference right away.

If you have any questions about skincare please contact Tracy. It’s a pleasure serving the Brainerd Lakes Area both in Skincare products/treatments and 100% acne safe makeup.


Make your day Beautiful.



Tracy’s passion for making women feel Beautiful can truly be seen through her work.She has a unique ability to enhance the beauty you already possess and to diminish some of the less flattering features to ensure that you feel your absolute prettiest no matter the occasion! You can connect with Tracy via the Nature’s Genesis website or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

You can visit Tracy at her salon-Located at J. Amelia’s-4572 Main Street Pequot Lakes, MN 218. 568.4952 in a historic church surrounded by the eloquent town and unique shops of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. An organic wellness salon and full day spa $10 off any service in the salon and day spa.

Make your list and check it twice, our Sugar Plum Treatment is both delightful and nice!
Tis’ the season for soft, glowing skin! This treatment features a sweet Holiday Berry Enzyme and a rich Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask. These fruit enzymes gently exfoliate while infusing the skin with antioxidants and the Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask locks in moisture and intensely hydrates dry, winter weathered skin

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