The joy of having a little one is immeasurable. They teach you to love more than you ever have and through them, you find purpose and inspiration. While having a family can be one of life’s greatest gifts, it can also be life’s greatest expense. A report done by The Department of Agriculture found that it costs $233,610 to raise a child from birth to 17, not including college expenses. This astronomical amount starts with car seats and bibs and goes all the way to toys, clothes and a double umbrella stroller (when the second child arrives). Continue reading Frugal Parent: 6 Apps To Use To Save Some Money
Maintaining a clean family home is incredibly important. Cleaner homes are healthier homes, both physically and mentally. The physical benefits are more obvious as regular cleaning eliminates the dust, germs and allergens that wear us down and make us sick. The mental impact should not be ignored, however, as a cluttered environment has been linked to higher stress levels and lower productivity. We probably do not have to convince you that a cleaner home is a happier home. Unfortunately, with hectic schedules and messy kids and pets, keeping the house clean is usually easier said than done. Continue reading How to Create a Cleaning Schedule for the Entire Family
If you’re like everyone else I’ve ever met in my life, you like to save money whenever you can. That’s easier said than done, though, when the hot dog-days of summer drive up the energy costs in your home. Fortunately, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has some great tips for ways you can noticeably cut back on your energy bill. Continue reading How to Save Your Cold, Hard Cash When It’s Crazy Hot Outside
Cooking for your baby is an entirely new challenge. As your little one learns to experience flavors and textures of new foods for the first time, it is also important that these foods are nutritionally balanced and good for your kid’s health. Here are some of the top homemade baby food recipes that are both delicious and nutritious: Continue reading Top Homemade Baby Food Recipes
Many people who are starting new businesses can be intimidated by or become overwhelmed with the extensive amount of questions, paperwork filings, and legal jargon. Add up the research, phone calls, paperwork, follow up, and the possibility of errors it can become a little daunting. The good news is you can now complete most of this process from the comfort of your own home with little more than an internet connection and some free tax tools online. If you get a reference 101 error, don’t worry. This is a very common error that comes up when you are applying for federal tax ID number. Continue reading What Is a Reference 101 Error and What Does It Mean?
Remember when you had to print pictures out before you could see them? It would take weeks before you would know if the picture you took turned out blurry or not…or if your finger was in the way. I remember that, but those days are long gone. Today we can look at the pictures we take instantly. The problem today is those pictures are dying a slow painful death on a flash drive in a sock drawer somewhere. Thankfully Amazon Prints is here to save the day! Continue reading Amazon Prints gives you an amazing way to give your favorite digital pictures a whole new life. $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!
It can be a challenge to buy a meaningful gift for a child that will last for more than a few months and will be fun for the child. Thankfully The Magic of My Name is here to help out. They make personalized books. They were kind enough to send my kids some books to test out. Continue reading Give the Child in Your Life a Gift to Treasure Forever