Our Real Budget #2: Living on Just $1800 Monthly *Update*

Back in August I published the post, Our Real Budget, Living on Just $1800 Monthly. At the end of that post, I listed 3 goals I wanted to work on over three months: lowering our grocery and utility bills while upping our savings. So how did I do? Technically, we accomplished all three, but I only feel like we met one of our goals on purpose. We did manage to up our savings contribution to $20/month and I am so[Read more]

Make Your Own Cleaning Schedule: How & Why

At the start of August, I felt like something needed to change. With Easton’s due date rapidly approaching, The Fun Part gaining momentum, and the start of a new school year, my workload was only going to get worse. And yet, I already felt SO overwhelmed. Keeping the house clean tended to fall on the back burner and was a huge source of stress for me. So, I decided to once again try a cleaning schedule. I had done so before,[Read more]

Making a Command Center Shelf (From Baseboards!)

Getting the nursery ready has been quite a challenge. With the indestructible pink fern wallpaper alone, we’ve had (and still have!) our hands full. Another aspect of his room that proved to be a problem is the trim. It was barely attached to the wall, weird looking, and since they apparently didn’t have the right kind of saw, improperly cut. The good part? It’s huge. Like, I’d never seen baseboards this thick. Maybe I just haven’t  seen enough baseboards, who can[Read more]

Manage Bills with Google Keep

Last week, I covered what our budget is and how we live on $1,800 every month. But knowing what is coming in and what is going out is only half the battle. The other half? Making sure those bills get paid! This can be a bit tricky and overwhelming, especially if, like us,  you get paid more often than once a month. I’m going to show you my easy system for keeping track of when to pay, what to pay,[Read more]

Free Cleaning Printables

Pinterest- the best/worst thing on the internet. There’s so many ideas, but on the other hand, there’s so many ideas(maybe even too many? Gasp!) If there’s one subject Pinterest never fails to come through on (other than all of them, of course), it’s cleaning. I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite cleaning tips, tricks, and graphics. The best part? They all come with a free printable! So print some (or all!) of these out, stick them somewhere useful, and let’s[Read more]

Our Real Budget: Living on Just $1800 Monthly

UPDATE: Hey there! You can see the update to this post by clicking here. If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know that we went down to only one income at the end of 2015. In the nine months since then, we’ve narrowed down how much we spend and where. This is what our budget looks like for each month: So now that you know what I’m working with, let’s talk about it. What I like: Everything gets paid. That[Read more]

10 DIYs To Help You Pretend You Have It Together

10 DIYs to make you feel like you have it all together

It’s back to school time! Pens, storage bins, calendars, and a host of other goodies litter the shelves at every store. They whisper to you with their promises of scheduling, budgeting, and organizing. The only thing standing between you and the life you’ve always dreamed of is a cute planner and matching highlighters. So you fill up your shopping cart with the entire back to school aisle, set up all your new things, get overwhelmed, and completely drop all of it by week 2. Sound familiar? This cycle gets[Read more]

How to Get Stuff Done (When All You Want is a Lazy Day)

Get Stuff Done |The Fun Part

Some days, all that sounds good is cozying up in bed with a good movie and doing nothing. But as fate would have it, those days tend to pop up on the days where that isn’t an option. Responsibilities. Blah. The next time you’re tempted to scrap any potential productivity for a day of nothingness, use this list to stay on track and maybe, just maybe, you can have your cake and eat it too. #1 Make a list &[Read more]

What I’ve Learned as a Stay at Home Wife

What I've Learned as a Stay at Home Wife | The Fun Part

This didn’t really happen on purpose, me being a homemaker and whatnot. I had a job. Not a career by any means, but employment. When Mr. Man and I got married, we actually worked the same amount. But then my work environment started to turn hostile. I was crumbling under the constant stress of doing what I loved but being ostracized by those I worked with and under. That’s a story for another day, but needless to say I turned[Read more]