Saturday, 18 October 2014

Swapoween Reveal!



This is my second year taking part of the Swapoween and I have to say I am one lucky girl to have gotten such an amazing swap partner. My partner this year was Cindy Smith and she is amazing, a bit of a rule bender (in a good way) with an amazing blog: http://cindysloveofbooks.com/

So why do I call this wonderful woman a rule bender? Well the budget for the swaps is between 20-30 dollars before shipping and Cindy went so far off budget I was shocked! Check this out!

















The "beware" sign was the very first item in the package as well, I cannot believe how above and beyond Cindy went with this swap! Someone is getting a very nice Christmas greeting from me this year! Cindy thank you for spreading the love and making our Swapoween so special!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

How to Save Money While Meeting Goals!


My latest goals are quite a challenge. They involve a lot of discipline, money, and budgeting. My goals are very realistic and possible but they are going to be very challenging due to the fact that I am on an extremely tight budget with very little wiggle room for temptation or emergencies. When I thought about it that way it scared me into thinking I need to save money while reaching my goals just in case something should come up while I am climbing the stairs to my goal. The last thing I want to do is dip into my goal money in an emergency. Here is how I am saving while reaching my goal:

1. Split extra earnings between goals and savings. Here is what I mean, when I do jobs on Odesk or make money writing posts or additional babysitting above my regular shifts I put half of the money into my goal jar and half the money into my savings jar. 

2. Use my creativity to create gifts, as well as fun surprises for my kids. When I think of all the birthdays and special occasions coming up it makes me think of all the money that can be wasted. Not only that but when you have kids you like to take them places and get them things to make them happy. While on a budget you need to be creative and make things for people for the holidays or offer them services free of charge. When you want to do something special for your kids and your on a budget you need to think of all the free things you can do like hiking, biking, crafts, playing outside, cooking together, creating gifts together, and much more. You do not need to spend money to have fun and make people feel special.

3. Cook seasonal and make double batches to throw in the freezer. When you cook seasonally you can get the best sale prices and be sure to keep the grocery bill low. Our thanksgiving just passed so turkeys, stuffing, and more seasonal items are all on sale right now so stocking up on those things are absolutely essential right now. Creating extra meals and stashing them in the freezer is an excellent way to have healthy food on the fly and keep you fro ordering take out.

4. Remind yourself why your goal is important. My goal is getting my license and buying a van that seats 7 passengers. I need around $3500 to get this done and the reasons I am doing this are infinite. I babysit 3-4 other kids almost everyday and we walk everywhere, driving us would save so much time. I want my son in scouts and I can't take him to meetings if I don't drive because it is quite a distance from my house and I have extra kids etc. I want to be able to take my kids places, like road trips, camping, site seeing, etc. I do what I can now but it is nothing compared to what it could be. Reminding yourself why your goal is important keeps you from throwing in the towel and spending your money on other things.

5. Get rid of things that are not necessary or helping you to reach your goal. I went through my house in the past week and realized how much extra crap I was holding onto. I got rid of bags of stuff and made some extra money in the process. If you have tons of clothes, toys, electronics, etc. that nobody uses or needs sell it and add the money to your goal and savings. 

6. This is one of the most important steps of all, treat yourself when you reach any milestone. It does not need to be a huge treat or a big milestone but you need to remember to keep yourself happy while achieving your goal otherwise it is nothing more then a chore or a pain in the neck that drags on forever.  When I reach another 100 dollars in my goal jar I buy myself a small treat like a chocolate bar, a new nail polish, maybe an ice cream, anything small that I know I can afford to make myself feel good about my goal and how far I have come.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Top 5 Halloween Children's Books

There is nothing better then reading some seasonal stories just before bedtime, my kids absolutely love getting into the Halloween spirit with some great books. These are our top 5 picks for Halloween children's books!

1. I Like Pumpkins


2.The Haunted House That Jack Built


3.Clifford's Halloween


4.The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat


5.The Berenstain Bears go on a Ghost Walk


These are our top 5 picks for the month of October, alongside our usual stories of course. What are some of your favorite Halloween stories?

Friday, 10 October 2014

My Favorite Halloween Crafts

Halloween is approaching and crafting is always good for the family. Here are some of my favorite crafts and activities I enjoy doing as the wicked fun holiday approaches!







Monday, 6 October 2014

Our Top 10 Halloween Movies

Halloween is exciting for me and my kids, we really enjoy embracing most holidays with a gusto so Halloween is no exception. I have already begun decorating and sending out Halloween themed packages and cards. I have all kinds of Halloween candy around my house and have begun bringing out my collection of Halloween movies! Everyone should have a few favorites in the category and I probably have some listed you have not seen. So enjoy this top 10 list as we welcome the month of Halloween!

1. Monster House

Although no adults will believe them, three children realize a neighbor's house is really a monster. They must find a way to stop the house and save the neighborhood.

2. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown


The Great Pumpkin is a fictional holiday figure in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. The Great Pumpkin is a holiday figure that seems to be mentioned by only Linus van Pelt.

3. Sabrina The Teenage Witch


Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a 1996 American television film adaptation based on a character from Archie Comics. It served as a pilot for the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch television series, and premiered on Showtime on April 7, 1996

4. Hocus Pocus
 

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.

5. Mickey's House Of Villains

It is Halloween night at the House of Mouse, and a lot of villains are showing up. Jafar has a trick in store for the usual heroes of the House, but the villains have to wait until midnight for him to unleash it.

6. Halloween

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger. The series of classic movies are great but I prefer the remake, the acting is much more professional!

7. Halloween 2


Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

8. The Exorcist


When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

9. Friday The 13th

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. All of the classics are wonderful as well as this modern remake.

10. The Amityville Horror


A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder. The old one and the remake are awesome!