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How I Keep My Family’s Schedule Totally Organized

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I’m a list-maker. Always have been. I make detailed grocery lists, and epic to-do lists and lofty goal lists. But often those lists go unread by other members of the family, *cough* husband *cough*, and things get forgotten. And then I get frustrated. Can you relate? But I think I’ve finally solved the “honey I forgot the list!” syndrome.

Using Cozi has totally changed the game for my family. No more lost lists or forgotten appointments! Everything gets organized and scheduled in one place where we can all find it.

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What is Cozi?

Cozi is a free family scheduling app.  I was hesitant at first because I’m a pen + paper kind of girl.  But so far, Cozi has really delivered.

You can use it to store your grocery or shopping list, multiple to-do lists (one for him and one for you!) as well as maintain a calendar of events.

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A Day in the Life of a Work at Home Mom

day in the life of a working mama

When I tell people that I work from home the standard response I get is “Oh that must be so nice!”.  I have to smile and say that it’s lovely but the reality of my days is far different from what people must think.

How I manage a home, family and 2 businesses without losing my mind!

I run two small businesses from home with two kids.  I was about 178 months pregnant with my second when I started my entrepreneurial adventure so I’ve always been in this balancing act of family and work.

My expectation was that the children would play happily around me while I got loads of work done, kept up with housework, never missed a precious moment of their lives and never felt an ounce of mom guilt.

I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing before you carry on….

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How to Easily Save Money on Groceries

I don’t shop at multiple stores.  I don’t spend hours searching for the best deal.  I don’t spend time price-matching.  I’m a busy mom, I don’t have time for all that.  It takes me less than 1 hour a week to save 28% on my groceries.  You can totally start using my system today!  It’s easy peasy.

Frugal Mom: Learn my simple system for saving 28% on your grocery bill!

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My husband just finished his university degree.  Which is AMAZING because it’s been a really hard 3 years for all of us.  But now we are facing the mountain of student debt and it’s threatening to crush us.  Yikes.

We’ve developed a strict budget and one of my main contributions is making sure we stay on budget for groceries.  It’s no easy task.  Food is expensive!  It breaks my heart that it would be way cheaper for me to feed my family junk food than real food.  But that’s a rant for another day.

I’ve accepted the challenges and developed a system that is working really well to keep us under budget every week by saving an average of 28% on our weekly grocery bill.  I mean, it’s no ‘Extreme Couponing’ type of savings, but it’s realistic & maintainable and takes me less than 1 hour of prep to accomplish.

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The Best Resources to Help Simplify Life with Little Ones

Are you a mom? Are you busy? Then you need this list!

Mom life is busy, hard & tiring.  But also wonderful, precious & magical.  We’re exhausted, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  The little people in our lives challenge us every day, but the kisses and cuddles are the sweet little joys of motherhood.

Mom life is so busy! Thankfully technology has given us so many tools and resources to help simplify things a bit!

Our modern culture doesn’t seem to foster the ‘village’ attitude that once existed.  In the past, we would have had our mothers, friends, sisters living nearby to help out and we’d meet other like-minded moms in our neighbourhoods.  We seem so much more isolated these days.  Getting an afternoon of help requires planning weeks in advance and it’s almost not worth it in the end.

But thankfully technology has evolved in such a way that it helps us stay at least virtually connected.  And there are in fact a ton of tools and resources available to help simplify family life!

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Bad Housekeeping: A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Chaos

Motherhood is messy.  In all the ways, motherhood is messy.  It makes a mess of our emotions, our expectations and our home.  These tiny humans enter our lives and hearts and they challenge us every day to grow and give and bend.  And although we’re totally exhausted, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Except maybe it would be nice to not have so much laundry.  Seriously, where does it all come from?!

And we are busy.  Modern moms are so busy.  Many of us work outside the home, we often don’t have help in the form of nearby relatives and our communities are so spread out that we are constantly driving long distances to activities.  At the end of the day, something’s gotta give and my vote’s on the housework.  After all, life’s too short to fold fitted sheets.

Motherhood can get messy. Here are some tips for managing your home when it seems out of control!

 

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