• Unlike a lot of financial gurus and bloggers, I’m in favor of having fun with debt. Read on to see what we do for fun, why, and where we draw the line.
    family & home,  save money

    How I Feel About Having Fun With Debt

    This is a little embarrassing to admit, but our family is carrying a pretty hefty amount of credit card debt. The good news is, we’re done over-spending and we have enough to start paying it off for real! We’ve paid off two credit cards so far using the Debt Snowball method, and now we’re working on the high-dollar ones. Since we’re putting so much money towards our balances, you might be wondering – how do we feel about having fun with debt? Well, unlike a lot of tough-guy financial gurus and bloggers, I’m in favor of having fun with debt. Read on to see what we do for fun, why,…

  • Do you want to slow down and enjoy your life… without having to move to a cabin in the woods? Learn the benefits of slowing down and how to do it.
    family & home,  live simply,  mental health,  sahm parenting

    How to Slow Down and Enjoy Every Day

    Does your life feel rushed and hectic? Especially for stay-at-home and work-at-home moms, we often feel like we should be enjoying every precious moment with our children. But in real life, we have chores, responsibilities, work, and children to deal with. So how can we slow down and enjoy our lives… without having to move to an off-grid cabin in the woods? Read on to learn the benefits of slowing down and how to do it. Why Should I Slow Down? You know that feeling all moms have half an hour before bedtime… Head spinning with dirty dishes, unbathed kids, unfinished homework, what you need to catch up on before…

  • Ready to start using a planner to be more productive and organized? Read how I use mine for home and business, and my best tips for how to use yours!
    be productive,  family & home,  wahm life

    How I Use My Planner to Be More Productive

    Before I got my planner, I was running my household and business off a half-sheet sized notepad! I’m so glad I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a planner. It’s helped me be more productive in my daily life, plan out my long-term goals, and juggle all the aspects of my life much more seamlessly. Read on to find out how to use your own planner to be more productive! My Planner You don’t need a fancy, expensive planner to be more productive! I got a weekly layout Day Designer from Target on sale. At the time of writing, they’re sold out of the design I purchased. But this…

  • Our family makes an effort to bring fewer items into our house. Read how having less stuff makes it easier for me to clean and think! | Fulfill & Thrive
    family & home,  live simply

    How Having Less Stuff Makes My Life Easier

    Most of us realize we have way too many things! You already know that having less stuff makes your life more streamlined, helps you think clearer, lets you clean less… But the idea of going through everything, decluttering, and driving to Goodwill twenty times sounds exhausting! Keith and I never had mountains of stuff because we got married young. But I’m working on paring down what we have to just what we need, use, and enjoy. I want to encourage you to do the work and reap the benefits! Here’s how having less stuff makes my life easier and simpler. Psst: I made a worksheet to help you tackle your…

  • I upgraded my daughter's plain FJELLSE twin bed into a cute white bed fit for a princess. Read all about how I accomplished this IKEA bed hack! | Fulfill & Thrive
    family & home

    IKEA Bed Hack: Upgrading a FJELLSE twin bed

    Here’s a fun fact about me: I absolutely love IKEA! I don’t think I’ve ever walked about of that store with only what I went in for. Almost everything in our house is from IKEA (and I love assembling their furniture)! Plus, the meatballs… Anyway, back in March Emma was nearly night time potty trained and quickly growing out of her toddler bed. So I decided it was time to get her a big girl bed! But I was really surprised at how expensive they were. IKEA to the rescue! They had some cute options, but I wanted to keep the cost low and I wasn’t afraid of sprucing it…