Create an Organized Keepsake from Your Child’s School Papers

Create an Organized Keepsake from Your Child’s School Papers

This is a guest post from Tracy at Simple Living Country Gal (Tracy is one of my best blog friends and I am so excited to have her share her post with me today!) 

If you are a sentimental parent, parting with anything that has to do with your child can be quite traumatic. From their first sliver (um, don’t ask) to their first prom you want to cherish every single moment forever.

When my boys first began going to school I would save every piece of paper they brought home.  I would oooh and aaah at each colored picture and lovingly place it in a large plastic tote I had for each set up for each of them.

I remember one day going into my attic to find my oldest son had 4 large totes FULL of school papers and he had yet to enter high school!  It was then I realized I had a problem and needed to pare things down before they got completely out of control. (more…)

4 Secrets of People Who Successfully Work From Home

4 Secrets of People Who Successfully Work From Home

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Have you tried to work from home and found it … hard / confusing / not possible?

We might all dream of the “be your own boss” lifestyle, but I gotta admit – there’s a certain ease to clocking in and clocking out, and not having work problems be your problems. When you’re your own boss, trying to work from home, there’s a little more to it than that.

You can quit your job today, and wake up at home tomorrow ready to “work”. But that doesn’t mean you’ll succeed at it.

In fact, statistically, I’d have to say you’re probably likely to fail. Otherwise, why isn’t everyone doing it?! If you’re wanting to work from home but don’t know where to start or what it takes to do it successfully – determining to do these things going in will make it far easier!

(These are things that I didn’t quite have figured out the first few times I thought about working from home. They have made ALL the difference for me this time!)

The 4 secrets of people who successfully work from home

Everyone that I’ve encountered that has been able to successfully work from home has these things in common: (more…)

Bluehost vs Siteground: Why I switched hosting companies

Bluehost vs Siteground: Why I switched hosting companies

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The big blog host debate these days: Bluehost vs Siteground… what’s the best hosting company for beginner bloggers?

There was no Bluehost vs Siteground debate when I started my blog on Bluehost. And for the last year I have recommended hosting with Bluehost to my readers. And I personally have never had any real issues with Bluehost. Their customer service has been fine and my site was only down three times over the past year. (I figured that’s bound to happen now and then.) Plus they seemed to be the cheapest option out there when I started my blog.

So why on earth would I switch hosting companies?

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5 Easy Organizational Systems to Put Your Life on Auto-Pilot

5 Easy Organizational Systems to Put Your Life on Auto-Pilot

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There are seasons where you just can’t be as present in your life as you’d like to be.

I’m experiencing one of these seasons now. I’ve just had a baby. (An amazing, perfectly squishy, exhausting baby.)

There are probably some women out there who, 8 weeks postpartum, are on top of the world. They’re back at work. Their houses are spotless. They are wearing (clean) clothes. Maybe they have slept in the past week or two.

I am not these women.
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2016 Blog Expense Report

2016 Blog Expense Report

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What does it really cost to start (and run) a blog in the first year?

My blog isn’t quite a year old yet, but for tax purposes I need to figure out exactly what was spent in 2016.

(When I decided to blog, I never dreamed that what I spent would matter at tax time less than a year later. As you can imagine, there has been some going through of old mastercard bills.)

Why an expense report?

At the end of last February, I was researching how to blog on Pinterest. And I landed on this post with a little timer counting down in it. Some blogging course that was only open once per year was available now and going away in less than 24 hours. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind that I should be thinking about spending money to start this blog. I wanted to do it for free. (more…)