Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #8

 I am so happy to have you at week #8 of A Little Bird Told Me Link Party! I am so glad you have stopped by and can't wait to see what you link up!
In honor of my birthday week, I am doing a few extra feature! (That and I just couldn't decide..) Here are my fabulous features from last week! 
This is a sweet little DIY collection for the home!
Ping Pong Lights by Heather from Woods of Bell Trees
 How to Makeover Photo Frames to Create a Gallery by Dana from Chocolate and Sunshine
The Laundry Room Reveal by Laura from Inspiration for Moms
Tent Reading Nook by Anna from Path Through the Narrow Gate
 
This is a delicious and healthy recipe round up!
Southwest Salad in a Jar by Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles
 Simple Yogurt Popsicles by Sherri from Luv a Bargain
Healthy Instant Oatmeal Jars by Lani from Life Anchored
Paleo Nachos by Denise from My Life Cookbook
 
These are fantastic posts, ladies! A big thank you to everyone who participated! 

Make sure to come back each week to share the fabulous posts you want to spotlight. I will be sharing some of my favorites via social media and will feature four favorites at the next week's party! 

Grab a button:
Allison's Skinny Jeans

Meet your lovely hosts:
Tanya from The Natural Homeschool                   FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Rachael from Adventures in Wunderland             FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Jennifer Dawn from The Life of Jennifer Dawn    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Allison from Allison's Skinny Jeans                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Kimberly from Natural Beach Living                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Heather from A Nurse's Wildflowers                    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Enough talk! Start sharing! If you don't have anything to share, get ready to be inspired! Bloggers make sure to check out the party guidelines
lifeof

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #7

I'm happy to have you at week #7 of A Little Bird Told Me Link Party! I am so glad you have stopped by and can't wait to see what you link up!
Here are my fabulous features from last week! 
This is a sweet little DIY collection for the home!
Giant Feather Artwork Tutorial by Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff
 Shabby Chic Wreath Tutorial by Amanda from TexMex Crafting
DIY Shutter Screen by Lauren from Lauren McBride
Pottery Barn Inspired Tandem Print by Laura from Inspiration for Moms
 
These are fantastic posts, ladies! A big thank you to everyone who participated! 

Make sure to come back each week to share the fabulous posts you want to spotlight. I will be sharing some of my favorites via social media and will feature four favorites at the next week's party! 

Grab a button:
Allison's Skinny Jeans

Meet your lovely hosts:
Tanya from The Natural Homeschool                   FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Rachael from Adventures in Wunderland             FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Jennifer Dawn from The Life of Jennifer Dawn    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Allison from Allison's Skinny Jeans                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Kimberly from Natural Beach Living                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Heather from A Nurse's Wildflowers                    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

Enough talk! Start sharing! If you don't have anything to share, get ready to be inspired! Bloggers make sure to check out the party guidelines
lifeof

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Card Party


Last Friday, I hosted a Valentine's Card Party with a few friends! I have started having a yearly one for Christmas cards, but a friend asked about doing one for Valentine's and I thought it was a sweet idea! 

I recently featured some of my Valentine's cards and was excited to see what the girls would create! At Christmas, I work to make kits for each of the cards, but I figured we couldn't go wrong with some cute paper and some heart punches. 


There was plenty of food, fellowship, and crafting! 


I even brought out my Cricut machine for some custom cut outs! I forgot how awesome this little machine was - I am addicted!


You know I can't have a party without a yogurt bar. My friend Essie made an amazing sweet trail mix! YUM! {There may have been some splurging...}


Glitter, glam, and a little glue...

There was some impressive creativity happening. 

Some of the girls were whipping out coupon books! We may have even crowned a little princess. 


My niece made this sweet card for her Valentine - her dad! She is definitely a future blogger in the making. 


Did you make a prize for your love?

Happy Valentine's Day!
lifeof

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #6

So glad to have you at week #6 of A Little Bird Told Me Link Party! I am so glad you have stopped by and can't wait to see what you link up!
Here are my fabulous features from last week! 
I did a sweet little Valentine's Day collection!
Strawberries & Chocolate Buttercream Mousse by Yvonne from Tried and Tasty
 Valentine Twine Wrapped Heart Wreath by Cassie from Little Red Window
Romantic Valentine's Day Cootie Catcher by Amy from AttaGirlSays
Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt Bites by Shannah from Just Us Four
 
These are fantastic posts, ladies! A big thank you to everyone who participated! 

Make sure to come back each week to share the fabulous posts you want to spotlight. I will be sharing some of my favorites via social media and will feature four favorites at the next week's party! 

Grab a button:
Allison's Skinny Jeans

Meet your lovely hosts:
Tanya from The Natural Homeschool                   FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Rachael from Adventures in Wunderland             FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Jennifer Dawn from The Life of Jennifer Dawn    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Allison from Allison's Skinny Jeans                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Kimberly from Natural Beach Living                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Heather from A Nurse's Wildflowers                    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

Enough talk! Start sharing! If you don't have anything to share, get ready to be inspired! Bloggers make sure to check out the party guidelines
lifeof

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #5

I am thrilled to have you at week #5 of A Little Bird Told Me Link Party! I am so glad you have stopped by and can't wait to see what you link up! 
Here are my fabulous features from last week! 
Copycat Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild by Yvonne from Tried and Tasty
 Light & Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama
Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub by Krystal from Krystal's Kitsch
Chalk Paint IKEA Hack by Stephanie from Mommyzoid
 
These are fantastic posts, ladies! A big thank you to everyone who participated! 

Make sure to come back each week to share the fabulous posts you want to spotlight. I will be sharing some of my favorites via social media and will feature four favorites at the next week's party! 

Grab a button:
Allison's Skinny Jeans

Meet your lovely hosts:
Tanya from The Natural Homeschool                   FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Rachael from Adventures in Wunderland             FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Jennifer Dawn from The Life of Jennifer Dawn    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Allison from Allison's Skinny Jeans                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Kimberly from Natural Beach Living                     FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter
Heather from A Nurse's Wildflowers                    FB ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

Enough talk! Start sharing! If you don't have anything to share, get ready to be inspired! Bloggers make sure to check out the party guidelines
lifeof

Monday, February 2, 2015

How to Create a Personal Budget


One of the biggest obstacles to healthy eating is often cost. Eating healthy can get pricey. By creating and sticking to a budget, it can help you stay organized with your money and lessen this stress. (It also helps if your husband is an accountant.)

I am providing you with a FREE Google Docs template to use for your own budgeting needs. We love using Google Docs to budget because we can both share the document and have access to get in and edit it at any time. 

 How to use the template:
1. Visit this link for the FREE TEMPLATE. 

2. Click File --> Make a Copy --> Title Your Budget --> Click OK! Now you will be able to edit the document and anything you type will be PRIVATE.

3. There are two budget forms in this spreadsheet. Some people prefer to do 1 pay period on each side of the template. Some prefer to put one income per side of the template (each spouse's income). You can also (like we do) just use 1 side to budget for the whole month.

4. At the beginning of the month - fill in the expected income and expenses. You can edit the category names as you see fit. The ones listed will give you a great starting point. As you start budgeting each month, you will begin to have a better estimate. You may need to revisit the budget throughout the month to make revisions. That is okay!

5. Now it's time to keep track of your actual expenses. Some of our bills are automated and fixed each month, so we can go ahead and fill these in. We save receipts and sit down at the end of each week to update the spreadsheet. We also use online banking to help fill in some expenses. Make sure not to wait until the end of the month to enter in all your expenses - it will be overwhelming and you will forget! 

6. Communication is key! Make sure all parties involved are on board and dedicated to the budget.

7. At the end of the month, we look at where we were most successful and places we overspent. It is so beneficial to see where you are putting your money. It will also show you where you may need to allow more allowance for and where you need to watch your spending. 

Tips for Using the Spreadsheet
Entering Expenses: If you have more than one expense to enter per category (i.e. 5 receipts for groceries), click on the cell you want to type in and start with = with your amount directly after. Then you can put + with each additional amount. (For example: =50.62+75+52.78) That makes it easier to keep track of the receipts and amounts you have already entered. 

Adding New Lines: If you need to add a new line, click the row number on the left hand side for the row above the total line (the row right above Total Income or Total Expenses). Then click Insert --> Row Above. That is to ensure the total formula doesn't leave out your new line. 

Ready for the Next Month: When you are ready to create a new budget, Click File --> Make a Copy --> Rename the Budget for the Next Month (i.e. March 2015).Then you can delete out the cells for the new month. You may not need to delete a lot of the Expected Income or Expense cells.  

Please let me know if you have questions! I hope this helps you with your future budgeting. 

lifeof