• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. •
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  • If you need me I’ll be here taking a nap. JK. I’ll be in the car, curled up with my maternity pillow eating milk duds... hopefully taking a nap at some point. And I already changed into a comfy tee and some shorts that won’t button for the 6 hour drive. 🤣🤣🤣 How’s your Monday going?
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stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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  • #ad You guys know we bought our forever home in March, after nearly a year of looking. Finding the right home is stressful! We lucked out and found one in an AMAZING neighborhood! While we love our house and love the location, there are a few things that need to be updated. Like the windows… and while they don’t NEED to be replaced immediately, we know they need to be replaced in the near future and it’s going to be a big job.
We are lucky because my dad is an electrician and super handy! But something like windows? That’s something even he suggests we leave to a professional. I’m so excited to be able to use @HomeAdvisor to match us with a professional for the job! They have been the best resource for planning and budgeting this huge project. You can find a link in my bio to learn more about using HomeAdvisor to get matched for any home improvement project, from remodels to pools to fences, they’ll help you find the right match! #HomeAdvisor
November 25, 2018

3 things we did to adjust our budget when I left my full-time job

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Snow Storm 2018It has been exactly one year since I left my full-time job. And while giving up that full-time income wasn’t something I took lightly, it’s definitely something I’ll never regret. I now have the cutest tiny bosses in the world. They sure are sassier than (most) of the people I’ve worked with before, although they’re actually much less dramatic. ;)

Before leaving my job, we had to take a look at our finances to figure out where we could trim back to make up for the income we would be losing. These are the three things that helped us.

1| Stick to your budget.
No more absentmindedly throwing random stuff in the cart when shopping, no more multiple trips to the coffee shop every day and no more splurging on over-priced kids clothing are all things that helped cut down on the unnecessary spending out of our budget. Going shopping with a list, shopping somewhere (like Walmart) where they will price-match items for you and learning how to cook our favorite meals at home (ya know, things like Mac ‘n cheese and chicken nuggets) cuts back on the money we used to spend ordering take out.

2| Buy used when you can.
I love shopping and it doesn’t matter to me if it’s in a store or online, new or used. There are so many consignment websites where I can find clothing for myself, my children and Jason. While I occasionally shop through these websites, I also LOVE to shop for used items locally. Finding things through local swap sites is so much fun for me. I can usually find them for half the original cost with plenty of wear left for my kiddos.

3| Sell items (clothing, baby gear, home decor) you no longer need.
In addition to hunting down clothing, toys and home items through swap sites I also use them to MAKE money. I do like to save clothing and some of the larger baby gear for our future kids, but there are items I can part with. Whether it’s a stroller, old baby clothing or a sound machine we don’t need, I can easily list them on our local swap sites.

I love that PayPal and Walmart have teamed up to give me the flexibility I need when it comes to my finances. I don’t like to carry cash and with PayPal cash in and cash out services at Walmart, I can check out, hand a Walmart cashier my money and it is instantly available in my PayPal account. And if I have money in my account that I want to pull out, I can instantly access it at Walmart.

Snow Storm 2018Snow Storm 2018Snow Storm 2018Bedtime with BenHere’s the details:

  • PayPal users can access the money in their PayPal account by easily loading & withdrawing money, at any Walmart store (in the US).
  • PayPal Cash Mastercard customers can simply pay bills or make purchases online or anywhere ‘Mastercard’ is accepted, and access their cash balance using Walmart Service Desks, ATMs, and cash registers for the low fee of $3 per service.  Load and withdrawal limits apply.

While it’s not always easy to stick to a budget and spend the extra time to shop for things used, it is so worth it to be able to spend more time at home with my kids. Not having to worry about who can take time off of work to be home with a sick kid or for a snow day takes stress off of both parents and that’s worth so much more than money.

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