Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

+J.M.J.+ We were graciously given lots of hand-me-down clothes from friends when we had Philomena. I needed to buy a few items here and there to fill in the gaps, but overall for the last three years she has been able to wear the clothes we were so generously gifted. Size 4 has approached though, [...]

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How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

+J.M.J.+ Thrift stores, consignment shops, the Facebook marketplace, and sometimes garage sales are all wonderful spots to get clothes, baby gear, and kid's shoes at deep discounts. But when I was pregnant with Philomena a friend from church introduced me to the magic that is children's resale/consignment events. I had never heard of these before, [...]

100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

+J.M.J.+ It's here! Lisa Leake has done it again; developing a mouthwatering collection of real food recipes for us to enjoy, this time focusing on clean eating with a budget in mind. She is making real food meals stupid easy and beyond delicious in 100 Days of Real Food On A Budget. (Find it here [...]

The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

+J.M.J.+ I used to be obsessed with decluttering and organization Youtube videos, and a couple years ago had our house down to a really manageable level of organization - everything we owned had a home. Cliche as it sounds, a place for everything and everything in its place is actually a big part of keeping [...]

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

+J.M.J.+ Zelie Maria is one today! We had a simple little party for her at the park yesterday with some church friends. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites [...]

My Reusable Household Favorites – {Save Money / Reduce Toxins}

My Reusable Household Favorites – {Save Money / Reduce Toxins}

+J.M.J.+ Aside from eliminating toxins and harmful chemicals from my home... I like saving money. Conveniently, lots of the glass and cloth things I use around the house help me achieve both of these end goals. Thanks to so many naturally minded consumers and the zero-waste community, a lot of these options are becoming more [...]

I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

I Got Rid Of Most Of Our Toys {And What I Set Up Instead}

+J.M.J.+ Want to know what my kids play with? Not the millions of toys around here. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my daughters spend about 99% of their time reading books and playing with random things from around the house. Recently Philomena spent an entire week in this pantry organizer and was [...]

Composting Without A Garden

Composting Without A Garden

+J.M.J.+ Composting food scraps is a wonderful way to reduce waste, and help create nutrient rich soil for gardening. Food waste like your random scraps, peels, items gone bad etc. won't properly rot and do any good in a landfill because there isn't enough oxygen for them to decompose. When they end up in the [...]

I Spend A Lot On Groceries

+J.M.J.+ Lately I have had several people ask me to write about ways to save money on groceries or more on budgeting for food. This is something I want to do, because there are some legitimate ways to save money on healthy food that works for my family, but it did get me thinking about [...]