Monthly Bill Pay and Budget Organization

For so long I have been looking for and trying to find a better way to organize my finances.  My monthly bill paying and budgeting needed a better system.  

I had everything in my Life Planner, but I needed something separate and dedicated to it.  

I found a very inexpensive planner from Target.  It is only a monthly planner so no more than I need. 

I transformed some of the contacts and notes pages to fit my needs.  

I am very happy with the result and was excited to share it with you all as well!

and don't worry all numbers and information is made up.  I really do wish my husband's paychecks were one million dollars bi-weekly, but sadly that is not the case :)

Check out the full walk through of my bill pay and budget planner in the video below!

How I Make Smoothies

Today I am excited to share my very simple and delicious smoothie recipe.

There are no measurements and you really can use whatever fruits you want.  

My kids love it.  At first I used dark berries to hide the color of the Spinach, but the don't even care anymore and love the green smoothies!

2014 Easter Baskets

I am so excited to actually be organized enough this year to share our Easter baskets before Easter!! You can check out last years baskets here! I don't like giving the kids candy, so I fill the baskets with small toys, books, and clothes instead.  I will try to link the items mentioned if possible.  The baskets and are from Pottery Barn Kids (unfortunately not available in the website at this time), as well as the liners.

Matthew's Basket - 6 Year Old Boy
Clothes from TJ Maxx

Lillian's Basket - 4 Year Old Girl

Joshua's Easter Basket - 1 Year Old Boy

To see Everything in the baskets and also see how I put them all together watch below!

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Clutter Free Desk Organization

I never realized until I finished this project, how much more productive I am with a real, organized dedicated work space.  #lifechanging  Our desk space is located in our bedroom, well because quite frankly that is the only place for it.  I also have to keep the desktop as clutter free as possible incase my husband gets the urge to work from home.  I am so happy with how it turned out.

The actual desk is from ikea, shown here, and is still available.  Most accessories are from Target (lamp, wire organizers) Home Goods (bulletin board, paper sorter) and Michaels (decorative boxes).

Below is an entire walk through of the space, including the organization inside the desk drawers/ cabinet.  Enjoy!

Here's To 27!

If someone would have given me a book of my life so far when I was a teenager, I would have read it laughing the entire way through, not believing it at all.

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10 years ago I was..... 17 years old.  A junior in high school.  My life revolved around volleyball, my friends, and weekends.

10 years ago..... I was just starting to decided what I was going to do for the rest of my life.  At that time, it was going to college and become a teacher.  

10 years ago.... I had the best group of girl friends ever.  Honestly, I was so lucky growing up to have so many wonderful friends.  There was no meanness, bullying, cattiness.... we just all got along so well.

10 years ago.....All I wanted for my birthday was clothes, shoes, and a yummy cake... #somethingsneverchange

10 years ago.... I didn't know what the real world was like.  I lived in a little bubble in a small town, sometimes I am so thankful for that.

10 years ago.....I had the greatest, most supportive family..... again, some things never change.

My life has been full of SO many blessings in the past 10 years.  I have met and married my best friend, moved to an amazing area, bought our first home, given the opportunity to be the mother to the best kids a mom could ask for, be able to stay home with them, but also find hobbies that keep me on my toes.

27 is going to be the year of.....just being.  I am really going to try to take this year to calm down a bit, and not sweat the small stuff.  My marriage is in a great place, my kids are healthy and we are all happy.  Less stress, more laughter.  

Today we aren't really celebrating, Matt is in NYC this week.  SO today I am needlessly shopping, eating take out, and hanging with the kiddos.  We will celebrate as a family later this week, and I will recap next week!

Oh, and on my YouTube channel I shared 27 random facts about me, so be sure to check that out!