Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad

Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad

If you’re following our favorite trend as of late (mason jar recipes), then you’ve probably seen a few that we shared here on the blog already! My personal favorite is the Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle, but the Mason Jar Pulled Pork Salad is right up there with it! Check out those other recipes to add to your repertoire as well! Today, we’ll be sharing a Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad recipe with you!

This is one of my absolute favorites to throw together because it’s extremely easy to use up leftovers in a salad like this or things that you’ve gotten from the market that need to be used sooner rather than later! You’ll notice that the ingredients in this recipe are specific, but I usually change them up week to week based on what produce I got on sale or need to use up before it goes to waste. In trying to stick with meal planning and budgeting.  Utilizing all food I buy is very important. These mason jar recipes and this Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad help me avoid food waste all the time!

This Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad recipe is perfect for those summer lunch ideas - it's healthy, stores well, and works perfect for meal planning with leftovers!

If you haven’t made the plunge for mason jars yet, I highly recommend some wide mouth mason jars. These are great and allow for more room and organization for mason jar salads and we’ll also be sharing some other recipes coming up that call specifically for wide mouth mason jars! If you don’t want to buy more mason jars, this recipe will of course work with any mason jar that you have!

This Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad recipe is perfect for those summer lunch ideas - it's healthy, stores well, and works perfect for meal planning with leftovers!

As we dive deeper into meal planning here on the blog, feel free to join us in our Facebook group where we share lots of deals and meal planning ideas! Check out our Pinterest for recipes, meal planning ideas, and frugal living tips! These salads are perfect for meal planning because you can make several at once and they store well in these sealed mason jars – keeping them fresh instead of soggy by the end of the week! I highly recommend packaging any sauce that you decide to use separately for both this and the other mason jar salad recipe mentioned above! (if you must. put the wet ingredients on bottom) This will prevent the sauce from leaking down and making everything soggy. If you’re worried about trying to eat out of a jar at work, just take a bowl with you and mix and dump your salad into a bowl! The freshness is definitely worth using the mason jars in the first place.

Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad

This Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad recipe is perfect for those summer lunch ideas - it's healthy, stores well, and works perfect for meal planning with leftovers!
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Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad

This recipe is healthy, delicious, and easy to make and store for weekday lunches! 

Ingredients
  • 3-4 oz shredded chicken
  • 1-2 handfuls spring mix lettuce
  • 1/2 small can corn
  • 1/2 avocado (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh salsa
Instructions
  1. Layer the ingredients, putting the meat at the bottom, lettuce above it (to keep it from getting soggy), and then toppings. Save the dressing until right before serving in a separate container to avoid sogginess! 

  2. Enjoy when you want!

What other ways do you use mason jars? Share your favorites in the comments below! Got a Recipe you’d like shared here, send me a message and we’ll get on it!

 

No Spend Weekend, Do You Dare? Over 30 Ways to Make it Happen!

No Spend Weekend, Do You Dare? Over 30 Ways to Make it Happen!

Are you down for a NO SPEND WEEKEND?

 

I think it’ll be fun and adventurous and time to catch up with one another, family, friends, get stuff done and you know what, it’s like hitting the re-set button on our spending.  So, I’ve put together a list of ideas, not rules.  I’d love you to join me if not this no spend weekend pick another.

Before I get started, let’s talk a bit about the WHY. My first answer is why not? Growing up we didn’t have internet or even cable TV. We played outside, visited family and friends. Imagine that! Does anyone even know what Red Rover is anymore? We played Cards! Yeah, real card games at the table, on doorsteps, at the beach, in the park. We socialized and it was all FREE!  My best memories are from ‘unplugged’ moments. I think most of you will agree on that!

So, while this is an exercise in saving and spending control, it’s also a moment to experience a little bit more of your life.

a penny saved is a penny earned benjamin franklin

 

  1. Attend free music/movies in the park or some local community theaters.
  2. Have a Yard Sale!  May as well turn this into a fun and money making weekend while you’re at it.
  3. Have a picnic at a local park, in your backyard or on your family room floor.
  4. Take a hike! Literally, take a walk, hike, stroll. Get to know your neighborhood or explore a new one.  Try a local state forest or park. Earn some $ with your activity tracker too!
  5. Bike ride or roller skate? dig out the wheels and have some fun!
  6. Games! not video either haha. Don’t have any? invite some friends over and play charades, cards (remember card games?) !
  7. Scavenger Hunt!  I’m on the ‘hunt’ for some fun kid and grown up ideas, got any?
  8. Friends and Family Dinner or Brunch, pot luck style.
  9. Learn something new.  Check out YouTube.  Even better, ask a friend to show you a craft.
  10. Read a book, there are many freebies online now or borrow one from a friend.
  11. Cook, Bake, freeze ahead snacks and meals (this will save you all week or month long)
  12. Create! Plan ahead and go on Pinterest and find how many things you can make with items you already have.  I’m going to try finishing up a rag wreath (fabric from old worn out clothes) on a coat hanger!
  13. Organize your files, photos, closets. Put aside bags for donate or yard sale for your next no spend weekend!
  14. DIY something (refinish or paint some furniture), o.k. this could be your ‘craft’.
  15. Visit the library, borrow a movie or book, see what other great resources they offer today.
  16. Volunteer, help an organization or a neighbor, school.
  17. Camping!!   Backyard camping has some fun memories in my family or family room camping!
  18. Go Fish!  (grab a stick, some string and a hook! Huck Finn style if you like or borrow a fishing pole).
  19. Visit your local lake, ocean, or pond and pick up driftwood, shells, stones. Pack dinner!
  20. Take pictures of your no spend weekend and pick some good ones for framed gifts!
  21. Paint a wall, a room, a cabinet or two or clean out that really gross closet you avoided all year! (ps.. Yard Sale!)
  22. Get organized. Use this no spend time to collect your thoughts and come up with a plan to help you feel more organized going forward. Journal those goals and baby steps towards them.
  23. Garden or yard work.  Ask a friend if they have any plants they can share/ split.
  24. Have lots of plants already? Split a bunch and share or hmmm, have your own plant sale!
  25. Chill, take some downtime to do zip zero nada nothing.
  26. Clothing swap for yourself, kids
  27. Draw or paint or print out some fun coloring pages for free.
  28. Play a video game or Pokémon go! Is that still a thing?
  29. Invite your friends over for a girls or guys weekend, sleepover and all!
  30. DIY Mani Pedi or with friends.
  31. Write bunch of small notes to friends or anonymously send words of kindness throughout the week, have these little notes handy, you can even drop them on cars in parking lots ( a smiley with have a nice day would bring a smile for sure).
  32. Put together your holiday gift list and what you can DIY this year.
  33. Join a Facebook Group that is useful for helping you learn something new.
  34. Take in a free local school football, soccer, softball, etc.. game.
  35. Browse Etsy stores for DIY inspiration or inspiration of how to start your own store.
  36. Start a Blog!!!
Are you with me?
no spend weekend
Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle

Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle

Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle

Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle is the best dessert around! It's quick and easy to make and you can even make it a patriotic dessert for the holidays this summer!

A few weeks ago we shared a mason jar salad recipe with you! This week, I wanted to share something a little sweeter! This is still a dessert, but certainly a more healthy option if you’re trying to avoid the heavier sweets after dinner or just in general. The nice thing about this dessert is that because it includes fruit, we can double it as a breakfast treat! I love making a couple of these at the beginning of the week and treating myself a couple times throughout the week when I get a hankering for something sweet. Meal planning can seem strict and boring sometimes, but adding little treats like this to your meal plans goes a long way!

Pro Tip: if you shop at the farmer’s market, use whichever berries you can get a great deal on that week to save money!

For this mason jar berry cake trifle, I used smaller mason jars just because I definitely didn’t need a quart of this delicious trifle (even if I wanted it)! You can use any small mason jars, but truthfully, I found these small mason jars with handles at Goodwill and I use them all the time! Thrifting is one of my favorite hobbies because I get to find kitchen things like this and different props for food photography as well so I can share recipes here with you guys!

I’ve got a few more mason jar treats that I think you’ll love but I wanted to share this one first because it’ll be perfect for all the summer holidays this year! You could whip a few of these up for 4th of July to celebrate as well. They’d make perfect party treats and if you don’t want to use mason jars, consider using paper cups or something disposable so you won’t have as many dishes to do! These also work well for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day celebrations for your loved ones in the armed forces!

Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle is the best dessert around! It's quick and easy to make and you can even make it a patriotic dessert for the holidays this summer!

You’ll notice I added some chocolate chips on top, but feel free to add something else or forego those! It’s not pertinent, I just like to have that extra little kick of sweetness to really satisfy my sweet tooth! Let us know if you make this mason jar berry cake trifle and what you like about it! 

Have a salad (or other) recipe you want us to share on the blog? Email us at barefootbudgeting@gmail.com for a chance to have your recipe shared here on the blog!

Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle is the best dessert around! It's quick and easy to make and you can even make it a patriotic dessert for the holidays this summer!
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Mason Jar Berry Cake Trifle


Ingredients
  • 2 slices pound cake
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced/chopped)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2-3 tbsp whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp milk chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Layer the cake, whipped cream, and berries and top with chocolate chips! Serve immediately or cool in the fridge until ready to eat! 

Quick Cash Today, 6 Ways You Can Too!

Quick Cash Today, 6 Ways You Can Too!

How to Come Up With Quick Cash!

 

Over in the Barefoot Budgeting Facebook Group we talk lots about ways to save, earn money.  Inevitably discussion comes up about a few of the quick cash ideas I’m sharing below.  Don’t be mislead, there is much more potential than $10 on all these ideas!  However, the question was put out for $10 to show that it’s attainable by anyone.

need cash now

Yard Sale!  Yes, I said it again. Hold a live yard sale or better yet and quicker to prepare for, post an item or ten for sale on an online Yard Sale!  Either way, put your best foot forward to make a good impression and have your goods look desirable to the right buyers (desirable NOT deceitful!).  You’ll be on your way to some quick cash with zero expense.  Bonus too!! You’ll be less cluttered.

Apps! and Online Rebates!   Cash in one some rebates with your Apps on your shopping trip.  Using Apps like SavingStar, Ibotta, MobiSave, CheckOut 51, Ebates, TopCash can yield some pretty quick and easy cashback on items you are already purchasing.  If you are new to signing up for these, you’ll even earn an incentive bonus (gift card or cash depending on program) in addition to your rebates!  Many of these are also available online as well as apps. You can cash out with PayPal, which is like walking away with same day cash in hand.

Craigslist!  Check out your local Craigslist area and see what prices you see being posted for items or services you may have to sale or offer.  Be competitive and you could earn repeat business.  Grab some kids and offer a party clean up service.  I’d be happy about that one.

Ebay! Need I say more? EBay is the worlds largest marketplace for selling.  Used, New, Auction, Buy it Now. I doubt there are many out there that haven’t tried EBay yet.  Get to it today! Seriously, money DOES grow on trees! Need more tips on how to start selling? I’ve got a post and video for you right here.

Etsy!  Are you crafty or technically crafty? Sell it on Etsy!  For real, you can sell those ultra warm easy no sew fleece blankets or you can create your own beautiful printable and sell over and over again !  Again, Paypal and if you’re selling a digital product like printables you can have a steady cash flow with no work after initial design.

Facebook!  Oh yes, people are making a mint selling products using Facebook as their free marketplace.  Don’t see an online yard sale site that’s local to you?  Start your own!  Sell your crafts, your junk, offer services… the only limit is your imagination! If you need some help setting up your facebook page or group, give me a shout!  Even easier, check out the posts I’ve put together for you here and here.

Bonus

Not so quickly to earn, however over time you can also build a nice ‘passive’ (sit on your butt) income with blogging about what you love to talk about, love to do, your family, your career experiences, travel, fashion, dogs, cats, monkeys, gardening, photographs and photography, food, savings, even open an online shop of your own or sell digital products like books, video tutorials, dance instructions.  You get the idea.  Blogging is for ANYONE! Need a hand let me know, my niche was ways to save and earn, but mostly I like to find ways to help others succeed.  THAT is my true passion, seeing and hearing about YOUR SUCCESS!

cash quickly realistic sensible smart now

 

 

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad recipe - this is a great lunch option for those who want to eat healthy and stick to a budget!

Hey Barefoot Budgeters! We talk a lot about saving money and couponing in our Facebook group, but I wanted to share some meal planning tips and recipes with you as well! After all, we are saving money on ingredients to make tasty meals, right? This week, I’m sharing this tasty pulled pork mason jar salad recipe with you and I hope you love it as much as we do here at Barefoot Budgeting!

Mason jar salads are extremely easy to throw together, they keep well, and they make awesome, easy, and portable lunches too! If you don’t have any mason jars, I highly recommend these. They’re affordable, and the perfect size for lunches! We’ll be sharing some more mason jar recipes here on the blog – so pick some mason jars up if you want to follow along with the meals!

Meal Planning & Cutting Down On Food Waste

This recipe is something I threw together after I needed to use up some leftover pulled pork I’d made for dinner that night. It typically goes in the refrigerator and then promptly into the trash a week later. I got tired of wasting food and in an effort to cut down on my food waste and use EVERYTHING, I decided to make this pulled pork mason jar salad! It is delicious, easy to customize, healthy, and my favorite part… CHEAP!

Tip: use wide mouth jars, makes it easier to put food in and take food out!  Those pickle spears in the grocery store also are the perfect type jar if you are into recycling containers!

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad recipe - this is a great lunch option for those who want to eat healthy and stick to a budget!

Now that I’ve been making these mason jar salads for meal planning, I’ll probably make a few different variations every week to avoid monotony. We’ll be sharing more of those recipes here on the blog – so keep your eyes peeled for some more mason jar goodness! If you like this recipe – give us a shout in the comments below! Did you add or change anything about your salad? Share with us! Have a salad (or other) recipe you want us to share on the blog? Email us at barefootbudgeting@gmail.com for a chance to have your recipe shared here on the blog!

 

Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad

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Pulled Pork Mason Jar Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Servings: 1 person
Ingredients
  • 3 oz pulled pork (your fave recipe)
  • 1/2 avocado sliced or diced
  • 1 handful red onion sliced
  • 1-2 cups spring mix lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 3 tbsp corn optional
  • 2 tbsp your favorite dressing optional
Instructions
  1. Throw it all in the mason jar in layers (keeping the dressing in bottom and lettuce at the top for maximum freshness) and enjoy! Seal for later and enjoy all week long!

Meal Plan & Prep June 4, 2017, It’s not the norm.

Meal Plan & Prep June 4, 2017, It’s not the norm.

Meal Plan & Prep June 4th, 2017

 

This week I’m just not into it, yet this week I need to be a little more organized than most. My father in-law passed away June 1st and with upcoming services and burial we won’t be around much.  My husband also has a terrible time eating when he’s depressed or stressed.  UnPerfect Storm!  I need to keep lots of snacks in fridge at the ready like cut up fruit, veggies n dip, cut up cheese and salads.  We’ll also be out quite a bit and well… you know. It’s not a normal time and won’t be for a while.

I’m always trying to find ways to save when I’m grocery shopping as well as trying to find ways to either avoid shopping or getting in and out quick.  This week won’t be hard at all.  I made a 10 minute trip to get fruit n veggies.  That’s it for the week.  The rest is freezer prepped or salads with YAY!!! lettuce from the garden containers!!

By now most of you know I was out of work all of last year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time  without benefit hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.  It’s actually been harder staying on a budget while working than when I wasn’t full time.  Less time and energy can mean BIG TROUBLE in the grocery store. I am living proof!  I’ve been making small improvements in my routine and spending habits with little effort, just good planning. 

First up on the Meal Planning mini lecture…..

The reasons.
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it  mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend with your family and friends.

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my 4th   5th  6th week meal planning post shared below.

meal plan and prep 6/4/17

Meal Planning, my way week of June 4th, 2017.

For the preparation…

Keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than I’m in it.  This is pretty simple stuff!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing things like frying up hamburger, tossing chicken in marinade (ummm, salad dressing or teriyaki sauce kinda thing)  For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • Like I said up top, my father in law passed away on June 1st.  We’ll be eating really simple or cooking what I’ve prepped in past weeks right out of the freezer.
  • This week, not much prep is needed and I’m not planning on doing any more shopping.  Fruit, Veggies n dips is all I needed to get.
  • I’ll chop up the lettuce and put in my lettuce keeper for salads and sandwiches throughout the week, this is now coming right from out my back door! YAY for free food!
  • Oh, we had a luncheon at work last Friday and I brought home a HUGE leftover salad so there’s that too!
  • Remember last week, my mom made us quiches?  I still have 3 left in freezer as backups.  Tonight she’s dropping off a beef teriyaki dish which should last us a day or two of meals.  THANKS MOM!!

Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for Andy to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).  This year I’m going to try making my favorite many berry jam again.. shhhhhhhhhhhh…. when the fruits are ready i’ll share the recipe here on the blog!  It’s a good one, simple too and it’s canned so it preserves for the year!  I’ll have some downtime this week and may use that to dig out the extra canning jars to see what I need to start re-stocking on.

How am I doing ?

 

Well, last week I somehow managed to avoid the grocery store yet again, score more points for me!!  I ended June at just over $300.  I still have in freezer chicken and hamburg as well as frozen veggies, and other items that’ll keep me going for another week or two.

June Groceries so far are this week at $30 and that should do it.

My monthly goal is $200/mos I’ve got a ways to go from May but June is looking better already, let’s see if I can pull off this budget on a month my mom isn’t contributing to my meals haha!

Summer is almost here so that means more free fruit n veggies. We noticed our peach tree has well, a truckload of peaches on it!! We’re a little worried the tree may not hold the weight and are talking of ways to ‘support’ it.   I’ve never canned peaches before, time to dig out the cookbook!  And did you know how much I love making home made pickles!! For someone who doesn’t like to cook I do love preserving!  We’ve planted a bunch of stuff in the garden (eg; 30 tomato plants!)  as well as a lot of containers right out the backdoor like lettuce, herbs, strawberries, garlic.  My husband adds more in garden and containers almost daily, I can’t keep up. It makes him happy to plant and I enjoy harvesting and preserving.

Remember, we also have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

All in all, summer is a super busy time around here, but it truly saves us so very much through a good part of the year.

About Meal Planning ~ It’s really pretty simple and you can move meals around use leftovers from one meal to put into another next night or later in the week.  It’s finding the right price when things are on sale and buying a few extra, for example when I buy boneless chicken, chicken it’s always at a great sale price or manager special, never regular full price.  Same goes for most meats.  I also buy fruits on ‘sale’ not just any fruit.  I use SavingStar as my fresh food deal of the week too for added savings. For more on how it works, you can check my post here.

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I have a ton of fun doing these posts for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.  Now that I share what I’m really spending I feel like I need to do better to show you it’s real and it can be done with or without coupons!

 

Do You Meal Plan? Love it, hate it? let’s hear it in the comments

Meal Plan & Prep May 28, 2017, I’m Back!

Meal Plan & Prep May 28, 2017, I’m Back!

Meal Plan & Prep May 28, 2017, I’m Back!

Did you even notice or miss last week’s meal plan? I sure did!  O.K., so I had meals prepped last week and a rough idea, I just got busy with our May Birthday celebration and catching up around the house, so I never posted.  Let’s get back on track today.

I’m working my butt off over here trying to think of ways to bore you to pieces with my meal plan ups n downs and attempt to drive down my time spent cooking and shopping!!!  Did I ever tell you I actually despise shopping. I mean, I truly do NOT like shopping.  Crazy, right?!!! I mean I’m always talking about ways to save when you shop.  I just don’t like spending money, period, the end.  I dread walking into those sliding doors.  My fear or phobia or just dislike goes away once I get in the door and I get to ‘work’.  Grocery shopping is a chore to me, not a leisure activity where I’m allowing myself to spend a bit more freely.

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.  It’s actually been harder staying on a budget while working than when I wasn’t full time.  Less time and energy can mean BIG TROUBLE in the grocery store. I am living proof!

First up on the Meal Planning mini lecture…..

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it  mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog and finding more ways to save and earn!!!  Or spending with your family and friends.

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my 4th   5th week meal planning post shared below.

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below.

meal plan and prep 5/28/17

Meal Planning, my way week of May 28th, 2017

For the preparation…

Keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • We are expecting ANOTHER cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake something I didn’t put on the meal plan (cause it’s for a blog recipe and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise).   Still haven’t gotten to this.
  • This week, not much prep is needed and I’m not planning on doing much, if any shopping. Some fruit, bread/rolls should do it.
  • I’ll chop up the lettuce and put in my lettuce keeper for salads and sandwiches throughout the week, this is now coming right from out my back door! YAY for free food! Can I tell you how much I miss having our own back yard tomatoes, hoping for at least cherry tomatoes w/in a month!!!
  • This week, my mom dropped off FOUR amazing Best Quiche’s EVAH!!! We froze what we didn’t devour on Saturday evening.  We’ll have a dinner freebie from mom on the meal plan menu!  Having backyard freebie eggs is a huge benefit and sharing with family always feels right.  However, when they bless you with their master culinary skills, WINNING!!

Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for Andy to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).  This year I’m going to try making my favorite many berry jam again.. shhhhhhhhhhhh…. when the fruits are ready i’ll share the recipe here on the blog!  It’s a good one and it’s canned so it preserves for the year!

How am I doing ?

Well, last week I somehow managed to avoid the grocery store yet again, score more points for me!! This week, I expect to grab some fruit, a couple of tomatoes and bread/rolls.  Keeping it light.  Next week, I’m going to try to map out a month of meals so I want to keep it super tight this week and start emptying out the fridge.

Total so far is standing at $315 for the month.

I know it’s way more than my goal of $200 or less a month.  Upside, I will still have meat in freezer for another month or more.  Summer is almost here so that means more free fruit n veggies. I’m hoping for a better year. Last year we had a drought and conditions weren’t good for a well producing garden or me being able to preserve or freeze much.  Did you know how much I love making home made pickles!!

Remember, we do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!  Now, lettuce is starting to be ready from our gardening, so that’ll be FREE through mid fall.  We also expect backyard  blueberries and strawberries in June, so that will start to cut down on the fresh fruit budget for the summer.

It’s really pretty simple and you can move meals around use leftovers from one meal to put into another next night or later in the week.  It’s finding the right price when things are on sale and buying a few extra, for example when I buy boneless chicken, chicken it’s always at a great sale price or manager special, never regular full price.  Same goes for most meats.  I also buy fruits on ‘sale’ not just any fruit.  I use SavingStar as my fresh food deal of the week too for added savings. For more on how it works, you can check my post here.

ps.. here is ‘last week’s ‘ 5/21 meal plan I never got around to sharing:

meal plan and prep may 21, 2014

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing these posts for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.  Now that I share what I’m really spending I feel like I need to do better to show you it’s real and it can be done with or without coupons! 

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this meal planning and mini preparation

post

or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Attempting Another Meal Planning n’ Prep May 14, 2017

Here I am, still at it. I’m working my butt off over here trying to think of ways to bore you to pieces with my meal planning woes and attempt to drive down my time spent cooking and shopping!!!  Did I ever tell you I actually despise shopping. I mean, I truly do NOT like shopping.  Crazy, right?!!! I mean I’m always talking about ways to save when you shop.  I just don’t like spending money, period, the end.  Although the dawn of internet shopping has it’s temptations for me!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.  It’s actually been harder staying on a budget while working than when I wasn’t full time.  Less time and energy can mean BIG TROUBLE in the grocery store. I am living proof!

First up on the Meal Planning mini lecture…..

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my week 3 meal planning post  I’m sharing with you below.

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!!

I love you all, you know that, right?!

Meal Planning, my way week of May 14th, 2017

may 14, 2017 meal planning and preparation attempt

For the preparation…

Keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • did the above last week x 2 so i’m good.  the extra fried meat with Mexican tom’s will be mixed with rice and going into the stuffed peppers this week.  SCORE for me on saving time!! 
  • This week we’re having meatloaf so i’ll defrost enough, fry up the extra hamburg. We’ll be having a Mexican rice dish this week. I can fry meat, add Mexican tomatoes, and freeze.  .
  • This week we’ll work off of a Whole Chicken, I’ll put in oven Sunday early afternoon.  I’ll still have the 2nd container of marinated boneless chicken for a future meal plan. Didn’t happen last week! we had boneless chicken cooked on our George Foreman grill.  I did cook a whole chicken today, froze broth/drippings. put chicken in fridge for this week.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge. I like to do this once a week.
  • Lg Green Peppers (already froze some cut up from last week!) Time Saver!!!
  • We are expecting ANOTHER cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake something I didn’t put on the meal plan (cause it’s for a blog recipe and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise)
  • We got extra rolls for meatloaf sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches
  • I’ll chop up the lettuce and put in my lettuce keeper for salads and sandwiches throughout the week. Same with a couple of tomatoes I picked up. Can I tell you how much I miss having our own back yard tomatoes!!!

Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for Andy to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).

How am I doing ? (i’ll save you the time, I’ve got a long way to go!)

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.  (april 30, 2017)

O.K. so last week I spent a LOT!!  However, I’m giving myself a little slack here.  This week I’ll spend approximately $25.  So total will be up to $175 for 2 weeks at this point.  This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. (may 7, 2017)

Well, last week I somehow managed to avoid the grocery store altogether, score more points for me!! I went today, exhausted and not even wanting to be there and well, hungry.  I was horrified and delighted when I got caught red handed without coupons!  The horrified part is well, self explanatory, right?! One of my dear friends and someone I was so delighted to help learn about couponing a few years back was there. She was the one who caught me!! I mean I had to beg her not to take a pic to ‘out me’!!  TRUE story!!!  O.K., I was filled with joy to see how well she was doing and still couponing and still saving. She was off to get a few deals and well, lucky me… shared some coupons with me!!  (was I sooo embarrassed!!) Again, TRUE STORY!

Oh, Yeah.  I spent $140 this week. I am anticipating this to last two weeks or more.  However, my overall goal is to spend no more than $50/wk on groceries. I’ve got a way to go to get back on track!! Quite a ways.

Total so far is $315 for the month (yes, I swear much of this will last much longer)

I’m curious to see what my total will be End of Month, so these meal plans here will help keep me accountable.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I’m still working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

 

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this meal planning and mini preparation

post

or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey!  1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey! 1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017

Go Ahead Say it!  ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job Honey!’

 

blogging traffic income goals report

I Made How Much? My 1st Blog Traffic and Income Report Jan ~ April 2017.

O.K., so don’t laugh me off the blogosphere.  I’ve spent the past year learning LOTS about blogging, social media and made a TON of mistakes along the way and annoyed the  &%&@  out of quite a few people.  Keep in mind, I’m working 40+ hours at my 9-5 day job (nope, nada, not gonna give you that income haha) as well as you know, LIFE gets crazy.  I’m not making excuses, just being honest about my limitations.

You want to start a blog?  I’m keeping it real here.

I am NOT a full time blogger ‘yet’ ! Baby Just Watch Me, Cause this Shit is about to get real!

Why? Why on earth would I share with you my income and traffic reports?

 

  • Well, first for myself.  This a way to keep track, mostly so I’m accountable to my own goals.  We’ve all got em’, right?
  • Second, I share so my readers can see it’s not all the fluff and freebies but hard work.
  • Hard work, but sooooooooooooo real and really possible for all of us!

If you’re reading this, we’re on this ride together.  Most people today are looking for ways to save and earn.  It feels good knowing I’m never alone.  After all, the huge majority (99%) of my blog posts are all about ways to save and earn and how to get there (together of course!).  I’m here to tell you it’s not that hard, but it’s not overnight get rich or save 100% shopping either.  Anyone selling you that line is selling you only that, a line of good old fashioned horse hockey!

Let’s start with my goals for the first few months of the year.

 

  • Grow Page Views right here on this blog.
  • Grow Facebook (both page and group) following.
  • Grow Pinterest following.
  • Grow Twitter following.
  • Grow YouTube Following.
  • Earn Money through affiliate income.
  • Start and set up an email capture and offer (aka opt in)

Here are my stats for April.

 

I have a long way to go to reach my overall goals. For now I’m happy with how far I’ve come and will work on monthly goals.  I know I know, Don’t quit your day job honey!

YTD Earnings:

 

note: as a frugal shopper I also receive cash back and gift cards from places like SavingStar, Ebates, Swagbucks.  I consider those personal savings, not actual earnings. I know some bloggers count these as earnings. I am not counting as blogger income. These were part of my every day lifestyle prior to blogging.  maybe………….. maybe baby… i’ll do a separate post on my monthly savings/earnings from those alone.  Right now I have $66.40 sitting in my SavingStar account. I leave that there for Christmas budget.  I also keep my Swagbucks gift cards until the holidays.  I also have over $50 in my Plenti Points rewards, and $22.20 in Ibotta money. Oh, there’s TopCash Back too haha.  I honestly don’t look too often at the totals on those. I consider them holiday bonuses, money I don’t have to stress about at the end of the year. Let’s just say if I were to guess, I have about $150 sitting in various cash back and rebate sites from personal shopping.

So, How am I going to plot n plan the Honey, it’s time to quit your day job’ part of my goals?  This lady’s got a plan!

  • Yeah, first is a plan!  and friends and goals!
  • Grow all social media using what else, social media.
  • Get that email options together for you so you’re not missing anything great!!
  • Continue to work on kick ass posts that others are wanting to see. (most read post and this video)
  • Complete and introduce my first two webinars (I promise you can afford it)
  • A whole lot more!! Add more videos, more posts you’re needing and wanting, add more valuable products at rock’n prices! and then some!

My Biggest not so secret weapon to learn how to monetize the heck out of all of this is the ever updating and evolving course I enrolled in. We’ll be turning this into The Money Making Blog!   We are going to kick this Day Job thing in the royal rear together!  I’m loving everything I learn here and well, the instructor, Taylor rocks.  She’s got energy, enthusiasm and gets right in there, down and dirty with us to help us succeed!

blog traffic income and goals report

So, those earnings numbers you just read above, kiss them good bye!

ps… the best part is I’m only doing better if I’m helping YOU do better with your savings and earnings goals.

Got questions?  contact me here or in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Planning! What the Heck? Still talking about it!  5/7/17

Meal Planning! What the Heck? Still talking about it! 5/7/17

What the Heck?!  She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

I bet that’s just what my regular readers are saying. Oh here we go again, Barefoot Budgeting is on a Meal Planning Kick yet AGAIN!  Oh heck yeah, I STILL AM!!  Here are the top reasons why I’m back to meal planning and I believe if you want to save money, time, sanity, even eat healthier (oops) you should too!

STOP DON’T CLICK AWAY PLEASE……………. Hear me out!  Then throw pies n eggs if you must!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.

Here we are today and well, I fell off the bandwagon in a big way when I started back to work full time.  I’m working longer days and my life filled up with extra commitments.  My grocery bill has been an all time embarrassment!!!  Yeah, ME!!  PLEASE STILL STICK WITH ME, I PROMISE…. i’ll get back on track.

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)
  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will STOP wasting money in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s my week 2 meal planning post (re-introduced) I’m sharing with you below.  We’ll get more into prep and planning at the end. I double dare you to stick around!!

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!! I love you, you know that, right?!

Meal Planning, my way week of May 7th, 2017

meal planning and preparation 05/17/17

So for Prep, keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • did the above last week x 2 so i’m good.  the extra fried meat with Mexican tom’s will be mixed with rice and going into the stuffed peppers this week.  SCORE for me on saving time!!
  • Large pkg of boneless chicken (6 pieces).  Two plastic containers, top with marinade of choice. I happened to get Lawry’s Garlic on sale, so half in each container it goes.  One in freezer, one in fridge.
  • This week we’ll work off of a Whole Chicken, I’ll put in oven Sunday early afternoon.  I’ll still have the 2nd container of marinated boneless chicken for a future meal plan.
  • Boil a box of Tri Color Pasta while Hamburg is cooking.  I got this done Saturday night while I was putting together this post.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge. I like to do this once a week.  I’ll pick up another onion at market this week, last week’s were fresh enough looking to buy 2.
  • Lg Green Peppers x 4 or more.  I’ll cook up to 6. 2 for dinner, 2 for lunches, 2 for when I’m in a jam and need to defrost for lunch another time.
  • Pasta is done cooking, strain (don’t rinse) add some veggies while it’s cooling then make a large batch of pasta salad for the week!
  • We are expecting another cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake some cupcakes and brownies (in cupcake tins) and freeze for when we have a sweet tooth (like every day!) I find brownies freeze better for me when I cook them this way.  OMG.. It’s been raining here forever!! This week I’ll do the brownie cupcakes and freeze.  If I get creative I’ll add clearance candy (yes, there’s still clearance Easter candy) to bottom of cupcake liners to have some fun surprise brownies in the freezer.

I also buy lunchmeat in the warmer months for my husband’s lunches. I try to freeze it in half pound portions for only a week or two.  He works outside and a hot lunch isn’t always as delicious as it sounds.  Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for him to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).    UPDATE:  Yup, my husband has been on the road more often lately and sandwiches have been great for him to have on hand when he’s too busy to stop and eat a hot lunch.

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.

O.K. so last week I spent a LOT!!  However, I’m giving myself a little slack here.  This week I’ll spend approximately $25.  So total will be up to $175 for 2 weeks at this point.  This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

I’m curious to see what my total will be End of Month, so these meal plans here will help keep me accountable.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

BONUS:  Because my cooking skills are sub par, we seldom if ever have anyone stopping over for dinner!!

I’m still working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

 

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this meal planning and mini preparation

post

or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

Good Heavens She’s Talking About Meal Planning Again!

I bet that’s just what my regular readers are saying. Oh here we go again, Barefoot Budgeting is on a Meal Plan Kick yet AGAIN!  Oh heck yeah, I am!!  Here are the top reason why ‘I’ meal plan and I believe if you want to save money, time, sanity, even eat healthier (oops) you should too!

STOP DON’T CLICK AWAY PLEASE……………. Hear me out!  Then throw pies n eggs if you must!

If you’ve been following me on Facebook for the past two years you know I was out of work for a year. Well, technically I was under employed, I was fortunate enough to get back part time hours a few months after being laid off. That lasted for a year until I could find full time employment almost exactly one year later.  NO, I didn’t collect unemployment either. Those are my personal reasons, however it motivated me to keep on track that year.

Here we are today and well, I fell off the bandwagon in a big way when I started back to work full time.  I’m working longer days and my life filled up with extra commitments.  My grocery bill has been an all time embarrassment!!!  Yeah, ME!!  PLEASE STILL STICK WITH ME, I PROMISE…. i’ll get back on track.

O.K., here are my reasons. (I know, I’m starting to babble)

  • You will save money if you have a plan, I promise, it almost mysteriously happens.
  • You will save hours of cooking or rifling through your freezer or making last minute stops to the market.
  • You will waste much less in spoiled foods or items in the waaaaaaaaaaaaay back of your freezer/cupboards/shelves.
  • You will have more time to spend reading my blog!!!  Or spending with your family and friends. Or reading my blog!

There are lots of tips n tricks you’ll learn along the way, but I like to just start with what I like, what my husband likes, and make it.  I prepare some ahead of time on weekends.  Trust me, I’m no cook and this is easy stuff!

Here’s the first meal plan (re-introduced) I’m sharing with you below.  We’ll get more into prep and planning at the end. I dare you to stick around!!

Go ahead, look at my pretty meal plan below and you can finally get off this post!! I love you, you know that, right?!

meal planning and prep april 30, 2017

So for Prep, keep in mind like I said above, I am NOT a COOK!  I’m also out of the house more than 60hrs a week, so this is pretty danged simple!  As I’m unpacking my groceries I’m doing this. For REAL! No sense putting it away to take it out again and again. I’m cheap with my time too!

  • 3lb ground beef, fry up.  Add 3 cans of Mexican flavored tomatoes.  Half in freezer, Half in Fridge (for chili).
  • Large pkg of boneless chicken (6 pieces).  Two plastic containers, top with marinade of choice. I happened to get Lawry’s Garlic on sale, so half in each container it goes.  One in freezer, one in fridge.
  • Boil a box of Tri Color Pasta while Hamburg is cooking.
  • Large Red Onion, cut in half.  Half slice for sandwiches, half dice up. (I use this handy little thing I’ve had for about 8yrs now to help with dicing onions YUK!).  Off to plastic bags or containers they go in fridge.
  • Lg Green Peppers (2 from the bruised veggie section cost less). Later this summer we’ll grow more and i’ll freeze as much as we grow.  Cut up or put in that handy gadget of mine. Half in freezer bag, half in fridge.
  • Pasta is done cooking, strain (don’t rinse) add some veggies while it’s cooling then make a large batch of pasta salad for the week!
  • We are expecting another cool and rainy couple of days so I’ll use one of those to bake some cupcakes and brownies (in cupcake tins) and freeze for when we have a sweet tooth (like every day!) I find brownies freeze better for me when I cook them this way.

I also buy lunchmeat in the warmer months for my husband’s lunches. I try to freeze it in half pound portions for only a week or two.  He works outside and a hot lunch isn’t always as delicious as it sounds.  Other than the warm days, all meals are prepared with enough for him to have for lunch. Sometimes for me to have also.  I am not a huge lunchtime leftover fan. I like making salads, pasta salads, and my old standby is to have a loaf of bread and jars of peanut butter and jelly at work (umm, for breakfast at work too.. shhhhh).

This week at the grocery store I spent $150! YIKES!!  Although I’ve been in the meal plan doghouse, I’m o.k. with the total for starters.  I’ll get 2 1/2 – 3 weeks of meals including breakfasts, lunches and snacks from what I bought with only having to buy fruit.  I’ll survive on frozen veggies until the garden comes back except for lettuce, tomatoes n onions.

One more ‘full disclosure’ kinda fyi.  We do have our own backyard poultry, so eggs are free!

Hope I didn’t bore the heck out of you or well, freak you out with my novice meal skills.

I’m working on some warm weather meal prep in Mason Jars, I hope that’ll help cut expenses too and well, keep it interesting and fun!

I have to confess while I am not a kitchen guru or even enjoy cooking very much, I had a ton of fun doing this post for y’all and I’m getting pumped to get back on track all around with budgeting my expenses, time and maybe even healthier eating habits.

So, tell me, did you like even one part of this post or

will you beg me in the comments to stop? I dare ya!

 

 

 

Easy DIY Canvas Art ~ Heart ~ Thumbprint

Easy DIY Canvas Art ~ Heart ~ Thumbprint

Heart Art Thumbprint Canvas

 

I bet you had no idea I have an inner craft side! I have a secret art side too!  I can’t help myself sometimes and well, I’m trying to curb my ‘craft budget’ habit (it’s been known to get out of control).  This is a super affordable craft and looks like a professional custom piece! Well, because it is! It’s Art with Heart !

First, I have a confession to make! This was going to be a Valentines Day post, but really… life just gets away from me too danged fast lately. I have ideas just buzzing through my head like these:

Wedding Gift, Shower Gift, Write an inspirational word or phrase inside, even a personal love note inside blank area.  I love it blank, but well, I could really feel inspired to add some calligraphy text in there too! O.K., i’d have to stencil that in.

 

I’m so excited, my first craft post!!!  Ready?

thumbprint, finger print art

Materials:

● 1 8×10 canvas  (oh, practice with kids on paper/ cardstock !!)
● 1 piece of cardstock (or a few if you want to do with kids directly on cardstock instead of canvas)
Tape (easy peel/ painters tape works great!)
● 3 or more colors of craft paint (be sure age appropriate for kids)
● Paper plate
Scissors ( I know… you know.. right? child safe scissors and/or adult supervision if doing with kiddos)

Instructions:

1.Begin by cutting your cardstock to the same length as your canvas. This way you can
ensure that the heart you cut out will not be longer than the canvas itself.
2.Fold the cardstock in half and cut out a heart by freehand. You can also print out a
template if you prefer, but the original look you get from making a freehand heart gives a
nice touch to the craft.
3.Tape down the heart to the center of your canvas. You can use any tape to do this.
4.Place each color of paint in a different portion of a paper plate. You will be dipping your
thumb into the paint, so make sure to spread the colors far enough apart so they don’t
mix.
5.Begin by dipping your thumb in one color of paint and place painted thumbprint marks all
over the canvas outside of the heart shape at various intervals.
6.Repeat step 5 with the remaining two colors of paint until the canvas is full of color
outside of your heart shape.
7.At the end, you can slowly peel up the tape pieces surrounding your heart shape and
place a painted thumbprint down so that there will not be a break in the heart shape
where the tape was.
8.Let your canvas dry and display as decor in your home or give it as a gift to a friend or
loved one.
thumbprint finger print art suppliesthumbprint finger print art supplies

What do you think?

easy diy canvas heart art thumbprint finger print affordable
What Color Thumb print/ Finger Prints will you do? Soooooo much Fun!
 
Suffering a Loss, How to Bounce Back Financially

Suffering a Loss, How to Bounce Back Financially

Suffering a Loss; Help Financially Healing

There are times in life when we suffer loss. It’s sadly and realistically part of life. Whether it’s a death of someone close to you, a divorce, or other financial and emotional setback, there are so many ways a loss affects us. Of those, financially is at the top. We don’t want it to be, it’s not what we want to be thinking of when we’re hurting.  When you suffer an emotional loss, or a physical loss (such as destruction of your home, etc.), it will impact you financially as well. This can easily create a spiral that sucks you down more and more.  You’ll feel more in control and less helpless working to get a grip on the financial aspects.

Finances might not be at the top of your mind when you’re suffering a loss. In some cases, they may be at the forefront of your mind (depending on the type of loss and your personal situation). Whichever the case may be, there are steps you can take to help you bounce back, get feeling in control.

suffering a loss, divorce, death, home, financial healing

How you can begin to heal financially after a loss:

  • Look after your emotional health – It can be difficult during times of loss but you need to calm your emotions and stay smart. If you allow your emotional health to go unattended, your financial health will suffer as well. Seek help with this, if needed. Find ways to ‘get away’ from your thoughts. Do NOT feed your grief with ‘things’.  Try therapy or talking with friends, talking walks, reading some free downloads, gardening, crafts.
  • Downsize – If you’re struggling financially after a loss, this is a good time to look at ways you can downsize. Do you still need three vehicles? Could you make it in a smaller house? What are some expenses you can cut out completely? Look around you and really dig deep and find ways you can downsize.  Don’t be afraid, we’re here to walk you through this and so are your friends and family.  Let people in to help you sort through this.
  • Find ways to increase your income – Can you make more money? Are there opportunities for you to increase your income or to make some extra money on the side for a while until you get through this rough patch? Are there things you can sell to bring in some quick cash to help you through this time of loss?  Again, really, let people help you!  Yard Sale, Online Buy/Sell Yard Sale Groups (or make your own), eBay, Craig’s list, the possibilities are limitless today.
  • Trust someone for help – Sometimes you need to turn to an expert. A credit counselor or other financial leader might be a good choice to help you get through this loss and bounce back as quickly as possible. Don’t be afraid to trust someone else to help you in your time of need.  Ask people you know for references to someone they know and trust.
  • Take it one day at a time – There will be rough days. There will be moments where it seems difficult even impossible to get through it. Just take it one day at a time and keep working toward your goals one step at a time.
  • Make a plan – There is something to be said for a good, solid plan. You need to create financial goals that you can realistically obtain, then you need to work on those goals with a solid plan that you can commit to.  Write them down, scratch them out and write them again. When you see progress, you will feel encouraged to keep moving forward.
  • Start saving right away – This can seem like the hardest part when you don’t have a lot of money to work with but saving from the very beginning is going to help you bounce back more quickly.  Start a coin jar, a savings account and when you’re ready start looking into retirement and investment accounts.
  • Mind your credit – Do you know your credit score? Is everything on your credit report accurate? Are you in need of credit repair? There’s no better time than now to get a handle on your credit. It can be one of the most important things you do to help you bounce back financially after a loss. Take time to keep your credit on track. It’s worth the effort.  Bounce back up a bit and see where a financial counselor could help you with this as well.
  • Target your credit card debt and loans first– If you’re recovering from a loss, this is a good time to target your credit card debt and consolidate or pay off whenever and as much as you can. Credit cards typically come with high interest rates and many people struggle with the weight of credit card debt monthly. Take the time to target this debt and whittle it down so you can be more financially free. It will also help to improve your credit rating. These are just a few ideas to help you with the process of bouncing back after loss. Do what you can to take care of yourself emotionally as well. Lean on friends and family for emotional support and keep yourself in a positive place as much as possible. Create a solid, reliable plan to work on your debt and finances, then stick with it. You will get there eventually.

These tips won’t mysteriously make everything better for you, I know. What they can and will do is give you some control over where your life is going. lt will help you keep a handle on the finance side of things while everything else gets worked out in time.

Fear of the unknown is the worst.  I know that. I know that whatever you are going through is real and not trivial by any means.   I also know that allowing our fears sit will not give us any strength to move forward.  If you need an ear to hear you, I’m here for you.  You can Contact me here.

I’d Love to hear your words of encouragement to anyone suffering a loss, let’s hear in the comments and help one another through this.

April 9, 2017 Coupon Insert Preview

April 9, 2017 Coupon Insert Preview

April 9, 2017 Coupon Insert Preview,

3 Inserts this week!

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This coming Sunday, 4/9/17 we are expecting THREE Inserts in our Sunday papers! One SmartSource, Two RedPlum. I encourage y’all to get your papers in multiples of 2 (2, 4, 6) So, if there are B1G1 sales you can take full advantage of all the savings!!  Please never ever remove an insert without purchasing the paper. I always check all my papers first to be sure all inserts are in there.

Read more about coupon fraud here.

4/9/17 coupon insert preview matchup

Insert previews are what we are expecting overall, some coupons and/or values are regional and may not be available in your area.  However, I ALWAYS find my Sunday Inserts to be valuable far beyond the cost of the papers I purchase.

Let’s get started!

SMARTSOURCE

  • Advantage II $10/1 4-pack or 6-pack (5/31)
  • Advantix $10/1 4-pack or 6-pack (5/31)
  • Alka-Seltzer $3/1 Heartburn ReliefChews or Heartburn Relief Gummies Products 32ct + (5/16)
  • Amope $3/1 Insoles (5/7)
  • Amope $2/1 Inserts (5/7)
  • Ban $1/1 Roll-0n Antiperspirant/Deodorant excludes 1.5oz roll-on (5/7)
  • Ban $1/1 Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant (5/7)
  • Betty Crocker .50/1 Fruit Shapes/Snacks specified (6/3)
  • Carefree .50/1 Product 18, 20 and 22ct (5/9)
  • Clarispray $10/1 120 spray only (4/16)
  • Clarispray $4/1 any Clarispray (5/7)
  • Claritin $2/1 Children’s Syrup 4oz or larger, Chewables 20ct or larger or RediTabs 10ct or larger (5/7)
  • Claritin $4/1 Non-Drowsy Children’s 8oz or 20ct or larger (4/16)
  • Claritin $10/1 Non-Drowsy 70 count only (4/16)
  • Claritin $6/1 non-drowsy 30ct + (4/16)
  • Claritin $6/1 Non-Drowsy 30 ct + (4/16)
  • Claritin $6/1 Non-Drowsy Claritin-D 15ct + (4/16)
  • Claritin $4/1 Non-Drowsy Claritin or Claritin-D 15ct or larger (5/7)
  • Colgate .50/1 Total, Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive Toothpaste 3oz or larger (4/22)
  • Colgate  .50/1 Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush excluding Plus, Extra Clean or Classic Clean (4/15)
  • Colgate .50/1 Kids Toothpaste including My First 4.6oz or larger (4/22)
  • Colgate .50/1 Kids Toothbrush (4/22)
  • Colgate .50/1 Kids Mouthwash (4/22)
  • Cottonelle $1/1 Flushable Cleansing Cloths 42ct or higher (5/13)
  • Cottonelle $1/1 Toilet Paper 6 Rolls or larger (5/13)
  • Dove $3/2 Hair Care Products excludes DermaCare, M+C and trial/travel (5/9)
  • Dove $2/1 DermaCare Product excludes non-Dove DermaCare, M+C and trial/travel
  • Dove $3/2 Men+Care Hair Care Products (5/6)
  • Edge $1/1 Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel excludes 2.75oz (4/30)
  • Edwards .75/1 Pie 22.4oz or larger DND (6/4)
  • Energizer .75/1 Batteries or Flashlight (5/20)
  • Energizer .75/1 Hearing Aid Batteries (5/20)
  • Excedrin $2/1 20ct or larger (5/14)
  • Excedrin $1.50/1 100ct or larger (5/14)
  • Fiber One .50/2 Chew Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chew Bars, Streusel Bars, Cheesecake Bars or Cookies (6/3)
  • Florida Crystals $1/1 Raw Cane, Organic or Demerara Sugar Product (6/30)
  • French’s .75/1 Dijon Mustard 12oz (6/9)
  • French’s $1/3 Yellow Mustard 8oz or larger (6/9)
  • French’s .50/1 Crispy Jalapenos or Fried Onions 5oz or higher (6/9)
  • General Mills $1/3 asst’d cereals (5/20)
  • Glade $1/2 Products excludes Solid Air Freshener and 8 oz Room Spray (5/21)
  • Glade $2/3 Products excludes Solid Air Freshener and 8oz Room Spray (5/21)
  • Glade Buy 3 Glade Aero or Solid Air Freshener Get one Free up to $1.00 (5/21)
  • Jergens $3/1 Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer 7.5oz or larger (5/6)
  • Jergens $2/1 Natural Glow Product ets (5/6)
  • Le Petit Marseillais $1.50/1 Product (4/16)
  • Le Petit Marseillais .75/1 Product (5/7)
  • Mr. Sketch $1.75/1 Markers Crayons or Colored Pencils (5/31) TARGET COUPON
  • Nexcare .55/1 Product (6/4)
  • Nexcare  .55/1 First Aid Tape (6/4)
  • OxiClean .50/1 Pre-Treater (5/10)
  • OxiClean $1.50/1 White Revive Laundry Stain Remover (5/10)
  • OxiClean $1/1 Versatile Stain Remover (5/10)
  • OxiClean $1/1 Washing Machine Cleaner (5/10)
  • Palmolive .25/1 Dish Liquid (4/22)
  • Palmolive .50/1 Dish Liquid 32.5oz or larger (4/22)
  • Paper Mate $1.50/1 Inkjoy gel pens or 6ct or larger Flair Pens (5/31) TARGET COUPON
  • Paper Mate $1.50/1 Clearpoint Color Leads or Lead Refills (5/31)  TARGET COUPON
  • Planters $1/2 Products 5oz or larger (5/31)
  • Playtex $1/1 Sport Pads, Liners or Combo Packs (5/9)
  • Playtex $1/1 Sport Compact, Playtex Sport or Gentle Glide Tampons 16ct or higher (5/9)
  • Ritz .75/2 Boxes Ritz Crackers any variety 8.8oz or larger (5/20)
  • Roc $2/1 anti-aging product ets (7/15)
  • S&W .55/2 Cans of Beans (8/31)
  • Schick $4/1 Disposable Razor Pack excludes 1 ct (4/30)
  • Scott $1/1 Bath Tissue 8 roll or larger (5/7)
  • Scott $1/1 Tube-Free Bath Tissue 9 roll or larger (5/7)
  • Scott $1/2 Scott Naturals Flushable Cleansing Cloths (5/7)
  • Scrubbing Bubbles $2/2 Toilet Cleaning Products (5/6)
  • Scrubbing Bubbles $2/2 Bath Cleaning Products (5/6)
  • Sharpie $1/1 4ct or larger markers, highlighters or pens (5/31) TARGET COUPON
  • Splenda $2/1 Naturals Stevia Sweetener Product DND (5/7)
  • Splenda $1/1 Sweetener Product DND (5/7)
  • Stayfree $2/2 Products excludes 10ct (5/9)
  • Suave $2/2 Professionals Gold Shampoo and Conditioner excludes 2oz and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Suave $2/2 Professionals Silver or Green 28oz Hair Care or Treatment Products excludes 2oz and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Suave $1/1 Professionals Hair Styling Product excludes 2oz and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Ultimate Flora $3/1 30 count or larger probiotic (5/7)

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REDPLUM #1

  • Arrowhead Buy 2 1 liter Bottles, Get One Free up to $1.30 (5/20)
  • Arrowhead .50/1 Multipack 12 ct + (5/20)
  • Aussie $2/2 Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products ets (4/22)
  • Aussie $3/3 Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products ets (4/22)
  • Covergirl $2/1 Clean Product excludes accessories and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Covergirl $1/1 Katy Kat Product excludes accessories and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Crest .50/1 Kids Toothpaste 4.2oz or larger or One Pro-Health Jr. Mouthwash 458 ML or larger ets (4/22)
  • DairyPure .55/1 Gallon or 2 Half Gallons Milk Any Variety (5/31)
  • DairyPure .55/1 Quart or 2 Pints Heavy Whipping Cream or Half & Half (5/31)
  • Dial $1/1 Dial or tone body Wash 12oz or larger, Bar Soap 6 bar or larger ets (4/30)
  • Dial $1/2 Complete Foaming Hand Wash 7.5oz+, Liquid Hand Soap Refills 32oz or larger, Bar Soap 3 bar+, or Advanced Bar 2 bar+ (4/30)
  • Febreze ONE Buy 1 Febreze ONE Sprayer, Get 1 Febreze ONE Refill FREE (4/22)
  • Got2b $2/1 Styling Product ets (5/6)
  • Herbal Essences $4/2 Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products excludes color, Body Wash and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Luvs $2/1 Diapers ets (4/22)
  • Mederma $5/1 PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, Advanced Scar Gel, Scar Cream Plus SPF30, Kids or Stretch Marks Therapy (5/31)
  • Mederma $3/1 Quick Dry Oil (5/31)
  • Nasacort $3/1 24hr 60 spray (4/29)
  • Nasacort $5/1 24HR 120 Spray or larger (4/29)
  • Old Spice $2/1 Old Spice, Olay or Ivory Duo Dual Sided Body Cleanser Only excludes all other Olay, Ivory or Old Spice Cleansers and travel/trial (4/22)
  • Oral B .50/1 Pro-Health Stages, Pro-Health Jr or Kids Manual Toothbrush ets (4/22)
  • Oral B $1/1 Kids Battery Toothbrush (4/22)
  • Oral B $2/1 Adult Batter Toothbrush (4/22)
  • Pampers $1.50 of f2 Bags or One Box Diapers or Easy Ups Training Underwear ets (4/22)
  • Pantene $3/3 Products excludes 6.7oz and trial/travel (4/22)
  • Persil $1/1 ProClean Laundry Detergent ets (5/7)
  • Persil $2/1 ProClean Laundry Detergent Power Liquid 75oz or larger, Power Pearls 3lb 11oz, Power Caps 38ct + (5/7)
  • Purex $1/2 Liquid 43.5oz or larger or Powder 50oz or larger (4/23)
  • Purex $2/2 Liquid 128oz or larger or Powder 50oz or larger (4/23)
  • Purina $1.50/1 15.5 lb bag of Dog Chow Natural Brand Dog Food or Puppy Chow Natural Brand Puppy Food (5/6)
  • Purina $1/1 15.5lb or larger bag Dog Chow or Puppy Chow (5/6)
  • Renuzit Buy 4 Get 2 Free Adjustables Air Freshener Cones up to $2.20 (4/23)
  • Renuzit $2/2 Pearl Scents (4/23)
  • Right Guard Buy One Xtreme Antiperspirant/Deodorant Product Get One Free Up to $4.99 Excludes Sport  (4/23)
  • Right Guard $2/1 Xtreme Precision Dry Spray excludes Sport (4/23)
  • Rimmel $3/1 any Face Product (5/15)
  • Rimmel $1.50/1 Eye, Lip or Face Product (5/15)
  • Schwarzkopf $7/2 Color Ultime or Keratin Color Hair Color Products (4/30)
  • Schwarzkopf $3/1 Color Ultime or Keratin Color Hair Color Product (4/30)
  • Schwarzkopf Buy One Gliss Hair Repair Product Get One Free (4/30)
  • Soft Scrub $1/1 Product 20oz or larger (4/29)
  • Soft Scrub Buy 1 4-in-1 Product (1 pack) Get One Free up to $2.05 (4/29)
  • Soft Scrub Buy 1 4-in-1 Product (2 pack) get One Free up to $3.39 (4/29)
  • Sparkle .50/1 Hint of Color Paper Towels 2 Giant Roll or larger (5/24)
  • Sparkle .50/1 Paper Towel 6 Roll or larger (5/24)
  • Whole Earth $1.50 Whole Earth Sweetener Company Product (5/31)
  • Xenadrine $4/1 Ultimate Weight Loss (7/7)
  • Xyzal $3/1 Allergy 24HR 10ct or Children’s 5oz (4/29)
  • Xyzal $5/1 Allergy 24HR 35ct or 55ct (4/29)
  • Xyzal $7.50/1 Allergy 24HR 80ct (4/22)

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REDPLUM #2

  • Advil $3/1 80ct or larger (4/23)
  • Advil $1/1 40ct or larger or Advil PM 20ct or larger (5/9)
  • Advil $3/1 PM 40ct or larger (4/23)
  • Aquafresh $1/1 Multi Action or Extreme Clean Toothpaste 5.6oz or larger (5/7)
  • Aquafresh .75/1 Toothpaste 4.6oz or larger (5/7)
  • Best Foods .25/1 Mayonnaise Small Squeeze  5.5oz or to-go packets (5/6)
  • Best Foods $1/1 Mayonnaise Jar 30oz, Squeeze 20oz, Organic 15-24oz or Vegan 24oz Product (5/6)
  • Caress $1/1 Body Wash 12oz or larger or Beauty Bar 6pk or larger Product ets (4/23)
  • Flonase $10/1 Product 120ct or larger (4/16)
  • Flonase $3/1 any 60ct product (5/7)
  • Flonase $5/1 product 120ct or larger (5/7)
  • Garnier $2/1 Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment excluding 2.9 and 3oz trial size (4/22)
  • Garnier $1/1 Fructis Style Product ets (4/22)
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter .50/2 Products (5/7)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 any Revitalift Bright Reveal Product ets (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Skincare Product excludes Revitalift Bright Reveal Product (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Superior Preference or Excellence Haircolor Product (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $6/2 Superior Preference or Excellence Haircolor Product (4/22)
  • L’Oreal $1/1 Root Cover Up Spray (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Paris Sublime Bronze Product ets (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $3/1 Infallible Pro-Last 2-Step Lipcolor (6/6)
  • L’Oreal $1/1 Paris Lip Product excluding infallible 2-step lipcolor (6/6)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Cosmetic Face Product excluding Magic Perfecting Base .17fl oz mini size (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $4/2 Paris Hair Expert Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment Products excludes 3 oz trial size (4/22)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Paris Advanced Hairstyle Product excludes 3oz trial size (4/22)
  • L’Oreal $2/1 Butterfly Mascara (5/6)
  • L’Oreal $1/1 Paris Eyebrow Product (5/6)
  • Milk-Bone $1/1 Farmer’s Medley Dog Treats (6/4)
  • Nexium $10/2 42ct Nexium 24HR Product (4/16)
  • Nexium $1/1 24HR Product (6/4)
  • Quilted Northern .50/1 Bath Tissue 6 Double Roll or Larger (5/9)
  • Quilted Northern $1/1 Bath Tissue 6 Mega Roll or Larger (5/9)
  • Skittles .50/2 Original/Wild Berry, Starburst Original (up to 4.2oz) and/or Juicy Fruit Gum/Starburst Strawberry 15-stck pack DND (7/2)
  • Skittles $1/2 Original/Wild Berry, Starburst Original over 4.2oz and/or Juicy Fruit Gum Original/Starburst Strawberry multipack 3-pack DND (7/2)
  • Suave .75/1 Body Wash 12oz or larger (Suave Essentials, Suave Men and Suave Kids) ets (5/7)
  • Suave .75/1 Kids Hair Care Product (4/22)

 

 

 

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10 Reasons to Work from Home as a Lipsense Distibutor (SeneGence)

10 Reasons to Work from Home as a Lipsense Distibutor (SeneGence)

Top 10 Reasons to Work from Home 

Lipsense Distibutor (SeneGence)

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Before I get started telling you about the 10 GREAT Reasons to Start. Let me tell you a little about why I decided to write this post.  Barefoot Budgeting is a frugal type blog, I know and you’re all like what??? Lipsense cost what? However, check out the review on the product and the value of what you get for your money!!

Second, I am a strong believer in making your dreams happen and this company fits the bill for many, especially work at home moms or part time working moms.  It not only has tremendous income potential and rewards, but also allows for time with friends, family and meeting more great new friends!  Now to the Top Ten!!

10 GREAT REASONS TO BECOME A LIPSENSE

 SeneGence ™  DISTRIBUTOR

  1. You can do this while still working your current job and other responsibilities – part time or full time! YOU set the hours!
  2. You will earn your own money!  You determine how much you want to make!
  3. You are your own boss!  You determine WHEN and WHERE you want to work (phone calls from the beach while barefoot sounds like a dream)
  4. You can work from home – Unless of course you’re into office drama!
  5. You will meet many wonderful women, Mom Bosses Like YOU!  and grow wonderful friendships with other Distributors!
  6. FAMILY FIRST!  You can work around your life not struggle n juggle to make time for one!
  7. It’s affordable!  Only $55 will get you started! (there are FREE options too!!)
  8. It’s your business, and you can write off your business expenses!
  9. You will buy your own personal product at the distributor’s discount!
  10. You can sell to anyone in the United States!  No territories!
  11. BONUS:  Earn FREE Product for Yourself and IT’S FUN!!!

Now, you ask, how do I find out more, sign up and start earning!  Oh, and I did say FREE sign up distributor options?

Meet Megan.  Megan is our Barefoot Administrator and our very own exclusive Lipsense Distributor here at Barefoot Budgeting!  She’s also keeping busy over in her Lipsense Facebook Group.

We’ve been working together for over a year now and have known one another for well, Megan’s entire life! (yup, she’s my cousin!! Family First, remember.)

lipsense senegence distributor wahm work from home distributor

Megan has a good sense for business and coaching, helping you succeed in this endeavor and if anyone isn’t going to waste a penny on nonsense, it’s her!

I’m absolutely comfortable leaving you in her hands for this journey!  Scroll to bottom of post to find out how to meet Megan!

ps.. she has an adorably fun side too!

Find Megan on Facebook Here

Via email @  Wakeupmakeupmd@gmail.com