Month: August 2018

Hot Gourmet Coffee Copy Cat Recipes to try This Fall

Do you like to save money on coffee by making your own coffee at home, but it never seems to have that same gourmet coffee taste?

12 Hot Gourmet Coffee Copy Cat Recipes to Try This Fall
12 Hot Gourmet Coffee Copy Cat Recipes to Try This Fall

If there are two things I absolutely LOVE I would have to say the Fall season and a great cup of hot gourmet coffee! Fall is, by far, my favorite seasons!

Here in Michigan, we still get warmer weather until the end of October sprinkled with a little rain and sunshine! Things cool down a tad so we do not have 95 degree days with humidity – you should seriously see my hair on those days! Not to mention all the fun Fall activities, food, and – what this post is about – drinks!

One way to warm yourself up on those “Oh so chilly” mornings, is to pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee. It is like getting a warm hug on those chilly fall mornings. And let’s face it, if you have kids like me, you probably can’t function until you have finished cup two or three. (I swear I am trying to cut back.)

Yet, I am always looking for ways to save you money and I know I like to treat myself to a Starbucks or McCafe every now and then. However, if I kept up that spending habit my budget would go downhill, like a pumpkin rolling out of the patch.

So with you in mind, I have found some of the best copycat recipes on the web! Try them out this fall and keep your mornings full of love, peace, and hot coffee – we will save the iced coffee for summer.


17 Tips on How to Find Cheap School Supplies

17 Tips on How to Find Cheap School Supplies

17 Tips on How to Find Cheap School Supplies in 2018
17 Tips on How to Find Cheap School Supplies in 2018

When I saw my first “school supply” list I was in awe. I did not realize I would need to run all over town shopping sales to buy these 20 items the teacher requested. 

The following year, I had two kids in school and the list and spending grew!

I realized, just like everything else in my life, I was not going to pay full price for this super list of school supplies.

Boy, times have changed! When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED back to school time! I’ve always been a bit of an office supply geek! – I once got mad at my hubby for using my new large post-it notes for his daily “To Do” list! Haha! But I don’t remember teachers sending home lists of supplies we needed except for higher grades. The schools provided all the learning tools we needed and we were left to pick out a cool trapper keeper and some paper…Maybe a few pencils.

But picking out all of that paper mania was SO much fun and still IS if you know how to shop. 

Truth be told, many schools are in dire need of supplies. I know this first hand because I was a teacher for 13 years before starting this blog. Maybe it was the age group – I taught middle school for 10 years – but my kids didn’t seem to have the basic supplies and often came to class without a writing utensil. (This is probably no surprise to any parents of middle school students.) Many kids were left to fend for the “borrow cup” on my desk, a swirled mess of cropped sticks – some with just barely enough lead to make a scratch.

I demanded collateral for each and every one of those pencils. Why? Because I knew I wasn’t getting another set until the second semester and if I ran out, I would be spending my own money to buy more! (Bless you ALL teachers that spend their hard-earned money to promote learning. I Love ya’!)

Unfortunately, when I sent home a supply list, most of the time I never saw a single item brought in except for the rare box of kleenex.

Therefore, when my kids started school I wanted to make sure they had everything they needed for the best learning experience possible. But spending a fortune was not an option, so this momma found some ways to find cheap school supplies and save on back to school!


July Blog Income Report and SEO & Pin Tips

July Blog Income Report and SEO and Pin Tips: How I made $120 this month!

July Blog Income Report and SEO tips
July Blog Income Report and SEO tips

I haven’t done a blog goal or income report in a while, but I promote frequent check-ins when setting goals, so why not make myself publicly accountable.

Also, as a blogger, I find these goal and income reports extremely helpful. I love reading about how other bloggers promote their work and earn money from their passions. It is a wonderful motivator to see how the bigger bloggers have made it and quite frankly, it keeps me going!

In this post, I will tell you the following:

  • my top five posts
  • 9 juicy pin tips
  • my best SEO tips
  • how I made money blogging
  • the best affiliates I use
  • blogging goals

I haven’t written about my progress in a while because I have been Uber focused on SEO keyword research and writing longer, better posts. I’ve been successful in that I have some post ranking number one on Google now. I’m slowly learning the best SEO practices and will share my tips with you.

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