I have finally implemented my Facebook page and Young Living website together! My YoungLiving Facebook Page will upcoming classes, informative sessions, Q&A sessions and just general learning about essential oils. Click the link above to join the group!

My Young Living website is also up and ready. If you would like to learn more about essential oils, order them or become a distributor please click here. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.  
 I saw someone with a sticker like this on their car AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! Not only does it signify what my blog is about but stands for something and means something to moms. Moms are those women out there that care for their families when their sick, when they're well, or whenever they need anything. We provide financially, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We drain ourselves to provide to others (especially those single mamas out there!) #MomLife means so many different things to so many different people.

I'll be getting a #momlife or similar sticker. You can order one also. Maybe I'lll do a giveaway of one? 

So this post is really for my readers to help ME! I have tried to cut my food budget to allow more money in my overall budget to go to paying off debt. Well my problem is...I allocated $500 a month to a family of 5: 2 adults, a 9 year old, 7 year old and 6 year old girls. Now you wouldn't think girls eat that much, but they could probably put the boys to shame. Well needless to say $500 a month is not enough. With snacks, lunch items, drinks, dinner meals and produce, I just do not see it happening! Yes I already coupon. But a lot of the coupons for items are boxed or frozen and we do not eat much of that. We try to eat organic but depending on the season, that's not always viable.
So my question to you is, how much do you spend a month on your family and how many people is that? What budget friendly meals do you have that are not prepackaged foods and at least somewhat healthy for you? I need meal ideas!!! (My family is SICK of chicken cutlets!) Where do you find meal ideas or websites to help you combine meals from items in your home or sale items? I NEED YOUR HELP!
I know....it's way to early to be talking about back to school...we're not even out of this school year yet! Relax...I'm talking about ME going back to school! Yep...I've decided it's time to move on to another field....COMPUTERS. Ironically, I started my college studies as a Computer Science Major. I should've just stuck with it then. But better late than never, right? 
So I've decided to go back to school for Web Developing. There's a local University that holds a boot camp for Web Developers and teaches you all the real world things you need to know. Plus, they also network with prospective employers in the area, so it helps in finding a job. 
Career changes are scary; but sometimes the only way to move up is to change paths. 

Have you changed career paths? From what to what? Was it scary or were you so determined, it didn't matter? I'm curious to hear your stories. 
OMG! It's such a great feeling to have paid off another debt! $1,256 on a credit card is gone! Now I will be moving onto the next debt! How is your debt payoff going? 
I am so thrilled to announce that I paid off my first debt! It was a small student loan but that takes $50 a month to be available to pay off other debts now! Now onto the next! 

How are you doing on your debt payoff journey?
Here is an article I wanted to share. It is a story of my cousin's journey with her daughter and overcoming her developmental delays with a nontraditional method. Click here to read Lily's Story. If you would like to support Lily's continuing therapy please visit Lily's GoFundMe Page.

So I decided I needed to lose weight. I got sick of stepping on the scale and seeing that dreaded number. (Not to mention when you're fiance has 6 inches on you and you 2 weigh the same.... yeah. It was time to get off my ass and do something. After a certain age your metabolism slows and the stress of life and lack of sleep really catches up to you, so I decided to look into some help. I needed a boost in the metabolism department, especially because I am already anemic and Vitamin Deficient. You hear about these weight loss clinics and how people have lost tons of weight but the skeptic in all of us thinks, "Is that for real?". I had a co-worker that lost almost 20 lbs and he explained to me what he had to do so I was already prepared for smaller, less lucrative meals. So I looked into a couple of weight loss clinics. The cost is outrageous! Some places charge thousands of dollars! I definitely did not have that in my budget. Well, I found a Groupon and went for it. I am in week 3 of the appetite suppressants, restricted caloric intake and Lipotropic shots (there are options for B12, Lipotropic and HCG; feel free to click on the name to read more about them). So far I'm down 4 lbs ( I cheated week 1 for one day for a wedding and I cheated week 2 the whole weekend; so in my opinion not too bad.)  You're supposed to work out for at least 20 mins a day of light cardio as well but I walk around a lot for work, so I just pick up the pace a bit. These types of programs are not for everyone so please make sure to check with your health professional before starting a regimen like this. 

Are you trying to shed some pounds this year too? What have you tried? Does this sound like something you might consider? 

Another one of my goals this year is to get out of debt. We follow Dave Ramsey's principles. (By the way he is in no way endorsed through this page.) We have already completed Baby Step 1 and are onto Baby Step 2. I read a lot of Dave's books last year when we were working our butts off to get our house. It made me realize all the money tied up in monthly bills that were not necessary, like credit cards, medical bills, student loans and my car. All those monthly bills could be going towards the down payment of the house! 
Thankfully we closed on the house in November and that headache was over! But I told myself I was tired of living like this, I didn't want to be paying out hundreds of dollars every month for who knows what. So this year I am going to attack my debt with a vengeance. I'll keep you updated on my progress throughout the year. My ultimate goal is to have everything but the car paid off by the end of 2017. I am a part of a couple of Facebook groups in relation to Dave Ramsey as well. They are: Dave Ramsey Working Moms
Dave Ramsey - Budgeting for Women
Dave Ramsey: A Relaxed ApproachDave Ramsey Baby Steppers w/Compassion

What are your money goals this  year? Are you following any type of regimen or financial guru? What are some tips that have helped you along the way that you could share?  

So, I don't really make New Year's Resolutions but I did have some goals I wanted to accomplish this year! My goals really for this year are:
  1. Lose Weight- doesn't everyone have this on their list? Hopefully I'll stick through it, mostly for long term health reasons.
  2. Paying off Debt- another one almost everyone has, that or saving money. Well, my goal this year is to do both! Total debt to pay off this year without the house is: $28,811. That includes credit cards, student loans, medical bills and my car. 
  3. Garden- I am starting a garden since I have my own yard to do it in and hopefully save on the grocery end of my budget and help on the health side of my goals. BOOM! 2 in 1!
  4. Home improvements- Aren't these always around? I really want my kitchen redone (it's very 1970's). But that has to come after the debt payoff. These are more little around the house projects, like rooms that need to be painted. Or...ya know...completely unpacking the boxes from our move. 

What are some unusual New Year's Resolutions you have this year? 


    About the Author

    Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 33 year old mother of 3 wonderful girls. I have a wonderful fiance that has been very supportive and dealt with a lot as a step-parent. (No one said it was easy!) We just recently bought and moved into our first home in November and have tons of home improvement projects to work on! We have a wonderful Lab Mix dog named Rocky, whom we adopted from a shelter and is one of the most best behaved dogs I have ever had! We are on our financial journey out of debt this year and are following Dave Ramsey to get there! My fiance is working on getting through a web development course and I am working in healthcare and blogging. As usual, life is busy!


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