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I feel extemely positive about 2016 and we are only 29 days into the year. I finally have plans and actual real life budgets to go with those goals this year. If I were to be honest, the past was often controlled by fear in my life. This suffocating feeling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The Authentic Mama
In the past, I have found that budgeting is such a daunting task that forces me to make decisions with regard to my finances. Sometimes it is a struggle to see how many expenses we have a month and see our paychecks drained. It was difficult to budget and then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at The Authentic Mama
I'm welcoming 2016 with open arms. I know that really it is just another day with a new date but it just feels so symbolic to really sit down and dream up what the year is going to hold for me! It feels so good to imagine what the next... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at The Authentic Mama
Over the past couple of years, I have seen a variety of money saving challenges on Pinterest. They have also intrigued me even though they are simple. The simplicity of some that I have seen really have encouraged me to take that 52 week money challenge this coming year. If... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
I think that we get shoved into adulthood so fast that we can sometimes make bad decisions. We look at those around us to model what kind of behaviors we should be doing as new adults. Boy, can this lead to so many mistakes! These four things are pieces of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Busy busy busy. Lately it seems all I have been is extremely busy. Since starting our debt free journey, I have taken on multiple jobs and have tried earning any extra money that I possibly could. I have a job that I commute to Monday thru Friday and I also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
{via Pinterest} We are turning our daughter's nursery into a big girl bedroom for Christmas this year. I have been collecting images from Pinterest, magazines, and children store websites the last six months or so. I really like to find thing from the different images that include an idea of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Not only is a budget a necessity for a successful financial future but you also need an emergency fund! Not just a savings account but a fund that you specifically designate for emergencies only. I'm not talking about the "I ran out of eating out budget so I need money... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
What better way to start December and a day after Cyber Monday then to announce a 7 day spending freeze challenge! I know you all are just so excited! <<--hehe. I think December is a month that we tend to overspend. In the spirit of Christmas and gift giving, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Christmas shopping season is upon us and the madness of Black Friday has mostly passed while I write this. While it's fun to go on a hunt for great deals with family and friends, you must also beware of overspending just because of a so called "deal" that you received.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
It's really easy to complain. I mean it is takes like a second to be annoyed and ungrateful. Have you ever heard the right thing is sometimes the hardest thing? Ouch. Sometimes it is hard to feel thankful when you are surrounded with a mindset that is anything but grateful.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
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Nov 21, 2015
You think this would be a pretty obviously thing but honestly I'm sure a lot of people go without budgets all the time.-->> [Us]<<-- In the first years of our marriage, we were pretty clueless about money and young enough to really not care about the logistics of how it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
We are experiencing the first snow of the season here in the Midwest. I absolutely love the snow because I'm crazy. Lorelai Gilmore gets me. With the cold season here, it's time to prep for my essentials to fight those germs. Here are my favorite two oils for the stuffy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
If I was to be honest and authentic with you, I would have to tell you that I'm drowning in debt. Looking in from the outside, it is easy to say we are just a middle class family that makes decent wages, owns a house and cars, and is living... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Recently, I did a financial analysis of our bank accounts to see how much money we were spending in different categories to see where we could cut to save money. I have been trying to cut my grocery budget in half by really focusing on meal planning for the past... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Back when I was a teenager I went through some major ups and I had some really, really low times dealing with relationships. I always felt that I needed someone in my life to make it happy. You know what I'm talking about, girls? Those moments when you feel the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
It has been a little while since I last posted but we are heading towards the end of the year and I have a little more inspiration and time to do so! I was looking back over the year and came across my 2015 Goals post and thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Have you ever been in the cleaning aisle at the store and just wanting to buy everything because you want to seriously deep clean your whole house? I am weirdly obsessed with seeing the new offerings of cleaning products. I am also completely offended about how much everything cost. It... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
We just got everything unpacked from an awesome market we did a couple weeks ago called Hobnob Market. This beautiful market takes place every spring at The Historic Laury Barn in Kennekuk County Park in Danville, IL! This was our second year as a vendor and it was just so... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
For the longest time, I've operated on the idea of being a one man show. I really, really like the idea of doing everything on my own. I mean I'm the only one that possibly can understand the craziness that is going on my brain and it will take tens... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
I've been on a Rehab Addict binge lately and there happened to be a marathon on today. So I didn't get much done today is what I really am meaning to say. I absolutely LOVE that show. Old houses and people who save them amaze me. I love that other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
Another year has come and gone. I know this is the time for all the cliches of getting everything perfect this new year but I have to say that I totally want to nail it this year. Although this past year provided great memories and lots of "learning" experiences, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at The Authentic Mama
If we all were to be honest here, sometimes as women we have this overbearing fear about not being the "perfect" mom. We want others to see us as super hero figures who can work magic in every situation in our lives. We want others to think that we have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at The Authentic Mama
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Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Authentic Mama