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Benefits of Having a Side Gig for Extra Money

Posted by Angela Diaz on May 21, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

     When it comes to being frugal and making my dollar stretch, I'm an expert.  Sometimes though, it's nice to have a few extra bucks for a number of reasons.  For me those reasons are as follows:

1. More money to apply towards my student loan debt (my goal is to have my student loans paid off by January 2017)

2. More money to put into emergency savings (for real emergencies, not fashion sale emergencies)

3. Summer trips or weekend family fun ...

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Five Ways to Get Free Haircuts

Posted by Angela Diaz on April 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

     They say there is more than one way to skin a cat (PETA don't send me hate-mail, it's just a saying).  There is also more than one way to get a free haircut.  I'll name a few and anyone can feel free to post any of your own ideas.  

1. Let your family cut your hair.  Look, for years and years I let my kids, yes, my kids, cut my hair.  Lucky for me I have curly hair so if the bottoms weren't even, it didn't matter a whole lot.  At first I...

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10 Ways/Resources to Learn New Things

Posted by Angela Diaz on April 9, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

     I'd like to write breifly about learning.  Learning new skills, hobbies, new ways to do things, etc.   Learning should be neverending for us.  The world is so big and there are so many things to learn and do.  Nowadays one doesn't have to commit to going  back to school to learn things.   It's easy to acquire new skills outside of the structure of a classroom.  I am always learning and researching about any new thing that i...

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I Learned How to Make and Can Jam!

Posted by Angela Diaz on July 25, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

     I learned how to make and can jam this past Wednesday.  Supposedly one of the first things people learn how to make and can, but I never learned.  My reason for this delay is because I don't eat jams, jellies, preserves, or marmalades.  I never have. I was the one kid that hated PB&J sandwiches.  I wouldn't eat a jelly filled donut.  I would shudder at the thought of jelly on my toast. Blech! So why on earth did I use a whole vacation...

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Frugal Summer Tips

Posted by Angela Diaz on July 13, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

     I learned something this summer. Kids don't need you to spend loads of money to have fun.  They just want to do something. Bonus points if it's outside. If I keep them away from money suckers (festivals, malls, amusement parks, etc) and keep them busy with other things, they won't even notice. Here are some things we've been doing on our weekends that are either free, or pretty cheap.  

1. Cray fishing at the local county park.  It's a 10 minute drive ...

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How to Make a No-Sew Tie Fleece Blanket

Posted by Angela Diaz on July 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

     I was invited to my favorite cousin's baby shower a few weeks ago.  She lives in New Jersey (about a two-hour drive from here).  Her registry was on the invitation, but I wanted to make something myself.  It would be so much more special making something for her first-born.  I decided to go with a large, no-sew fleece blanket.  Here's why:

     When I was pregnant with my first son, the pastor's wife from the church I...

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Minimalist Beauty

Posted by Angela Diaz on July 8, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

     In an effort to declutter/simplify my life, I decided to address the horrid condition of my bathroom counter.  Loads of makeup products everywhere and all sorts of odds and ends that rarely get used, but always seem to find themselves back out on the counter.  I rarely have time in the morning for taking extra measures for primping myself anymore (even if I did have the extra time, I'd do something more productive with it like journaling).  I decided to...

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Healing Diarrhea Naturally- Update

Posted by Angela Diaz on July 8, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

     Quick update (as promised) on whether my daughter's stomach pains and diarrhea went away after a week's worth of natural healing.  I'm very happy to announce that it worked!  Starting from day one her symptoms began to subside.  She woke up the next day for the first time in weeks with no complaints of stomach cramping.  She is now off of the yogurt, pretzels, chamomile tea, bananas, probiotic, etc. although she did take a yogurt with her to camp t...

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Healing Diarrhea Naturally

Posted by Angela Diaz on June 29, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I took my daughter to see our family doctor.  She has had rumbly tumblies and diarrhea off and on for a few weeks.  Small doses of Pepto Bismol would help alleviate her upset stomach, but she didn't get better. This morning her stomach was cramping up more than usual and she spent a long time on the toilet.  I needed to find out what was going on.  

At the office visit, the doctor check...

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How to Dry Zest for Tea

Posted by Angela Diaz on June 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

     One thing I've become interested in lately is tea.  Teas have so many different medicinal benefits and healthy qualities.  I've been experimenting with different flavors of teas over the winter.  I got to thinking...I wonder if I can Make my own tea?  I started looking at the different ingredients in teas and found many are repetitive in different teas (lemon grass for example is found in many teas).   It seems teas can be made from just about anyt...

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