DIY Platform Storage Bed On A Budget

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My friend Misty created this platform bed for her son, and I LOVED the idea! Here’s a peek at how she made it for under $100. 

 

My son turned 13 a couple of months ago, so I decided it was about time to get him out of his twin size bed that he has been in since he was 3!  The only problem was that the old bed had a lot of storage under it, and I did not want to give it up.  I started looking online for options to purchase, which were all too pricey, so I headed over to Pinterest to find ideas.  Here are a few of my favorites pins:

My favorite idea was the first one.  He has links to videos showing the entire process of his build, and I really liked the idea of using cabinets for the base. However, even Ikea cabinets would blow the budget, so I started my hunt for used kitchen or bath base cabinets that I could recycle.

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I thought they would be easy to find at thrift stores, but after a couple of weeks searching all the local thrift stores, the Habitat ReStore, and Craigslist, I had not found enough cabinets to match up to build the base.  On to plan B…I found these Better Homes and Gardens Square 4-Cube Organizers at Walmart for only $37.96 each.

 

I liked that these had a 100 lb. weight limit on the top of the cabinet.  I had also seen so many cute pallet wood projects on Pinterest, so I decided to go with the new storage units and the old pallet wood for the rest of the base.

 

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The next step in the hunting & gathering process was to find the mattress for the bed.  This was important because I needed the exact measurements, including the thickness, to determine the platform size of the base. I wanted the mattress to have a flat transition from the slats to top of the storage units so the mattress could overlap the top of the storage units.  I went with this mattress on Jet.com (also available at Amazon) which had great reviews and only cost $125 (after coupon).

 

I will say I enjoy building things and doing projects on my own, but I couldn’t have done this without my handy husband.  Fortunately we had most of the tools we needed and borrowed the rest so we didn’t have to spend anything on that.  We also had a lot of wood left over from rebuilding our fence a few years ago, so most of the 2×4’s we used came out of that.  We did have to buy three 2x4x96″ studs to run the length of the bed frame and six 1x3x96″ boards for the support slats. We also had to buy screws and a couple of 2×4 hanging brackets.

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You can also see in this picture that we decided to add a small headboard, which was not in my original idea.  We added it to provide a backstop for his pillows and a shelf for his alarm clock.  We used some of the longer old fence boards to create the headboard. After this step we added the 1×3 slats to the frame to support the mattress evenly and put the assembled storage units into place. (I did not permanently attach them to the base.)

 

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For the footboard, I used an old pallet.  I just measured the opening between the base posts and cut the pallet to fit. I’m planning to add a folding desktop to the footboard in the future…

 

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The last part of the project was creating a door to conceal the storage area.  I used a scrap piece of plywood for the back of the door then cut pieces of pallet wood to screw to the front creating a really rustic look.  We had already positioned 2 support posts to the base of the bed where I wanted the door to go.  We attached 2 hinges between one of the support posts and the door.

 

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All in all we ended up spending right at $100 for the materials to build this bed, not including the mattress!  My son loves it, and I’m happy to still have a place to hide the Legos and other stuff that he isn’t quite ready to get rid of yet. 🙂

 

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Dollar Tree DIY

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Not gonna lie. This didn’t turn out as my favorite Friday Fluffin’ project ever.

 

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(I really do like this one. And this one. And even this one. But today’s? Not my favorite.)

 

But.

 

I think the idea is good, so I’m sharing it and betting you’ll do it better than me, so maybe it’ll inspire you to just get crafting! 🙂

 

I saw this super smart idea and thought it would be so simple, then Reagan determined that she wanted them pink, and my main goal kind of got lost in the shuffle. So for a $3 craft project with my kids they’re fine, but I’d love to hear if you can come up with something even cuter.

 

When I was racing through the Dollar Tree I didn’t catch that these three plates all the same size (definitely better), and I love the stickers that were used. I was in a hurry (like always!) and made these stencils on my Silhouette Cameo since I didn’t have stickers at home, but I love the idea over here so much more.

 

(I also love this clever way to use these plates. So stinkin’ cute and what I’ll try next time!)

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All I did was grab three plates at the Dollar Tree for $3 and used spray paint I already had on hand. 

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Then I cut the words using my Silhouette Cameo (you could easily use stickers from the Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby if you don’t have a Cameo), and painted the inside.

 

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The one thing I did LOVE using were these Command Hooks They handled the weight of the plates perfectly, and are easy to remove without putting holes in the wall. Love that!

 

If you have a few minutes this weekend this would be such an easy project, just put a little more forethought into it than I did. 🙂 And don’t forget to swing by the Dollar Tree for some crazy fun deals on 4th of July Decor ~ so fun!

 

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Dollar Tree Organizing

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I love the Dollar Tree

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Really, I do. 🙂 

 

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Earlier this week I hauled my nine year old with me to see what we could find (see tons of other items I found at the Dollar Tree over HERE), and when I realized those little storage bins fit our closet shelves perfectly I knew I had to go get more. 

 

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So yesterday I went back to the Dollar Tree one more time, and they had exactly 8 more in the size I needed to quickly tidy up my closet. I threw away and donated things we no longer needed, and in about 30 minutes this mess of a closet was cleaned up.

 

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Success!

 

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Similar bins would have cost me $8-$12 each at the Container Store, so I was just thrilled with my little find. (I even hunted down similar ones on Amazon and noticed these priced at 2/$14.99 ~ crazy!) I paid a whopping $9 total ~ I love that.

 

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If you’ve got some organizing to do this weekend, you might just make a trip to the Dollar Tree to see what you can find.

 

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I found these in the laundry storage section of my store (not in the organizing bin section like I expected), so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them if you go look! I also found several more projects to craft while I was there, so stop back next week for more Dollar Tree fun. 🙂

 

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You Need To Do This Today.

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My girls are determined that we’re going to get our annual pedicure (I can only stand to pay for it once a year ~ they’ve been patiently waiting!) so this will be the fastest Friday Fluffing you’ve ever seen.  They helped me tackle the project this morning to earn cute toes! 🙂 

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My closet has been in some serious need of attention for the last few months, but much like our mudroom it’s been put on the back burner.

 

So today I set aside a few hours and did a ton of cleaning out. It’s not all that Pinterested (really, who sees our closets?) but it’s so much better. And, I’ll save a bundle on summer clothes because now I know what I already have. (See how we updated this closet last year for FREE ~ love that!)

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Other than swapping the mirror and our little rolling cabinet, all I did was tidy things up a bit. James still needs to finish up his side, but mine is done!

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And here’s what’s heading to our local free store. I didn’t even take pictures with anything other than my iPhone, but this project is just about done, so that’s my win for the week. Success!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Mudroom Makeover (More Than A Makeover)

 

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If you’re here just for the deals scoot on to the next penny-post ~ this one’s a doozie! And, know that I know SO MANY OF YOU have hardships so much greater than mine, I feel almost silly even sharing this here. But maybe you’re in a funk too ~ and maybe this one’s just for you. 

 

Good gravy.

 

This week as I was debating what home project to tackle as our regular Friday Fluff Up, I started dreaming up ideas for our mudroom.

 

I really wanted this, or this, or even this, but the truth is the space isn’t huge and I don’t have any business right now spending lots of money on it, so it just needed some TLC.

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Since my husband’s heart attack just over a month ago, I’ve allowed clutter and gunk and schoolwork and coats and hats and heart attack papers and all of it to just take over that space.

 

(If you know me well you know that’s just not the norm for me ~ but goodness it’s turned into a disaster!)

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I just didn’t want to deal with the mess, so I rounded up my youngest and spent a few hours shopping, dreaming up ways to make that space just a wee bit more Pinterested before coming home and setting to work.

 

As I started muddling through, I realized that it wasn’t any new fancy stuff that tiny space needed.

 

It was a much needed attitude shift.

 

You see, since his heart attack I’ve (we’ve all?) been in this sort of funk.

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I didn’t want to deal with the paperwork.

 

I didn’t want to look at insurance claims.

 

I didn’t want to read through mounds of heart attack literature.

 

I didn’t want to learn a million-bazillion ways to control his cholesterol.

 

(For the record, he’s really changed his diet on his own and we’re all working even harder to eat the right foods ~ I just didn’t want to read any more about it!)

 

I didn’t want to be the 40-year-old wife of a 45-year-old husband who’d had a heart attack.

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There. I said it.

 

I wanted to stay a regular mom with a regular life and regular kids and a regular-not-so-much-struggling life.

 

I’m betting you get that.

 

And honestly? (if I’m being real-real-deeply honest here?)

 

Ever since moving two years ago I’ve just kind of been in a funk. (Y’all who know me best know that’s the case ~ I can hide it on the outside but here in my heart it’s tough to hide.)

 

So I just let the piles keep climbing.

 

I let the shoes take over the floor.

 

I shoved the paperwork on top of the cabinets. And hid some inside the closet. (eek.) And just decided if it was all stuffed somewhere I didn’t really have to deal with any of it.

 

I just didn’t want any of this turn of events. 

 

I didn’t want my life to look different.

 

I just didn’t want to deal with the mess of it.

 

In my heart or on my countertops. 

 

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So when I came home with all my cute stuff from Home Goods and Michael’s Wednesday night and realized it wasn’t any “fluffing” that needed to happen, but rather just a good case of me being real about life, I determined to get it together.

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I de-gunked.

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I sorted through the paper work.

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I made files named “James’s heart stuff.”

 

I saved files about medications I really care nothing to know about.

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I pulled up my big-girl-panties and decided to deal with what the last six weeks have doled out.

 

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Do you know what?

 

It feels better.

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The space is cleaned out. I’m still the same regular mom that I was a month ago. We still have the regular life that we had months ago. My husband didn’t really age a million years like I feel he has.

 

We’re just us.

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And we’re going to be okay.

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You may have so. many. struggles. so so much bigger than mine.

 

You may be dealing with a debilitating illnesses, the long-term sicknesses of a child, or the loss of something or even someone so very precious and dear to you.

 

And like me, you may think that if you just shove the clutter all away none of this stuff will really be real.

 

But, precious one, you and I know it doesn’t work that way.

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If you’re drowning in stuff because you don’t want to deal with the real issues, I encourage you to pull up those big girl panties with me and  just de. mess.

 

De-clutter.

 

De-gunk.

 

De. funk.

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You will feel better.

 

You will find order.

 

You will be no less precious than you were before the mess.

 

Because even when life doesn’t hand us what we choose, we still get to choose what we make of it.

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Make your life beautiful today.

 

If that means you need a de-cluttering and a de-gunking and a de-funking, come along with me and find beauty right where you’re at.

 

If you’re in a hospital room holding the hand of a loved one, tidy things up a bit and make that that space for them just feel beautiful. But most importantly hold on tightly and let them know they’re loved.

 

If you’re home in the summertime and your kids have taken over your home (ahem), take a break from the crazy and head outside to pick some fresh greenery, then come on in and sweep up the floor.

 

If you’re at work and the clutter on your desk is overwhelming you, clean off that space, put up a favorite quote and stay motivated in your work today.

 

And if you’re the sweet momma of a tiny one who hasn’t allowed you to have a shower in too many days to count, find a safe spot for that baby for twenty minutes, hop in the shower and make yourself feel beautiful today.

 

You can find beauty wherever you are. I just know you can. 

 

I’m thinking of you folks right now who walk beside me or even through something so much harder, and am praying a beautiful day for you no matter what life hands you today.

 

Make today a beautiful day. 

 

 

 

 

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101 Free Things To Do With Kids This Summer

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Looking for a few FREE things to do with kids this summer? My kids are already getting a wee bit bored, so finding free things to keep us busy is always a welcome diversion. Here’s a peek at a few free things to do with kids to keep your kids busy too this summer . . .

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  1. Make a summer bucket list
  2. Visit the library
  3. Make homemade sidewalk chalk using what’s in your pantry
  4. Freeze Koolaid in ice trays to make popsicles
  5. Attend Vacation Bible School in your hometown
  6. Find a bowling alley that offers kids to bowl for free
  7. Create a yarn obstacle course (my kids love this one!)
  8. Make Homemade Snow Cones
  9. Bake cookies
  10. Play flashlight tag
  11. Find a local bike trail
  12. Try this Ivory Bar Soap experiment
  13. Make a homemade sprinkler
  14. Volunteer
  15. Sign up for a Lego Store free Mini Build 
  16. Set up a backyard obstacle course
  17. Visit a local splash pad
  18. Build a homemade fire pit
  19. Go on a picnic
  20. Make summer snow
  21. Visit a thrift store
  22. “Paint” the driveway
  23. Have a tea party
  24. Make homemade sidewalk chalk paint
  25. Host a lemonade stand
  26. Sign up for free Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
  27. Check out free Home Depot Clinics
  28. Go to a free Michael’s Store Clinic (these range from free to $2 per class – go HERE to learn more)
  29. Take advantage of free summer reading programs
  30. Visit a state capital
  31. Visit a park
  32. Lay out a blanket and watch for cloud shapes on a pretty day
  33. Go on a nature hunt
  34. Make a sidewalk “city” out of sidewalk chalk
  35. Collect sea shells at the beach
  36. Play jump rope (my kids love this chinese jump rope)
  37. Have a water balloon fight
  38. Paint rocks
  39. Set up a car wash
  40. Have a pillow fight
  41. Have a movie day – close all the curtains and make popcorn
  42. Go to a concert in the park
  43. Build a homemade volcano
  44. Play hide and seek
  45. Set up indoor tents with old sheets
  46. Even better, set up outdoor tents with old sheets and enjoy summer reading time outside
  47. Plant a garden
  48. Decorate a cake
  49. Make homemade milkshakes
  50. Visit a local Farmer’s Market
  51. Go window shopping in a nearby town
  52. Download the skyview app to find stars in the sky at night
  53. Catch fireflies
  54. Go fishing
  55. Learn a new card game
  56. Clean out a closet with kids and donate to local thrift store
  57. Find a 4 leaf clover
  58. Get a free map at a rest area and check off places you’d like to visit nearby
  59. Use the Video Star app to make a silly movie
  60. Have a bike race with friends
  61. Go geocaching
  62. Play hopscotch
  63. Bake cookies to take to your local fire station
  64. Bake cookies to take to your local nursing home
  65. Build ice castles
  66. Visit a stream and hunt for minnows
  67. Set up a bike wash station
  68. Dig for worms
  69. Play dress up
  70. Have your kids set up a yard sale to earn money
  71. Find a new hiking trail
  72. Host a “craft” day – give kids tons of supplies to craft with and let them have at it
  73. Visit all of the local parks in your town
  74. Make a pinecone bird feeder
  75. Play board games outside
  76. Go birdwatching in a local park
  77. Make homemade play doh
  78. Make a bubble bath outside by filling an outdoor pool with bubble bath and water
  79. Fly a kite
  80. Attend a free story hour at Pottery Barn Kids
  81. Earn a free book from Barnes & Noble
  82. Sign up for Apple Camp at your local Apple store
  83. Print free coloring sheets at Crayola
  84. Make paper airplanes
  85. Create a scrapbook
  86. Send a letter to troops overseas
  87. Pack a care package for troops overseas
  88. Use a free Redbox code to get a free DVD or video rental
  89. Go on a factory tour – go HERE to find ones in your area
  90. Visit the mall and play at the indoor playground
  91. Have a spa night and paint your nails
  92. Stop by the McDonald’s Playplace and get $1 ice cream cones
  93. Make shadow puppets
  94. Have a family soccer game in your back yard
  95. Let your kids play in the mud (eek!)
  96. Have your kids practice their reading skills at Starfall
  97. Let kids practice math skills at CoolMath4Kids
  98. Take advantage of free apps at Smart Apps for Kids
  99. Let your kids enjoy a free Auntie Anne’s Pretzel 
  100. Get free Dippin’ Dots when you sign up for their email club
  101. Stop by Coldstone and enjoy a free ice cream creation when you purchase one

What other free things do you like to do with your kids? I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!

 

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Best Baby Shower Gift Ever

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I could not wait to share this darling gift my cute niece received this weekend at her baby shower! One very (very) smart momma gave her what I think just might be the best baby shower gift ever.

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She found a super cute heavy duty file folder . . . 

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And made darling labels for everything Baby Cash’s mom (isn’t that a cute name?) will need to hang onto those first few years.

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Genius.

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Here are the labels she included (made with a label maker): 

  • Birth Certificates & Social Security
  • Keepsakes
  • Milestones
  • Pediatrician Visits
  • Immunization Records
  • Other Health Records
  • Insurance Paperwork
  • Nursing/Feeding Info
  • Manuals
  • Receipts
  • Miscellaneous

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I just loved this and thought you might too ~ such a wonderful gift idea!

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*HOT* Sale On Blue Host Ends TODAY: Start Your Blog Today!

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If you’ve ever considered starting a blog (or website for your business), don’t miss this.

 

Right now, Blue Host is offering their web hosting for just $2.95 per month (which is an incredible deal.) 

 

This is oh-so-worth it if you think blogging may be for you! I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for blogging (it’s how I make a full time income as a stay at home mom), and I highly recommend it not only as a source of income, but even just as a place to keep an online journal of your every day life. Honestly, I never dreamed I would love blogging the way that I do but I’m completely hooked!

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Curious why I think blogging is worth it? Here are my top 5 reasons to blog:

  1. To earn an income from home. (Honest. I make a full time income here on PPP which is beyond crazy to me. Learn more HERE.)
  2. It allow you to interact with other folks across the internet, and create a little “home base” online for family photos, stories and more.
  3. It helps you become a better writer. I am so not someone who would consider themselves a writer, but blogging each day makes me re-think the way I use words. While writing still isn’t my strongest gift, working at it each day stretches my mind creatively.
  4. It creates a place for you to think of others. I love that blogging (especially for a profit), forces me to think of ways every day to help other people outside of my home. I know that PPP is a better blog to follow when I write posts that really do benefit my readers, so I’m more creative in coming up with helpful content each day. (I love that!)
  5. It builds your confidence. I struggle so much with having self-confidence, but blogging has helped me realize I’m really good at things that I never even knew existed. It’s taught me business strategies, internet savviness, social media awareness, and so much more. I love the marketable skills blogging has given me, and would never in a bajillion years thought I would love it the way that I do!

 

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7 Ways A Fitbit Will Change Your Life

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(Note: these work for me because I work from home, but if you’re in an office all day I’m sure your days look very different than mine! So, think about ways you can force yourself to walk a few minutes each hour while doing office projects, cleaning off your desk, walking to take care of an errand during lunch, etc. I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

 

In response to Shannon’s 7 reasons she broke up with her fitness tracker, I had to share my thoughts on this one too. Like Shannon I’ve had many (many!) days where I’ve let those numbers on my Fitbit drive me nuts, but I’ve slowly come up with a moderated way to let it help me be my best without driving me crazy.

 

While I exercise almost every day (and have for twenty years), as a blogger I sit a lot throughout the day. Once I finish my workout in the morning and get the kids off to school, I usually head to my office and sit down to work 6-8 hours straight without leaving the computer.

 

However, using my Fitbit to remind myself to get moving has seriously changed our home life. Here’s the thing ~ while many of us work on computers every day in our current culture, our bodies just weren’t designed for that. We were designed to be up and moving, so my Fitbit is just a friendly reminder to get that moving in. 

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Curious how it’s changed my life (and honestly our home life too?) Here’s how:

 

1. I complete our laundry. (Every. day.)

Ever hour on the hour between 10 and 3, I force myself to get up and tackle a household chore that helps me sneak in 1,000 steps. The first one I start with each morning is a load of laundry, so my typical routine is to pop a load in the washer as soon as I get showered in the morning, move it to the dryer as soon as I hear it beep, then on my first hourly 1,000 steps I head upstairs, fold laundry and put it all away. 1,000 steps completed (and my laundry is done by keeping up with one load a day!)

2. My house stays tidied up.

During my second 1,000 step round (usually at 11 AM), I walk through the house and pick up anything that needs to be put away. If it needs to go to the basement I take it there, because I’ve got to get those extra steps in and it needs to be put away anyways.

3. Dinner plans get made.

Around 12 o’clock I figure out what’s for dinner, hop off the computer, and get everything I need ready for dinner that night. Today I’m making a slow cooker recipe, so by the time I got my ingredients together, chopped everything up, popped it in Mrs. Potts and cleared the kitchen, I’d almost hit another 1,000 steps. Not only am I getting my steps in, I’m taking care of something I could so easily skip ~ such a win each day!

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when I got 40,000 steps in on my birthday ~ ummm, yes, I was a little obsessed!

4. My plants stay watered & our sinks stay clean.

I am the worst about keeping our plants watered, but every day around 1 o’clock I take a few minutes to get those plants watered. While I’m at it I use Lysol Wipes to wipe down all the sinks in our home, easily eeking out another 1,000 steps.

 

5. The trash goes out & the mail comes in.

As you can imagine around 2 o’clock I’m ready not to hop off the computer with kids coming home all too soon, but I force myself to hop up, walk around to all the trash cans in our home and get all the trash thrown away. While I’m up I force myself to get up to another 1,000 steps  so I grab the mail, and look for anything else that needs to be done while I’m walking around. It’s amazing how much easier it is to keep your home tidy when you force yourself to move each day!

 

 

6. I’m always glad to park far away at the grocery store (as long as the weather’s not bad!)

Stuck with a parking spot way far away from the grocery store? No problem! I easily add an extra 1,000 steps at the store, and those far away spots just help get in a few more steps.

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my personal post on FB last weekend ~ we’ve always tried to walk when we have a few minutes at night, but I loved that someone actually stopped us as we went when holding hands last week!

7. Any chance I get for a walk with my husband in the evenings I take.

We have so many crazy nights hauling kids around to activities, but my husband and I try to take advantage of quick walks whenever we can. He has no idea I’m using them to sneak in those extra steps, but it’s a win-win for both of us.

 

{*BONUS* I’m also way more willing to help my husband with yard work because it helps me add in a few extra steps ~ such a simple way to make ourselves go and do the things we need to do each day!}

 

I no longer sync my Fitbit and do challenges with other people (I realized that made me way too obsessed!) and have never worn my Fitbit as a sleep tracker . . .  I honestly just use it to make sure I’m up and moving throughout the day, because I know my life can be so sedentary. While I’m incredibly fortunate to work at home, even in an office all day consider spending some time just making yourself walk to run an errand, taking a break from your computer every hour for a quick walk around the office, or do something to keep you moving each day.

 

For me, while I have definitely had days where I’ve allowed myself to be consumed with my steps, just using it to keep myself up more often throughout the day has not only helped my health, it’s helped me balance in my life. Having our home kept up with each day is huge and the health factor is just a fun added benefit! I really do believe our bodies were designed to move so much more than they do, so this is such a great way for me to cross a few things off my to-do list each day, and take care of myself too.

 

This is the Fitbit I use if you’re interested ~ I love it and have had it for over a year ~ highly recommend this one if you’re looking for one! I’d love to hear if you’ve seen success from using a Fitbit too ~ leave a comment to share. 

 

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Right now eBay has a sale on the Fitbit HR ~ just $99.99 shipped (which is the best price I’ve seen since Black Friday!) 

 

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In case you’re interested, we’re starting a new 21 Day Fix Challenge group next Monday (May 16th). We have over 100 ladies in the group (several have lost 20-30 pounds+!), and would love to have you ~ go HERE to sign up if you’d like to join us! (Note: this will likely be my last round to start until the fall, so I’d love for you to join us if you’re interested.)

 

 

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How I Save $100 On Groceries (Every Week!) In 30 Minutes Or Less

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I know that saving on groceries sometimes seems impossible.

 

And like it’s more work than it’s worth.

 

But I promise, you can easily save with a few simple strategies, and could literally slash  your grocery bill by $100 or more. It can take as little as 30 minutes each week to prepare for, but saving $100 in 30 minutes make your hourly rate $200 per hour.

 

Not too shabby, right? 🙂 

 

Here are the strategies I use every single week to save on my groceries, even when I’m short on time. 

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1. Make a menu plan and grocery list. (15 minutes)

I love Eat at Home Cooks Menu Plan and grocery list, and she even has a slow cooker option and whole foods choices available. You can also make your own menu plan, but doing this one step alone will save you as much as $50 each week ~ so worth it for the 15 minutes in time it takes! (Her plans start at just $1.15 per week or make your own for free. So worth the little bit of time investment it takes!)

 

2. Shop Your Pantry. (3 minutes)

Before heading to the store, shop your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you already have at home and cross those items off your list. (Easy, right?)

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3. Check your store’s sales ad for loss leaders. (3 minutes)

Prior to heading to the grocery store, always take a peek at your store’s local ad to see what their “loss leaders” are. Loss leaders are deeply discounted sale items that the store offers to convince you to walk in the store (so they’ll take a “loss” on that item.) Have your stock up price list in hand, so you’re guaranteed that the big sale item your store is telling you about really is a big sale.

Curious what’s on sale at your local stores? Go HERE to see a complete list of stores sales ads AND coupons that match up with the weekly sales ad at your favorite store.

 

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4. Print high value coupons before you leave home. (3 minutes)

Take just 3 minutes to check out this week’s best printable coupons and see if any are on items you regularly buy anyways. Print them out right before you go, and make sure to check your store for digital coupons as well before you shop.

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4. When  you shop, don’t be brand specific. (3 minutes)

If you need a certain item for a meal this week, buy whichever brand is on sale at the best price per ounce. For example,  ifDel Monte tomatoes are “on sale” for $1.25 this week, but the store brand is 73¢, go with the store brand.  From what I can tell, tomatoes are tomatoes (at least when you’re choosing between Kroger and Del Monte), and there’s no way my family will have any idea whether I use the Del Monte or Kroger brand in our recipes this week.

 

Now, there are some items which a certain brand really does seem better, but if you can give yourself a little freedom to try out the less expensive item, you might save quite a few pennies each week just for going with the sale item! And, if you really do love your Charmin or Quilted Northern (toilet paper seems to be one of those areas where people love their brands?)  watch Amazon or the drug stores for a really good deal.

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5. Watch for easy coupon & savings deals at your regular grocery store and double check your list. (3 minutes)

Always watch for items on sale throughout the store, especially if your store offers digital coupons. While you’re shopping, keep your eyes peeled for items that are deeply discounted, and load digital coupons that match up with those sales if your store offers digital savings.

Recently I noticed orange juice was on sale for $1.49 at our store, so even though we had some in the fridge I grabbed it because I knew that was a great price. And I always watch for deep discounts on things like shampoo, toothpaste, and personal care items, because some weeks those items are deeply discounted. It takes just a few extra minutes to walk down those aisles, but can save a bundle when I take the time to do it!

And, while you’re at it, always, always, ALWAYS double check your list one last time before you leave the store. While you may not want to walk back for one more thing, it will save you the time of making an extra trip, and is so worth it. There’s nothing worse than getting home and realizing you’re missing that one extra ingredient, so be sure to double check that list before you check out!

 

 

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BONUS TIP: If time allows, shop 2 stores.

Folks, this is huge and I know may not work for everyone, but is well worth it for our family. I typically shop Kroger each week for major sales and loss leaders, but also make a trip to Fresh Thyme (or a similar store) for meat and produce at least every other week, saving our family a bundle.

 

If you have an Aldi, Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, or even possibly Trader Joe’s in your area, I highly recommend a trip once a week (or at least every two weeks), to stock up on meat and produce. 

 

Their sale prices are significantly lower than anything I’ve seen at local grocery stores (unless your grocery store has a rockstar sale), and it’s pretty easy to get in and out in a few minutes. I don’t shop anything else at those stores at all (really, only produce and meat), but it saves a bundle and is well worth the extra trip at least every other week for our family!

 

Do you have other tips on how to save on groceries even when you’re pinched for time? I’d love to hear your tips ~ leave a comment to share!

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