Monthly Archives: January 2016

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#41}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
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  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 41 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: FREE Printable Star Wars Valentines

Fun Money Mom: 11 Incredibly Smart Ad-Ons for Your Kitchen Remodel

Money Savvy Living: Sweet Potato & Banana Cookies

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Slow Cooker Taco Dip  This may just be the perfect appetizer for your Superbowl Party!

Pizza Dip Recipe  Another great appetizer…

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach  I always love a healthier version of a good comfort food.

Why I Hate Dieting and Restriction Obsession If you are literally starving yourself to lose weight, you should read this… you need to thrive!  This is exactly the reason that I don’t diet, but have added whole food nutrition into my diet so that I am not depriving my body of the nutrition it needs… and I am losing weight because of it.

 

 

 

 

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Open Letter to Conservatives and Christians that Won’t Vote for Trump

PELLA, IA - JANUARY 23: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets guests before speaking at a campaign event January 23, 2016 in Pella, Iowa. Trump, who is seeking the nomination from the Republican Party is on the presidential campaign trail across Iowa ahead of the Iowa Caucus taking place February 1. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

PELLA, IA – JANUARY 23: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets guests before speaking at a campaign event January 23, 2016 in Pella, Iowa. Trump, who is seeking the nomination from the Republican Party is on the presidential campaign trail across Iowa ahead of the Iowa Caucus taking place February 1. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Last week, I read Matt Walsh’s piece on the Blaze entitled, “Dear Christians If You Vote for a Godless Man You are Asking for Tyranny.”  Just the title alone makes me, as a Christian, want to cringe.   A few days later, Rich Lowry the National Review came out with a piece entitled, “Conservatives Against Trump.”  An article comprised of excerpt after excerpt of people, apparently deemed true conservatives, not making their case as to who they think that we—conservatives—should be supporting in the primaries, but rather, the one candidate that we—conservatives—should not be supporting.  And taking it even further—telling conservatives that they should not vote for Trump even in a general election, because that would be abandoning true conservative values and principles.  A campaign that has become known as #DumpTrump.

Now, even though I have very strong political views, I typically don’t dive into writing about politics because it is just so controversial.  I don’t have time to rebut all of the comments made out of ignorance or try to change the minds of those who are so set in their own opinions that they refuse to look at the facts.  But this is different.  This time, I feel compelled to speak out.  Because if I don’t the same thing is going to happen Election 2016 that happened in 2012.

Do you remember what happened with the Election of 2012?  Christians and good, grass-roots Conservatives elected our current President, Barack Obama, for a second term.  Why would I say that Christians and Conservatives were responsible for electing a liberal, Democrat for President?  Because they did.  Not because they actually went to the polls and voted for him….no they didn’t do that—they would never do that.  However, they voted for Barack Obama by staying home and refusing to vote for Mitt Romney.

Ouch.  That hurts to hear, doesn’t it?  No one said the truth would make you feel good about yourself.

Some say that you can’t blame the stay-at-home Republicans for the election results, after all, in 2012, overall voter turnout was down.  Ok, even if that point is conceded, that we have no idea of assessing how the people who didn’t vote, may have voted, the very same sentiment has been declared as recent as January 19, 2016, in Matt Walsh’s piece:

“It’s very simple. If a man has no moral center, if he has ambition but no faith, if he does not demonstrate humility or integrity, I will never vote for him for president. I don’t care who he is, what he’s done, what he says, or what positions he holds. None of that will matter when we are living under his tyranny, and tyranny is sure to follow when you give unspeakable power to a man who believes he is God.”

So what if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee?  Will Matt Walsh, Rich Lowry, and all of their followers stay home and just not vote?  Would it be better to have Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders as President than to vote for someone who you feel doesn’t stand up to your code of Christian morals or level of conservativism?  Everyday, more and more information comes out about how Hillary Clinton knowingly had classified, top secret information on her private email server, willing to risk the security of our nation for her own convenience (I mean who wants to bother with having to go to a separate, secure computer to log in if you are Secretary of State), and has perpetually denied it—even when her own email correspondences indict the very narrative she is espousing?  Would you rather have a self-proclaimed socialist who wants to give every high school graduate a free ride to—living-it-up, drinking-the-night-away-with-friends, who-cares-if-you-pass-the-class-or-not, it-was-free-anyways—18-year-olds and raising taxes to, his suggested top bracket of, 90 percent?

Would either of those options really be better?  Seriously, you need to ask yourself this question.

Because the fact is, that is what we would end up with—a liar or a socialist.  And we could thank all of our non-voting, Christian, Conservative, Republican friends who couldn’t bring themselves to lower their standards and vote for, as Walsh calls Trump, “a self-absorbed pagan.”  A non-vote for Trump is the same as a vote in favor of Hillary or Bernie.  So ask yourself, does voting for either of them align with your high standards?

Well, at least you could still claim that you didn’t actually vote for the inevitable Democrat winner.  Even though by not voting you actually did make a choice.  A choice to allow Hillary or Bernie to win without opposition—because your guy didn’t get the Republican nod.  Congratulations, your pious morals are still intact, and you just enabled the country to go further down the wrong path.  Will the country be better off because you just couldn’t bring yourself to vote for the Republican nominee—if it happens to be Trump?

What if Trump were to pick Ted Cruz for his Vice President?  He’s ok to vote for on your moral basis, right?  But if he were to accept the Vice Presidential spot as Donald Trump’s running mate, would you still be able to vote for him?  Or if Cruz were to accept a VP spot to Trump would that be morally wrong as well?

Now, let’s imagine something else.  What if the tea party, Christian conservative favorite of Cruz—which is the guy that you want, right Matt Walsh—get the party’s nomination, and for some unknown reason, decides to ask Trump to be his Vice President?  Would you be able to vote for Cruz because he’s at the top of the ticket?  Would this somehow negate your moral stance?  You watched the Republican debate last week, right?  You remember the exchange between Trump and Cruz over Cruz’s Canadian citizenship?

“I’ll tell you what,” he [Cruz] told Trump, “if this all works out, I’m happy to consider naming you as my vice president, so if you happen to be right, you can get the top job at the end of the day.”

Trump’s reply: “I’d consider it, but I think I’ll go back to building buildings if it doesn’t work out.”

So maybe Trump will just take his ball and go home if he doesn’t get the nomination.  Maybe none of this will be an issue for you—or would it?  Would you be able to vote for Kasich, Christie, or even Bush who are more moderate in their views?  Are we going to end up in the same situation we did back in 2012 when the conservative ideologues couldn’t and wouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because he was Mormon or too moderate or whatever the excuse was?

The Walsh piece and the National Review very descriptively document all of Trump’s shortcomings, character flaws, and mistakes throughout his life.  I’m not disputing any of these.  The truth is the truth.  Yes, Donald Trump has been unfaithful to his former spouses; he is too brazen with his language at times; he has probably stepped on some toes to get to his position in business; he can be arrogant and self-absorbed, he has changed his position on issues.

But, really, who isn’t?  Do you know anyone who has given in to the temptation of an extra-marital affair?  Do you know anyone who says things that they shouldn’t say at times?  Do you know anyone who has taken advantage of a situation or made a mistake in dealing with others?  Do you know anyone who thinks they are above reproach at times?  Do you know anyone who has changed their mind on an issue after life experience or other facts have been uncovered?  If we answer these questions honestly, I think we all know people right in our own lives that fit these descriptions.  Maybe we, ourselves, fit some of these descriptions at times.

I agree that we should try to elect leaders that have a heart for God.  That is what our country was founded upon and that is what, undoubtedly, has made our country so great.  Because it is easy to see how the policy and implementation of laws effects the direction of our country—socially, economically, and spiritually.

Proverbs 29:2 says “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

I absolutely understand what Matt Walsh and Rich Lowry, among others, are trying to say.  But, as Christians, painting ourselves into a corner when it comes to who we can and can’t vote for, based on our own moral judgements doesn’t make sense to me.  Are any of us any better to judge others?  I seem to recall a passage of scripture that similarly describes a situation of one caught in adultery:

John 8:3-7  The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?  Jesus forgave.  So should we.  Or are some just using Trump’s indiscretions as a trap—a gotcha-type—question, like some sort of modern-day Pharisees?

If, as Christians, we are looking for perfection in a politician, we aren’t going to find it.  Someone could be a good Christian, but if they aren’t a leader, they wouldn’t make a good President.  And Jerry Falwell Jr. is right, the qualities needed to run a country are not the same as the qualities needed to run a church.  As a Christian, am I looking to Donald Trump, or any politician, to be my moral and religious leader?  No.  Would I like to think that Donald Trump—or whoever our next President may be—would pray to God for wisdom in how to lead the nation?  Of course.  But we cannot truly know anyone’s heart but our own.  So rather than try to persuade Christians as to why they must not and cannot support someone like Donald Trump, who very well may be the next President of our country, why don’t we call on Christians to pray about the decision; pray for the candidates, and pray that the right person is elected; and pray that God will turn our leader’s heart to Him… have Christians forgotten the power of prayer?

Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the heart.”  God can see the heart.  So what is in Donald Trump’s heart?  I don’t know.  However, actions speak louder than words and the Bible tells us that we will know someone by the fruits that are produced.  While Donald Trump may not be the ideal Conservative candidate, he seemingly has an adoring family; has not built the business empire that he has without wisdom, vision, and economic sense; he says that he will stand up for Christians’ values and morals; he wants to keep our country safe and make it great again—and with no teleprompter and his sometimes off-the-cuff remarks, authenticity is probably his best quality.  This is all a stark contrast from our nation’s current leadership—and, to be very honest, it is refreshing.

Why don’t Republicans and Conservatives take a lesson from Phil Robertson on this one.  Phil has endorsed Ted Cruz for President; however, in an interview with Sean Hannity last night, he said if Trump is the GOP nominee, he will note for him—because Trump is better than Hillary or Bernie.  I couldn’t agree more.

So rather than coming up with self-righteous reasons why Christians shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump, put it in God’s hands, and support whichever Conservative candidate comes out the winner of the primaries.  We need unity as a party, not divisive rhetoric.

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#40}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 40 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: 3 Tips for Choosing a Photographer

Fun Money Mom: How to Earn Money For Your Child’s School

Money Savvy Living: Baby Footprint Keepsake

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Real Life Freezer Cooking for Moms If you need little help with meal planning, you might want to check out some of the things that you can make ahead and freeze.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps I love meals that you can put in the crock pot before going to work in the morning and then when you get home, dinner is ready!

Hashtag Valentine Pillows These are a cute, inexpensive Valentine craft… perfect! 

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Sweet potato banana cookies | Money Savvy Living

Sometimes you just crave something sweet.  But your inner, healthy self knows just how bad sugar is for you… so what can you do to satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar? Make some sweet potato and banana cookies.

Okay.  I know that sweet potato and cookie are not typically used in the same sentence, but if sweet potato pie can be a classic dessert, then so can sweet potato cookies.

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  (Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.)

sweet potato trio

Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Sweet Potato and Banana Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix (**or for a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey, melted (warm in microwave until liquid)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together: butter, vanilla, sweet potato, and banana.
  4. Add egg, honey, and baking soda, stir until combined.
  5. Add in oats, baking mix, and chia seeds, stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips (optional)
  7. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
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These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat sweet potatoes and chia seeds.  The best part is, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating cookies now.

Enjoy!

Baby Footprint Keepsake

 

Blue Footprint Keepsake | Money Savvy Liivng

 

Little newborn baby hands and  feet are so cute.  Funny how, as we get older, feet aren’t so cute anymore…  Anyways, I know that bringing each of the boys home from the hospital, I would just look at that little, tiny life in amazement and marvel at how each little finger and toe were just perfectly formed.  I think any new mother can relate to that feeling of wanting to keep your baby that little forever… although, I will admit that the middle-of-the-night feedings do get a bit old after a while.

Sooooo, since your baby won’t stay little for long, you have to capture those little footprints (and handprints!) while you can.

Here is an easy way to capture you little one’s footprints! In these pictures, I used my youngest son’s little feet to make the butterfly and my two older children made the thumbprint ladybugs and the fingerprint flowers.  This was a great way for all of my children to be included in the picture.  So you can definitely get creative to add more than one child without taking a full handprint or footprint, especially when some of your kids are older and a full hand or foot would take up too much space.  A calligraphy pen is great to add the accents. Use any colors you like and then frame it!

*Tip: When working with newborns, you will probably have better luck with footprints because tiny babies tend to want to close their hand, so getting a clear handprint is quite a bit harder than a footprint.

 

Footprint Keepsake | Money Savvy Living

 

This is also a very inexpensive way to make a keepsake of your precious little one. I used a frame that I already had and cardstock. I did have to buy the washable ink pads (make sure it is washable and safe to use on children) and calligraphy pen (less than $10– and you will have these items to use for other crafty projects), but still spent much less than the keepsake plates (shown below) which were done at a studio, and cost at least $25 each.

However, it was my babies’ footprints… and I really wanted to have these keepsakes for display, so I allowed myself to splurge on these for each of the boys.

 

Golf Footprint Keepsake | Money Savvy Living
My husband loves to golf. This is a gift that I made for him when our son was about 18 months old. A great way to give a meaningful keepsake to any dad or grandpa. This was painted on a ceraminc plate, coated, and fired at a local paint-your-own pottery studio.

I would have never come up with the idea for this on my own, but attended a workshop where they walked us through how to do the footprint as a golf green and how to complete the scene.  So after I did this one, I wanted to make plates for the other kids, but not the exact same thing.  So I got creative and below you can see my designs:

 

Football Footprint Keepsake | Money Savvy Living
This is one of my favorite footprint pieces that I have done. The design came out good, even though I could have used a few more coats of paint to even it out! My son was 3 years old when I did this, so I needed a little bit longer plate to make it work. After placing his footprint on first, I drew the football outline with pencil (pencil marks disappear during the firing process) and filled in.  Drew in the field hash marks and done!

 

Baseball Footprint Keepsake | Money Savvy Living

I figured to round out the trio of sports plates, I would do baseball next.  The green came out a bit darker than I had hoped, but my little guy’s footprint stands out, and that is most important!

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#39}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 39 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: How to Get FREE Stuff in Exchange for Reviews

Fun Money Mom: Baked Ziti with Hidden Veggies

Money Savvy Living: Best Sources for FREE Stock Photos: No Attribution Required

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us!  This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!)  Stop by for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

17 Fun Money Activities for Kids

Free Printables to Organize Your Finances

Wear It For Less: #TargetStyle

Zucchini Crust Pizza

 

 

 

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Best Sources for Free Stock Photos: No Attribution Required

Best Sources for FREE Stock Photos: No Attribution Required // Money Savvy Living

Do you have a blog that you would like to have access to high resolution stock photos to really make your blog stand out?  Or perhaps, you are a small business owner and would like to use high quality photos for advertising or on your website…. if either of those scenarios describes you, read on because I have discovered 75+ of the best sources for free stock photos, and in many cases, no attribution is required.

 

There are a lot of places that you can find free stock photos.  Sometimes you can sign up for a free membership and have them emailed to you.  Other sites provide some for free, but require you to pay for others.  Or have restrictions on when and where you are allowed to use the photos.  When I am looking for stock photos, I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time searching for sites or worry about having to provide attribution… finding high quality, photos that are truly free and don’t require attribution, and from a trusted source is what I am looking for.

 

The absolute worst thing that anyone can do, whether on their blog or personal/business website, is to post a picture that they have searched for on Google images without attribution.  DON’T EVER DO THAT.  Many of those images are copyrighted or not a part of Creative Commons (CC0).  Using those images could have very negative consequences, such as lawsuits or fines.

 

I have used sources that I have paid for in the past, but have more recently found a few great sources that provide high quality photos, which have been released under Creative Commons (CC0).  Creative Commons Zero “enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”

 

So here are my three favorite sites that provide great photos, and can even be used commercially… and best of all, I don’t have to worry about attribution.  Each of these sites has a search option where you can enter in a topic or you can simply just scroll through the gallery of photos.

PIXABAY

On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.  According to their website, “All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.”  You can read more about Pixabay’s policy here.

UNSPLASH

Unsplash is another great resource for high resolution images that are released under Creative Commons CC0.  This website allows you to do whatever you want (all photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash) with the high-resolution photos on their website.  What I like about Unsplash, in particular, is that the site adds 10 new photos every 10 days, so you always have fresh images to choose from.

PEXELS

Pexels is also a website that offers free stocks photos, which you can use without attribution:

“all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

  • The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.
  • You can modify, copy and distribute the photos.
  • All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required.

The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about the license on the official license page.”

 

*I have included links to each website’s policy of use and to Creative Commons, so make sure you check those out before downloading and using any of the photos…

 

Best Sources: FREE Stock Photos | Money Savvy Living

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Money Savvy Living: 5 Frugal Changes You Can Make to Get Healthier

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Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

NEW this week!  If you have made a New Year’s Resolution, (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) stop by for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year.  Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

10 Reasons to Drink More Water

Home Office Organization: What to Keep

How Cooking With Kids Can Also Be Money Lessons

Understanding Insurance: Part 3

 

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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Share The Wealth Sunday 37 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: How to Set Financial Priorities for the New Year

Fun Money Mom: Top 10 Popular Posts from 2015

Money Savvy Living: New Year, New You: Transformation, Not Resolution

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Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

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Check out our Share the Wealth Facebook page! Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us!

Round Up:

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The 2 Things Your Marriage Needs this Week

Where Home Is: A Gift for a Military Family

New Uses for Fireplace Ashes

Best DIY Projects of 2015

Retirement? Why Stop Working

 

 

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New Year, New You: Transformation, Not Resolution

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Have you made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier, eat better, or lose weight?  You are not alone.  Nearly 40% of all New Year’s Resolutions that are made are related to making healthier choices.  Did you also know that less than 8% of people will actually carry through with their resolutions in a meaningful way?  Of course, we all know how it goes, everyone is excited to commit to a new path on January 1 and by January 15, most have already slipped away from their new goals…

 

So this year, try something different.  Don’t make a resolution.

 

Decide to make a transformation in your life.

 

So let’s look at the difference.  A resolution is the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem; the act of resolving something.  A transformation is a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.

 

I don’t want to just find the answer or solution.  I want to implement the solution to get results.  Knowing and doing are two entirely different things.  Perhaps, that’s why so many resolutions fail.  People simply know what to do, but don’t know how to implement it or maybe aim for too many changes, or changes that they can’t live with and set themselves up for failure.

 

We know that cutting out sugar and caffeine and gluten from our diets would make us healthier.  But how many people can really drop all of those things from their lives “cold-turkey” and actually stick with it.  Probably not many.  I know that I would never be able to do that.  Maybe for a few days, but probably not for the long term.  Because those are lifestyle changes that I wouldn’t want to keep.

 

That is exactly why this year I am not making a resolution to “lose weight” or “get healthy.”  This year, I am deciding to transform what I am doing, by adding in simple changes that I can make—that I know I can live with—and will actually continue doing.  It has to be a lifestyle change, not just being able to withstand a few days or weeks of deprivation to on a quest to obtain a magical overnight result.

 

Here are 5 changes that I have made, and consistently been able to live with and make a part of my lifestyle.  If you are looking to get on the path to a healthier lifestyle, these changes may be a good starting place for you as well.

 

Activity Tracker This summer, I bought an activity tracker to monitor how much—or how little—I am moving during the day.  Sometimes, it is amazing how active I am, and other days, it is a daunting wake-up call to get moving.  It is amazing How My Activity Tracker Has Changed My Life.  My goal is to get at least 7000 steps each day, which equals 3.5 miles.  At this rate, I will walk nearly 1300 miles during the course of a year.  Maybe you are just starting out and have a goal of 5000 steps per day, or maybe you already hit 7000 steps per day, then you can add a couple thousand to that… regardless of where you are at with your activity, you can make an effort to be more active and burn additional calories.  Here is a conversion chart to help you figure out how many miles you are currently walking and how many you want to set for a goal. Smoothie with a Whole Food Boost | Money Savvy Living Replace A Meal I really have never been a breakfast eater.  I am just not ready for a big meal first thing in the day.  So for me, a smoothie is a great option.  Now, over the years, I have tried many smoothies and some have a metallic after-taste or a are chalky—and if I don’t like the way it tastes, or it gives me a headache, I won’t stick with it—and I will end up just skipping breakfast altogether.  And when I skip breakfast, I am so hungry by the time lunch rolls around, I either eat something that is fast and convenient (not at all healthy) or even over-eat because I have waited too long—am I the only one with this problem or is this familiar to you too?  That is why I am so glad that I found Juice Plus+ Complete.  It is a whole food, plant-based protein shake, with no artificial fillers, preservatives, or colors, it’s gluten free—and best of all, it actually tastes good.  This one works well with my body and I have been able to keep this habit as a part of my daily routine.  This was just one of the things that I have been doing that kept me from gaining weight through the holidays and I have actually lost five pounds…  

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Take a Whole Food Supplement

While I have taken different herbs and vitamins over the years, I added a whole food supplement into the mix.  I had tried them before, but this time, I consistently have taken them… and noticed a difference.  The first thing that I noticed was more energy—I wasn’t as tired in the mornings.  I also noticed that I wasn’t snacking as much.  I felt satisfied after eating a meal.  Before starting these, I felt that my body was always craving something, but I didn’t know what… so I’d grab some crackers or chips to fill the void—and that was just extra calories and fat—and it never curbed that feeling.  Lastly, this was not something that I noticed, but my hairstylist pointed it out when I went in for a haircut (and highlights)—she mentioned how fast my hair was growing and said it was so much faster than most other people—and she had never noticed this (or said anything) before.  Hmmmm, maybe it was this supplement… giving my body extra vitamins and nutrients that I didn’t have before…

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Drink More Water

I have always been aware of drinking a lot of water, but I noticed that when taking these supplements, I made myself drink an entire cup of water each time I took these throughout the day—in additional to the amount of water that I was already drinking.  Drink more water. This may be the easiest thing that you can do to improve your health. Simply. Drink. Water. There are several health benefits of drinking water, including:

  • Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids
  • Water Can Help Control Calories
  • Water Helps Energize Muscles
  • Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
  • Water Helps Your Kidneys
  • Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function

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Cut Down on Soda and Sugar

Just think of all the extra sugar and calories that you are consuming when you drink a can of pop. Not only are there health problems associated with drinking soda, such as a link to obesity, kidney damage, certain cancers, and even elevated blood pressure, but studies have also shown that you can actually lose weight when you do nothing else besides stop drinking soda.

 

Are you ready to transform?  Or are you just going to ease away from your New Year’s resolution in a couple of weeks?  Are you ready to make this year different?

 

#OneSimpleChange #6WT

 

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