Monthly Archives: September 2016

DIY Essential Oils for a Healthy, Clean, and Relaxing Home

DIY Essential Oils for a Clean, Healthy, and Relaxing Home | Money Savvy Living

Essential oils are widely known for their extraordinary aromas an a whole bunch of other precious properties. We have all probably heard different experts recommending people use essential oils to soothe their senses by adding a few drops on their clothes, sleepwear and cosmetics.

However, the use of essential oils can be spread far beyond this. For example, you can easily include some of them in your home cleaning routine because these substances can actually do a lot more than simply deodorise your home environment. When added to various cleaning products, essential oils have cleansing and disinfecting properties, not to mention the fact they are a great when it comes to cleaning various stains. And the best part is that no dangerous chemicals are used throughout the process.

Essential oils’ aroma is 100% natural. They also have strong antibacterial properties, which makes them great solution for your domestic cleaning routine. Of course, when it comes to cleaning, there are some that are more efficient than others.

We offer you a short list with the essential oils that have been proven to have great cleaning and disinfecting properties and are most commonly used separately or as complementary products to regular detergents to boost the latter’s cleansing properties.

  • Tea tree essential oil
    Tea tree essential oil has always been famous primarily thanks to its great efficiency and strong antibacterial properties. It is also preferred when dealing with moulds and mildews around the house. Another great thing about this fantastic essential oil is the fact that it has very light and soothing aroma.

    • A few drops of this oil can be added to the soap water you use for floor cleaning and maintenance. This will make sure your floors are left literally sparkling-clean, and the aroma will be left long after you have finished cleaning. Tea tree is also a great choice in case you want to refresh your laundry. All you need to do is add a few drops in the washing powder and enjoy.
  • Peppermint essential oil
    Peppermint essential oil has been long known as a source of unparalleled aroma when it comes to its freshness. This is why it is one of the most-preferred essential oils used for home cleaning and maintenance, not to mention the fact that it also has various antibacterial properties.

    • A few drops of this oil added to the detergents you use will help you take an excellent care of the places that need cleaning most, especially when it comes to the antibacterial hygiene of the premises such as the kitchen, the bathroom and toilet.
    • One of the most useful properties of the mint essential oil is the fact that it repels various insects says HouseCleaning Hammersmith. You can freely mix it with various other essential oils or products for maximum efficiency.
  • Lemon essential oil
    Lemon essential oil is carefully extracted from cold-pressed zest. This essential oil is characterised with quite fresh aroma that is normally associated with the sense of cleanliness everywhere in the house.
  • If you add several drops of lemon essential oil in your regular domestic cleaning product, the juicy citrus aroma will spread in the house and refresh the air and surfaces around it. Another great thing is that the aroma will be completely natural without being related to any chemicals at all.
  • In addition, lemon essential oil has strong properties when it comes to stains cleaning, no matter if they are on various surfaces in your home or on your clothes. If you add several drops of lemon essential oil to the water you use to clean up the floors, the hard floor surfaces will get sparkling-clean with literally no efforts and will be beautifully deodorized.

 

This has been a guest post by Katherine Fowler.  Katherine owns a operates a small cleaning company in London; she also specializes in sharing about natural living, domestic cleaning, and DIY projects.

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#75}

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 75 | Money Savvy Living

Eat, Drink, and Save Money: Easy Roast Vegetables

Fun Money Mom: Cheesy Shrimp & Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

Money Savvy Living: Best Time of Year to Buy a Car

Want to be a Share the Wealth Sunday Co-Host?

We are going to be adding a few Co-Hosts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up for October, November, and December! To apply for this opportunity, please fill out this Google Form for consideration.

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group 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!

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 Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, 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!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

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:

15 Super Simple Ways to Spend Less Money

Pros and Cons of Selling Online

Make Your Own Scented Gel Candle

Maple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

 

 

 

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When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car?

Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car | Money Savvy Living

 

Are you in the market for a new car? Are you in the market for a new car? Fall is a great time of year to go new car shopping and the time of year that you are most likely to get a good deal. Why is that? New cars for the next model year typically start making their way to dealerships in the late summer or early fall. This means that car dealerships need to make room for new inventory.

 

So what are some ways that you can get the best deal?

 

Steer clear of first year models.

Whenever a company comes out with a new make or model, it is usually more expensive, especially if it has been highly anticipated. Car makers also refine and make changes to a design after a car has been on the market for a year or so that could affect safety, performance, or usability in future models.

 

Dealer cars are nearly new, without the new price.

Dealer-driven cars are basically new cars, except they will have a few miles on them. These cars may be driven by someone from the dealership or used as courtesy cars for a year and then sold. You can really get a good deal on these because they are considered “used” cars, even though title has never actually transferred.

 

Last year’s model will get a discount.

Just like any other retailer that needs to clear out old inventory to make room for the new, car dealers are willing to discount last year’s models to move them off the car lot. These cars are brand new, except for a couple of test-drive miles on them. You may not have a lot of choice in color or options because you will be limited based on what is left in inventory, but you are sure to save thousands of dollars as compared to the new model- year vehicles.

 

Limit the extras.

Find out what options come standard on the vehichle that you are looking to purchase and which are extra. You can literally save thousands of dollars by getting a vehichle with only the options you need.

 

Do your research before you step onto the car lot.

  • If you have a trade-in, or are looking to buy a used car, go to a website to estimate the car’s value:
  • Decide what type of car you want and what options you need. Saving money is only a good deal if the vehicle will suit your needs. Most car manufacturer’s websites have car builder options available. This allows you to price a new car with only the options that you want; this can give you a good idea of what price you can expect to pay.
  • Look up inventory online. Many dealerships will have their inventory available to view online. This can be a huge time-saver when it comes to deciding which dealership to go to, instead of actually going from one car lot to the next.
  • Call several dealerships before visiting in person. This is a quick, efficient way to comparison shop without having to spend an entire day driving from dealership to dealership to figure out where you can get the best deal. Most dealerships are willing to quote prices (excluding trade-in) over the phone. This is definitely worth your time to do because prices can vary greatly from dealership to dealership.

 

Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car | Money Savvy Living

Create a Custom Photo Book with AdoramaPix

Discount on AdoramaPix Photo Book | Money Savvy Living

 

I take pictures of my kids all the time.  Mostly, on my iPhone… because it is what I have with me, so it’s convenient.  And while it is so nice to be able to share my life and highlights of my kids’ lives on social media, it is also nice to be able to sit down and flip through a photo album and reflect on those events.

 

That is one reason that I love to compile all of my digital photos into a keepsake book.  I don’t have to scroll through my phone or newsfeed or remember where I stored them on the computer…

 

Your memories deserve more than a lifeless screen! Breathe life into your photos and turn them into beautiful keepsake photo books that will last for generations.  Adoramapix’s custom books are high quality and display your images in rich detail.  Choose from gorgeous linen, hardcover and leather covers as well as 6 stunning paper finishes.  Stop swiping and start printing your family memories with AdoramaPix photo books!

 

Shop Now and start customizing your photo book today.  These also make great gifts for grandparents and this deal comes just in time for you to create a special Christmas gift…

 

Use promo code: PhotoBook15 to get 15% off your photo book order.

 

Sale ends 11/05/2016 11:59 PM EST

 

Discount on AdoramaPix Photo Book | Money Savvy Living

Benefits and Tax Obligations of Starting a Side Business

Benefits & Tax Obligations of Starting a Side Business | Money Savvy Living

 

The following is a guest post by Anthony C. Campidonica, CPA, EA, MBA, MSA:

 

Starting a side business can help you reach financial freedom. The extra money you earn through your business can reduce debt or be invested.

 

Starting a Business. Starting a side business can be as simple as offering a service you already provide. For instance, if you are a bookkeeper as an employee, you may be able to do extra bookkeeping on the side for other companies. You can sell items you already have, such as kid’s clothing. Alternatively, you can resell items to which you already have access. For example, a client I work with is a cycling enthusiast. He was able to track down very hard to find bike parts, and now runs an online business reselling the parts to other cycling enthusiasts.

 

Tax Benefits. A side business can present you with favorable tax opportunities. Business owners are allowed to convert personal expenses into legal business deductions if those expenses are considered ordinary and necessary expenses related to the operation of the business activity. These expenses include, but are not limited to, cell phone bills, computer, and meals and entertainment.

 

Tax Obligations. As a self-employed individual, you are generally required to pay quarterly estimated taxes for your self-employment tax and income tax.

 

Self-Employment Tax – Self-employment tax (SE tax) consists of Social Security and Medicare tax. It is similar to the Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most employees. You are generally liable for SE tax if you had net earnings from self-employment of $400 or more. Self-employment tax is a percentage of your net earnings from self-employment. Net earnings are calculated as the gross income you derived from your business less ordinary and necessary business expenses.

 

Income Tax – You are required to pay income tax, which is in addition to the SE tax, on your net earnings from self-employment. This is a tax imposed on your income from your business, which is determined by applying a rate to the net earnings.

 

Quarterly Payments – Because you do not have an employer withholding Social Security and Medicare taxes, and income tax for you on your earnings, you make estimated payments to pay these taxes. Speak to a tax professional or use the worksheet in Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals to find out if you are required to file quarterly estimated tax payments and if so, the amount of the taxes.

 

Recordkeeping. Based on my experience, the taxpayers who were the most organized with their records paid the least amount of taxes because they were able to account for their income and expenses.  Learning how to properly substantiate your expenses can save you both time and money. There are many software programs that can help you maintain your records in an orderly and consistent manner.

 

I strongly recommend you talk to a tax professional regarding the tax implications of starting a business and the tax obligations that come with it.

 

About the Author:  Anthony C. Campidonica (Tony) (http://outsmartingthesystem.com/author) spent over eight years as an Internal Revenue Agent (tax auditor) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This experience provided him with unique insight of tax laws and the opportunities provided to the rich. Tony recently wrote Outsmarting the System (http://outsmartingthesystem.com) because he believes that everyone – not just the rich – need to be aware of the constraints of the system and the opportunities provided to them through the tax laws.

 

Tony is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California and an Enrolled Agent (EA). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA).

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#74}

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 74 | Money Savvy Living

Eat, Drink, and Save Money: Stress-Free Preschool Painting Party

Fun Money Mom: 13 Fun & Creative Halloween Costumes for Couples

Money Savvy Living: Halloween $1000 Cash Giveaway

Want to be a Share the Wealth Sunday Co-Host?

We are going to be adding a few Co-Hosts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up for October, November, and December!  To apply for this opportunity, please fill out this Google Form for consideration.

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group 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!

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 Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, 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!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

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:

How I Make Over $50 Per Hour as An Amazon FBA Seller

3 Ways to Save Groceries Without Coupons

Why We Spend Too Much Money

12 Places to Find Seasonal Work

How to Make Money from Your Phone

 

 

 

 

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Halloween $1000 Cash Giveaway

Fall $1000 Cash Giveaway | Money Savvy Living

 

Did you know there are only 15 more Saturdays until Christmas??

 

Why am I talking about Christmas when it is only September? I mean, we haven’t even had time to start enjoying all the delicious pumpkin spice cookies, cakes, COFFEES… or the campfires, hayrides, s’mores, or leaves crunching beneath your feet as you take a walk…

 

Well, even though we still have time to enjoy all of those wonderful autumn things, it won’t be long and Christmas will be here. And we all know that you can’t start saving (or shopping) too soon, right?? So I have gotten together with a group of friends and am happy to be able to offer a great cash giveaway!

 

The giveaway starts September 15, 2016  at 6PM EST and

ends on October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

 

We are giving away:

$1000 in cash

 

… and I know that could definitely help to make this year a very merry Christmas….

Win one of two $500 cash prizes!!

 

Click here to Enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

The giveaway is open worldwide, void where to prohibited. The prize is sent in USD. There will be 2 winners of $500 each. The winners will be chosen using random.org (on Rafflecopter) and has 48 hours to respond to the email to claim prize. If prize isn’t claimed in the time it will be forfeit and a new winner will be chosen. Bloggers will announce winners once they are claimed. Winner must be 18 years or older to enter.

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#73}

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 73 | Money Savvy Living

Eat, Drink, and Save Money: Secrets to Eating Well on a Small Budget

Fun Money Mom: Easy 20 Minute Buffalo Chicken Kabobs

Money Savvy Living: Frosted Maple Cookies

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group 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!

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 Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Fun Money Mom

Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, 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!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

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:

Taming the Grocery Budget Monster

Anti-Inflammatory and Healing Turmeric Gummies

Old to New: Vintage Window Dry Erase Board

 

 

 

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Build a Better Breakfast that is Quick, Easy & Healthy

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Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

One of the most important things to me as a parent is making sure that my kids are successful in school and in life… and for our family, that all starts with a healthy breakfast each day.  So to ensure that we always have time for a healthy breakfast, I make sure that we have some healthy options in the refrigerator—and ready for the kids to grab and eat.

One way that I have found to do this for my kids is building a better breakfast with Great Value 2% Milk from Walmart, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions, and Lender’s Bagels.  I love this combo because, together, it provides a well-balanced breakfast for my boys, which is also quick and easy!  ChooseMyPlate.gov shows how to build a better breakfast by choosing food and beverage from each of the categories: dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein—and Great Value 2% Milk, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions and Lenders Bagels helps our family choose a healthy plate by hitting each of these categories.

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

While we know how important proper nutrition is for academic success, it is a sad reality that many children do not have access to basic nutrition.  Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for many children who face hunger, even basic staples like milk—and the nutrients that help power childhood activities—are missing.  Now, you can help feed a childhood when you shop at Walmart—by purchasing one or more of these products, you are helping Feeding America provide nutrient-rich milk to kids and families in need.  Join Feeding America in The Great American Milk Drive to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry children and families who need it most. More than 14 million servings of milk have been delivered to food banks through this first-of-its-kind initiative.

Growing up on a dairy farm, I know the importance of milk in a child’s diet.  Milk is naturally nutrient rich and powers potential—if you have access to it.  Milk’s nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving, can help to ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn, and grow.  Add in a Lender’s Bagel, which is filling, sustaining kids all morning, and a Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusion cup—and voila!—you have a complete and healthy breakfast.

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

Of course, this trio of milk, bagel, and fruit cup is quick, easy, and nutritious for the kids to just pull out of the refrigerator and make for themselves, but some mornings—when we have a bit of extra time—it is nice to add in another favorite of my boys—scrambled eggs.  I make a huge pan of scrambled eggs and whatever is not eaten at that meal goes into a storage container and put in the refrigerator to be reheated the next day.  You may not have ever thought of reheating eggs, but they truly do taste just as good as “leftovers.”  This is just another way that I make sure that I have healthy ready-to-eat items in the refrigerator so mornings run smoother.

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

And I’ll let you in on my secret way of making scrambled eggs too—it’s really simple, but adds so much flavor!  I usually make a half dozen eggs at a time so I make sure to have enough for leftovers:

  • crack your eggs into a bowl
  • add some Great Value 2% Milk (it makes the eggs nice and fluffy!)
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • melt a tablespoon of butter in your pan (over medium heat) and spread it around so the eggs won’t stick
  • beat the eggs thoroughly and pour in the pan
  • add some shredded cheese on top of the the uncooked egg mixture (I typically use Colby Jack, but American cheese is good too)
  • stir continually with a silicon spatula until completely cooked
  • top with a bit more cheese while the eggs are warm so it melts…yum!

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

Now that my kids are bigger, we always choose 2% milk because it is good for the kids to drink and I like to use this in any cooking as well.  I’m glad that my kids like drinking milk because this is the base that we work from to build a better breakfast.

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

But part of getting good food into kids is allowing them to help pick the foods too.  And Lender’s makes it easy because they have a bagel for everyone—even your pickiest eater will be able to find something that they will like: Plain, Blueberry and Cinnamon-Raisin flavors are kid-friendly & great for the whole family.  My two youngest sons decided that they wanted Blueberry, but my oldest son chose the French Toast bagels from Lender’s premium line of bagels.  I love that bagels for breakfast are timesaving, easy, tasty, and nutritious.  But when you go to the store to look for these, don’t head to the bread aisle… Lender’s Bagels are available in the refrigerated dairy section.

Build a Better Breakfast | Money Savvy Living

Over the years, I have to admit, that I have gravitated away from canned fruit items because of the high fructose corn syrup, however, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions has given me reason to come back… Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is the only fruit cup product that provides one serving of fruits and veggies in a single cup.  The veg is in the juice but you’d never even know it!  So when your kids want to drink the juice that the fruit is in—it’s actually healthy for them!  There’s no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or sweeteners in these fruit cups—and that’s important to me, as a parent!  So again, knowing that these are healthy, I had the boys pick out which flavors they wanted—because if they get to pick it, they will eat it, right?!  They decided on Apple Pear Watermelon and Cherry Fruit Trio, both were tasty—and easy to pack in school lunches too!  *Look for specially marked Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions packages on the shelf at Walmart for valuable coupons for Del Monte and Lenders products.

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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

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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
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  • 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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Eat, Drink, and Save Money: How to Become a Toy Tester (and get toys for FREE!)

Fun Money Mom: Retro Orange Crush Creamsicle Milkshake

Money Savvy Living: Are You a Budgeting Phony?

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group 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!

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 Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, 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!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

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:

Freezer Friendly Meals and Freezer Cooking Tips

How to Freeze Fruits & Veggies to Save Money

Teaching Teens About Money

How to Build Your Emergency Fund: Saving for a Rainy Day

How to Make Laundry Scent Booster

 

 

 

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