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Having a baby can be expensive. Get free baby stuff with these great freebies for new moms! This is a great way to help your budget when you’re a new parent.

I love a good deal, and I recently came across some great deals for free baby stuff that I wanted to share with you!

If you’re a new mom or you know someone who’s having a baby, check out the offers below. Some of them would also make great baby shower gifts!

Also, please note that while the items are free, some of them require you to pay shipping and handling.

Affiliate links included below. Read my disclosure here. 

Get $50 Worth of Free Baby Stuff from Target

Create a baby registry at Target, and you can get a bag full of freebies for your new baby!

Whenever you create a baby registry, Target will give you a welcome kit with over $100 worth of coupons and samples.

Free Baby Leggings

Get 5 free pairs of baby leg warmers at www.babyleggings.com. Pick out the leggings you want and add them to your cart.

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How to grow herbs in a home herb garden for beginners.

Maybe you’re fairly new to gardening and want to start off with something small, or possibly you’ve grown vegetables in a home garden and are now ready to try something new.

Either way, here are some helpful tips for how to grow herbs in a home herb garden.

Benefits of Growing Herbs

There are several reasons to start a home herb garden.  Here are just a few.

1. Herb Gardening is Simple

For one, growing herbs at home is in some ways simpler than growing vegetables such as tomatoes or cucumbers.

This is because herbs are generally less prone to diseases and insects than vegetables.

Although many herbs are like vegetables in that they are annuals (meaning they will only grow one year and not come back again), other herbs such as chives and rosemary are actually perennials and will grow back year after year.

If your soil is not very rich, herbs are very forgiving, as they tend not to be as nutrient-hungry as vegetables and can often grow in soil where vegetables may not thrive.

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What to do when you don’t have a mudroom, especially if you have a small house and children.

Our previous house had no mudroom and no coat closet in the entryway.

When You Don’t Have a Mudroom

This lack of space caused a huge amount of discouragement as I tried to corral it all without a proper storage space.

I knew how frustrating it was to deal with children’s coats and all the winter gear (hats, mittens, scarves, etc.) when there was no place to store it all.

When we were finally able to buy a house, one of my main requirements was that it must have a coat closet.

So, we went looking for a house with a coat closet. And we found one!

Clutter by the Back Door

The only trouble was, the coat closet was right by the front door (as they usually are), and the kids wanted to go out the back door.

The back door is in our eat-in kitchen. Right by the dining table.

Which meant that all of the coats, jackets, hats, mittens, scarves, boots, and outside toys always ended up right by the table.

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Farmhouse summer bedroom tour with a few simple and peaceful summer decor updates.

It’s been awhile since I did a home decor post, so I thought I’d take you on a small tour of our master bedroom.

Farmhouse Summer Bedroom

Last year I was able to make a few master bedroom updates (which I shared here), including a new duvet cover, and a new quilt.

Not much has changed in our master bedroom other than the addition of a few pillow covers and a beautiful fresh lavender plant (that will probably find its way outside to my herb garden soon).

Lavender is my favorite herb, so I love having it in my garden and also in the house.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband bought this bed as a wedding present for me (20 years ago). It’s kind of a family heirloom by now, but I’m still considering painting it white.

I know it’s taking me a long time to make up my mind about that, but I want to be really sure it’s a good idea before I take the plunge and grab the paintbrush!

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Sugar-free sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing drink on a hot summer day! Read on to see how to make it and discover the health benefits.

If you enjoy the taste of lemonade but would like to avoid the sugar and/or food coloring found in many lemonade drinks, then give this sugar-free sparkling strawberry lemonade a try!

Many people are looking for drink recipes compatible with Trim Healthy Mama, paleo or ketogenic diets.  This recipe may fit the bill for any of those diets unless you are avoiding even small amounts of fruit.

My husband came up with this recipe recently, and I decided to share it because it’s just so good!

Sugar-Free Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Sugar-Free Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

  • 2 liters carbonated water
  • 5 scoops stevia extract powder
  • 4 slices fresh lemon
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  1. You can use any type of unflavored carbonated water (sparkling water, club soda, soda water, or seltzer water), but I prefer to make my own sparkling water with a Soda Stream. 

  2. Pour the carbonated water into a pitcher.

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Make your own fire pit with this simple and inexpensive design. This method of making a backyard fire pit is so simple that my kids helped make it!

A couple years ago, my mom was moving from her house in the country to a house in the city. She had all of these cinder blocks that she didn’t want to take with her.

She said she had seen some pictures online of a very simple backyard fire pit using cinder blocks, and wondered if we’d like to have one. Of course we said yes!

The kids helped her unload the cinder blocks from the back of her truck and into our backyard. Then they got ready to build the fire pit.

How to Make Your Own Fire Pit

This project was literally so simple that it hardly requires detailed instructions, and I didn’t even get any photos of the building action!

I was inside the house working on another project, and my mom and kids literally made this simple fire pit all by themselves.

To make the fire pit, all you do is lay down some cinder blocks in a square shape.

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Today we have a guest post from my husband David! He’s our resident garden expert, and he’s here today to share some great tips for growing tomatoes in a home garden.

Did you know that one of the most popular “vegetables” in the world isn’t actually a vegetable at all?

It’s true!  Tomatoes are classified as fruits, not vegetables.

Whether you consider a tomato a fruit or a vegetable, I’d like to share with you some tips on how to grow a bumper harvest of tasty tomatoes in your own home garden.

Tips for Growing Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow in a home vegetable garden.  Yet tomato plants can also be a bit finicky as well as subject to various diseases and pests.

1. Seeds or Plants?

The first thing to consider when thinking about growing tomatoes is whether to start from seeds or to buy plants that are already started.  I’ve tried both ways and while I enjoy starting my own seeds, that can take more work than buying plants and then transplanting them into your garden.

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Need help learning how to make a schedule that actually works? This post is for you! We’ll go through the basics of why you need a schedule and then cover some simple steps to make your own.

Why You Need a Schedule

How many times have you come to the end of a day and discovered that you didn’t accomplish much? This has happened to me many times through the years. More times than I’d like to admit.

Sometimes it’s due to lack of self-discipline (staying up too late, not getting up on time, etc.), but more often than not, my most disorderly days happen when I don’t use a schedule.

A schedule provides a helpful framework for the day, which can be so beneficial. It helps me to be more intentional about the way I use my time. It also eliminates a lot of decision fatigue.

With my schedule in hand, I can see what I need to focus on, and when it needs to be done.

I never have to wonder what to do next. My next steps have already been pre-determined by the schedule.

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Every homemaker’s daily schedule will look a bit different, but sometimes it helps to see how someone else structures their day. Here’s a peek into my current personal schedule.

When people find out that I’m a homemaker, they often want to know what my day looks like. I think sometimes they’re wondering what exactly I do all day!

Does being a homemaker mean I have unlimited amounts of free time? Do homemakers just sit around eating bonbons and feeling bored? Hardly!

I’ve had many jobs in my life, but being a homemaker has been the most challenging as well as the most rewarding career ever.

One thing I’ve learned is that having an orderly home doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of planning and intentionality. A  schedule helps me do that.

A Homemaker’s Daily Schedule

For me, it helps to have a daily schedule to follow. This helps me to be intentional with my days rather than just drifting through life.

Just because I advocate the use of a schedule, that doesn’t mean that I follow my schedule perfectly. I never do. Things come up, kids get sick, life happens.

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How we cut our grocery bill in half and greatly reduced our spending in the grocery store.

How We Cut Our Grocery Bill in Half

Last year my husband and I decided we needed to reduce our spending. We looked over our budget, and since we’re already pretty frugal, we couldn’t find much to cut.

The one area that we felt we had some control over was food.

We have always tried to be as frugal as possible when it comes to groceries, but we realized that we could be spending less.

Having enough food on hand for our family of 7 (including four teenagers) can be a challenge. But even more challenging is trying to make sure that the food we eat is budget-friendly and healthy all at the same time.

This can be a huge challenge, but it’s not impossible!

I will admit that when we are able, we would probably end up spending more money so that we could buy organic, real food ingredients more often. Even though we haven’t been able to eat everything we’d like, we have tried to stick to healthy, real food as much as possible even while on a budget.

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