A military wife's guide to savings in the civilian life. Teaching you how to save money on every part of your life from food to DIY, homeschooling, travel, and more! Also learn how to make more money is places you wouldn't have thought of!
This is a sponsored post between Allstate and The Frugal Navy Wife. All opinions remain my own. Trying to keep ourselves and families safe on the web can feel like a full-time job The Internet can be full of a bunch of stuff that no one wants to get involved in. That’s why it’s important to be aware of your hidden world of data. It’s important to protect your online life and be aware of your digital footprint. Watch your kids The Internet is too diverse for us to expect too much out of our kids. It’s our responsibility as parents to watch our kids on the Internet. While you don’t have to look right over their shoulders, there are some things you should be doing. Monitoring their messages and social media daily. Checking to see what apps they’re downloading and make sure they’re kid appropriate. Set up a porn blocker to ensure nothing unexpected or x-rated pops up. Talk to your kids about Internet safety. If they know WHY you want them to be safe, they’re more likely to make good decisions, while using the Internet. Know about your digital footprint Some people are reading this right now, wondering if it’s even a real thing and YES it is. Whenever you do ANYTHING online you could be leaving a trail of your personal data called a digital footprint. As adults, it’s important that we know the Internet is “forever.” Once you put something out there, like on social media,
The best way to cool off in the summer seems to be with ice cream. I won't lie, I have an extremely soft spot for ice cream. I went through a fazed where I was obsessed with cake batter ice cream. Nowadays though it's all chocolate. You can't go wrong getting a woman chocolate anything in my opinion. So when I started my venture into the no churn ice cream faze of course it had to be with this chocolate No-Churn Ice Cream recipe! Hershey's Double Chocolate No-Churn Ice Cream When we lived in Pennsylvania my kids loved our visit to Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey PA. We went on the free factory tour ride and got some free chocolate at the end. We made our own chocolate bars and had lunch that had a dusting of chocolate powder one everything. We toured the town and just fell in love with the area and ever since then any time we have chocolate with anything it has to be Hershey's Chocolate. So when I made this double chocolate no-churn ice cream it had to be the same way with Hershey's chocolate! Ingredients 2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream (you can also use this heavy whipping cream substitute if needed) 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/2 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 cup Hershey's Chocolate Chips, divided into thirds Related: Amazing Kiwi Cream Tarts Directions Start by adding cocoa powder to sweetened condensed milk and stir until dissolved. In a large bowl, whisk in the heavy cream until soft
With Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day cookouts generally have a red white and blue theme. Everything from red, white, and blue drinks to one of my favorites red, white, and blue Oreos! The patriotic decor is one of my favorites and my kitchen decor revolves around it. I made a July 4th Yarn Wreathe a few years back and still use it on my door during the summer! So to keep up with the red, white, and blue theme one of the popular summer treats is anything Jello. These Jello Firecrackers can be for kids and you can make an adult only version too! just make sure to make sure you can tell the 2 apart!! Related: 25 Patriotic Drink Recipes Jello Firecrackers This is a great recipe to have kids help you with! So let's get started! Ingredients 1 3oz pack Blue Jell-O Gelatin 1 3oz Red Jell-O Gelatin 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin (like Knox) 1 1/3 cups boiling Water 1 cup Milk 1/4 cup Sugar Maraschino Cherries drained Plastic Shot Glasses Related: Firecracker Vanilla Cupcakes Making Jello Firecrackers Place blue gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolved and allow to cool. Fill each cup 1/3 full of blue gelatin mix and place in refrigerator for about 15 mins. Add 1/3 cup of milk to another bowl and sprinkle unflavored gelatin over top. Heat remaining 2/3 cup of milk to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in sugar to dissolve.
The dress you have always dreamed of may not always fit within your budget, but you do have options to still get fantastic cheap wedding dresses on a dime, no matter your personal style. Take a look at what you can do to make your wedding dreams a reality. Save Money on Your Wedding Dress and Groom's Attire – Cheap Wedding Dresses One of the most important parts of a wedding is the wedding dress. Save money with these simple tips Now I want to start by saving have you seen the prices of wedding dresses? Holy cow! I won't lie it makes David's bridals $99 dress look like the best sample sale in the world! Related: Save Money on the Wedding Venue – Cheap Wedding Venue Ideas Here are a few places to look that could save you a bit of money (if not make the dress free!) Boutiques Online Retail stores Bridal gown store SALE RACKS Thrift shops Grandma's Closet Prom dress stores Facebook groups Here are a few more things to consider about your dress: Keep it simple – The more details and ‘bling' on the dress the more it is going to cost. Shop at the right time – Shopping for cheap wedding dresses in the summer and winter when designers are having their biggest sales to clear out for the new season of dresses is when you can find the best deals. Buy a floor sample – These are the ones everyone tries on and the store
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gillette at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. Father's Day is quickly approaching and nothing says father and son like learning to shave together. Teaching my son to shave has always been something my husband has wanted to do. All my kids watch my husband as he shaves! It's so fun to see them look up to him. If you're teaching your son to shave for the first time, here are some tips to keep in mind. Make sure the time is right When it comes to teaching your son to shave, you want to make sure the time is right. You don't want to teach him to shave when he's too little or when he's too old. The right age is everything! Keep this in mind when you decide it's time to teach your son to shave. Have fun with it Although shaving and handling a razor is serious business, it's important to have fun with it. Your son should have this as a special memory, so make it fun. Feel free to laugh and make it something he won't forget. These memories are carried for a lifetime with our kids, so it's important that we make them special. Choose a quality razor When it comes to showing a young boy how to shave, a quality razor is everything. My husband will only use Gillette and that's what he plans on teaching our son how
Fathers are something pretty special, aren’t they? There is nothing quite like them. On Father’s Day, we salute them for every hug they gave us and every sacrifice they made. It is easy to wish we had a million bucks to spend on our dads, but in the great majority of our lives, this is not the case and so here are some tips for treating dad like a king on father’s day if you are looking to keep it in your budget. A frugal Father's Day gift ideas list if you will. How to Save Money with Father's Day Gift Ideas Give him special “privileges”. This is a free way to make his father’s day extra special. Let him completely control the remote control or decide what he wants to eat for the day. Make Dad dinner at home. Get out the grill and make him a meal he won’t forget. Get some extra nice cuts of beef and make him a streak that’s better than any he could get at a restaurant. Look up recipes on Pinterest for some awesome marinade ideas. But you can't go wrong with Bacon Wrapped Corn On The Cob and Hawaiian Islands Grilled Pork Chops. Do his work for him. If dad normally mows or trims the lawn, do it for him. Just taking a day off and getting to relax on this stuff can really mean a lot to him. Look for freebies for the day in your area. Maybe there are free fishing days
Have you ever wanted to try a product before you actually paid the money to buy it? You never know how a product will fit your needs, but many panels will not only have you test their products but will pay you to do so. So, you get free products and either rewards or cash! Here’s how to make money testing products! How to Get Started Product Testing for Money Test Products on Toluna Go to the community at the top of the page on the left-hand side. Click on test products to choose products to test. Some you get paid for, some you get rewards for, but all of them you get to test the product for FREE and give your honest opinion at Toluna. Earn Cash Rewards Sharing on Product Report Card Product Report Card will send you cash through PayPal, a check, or send you Amazon gift cards. Simply fill out your information and go through the steps to register to start making money to get products to review. Complete your profile to become a full member of Product Report Card. Once you have fully completed your account, you will be invited to test products under the “My Products” tab. Get Household Items at Global Test Market You get household items and rewards for taking surveys. You earn Market points for completing surveys which you can then redeem for rewards. Most products come from Amazon, PayPal, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and UNICEF. Try new products before they even hit
Want to impress your friends at your next BBQ? What about at the July 4th party? Put together this Stars and Stripes Mocktail Recipe with juice, perfect for kid and adults, the stripe pattern is perfect for impressing your friends! How does this work? The Highest sugar content goes in first since it will sit to the bottom and so on. Do it in order and it will stay in a stripe pattern until it's mixed! YUM! Stars and Stripes Mocktail Recipe Related: 25 Patriotic Drink Recipes INGREDIENTS 1 cup Cranapple Juice 1 cup Sobe Elixir Pina Colada 1 cup Blue G2 Gatorade DIRECTIONS Make sure all ingredients are well chilled. Fill glass 1/4 of the way with ice. Fill with cranapple juice just to 1/3 way up. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until ice layer has formed on the red layer. Fill to top with ice Gently fill with pina colada by pouring over the back of a spoon to 2/3 way up. Place in freezer for 20 minutes or until ice layer has formed on the white layer. Gently fill with G2 by pouring over the back of a spoon rest of way up. Related: Cherry Spritzer Drink Recipe What are some of your favorite mocktail recipes?
Think Cheap wedding venues aren't fancy or romantic? The venue is going to be one of the most expensive parts of your wedding, but it can be cost-effective if you choose the right space. When you start looking at venues remember that holding your reception and ceremony in the same spot will save you lots of money. If you want or need different locations you can still save money but you'll need to get even more creative. Save Money on the Wedding Venue – 17 Cheap Wedding Venue Ideas We had our wedding on the beach in Virginia Beach. We were able to find a hotel on the beach that wasn’t right in the center of the action, it was down the strip tucked out of the way. So, we got married outside on the beach and the moved inside to a reception room. They even threw in a free room on the water for us to stay in that night! Since we were married on a Wednesday instead of a weekend we got the space for half off! Just think outside the box when it comes to your venue. I always suggest knowing how many people you plan to have at the wedding this will start to dictate where you can have it. Then think of places available via family and friends. Does your Uncle own a huge ranch you can have a rustic outdoor wedding at? Or does your brother own a restaurant? Don't be afraid to ask
Who loves shopping, but doesn’t like leaving their house? *Raises hand* When I found Stitch Fix, it really changed my life. With 5 kids, it’s not as if I just go and shop whenever I want. However, the online world has changed that for so many moms. With Stitch Fix, you even get your own online personal stylist. Here is what Stitch Fix is and how it can revolutionize your life. Stitch Fix 101 Related: Mix & Match Nordstrom Womens Summer Styles How it Works When using something like Stitch Fix, it’s important to know how it works. Here is the rundown: Fill out a style profile – This means you go in and fill out a profile that reflects your style. You can even choose your price preferences and size! You get to discuss this all with your personal stylist. Request a Fix Delivery – One of the fun parts of Stitch Fix is when you get 5 pieces of hand-selected clothing delivered right to your front door. Keep What You Want – Out of what is delivered to your front door, you get to keep what you want. Each piece has a price and you can choose to keep it and pay the price. You can also send it back and get free shipping both ways. Other Great Parts of Stitch Fix Related: Designer Style for Less – Chambray and White Don’t for once think that this service is just for women, it’s also for men. Just go to the