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The Frugal Navy Wife by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife - 1w ago

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Navy Federal Credit Union. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you ever just looked at your finances and started panicking just a little? It’s easy to allow money to get out of hand. One minute you’re doing okay financially and the next you don’t really know what’s going on. Here is how to spring clean your finances. Go on a Spending Freeze One thing to do is to go on a spending freeze. By going on a spending freeze, you can really spring clean your finances. This simply means that you don’t spend any money, unless it’s necessary. Budget for Future Expenses Most people find themselves in financial trouble, when they don’t budget for important expenses. Don’t wait until those expenses sneak up on you; budget for them. Whether it’s house taxes or insurance, put aside money every week to ensure you have enough when the time rolls around that you need it. Consolidate What You Can Another way to spring clean your finances is to consolidate what you can. If you have student loans, see if you can refinance or consolidate them. If you have credit cards, you can consider a balance transfer to help you save money. Lowering your monthly payment can also take a lot of stress out of your finances. Have a Spousal Budget Meeting If you’re not the only one dealing with your finances, it’s time to have a budget meeting. You can

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The Frugal Navy Wife by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife - 1M ago

I don’t know about you, but I would love to go on a cruise right now. Cruises are so relaxing, fun, and a great way to see the world. However, they can be pretty expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing. I'm going to share with you how to take a cruise on a budget or in other words how to cruise cheap! Cruise Cheap – How to Take a Cruise on a Budget How do you know what you can afford if you don’t have a budget? Determine how much you want to spend on your cruise. This should include the amount you want to spend on gas, airfare, food, drinks, and anything else. Once you have set a budget, you can start looking for deals on that budget. Look for All-Inclusive Deals I cannot express how important it is to look for all-inclusive deals. All-inclusive means your room fees, food, drink, and other amenities are included in a one-time fee. These are great ways to get everything from your cruise and stay under budget. Here are a few of my favorite sites for finding all-inclusive deals: Carnival Travelocity Expedia Groupon Related: How We Did a 4 Day Road Trip for Under $800 with a Family of 5 Plan Months Ahead of Time This seems to always work well for me and my family. You need to make your plans 6-months to a year out. When you book early, you get a special deal that you won’t get if

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This is a sponsored post between Gillette and The Frugal Navy Wife. All opinions remain my own. I’m sure you have heard me mention Operation Homefront before. This is a nonprofit that works hard to “build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.” I support any program that helps military families but it’s not an easy job! Being a part of a military family is a big deal, and it’s always nice when you can be apart of something big like Operation Homefront. I know many people that have benefited from this organization. What’s even cooler is that two of my favorite brands are merging together to create something even more awesome! Gillette Deodorant & Operation Homefront Did you know that Gillette Deodorant is a HUGE supporter of service members of all kinds? Veterans, their families, and service members all fall into this category. Gillette wants to continuously work with Operation Homefront to make sure military families are supported. To show this Gillette deodorant has put out a great film for us all to check out. In Gillette’s new short film, ‘Every Hero Sweats, Some Never Show It”, Gillette wishes to showcase the lesser known challenges that servicemembers face when retiring or separating from the military and re-enter civilian life to find a job. Gillette deodorant wants to celebrate the everyday heroes who persevere through that transition all while balancing the everyday demands of their job,

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In the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laura introduces us to Almanzo Wilder and shows us what life is like for him growing up on a farm in New York. We learn about his daily chores and see how much he wants to prove he is responsible enough to have his own horse. Give this book a read, and then try these three activities to help you explore the text further. Lesson Plans for Farmer Boy By Laura Ingalls Wilder After we finished out Little House in the Big Woods Lesson Plan we moved on to the next book in the series, Farmer Boy By Laura Ingalls Wilder. The kids liked this one and learning about old-time farming.  We also used the Guide for Using Farmer Boy in the Classroom (Literature Units). They have activities and worksheets for each chapter along with chapter tests.  The Wilder home still stands in Malone, New York and you can visit it and learn about Almanzo Wilder Childhood. We then took the virtual tour with Notgrass History since we couldn't visit in person.  After that, we did some fun crafts and DIY projects related to the book.   Here are 3 activities perfect for accompanying Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Activity One – Ice Smash and Stack Supplies needed: Metal cake pan Water Tools such as small hammer and pick Metal cookie sheet Children in the late 1800s had to collect ice from the lake to fill their ice houses. These ice houses were used to keep

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The Frugal Navy Wife by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife - 3M ago

As a mom of 5, I LOVE easy Instant Pot recipes! They are easy and forgiving of me when I forget to pull the meat out of the freezer, which is several times a week! This easy Instant Pot Lasagna has quickly become a family favorite!  Easy Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe About 3 years ago I broke down and bought an Instant Pot and ditched my traditional slow cooker and I haven't looked back. You can make just about anything in your Instant Pot. It has so many settings I used it to make rice, as a slow cooker, and I even have recipes for Instant Pot yogurt! Related: Easy Instant Pot Chocolate Cake Recipe I even learned I am able to can jam in my Instant Pot. Talk about easy! my Instant Pot gets so much use now it pretty much stays on my kitchen counter. I love that thing! So much so that I invested in an Instant Pot Assecory Pack that comes with a steamer and a rack to hold eggs, and a cheesecake pan, and so much more!  Now on to the super easy Instant Pot Lasagna.  Ingredients 1 Large Jar Pasta Sauce 16oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 1 egg 16 oz Cottage Cheese (Ricotta can be used in place of this) Lasagna Noodles (I used regular noodles NOT oven ready) 1 Tbs Italian Seasoning 1 Tsp Garlic Powder Related: The Easiest Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe Directions Place 1-1.5 Cups water in the bottom of the pot. Place rack in pot. Make

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This post is sponsored by Savings.com. Many of you reading this grew up on BUSH’S® Chili Beans. You had it in dad’s famous Chili. You had BUSH’S® Chili Beans in your favorite version of beanie weanies. These beans were a staple in our childhood, but they are also a major part of my life now! My kids enjoy these beans too, which is great because we eat a lot of beans! Easy Meatless Chili Recipe with BUSH’S® Chili Bean Favorite Recipes It’s important that I have BUSH’S® Chili Beans in my house because we use them in so many recipes. I have at least 5-10 cans in my pantry at all times. These beans are an excellent filler for meals or just to serve by themselves. I can tell you that these beans go in many of our favorite recipes! Easy to Make I can’t tell you how many times I have made BUSH’S® Chili Beans. I mean, they’re so easy to make, you can’t really go wrong. Whether I’m cooking for all of us, or just me, it’s super easy to cook a can up and serve it! More Reasons to Love BUSH’S® Chili Beans Like there weren’t plenty of reasons to love BUSH’S® Chili Bean, they have a coupon out right now. Get $1 off any two BUSH’S® Chili Beans products. You can print the coupon while supplies last but you should also know that the coupon is redeemable at Walmart stores. Best of all you can grab

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Thank you Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes for sponsoring this post. Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes are real potatoes, real easy, delivering homemade taste on demand. If you have children, life is busy. If you have five children, life can be complete chaos at times. I have to say that dinner time has to be one of the most chaotic times of the day. When it comes to making dinner, I have to get a little creative. I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen, so there are some things I like to do to make dinner easier when life gets busy. Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole Let me share some tips for making dinner easy. Because as a mom of 5 kids easy dinners are my go too! If you are looking for the recipe it's right below!  First Some Tips to Making Dinner When Life is Busy Do a Little Food Prep You know, this doesn’t always happen but when it does, I’m pretty proud of myself. The food prep I do is as simple as cutting up my veggies and freezing them, so I don’t have to do it later in the week. I can simply take it out of the freezer and place in the pan that I’m cooking in. Food prep isn’t always easy to do with five kids, but I do try and make it a “thing.” Get the Kids Involved While I don’t let the kids full fledge make dinner yet, I do let them get

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The Frugal Navy Wife by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife - 3M ago

Little House in the Big Woods is the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life living on an 1800’s frontier with her homesteading family. This book tells about the adventures Laura and her family enjoy while living on the homestead and gives a glimpse of what their daily life was like through the eyes of young Laura. This book is ideal for teaching kids not just more about the life of a homesteader, but what life was like for children living on the frontier in the late 1800’s! We love this series and put this Little House in the Big Woods Lesson Plan together to go with it.  Little House in the Big Woods Lesson Plan We started by reading the book twice. Once we read as a readout loud just for them to hear at night. The second time we read it to study it.  As we read the book we used A Guide for Using Little House in the Big Woods in the Classroom (Literature Units) which goes chapter by chapter. With tests, activities, and questions from the book. We also used the Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook as we went along.  After we finished the books I wanted to take them on a virtual field trip of the area. A quick search landed us on this Laura Ingalls Virtual Field Trip that walks you through all the homesteads.  We then watched this video from Notgrass History on the log cabin and Pepin Wisconsin area. After the tours, we moved

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The Frugal Navy Wife by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife - 3M ago

With Valentines Day coming up The Melting Pot has shared some of their great recipes! Why not spoil each other at home all year with this Melting Pot Love Martini recipe? How yummy does this sound? Strawberry, Coconut, Peach, Cranberry YUM! Copy Cat Melting Pot Love Martini Recipe A long time ago hubby and I decided we were NOT going to try to go out on Valentines Day, or the weekend before or after it. The crowds were crazy! So we started to find meals at home. As we had kids we would put the kids to bed early and have an at-home date night.  Related: Copy Cat Melting Pot Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fondue We went to the Melting Pot on date night often before kids but I just don't feel like it's a place to take kids. People want to relax, there are a lot of hot things and fire and more kids then us it's bound to end badly! So now we like doing out at home fondue nights. We were given a fondue set one year as a gift and we have been using it ever since!  Related: Copy Cat Melting Pot Yin – Yang Chocolate Fondue This Love Martini is something we only have on Valentine's Day it's a great themed drink to add to our at home date! Ingredients 1 strawberry 1 ½ ounces coconut-flavored rum 1-ounce peach schnapps 2 ounces cranberry juice Instructions Remove the stem from the strawberry. Slice the strawberry and cut a small “v” in the

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If you know me, you know I love my easy slow cooker recipes and break them out weekly! This easy slow-cooked pork chops recipe is only 5 ingredients and it's super easy and even the kids liked it so that's a major score! Easy Slow Cooked Pork Chops Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients! Keep in mind if you have thinner pork chops you will want to cook them a bit less. I got some a few months back on sale and forgot to adjust the cooking time so they were a bit dry but still just as good! It's easy to adjust the salt and pepper to taste and I've adjusted this recipe adding things in. In fact, this has been known as This and That Pork Chops in my house. Related: Brown Sugar Glazed Garlic Pork Chops These pork chops go really good with my 7 Up Biscuits Recipe. It's a great south recipe and easy to make. For a side dish, we like to pair it with this Green Bean Recipe With A Bacon Vinaigrette. My kids can't turn down veggies when they have bacon in them! To really hit the dish off make sure to use this Easy Gravy Recipe. Though my kids seem to be just happy enough to eat it with ketchup instead of any gravy I make! Ingredients 4 Pork Chops 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 lemon, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed (We use our homemade

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