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4 Ways to Squelch A “Want”

by Freebies4Mom on June 8, 2017 12:00 pm

TipsThere was this purse I saw on Amazon that I instantly fell in love with and thought “I have to get this purse, it is so ME!”. But I didn’t buy it because the pricetag was over $200 – and I’ve never bought a purse that costs anywhere near that much. ]

I squelched my desire to buy it by printing out a picture of it and filing it away (so it was out-of-sight and out-of-mind).  Well, I found that picture a few months after I printed it and guess what? I no longer want that purse – and now when I look at it I think “Those zebra stripes are so NOT me”. I am so glad I didn’t buy it when I wanted to, but held onto it as a “wish” that might be granted or denied at a later date.

I’m still shopping for a new purse – but instead of browsing online for the “perfect” purse I’m looking in the Goodwill Store for the “perfect” gently-used purse.

Here are four tips to squelch a “Want” on your list:

1. Print It and then Forget It

2. Ask for it as a Gift

3. Go Frugal

4. Just Say No To Yourself

It’s ok (and even healthy) so just say no to yourself! You can make do with what you have – and many times you will find that what you have is plenty!

We get bombarded with “buy more” messages every day so it’s easy to think that we need to upgrade something when we don’t really need to.

Having less helps us appreciate all that we have that much more! Don’t you think so?

4 Ways to Squelch A "Want"

Me with my gently used purse I bought at a Garage Sale


speech313Where can you take the kids this summer that’s air-conditioned, educational, fun and FREE? The library!

We are fortunate to live in Houston and we have three public libraries within a 15-minute drive of our house. During the summer, our library hosts wonderful kids and teen activities including everything from crafts to magicians. Plus we can of course check out books and movies.

Our library also hosts a free Summer Reading Program where kids get rewarded for reading and yours probably does too!

But my favorite thing about planning an outing to the library is that while we are there we are not tempted to spend money! As long as we return our library books on time, the library is a very frugal place to go.

Why are you taking your kids to the library this summer? Please leave a comment to tell me!


Why it’s a challenge for me to love summer…

by Freebies4Mom on June 6, 2017 11:59 am

MorningIt’s a challenge for me to love summer. I know it sounds crazy – doesn’t everyone love summer?

But because of a combination of moving to a climate I’ll never acclimate to and working from home full-time all summer, it completely throws me off my schedule when my kids are home full-time all summer. And I’m supposed to enjoy this? Here’s why it’s a big challenge:

1. My kids get 12 weeks of vacation from school. I get 0 weeks of vacation.

That’s the challenge and the beauty of being self-employed. You are never really on “vacation”. I do take a real vacation but that means I do about half of what I normally do while my family is on vacation. And to do half of what I normally do takes a lot of preparation.

That’s why I joke about taking a vacation in the boonies – I literally must be cut-off from the internet because blogging has become such an important part of my daily life. I don’t want to stop, even while on vacation – so my goal is to do a lot less.

2. It’s too hot for me to enjoy the outdoors.

Houston is hot. I like to refer to summer as “Super Summer” because there is too much sunshine, too much humidity, and too much heat. That’s why we travel to visit family and the places we used to live during the summer. Places where the summer temperatures are in the 60’s and 70’s.

If you go to an outdoor pool in Houston, your feet will get burned walking from your pool chair to the pool . . . seriously, it’s that hot!

3. The birds start singing at 5:45 am.

Which is a wonderful way to wake-up . . .

unless you’re the mom of children who wake-up when the birds wake-up


Why is it a challenge for you to love summer?

Which season of the year is your least favorite and why? Leave a comment to tell me!


FootprintsIt wasn’t the biggest freebie or prize ever that surprised me, it was something that I never knew was lost until it was returned to me (albeit five years later). A 9 x 11 envelope arrived in my mailbox. The first thing I do when I get a piece of mail is I look at the return address and try to guess what’s inside (I can usually guess if it’s a freebie I requested). This envelope was from my hospital – but I could tell it wasn’t a bill. And I hadn’t been to the hospital in over four years when my second son was born – so what in the world could it be?

Footprints . . . NEWBORN Footprints . . . and my first thought was:

“Whose footprints are these?” because what appears to be some type of informal birth certificate that the hospital issues was completely blank except for my doctor’s signature (his actual signature, not a stamp) . . . and those newborn footprints. My second thought was:

“These footprints don’t belong to me!” because I don’t remember missing footprints for either of my two children. But then I turned the mostly blank certificate over and studied the small sticker in the bottom right-hand corner. My name and date of birth are on it. So my third thought was:

“Which baby of mine is this for?” It took me a few minutes to correctly read the admission date which matches the birth of my first son (which happened over five years ago).

Wow! Five years later my newborn’s footprints are returned to me. I didn’t know they were missing but I’m happy to have them back! No doubt I have someone at the hospital to thank for taking the time to lookup my current address (I’ve moved within that five years) and mail it to me after they were discovered in some filing cabinet somewhere. So that was the biggest surprise in my mailbox – and I just had to save the envelope because it still surprises me to pull it out and wonder all over again what’s inside…

What was the biggest surprise in your mailbox?

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Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

by Freebies4Mom on November 15, 2016 8:00 am

I have been compensated by ZonePerfect® for this post; however I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #Ad #ZonePerfect

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

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I snack on ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bar from Walmart to help fuel my day so I can enjoy Little Wins™ all day long. I can’t exercise on an empty stomach, but often find myself going to my dance aerobics class right before lunchtime. Before my workout, I enjoy a Fudge Graham ZonePerfect bar with 14 grams of protein to help fuel my workout with protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s the perfect way for me to enjoy my workout and delay eating lunch without feeling hungry. I have an active lifestyle so I definitely need a delicious snack option with protein (and who knew protein could taste so good?). I work hard all day long so when I snack, I snack like I mean it!

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

I shopped at Walmart where I found ZonePerfect near the pharmacy in the Health and Wellness area. I was thrilled to see so many different ZonePerfect flavors to choose from and several of the flavors are new to me. I was most excited about trying Chocolate Almond Raisin ZonePerfect with 15 grams of protein because I think I’d love this combination of flavors. I’m thrilled to stock up on ZonePerfect 5-packs because I know it will help me have Little Wins throughout my day! And of course I love the everyday low prices on ZonePerfect at Walmart because it fits my tight budget.
Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!I live an on-the-go lifestyle which involves spending a lot of time in the car driving kids to school, driving to my dance aerobics class, driving around to run errands, driving my kids to their martial arts class and driving to doctor and chiropractic appointments. Because my day doesn’t always go as planned, I like to keep snacks in the car. I put ZonePerfect Cinnamon Roll with 15 grams of protein in my car because I know it can stand the Texas heat without melting. If you’re not a big fan of milk chocolate, then you must try the Cinnamon Roll bars! Anytime we need a snack in the car, I’ve got my ZonePerfect bars handy so we can enjoy Little Wins like avoiding the fast food drive-thru lane!

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!It’s fun to try new flavors of ZonePerfect from Walmart and a new one I’m trying is called Fudge Graham. It kind of reminds me of s’mores which makes me really happy! Which ZonePerfect flavor do you want to try next?

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

Today I rushed to my chiropractic appointment after I dropped both of my sons off at school and I realized that I had forgotten to eat breakfast. Now this doesn’t usually happen, but in the morning I’m rushing to get ready for the day and I’m working on my blog before I take my sons to school ~ so it can happen. Instead of starving until lunchtime I pulled a ZonePerfect Chocolate Almond Raisin bar with 15 grams of protein out of my purse to snack on. Talk about the perfect Little Wins to start my day off with! I love the flavor of the raisins with almonds and I was so thankful that I stashed this nutritious protein snack in my purse!

You should join me to Snack & Rally with ZonePerfect so you can enjoy Little Wins too!

How can ZonePerfect help you have Little Wins in your day? Post a comment and tell me!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ZonePerfect. The opinions and text are all mine. Please read my Disclosure Policy.


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