How to Earn Money Searching the Internet with Bing Rewards

I love easy ways to make money doing things you are doing everyday anyway! That's why Bing Rewards is awesome. Get paid to do internet searches?? Yes, please!

One of my favorite ways to earn a little extra money is the lazy man's way, by earning money by doing things I am already doing and buying. It's why I love using my three favorite cash back sites when I'm making a purchase online. It's why I use four different money saving apps on my phone. And it's why using Bing Rewards while doing internet searches just makes sense. For a long time I was using a different reward search engine (Swagbucks) and my husband would always tease me for using it. He did this because, well, it just wasn't as great of a search engine! And after a while, it just didn't prove rewarding as the Swagbucks Continue Reading

Transform Your Home Life with Knowledge – Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Deal

This is a limited time deal, but it's 100 awesome homemaking resources on topics like marriage, finances, meal planning, homeschooling, working from home, motherhood, DIY, Decor, and so much more. And it's all just for $29.97!! It's 30 CENTS per resource and there's even a 30-Day money-back guarantee! Spread the word cause it ends Monday, April 27!

I have been a stay at home mom now for five years, and a wife for about six and a half years so I have been "keeping home" or homemaking for quite a while. And learning how to keep a home clean, manage the finances, stay on top of laundry, come up with something for dinner (my absolute least favorite part!) and raise three wonderful children and still be an awesome wife and individual has been a juggling act many times. And it's why on What's up Fagans? I have two whole sections of my site devoted to sharing homemaking and frugal living tips! I want to help other people live a little better, so I share my tips and tricks I pick Continue Reading

The Amazing Benefits of a Kindle eReader

Even if you love real paperback and hardcover books, there are some awesome benefits of a Kindle ereader, especially the Kindle PaperWhite. This really makes me want one now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of All opinions are 100% mine. I have never been one to be up on the latest gadgets and technology, so when my husband asked if I wanted a Kindle a few years ago I was hesitant to jump on this newer technology, especially because real books are so great! With real books, you get to hold them in your hand, feel the pages between your fingertips, crack open that spine, underline and make notes (if you own it) as you want, and get that satisfaction of closing a book once it's over. Why would I want to give those up? We decided I would give it ago anyway, and my husband Continue Reading

My Top 4 Money Saving Apps (And How to Use Them)

Awesome tutorial of four money saving apps for smart phones: iBotta, Target Cartwheel, ShopKick, and Snap. I love that you can get cash back on things you buy anyway and even for just walking in a store!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias I am grateful for the chance to talk about my favorite four money saving apps for smart phones and how to use them! I feel like 2015 is our year, the year my husband and I really make financial goals together, discussing money without accusations, sitting down and creating a monthly budget side by side. For the first four months of this year that's been how things have been going. And it is awesome and also about freaking time. We are now talking about money and our financial situation as a Continue Reading

Where to Get Maternity Clothes that Rock but Don’t Break the Bank

An awesome list of places of where to get maternity clothes that rock but don't cost very much! Great tips on where to find clothes for pregnant women free, secondhand, or new but inexpensively, which is perfect since pregnancy is so short!

Pregnancy lasts a mere nine months and the first three months of your pregnancy you can pretty much get away with no one even knowing you are pregnant. You may even be able to get by with some baggy jeans, sweat pants, skirts, or using a rubber band around your pants button and buttonhole for a while without having to spend any money on maternity clothes for the first trimester. However, if you are anything like me, I cannot escape wearing maternity clothes: my belly gets huge. But, who wants to spend a regular wardrobe price on clothes they are only going to wear for 6ish months? Certainly not my frugal self. So if you want to Continue Reading

Are Little Boys Really That Different From Little Girls?

Besides the obvious differences, little boys are often touted as being harder to raise. But, are little boys really worse than little girls?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My son just turned two years old two weeks ago! In his two years of life, he hasn't been all that different in temperament or disposition from his twin older sisters. Certainly his personality is different than both of theirs, or more of a mix of the two, kind of like his looks fall somewhere in between his fraternal twin sisters' very different appearances, too. But, one thing is for sure: he's adorable and I love him like crazy. Having a single child has been so different from having twins. I instantly fell in love with my Continue Reading

7 Tips Worth Embracing to Save Money on Kids Clothes

I so agree! These simple tips will definitely help you save money on kids clothes, especially for those with a few kids.

When I became a mother, I did so with bang by having twins first, so the expenses were intense immediately. We had two cribs, a double stroller, two car seats, and twice the amount of diapers and clothes to buy. And as a family with little income at the time that was rough. Over the last five years we've learned a lot about what kids really need, and how to better afford the growing costs that multiple children bring (as we have three children now and another on the way). When it comes to children's clothes, we've learned several tricks on how to save money on kids clothes. One of the absolute best tips I have for affording lots Continue Reading

How to Start a Book Club: Tips and Suggestions for an Awesome Group

Great post on how to start a book club! Lots of great tips and suggestions for how to set it up, host, pick books, and more. I so want to start my own book club group now! Who's with me?

Moving to Texas meant I would be leaving some pretty great groups of people behind, and along with them, the regular activities we had, like our monthly book clubs. In Indianapolis I was actually part of two book clubs for years, and most of the time was able to attend them both groups each month. It was so nice to leave the kids behind, read new books and genres, eat some yummy treats, but also to have a little girls night, staying up late into the night (and on a school night!). I loved these nights and I was determined to start a book club myself after we moved if our church congregation wasn't already hosting one. And guess Continue Reading

7 Important Truths in the Old Testament

Such a great list of truths and things I hadn't really thought that much about in the first few books (Pentateuch) of the Bible. I love the Old Testament!

At the start of 2015, I made a New Year Resolution to read the entire Holy Bible from cover to cover in one year. It's a bit of a lofty goal, and I may already be several days behind per the reading schedule, but I really love reading the Bible. I've read the entire thing through only one time before, back when I was in High School, so it's a lot like reading some of these stories for the first time (okay, I've read the story of Adam and all of Genesis several times as I've attempted to read the Bible again on multiple occasions through the years, but you know how that goes). Currently I just started the book of Judges, and it's a Continue Reading

3 Simple Ways to Live a Little Greener {GIVEAWAY}

3 Simple, Easy ways to live a littler greener, more ecofriendly, that are totally doable for anyone!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias I do not consider myself an Environmentalist, tree hugger, or hippie, but I do consider myself a steward of this earth and the resources on it. I believe this planet with its abundant resources, and all of our modern conveniences, are a gift from God for me to use wisely and judiciously. So, I do think about my and my family's carbon footprint, and how I can respect this Earth I call home. While I still can do much better in so many areas (most of us can!) there are several things we do in Continue Reading

Who had it Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

Pregnancy Debate of who had it worst

I am one of those lucky "unicorn" women who have relatively easy pregnancies. I never throw up, ever, during my pregnancies. I'm one of those fortunate women who doesn't have to pee every 15 minutes, who sleep through the night all nine months, who carry their babies like a cute basketball (or mini torpedo) stuck under their shirts, who don't go into preterm labor, who has never been on bed rest (yes, even with my twin pregnancy), who hasn't had gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, or wobbled hopelessly like a duck. My C-section was also planned and I was well prepared for it. My vaginal delivery went off without any Continue Reading

Free Range Kids: Are they Neglected or Loved?

Free Range Parenting

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Free Range kids, CPS investigations, and allegations of neglect or abuse from their parents. While not everyone will choose to raise their children this more hands-off way, it's important to understand that most of the parents who claim to be of this parenting philosophy are not actually neglectful or abusive parents to their children. We all make our choices as parents, for better or worse. But, just because something, at first glance, might look like neglect (or abuse) to you, doesn't mean it is. True neglect and true abuse have no place and no footing in the free range Continue Reading