Planning for Unexpected Home Disasters

4 unexpected home disasters, and how to plan for them. Collaborative post.   There comes a time in home ownership where things will go wrong that you haven’t expected or planned for. It might be that you've taken out repairs on something but the job wasn’t good enough....

How to Do Self Care With Limited Finances

5 effective ways to do me-time self care with limited finances. Collaborative post.   When we think about self-care, we tend to think about meditating, practicing yoga or otherwise relaxing and doing something nice for ourselves - rarely if ever do we think about our finances, but we...

Tips to Keep Your Home Costs Down

 4 Main Ways to Keep Your Home Costs Down Collaborative post.   The cost of owning and running a home seems to just get more and more each year. Not to mention when the demands on your family change and more costs are needed than others. And while...

6 Things to Know In Putting Together a Home Security Plan

6 Things to Know In Putting Together a Home Security Plan. Collaborative post.   When you own a home you gain a sense of freedom, privacy and control over your life. You finally have a place to bring your family up, grow and develop as individuals. However, when...

Is Your Home a Calming Space for Your Family?

3 Areas to Focus on to Create a Calming Space in Your Home and for Your Family Collaborative post.   A really important aspect of self-care and family-care is ensuring that the home itself is the kind of place where you can feel truly relaxed and comfortable at...

4 Ways to Get Rid of the Most Common Bad Home Smells

4 different kinds of bad home smells and how to get rid of them so you can have a fresh-smelling home! Collaborative post.   Even though we're always super busy Mamas, most of us want a perfect home. There are so many different factors that go into creating...

6 Thoughtful Strategies for Living in a Single Level Home with Kids

6 super thoughtful strategies for living in a single level home when you have kids, and even pets. Collaborative post.   For most of us, when we think about where we will live while we raise our children, we think of a house. It’s the classic setup, with...

Stress Free Moms Summit

Ok, Mama--I've got something crazy exciting!!! You're invited to join us for the Stress Free Moms Summit!! On Monday, May 7th, join us for 5 days, with 5 amazing categories presented by top experts, each sharing 5 easy to implement steps to fast-track your success. I’m talking...

3 Keys to Living the Money Saving Mindset

3 keys to creating a money saving mindset for yourself so you can quit struggling with finances once and for all. Collaborative post.   Being a parent, for some, means constantly being in the red. They don't understand living with a money saving mindset. The continual outgoings on...

How to Use Your Spare Room as a Side Hustle

Basic etiquette to be a stellar host when you use your spare room as a rental to make extra money on the side. Collaborative post.   For most of us, our spare room is simply used for storage. Once you fill the extra bedroom in your house with...

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle You Don’t Want to Miss Out On!

So I totally understand that sometimes you just need some resources that are low-cost but laser-focused on your specific needs at that time. Which is why you probably Google specific topics or search on Pinterest for those specific things. I'm telling you right now--if you...

Complete Closet Cleanout in a Fast Weekend

A massive Closet Cleanout and Organization in a fast weekend with 9-ish steps that will totally liberate your Mama mind.   For many of us busy Mamas, our closet isn't just the place we toss our dirty socks and undies, or hang our sweaters haphazardly at the...

How to Find the Perfect Rental

5 questions to ask to prevent stress down the road when trying to find the perfect rental. Collaborative post.   When you are renting a property, rather than buying, the criteria during your search are slightly different. Instead of thinking long term, you need to be thinking about...

5 Ways to Manage Your Time Better as a Mom and Get More Done

5 Time Saving Mom Hacks to Manage Your Time Better by Finding More Time to Get More Done. Collaborative post.   Time is an often overlooked and under appreciated gift.  We are each given 24 hours a day, yet we don’t always make the best use of our...

Easy Ways to Make Money During Naptime

5 Easy Ways to Make Money With a Side Hustle While Your Kids Nap Collaborative post.   When the kids are really young, many of us dream of long naps and a chance to catch up on our own sleep. The sleepless nights can mean that when they...

Spring Cleaning Like a Mother Mega Guide and Checklist

The Mega Checklist to Spring Cleaning Like a Mother.     If you've read anything related to goal setting that I've written, you'll know that I really hate doing any kind of annual planning or goal setting at the new year. I'm not motivated to get a fresh...

The Link Between Your Finances and Your Health

What you can do to ensure that the link between finances and health isn't draining the energy and well-being from yourself and your family. Collaborative post.   The link between finances and health is not one that many of us busy Mamas think about when the topic of...

The Easy Way to Preserve, Manage, and Organize Family Photos

Don’t Lose Your Family’s Legacy:  How to preserve, manage + organize family photos.    Guest post by Heather Hinson of Hinson Photography   Have you been falling a bit behind on printing your beloved family memories? If you are anything like 53% of people who haven't printed a photo in...

Debt Clearance Steps You Should Stop Putting Off

Debt Clearance Steps That Will Help Get You on a Better Financial Path Quicker. Collaborative post.   Look, Mama. I know that juggling kids, a husband, possibly a career, and an entire household is hard. But debt is no joke. It's crazy stressful, and will just bring you...

5 Home Issues That Can’t Afford To Wait

5 Home Issues You May Not Have Thought About That Should be Remedied ASAP. Collaborative post.   Anybody that has been a homeowner for more than five minutes knows that the vision of a perfect home is little more than a dream. There will always be something that...

Ease Your Mental Health By Dealing With Money Worries

Tips and Advice for Getting Through Money Worries Without Sacrificing Your Mental Health Collaborative post:   There has been a lot of research carried out to find out more about the effect that our financial situation has on our mental health. As you can probably imagine, dealing with...

My Absolute Go-To For Stunning Photo Books + More!

Why Using Mixbook to Make Photo Books for My Family Photo Albums and Family Portraits Is the Best Decision I've Made For Preservation, Organization, and Display.   You know what's even better than having an amazing family vacation, or a to-die-for wedding, or even the most adorable...

The Easy Way to Earn Money Online With Ebates

How to earn money with Ebates, step by step. (Which aren't actually that many steps.) If you've never heard of Ebates, or are on the fence about using Ebates, you're gonna want to listen to this story. So, about a year and half ago, my sister started telling...

How to Reach Your Summer Fitness Goals by Starting Right Now

>>>Bikini bodies are made in the winter.<<<   My sister says this all the time. Have you ever heard that gem of wisdom? If you have, that's because it's true! And if your summer fitness goals are based on getting to a certain weight or building mass...

Creating Effective Annual Goals That Will Stick

As any good New Year rolls in, so do the Resolutions. But once you figure out that you need more than just a statement of resolution to make good and ambitious things start crack-a-lacking in your life, you'll also realize that setting effective annual goals...

The Easy Way to Determine if You Need Resolutions or Goals

As the New Year approaches, and we're caught up thinking about where we'll spend New Year's Eve, or that party that we may or may not want to attend, one thing will ALWAYS be brought to the forefront of our brains (usually thanks to the...

Review of the ‘Letters to Santa’ Plus Why I Adore It

I'll readily admit that I pretty much regret getting a damn elf after figuring out how much work it is to come up with a new place to put the darn thing every night. But mostly having to remember it is what's killing me. So...

The Ultimate Teachers Gift Guide

Whether you're scouring the interweb for a teacher's gift for Christmas, your kid's teacher's birthday, or teacher appreciation, one's things for certain--he or she probably doesn't want a damn apple!! And even though I thought it was a little presumptuous the first time I saw it,...

4 Steps to the (Nearly) Perfect Christmas Morning

You know how when you merge 2 households, you have lots of 'discussions' about the proper way to do things? I mean literally anything here: washing dishes, paying bills, peeling potatoes, changing a diaper...

Gift Ideas From Innovative Startups For Anyone on Your List

If you've been on Amazon at all lately, you'll notice they've developed a really awesome way for startups to get noticed and get out there. It's called Amazon Launchpad, and in that section of Amazon, you can find the newest and most innovative gifts for...

How You Can Get ANY Stella Nadene Journal for Just $7 for Black Friday!!

It's that time of year again!! Yep--the day created for crazies.     Just kidding. (sort of) Seriously, I have to give props to those folks that can hack this day of deals. Cause I'll be frank: Cyber Monday is my jam. In my jammies. And really, whatever day is more...

How and When to Use Affirmations for the Ultimate Effect

The 2 Basic Rules of How and When to Use Affirmations in Daily Life for the Ultimate Effect.   I’m sure you’ve had a day like I do every once in a while. You know—the ones where you can’t take one step forward without taking two steps...

How To Create a Working Budget For Your Household

    I'll be honest here, when my husband and I first got married, money, and creating a household budget, was the least of our worries. The biggest of our worries was that we fought constantly. I honestly don't remember a honeymoon period, and the only reason...

How to Get Your Home Delightfully Clean for Fall

    So, the last few years I've always given my oldest kids the option on backpacks: Either buy the more expensive and nicer one and keep it for 2 years, or buy the cheapo one and get another one when school starts again. It feels like...

5 Amazingly Easy Steps to Conquer the Paper Monster

One of my most disturbing #adulting memories of my older sister involves learning a valuable lesson about the paper monster. The memory is going into her house one day before I was married and seeing this giant pile of paperwork and mail that I swear...

Have Smoother School Mornings: A 5-Day CHALLENGE!

Dear #Bossmom,  Is this is your current school morning situation?:   slow moving kids +   unreasonable meal requests +   socks have disappeared +   clothes don't match +   only one shoe in sight +   school papers have mysteriously vanished +   nerve wracking whining and crying +   Mama losing it =     Your basic complete chaos of a normal...

How to Meal Plan Tech-Free

https://www.stellanadene.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TechFreeMealPlan_PIN-3-200x300.jpg https://www.stellanadene.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TechFreeMealPlan_PIN-4-200x300.jpg https://www.stellanadene.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TechFreeMealPlan_PIN-2-200x300.jpg So, in another post I talked about DIY Meal Planning the digital way, where I use the Mealboard app to plan and shop for our weekly meals. This post, though, is for those of us that like a physical, tangible paper that you can write...

How to Automate Your Life and Eliminate the Crazy

First of all, I swear this isn't a post on artificial intelligence. That kinda creeps me out. No, this post is on the basic and general concept of how to automate your life with systems. Ok, so some of the systems may involve electronics. But...

6 Insanely Helpful Sites for Tips to Travel With Kids on a Budget

6 Insanely Helpful Sites to Help You Travel With Kids Any Time of the Year on a Budget.   Whether you're traveling for summer, fall, winter, or spring holidays, one thing is certain--travel with kids is no easy feat! An even harder feat? To travel with kids...

HOW TO DO A MID-YEAR GOAL REVIEW

Can you believe it's already halfway through the year??!!! Yeah me neither. But the way my first half-year has gone, I'm super excited to re-evaluate and make the second half doubly as awesome!! I did already touch on the mid-year goal review in a previous...