How To: Family Budgeting Tips

If you are connected with me on social media (or read last month’s post) then you know that I had a hard time choosing a topic. I took a poll and a handful of people asked to hear my tips on family budgeting. In all honesty, this was the last thing I wanted to write about. It was on the list because my husband and I had just revamped how we do our monthly finances. At that same time, a close friend of mine also reached out needing a tool to help her and her husband plan each month. Once I knew that so many of you wanted advice in this area, I started asking my close friends and family how they run the finances in their households. I’ve compiled the best advice and have linked to our favorite tools below!

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How To: Get 4 Meals From 1 Chicken!

As some of you know, a big passion for my family and I is food freedom. What I mean by that is connecting what you eat with what you believe. We believe in God’s perfect design for our world. We believe in the right to grow and consume your own food, free of man’s interference. About a year and half ago we moved onto 20 acres. So far we have raised our own veggies, fruits, chickens, and even a pig. One of my greatest joys is creating a meal with items from our farm.

We know that not everyone can pack up and move to a farm just to get pure food. We are at a point where we want to share our food with others. A question we commonly get is about pricing. We sell chickens for $5/pound. Yes, that is probably more than you would pay at the grocery store. I won’t bother you about why a grass fed chicken is worth more than a factory raised chicken… at least not in this post… but I do want to share why you should probably be buying whole chickens versus buying chicken by the breast or leg. Price per pound, it is simply a better deal!

I am always surprised when I meet someone who does not know how to cook with a whole chicken or how to get more than one meal out of a whole chicken. My family eats one chicken per week and it is not uncommon for us to get a few meals out of each.  Today I am sharing a week’s worth of chicken recipes straight from my kitchen. (Note: I practiced for months with whole chickens from the store before we started raising our own. So, if you are not close enough to purchase one of our chickens you can still totally make these meals).

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How To: Use Canva & LinkedIn

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Recently I have started volunteering with a new non-profit in Wichita called Work 4 A Living. They are currently located inside City Life Church downtown and they work to “empower people with the job skills and entrepreneurial skills to support themselves and their families.” I came in a couple times to take headshots for the class and I thought it was really awesome that the program thought to offer that. I have written before about the importance of social media and your personal brand – and my #1 tip is to have a good photo of yourself in place!

Last month I came in to teach a workshop on two powerful tools: Canva and Linkedin. Today I am sharing those tips and tricks with you!

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How To: Start A Blog

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Last month I went home to Texas to visit some of my very best girlfriends in the whole world. While I was visiting, three different girlfriends told me that they had thought about starting a blog at some point. One girl is a millennial marketing student getting ready to conquer the world, one girl is a busy wife and mommy running her own business, one girl is a top notch nurse balancing work and family. I don’t know about you, but I would love to read about even just one day in the life of any of those fascinating ladies.

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How To: Pack Light And Travel Easy

Last Summer the whole family and I went on a week long vacation to beautiful  Monterey, California. It was an amazing trip, but it was the last time I will ever check my bags on any airline. When we were getting seated on the flight home, my 9 year old commented on how rough the guys were being while loading our bags. Sure enough, in a matter of minutes numerous passengers were watching and commenting on this aweful scene. I even tweeted the airline a video. At that point, I had already mentally prepared myself for damaged luggage when we landed. Unfortunately, we ended up having NO luggage upon arrival home. A few days later we did eventually get our luggage returned, but what I learned is that the airline has zero responsibility when it comes to your personal belongings. They are not liable for damages or replacing items if they can’t be recovered.

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