The ultimate time/money saver

I hate cooking. Well, I don’t hate cooking. I’d LOVE cooking if I had time to spend there that I don’t care to spend anywhere else. I think any mom with a toddler can attest to the lack of time we get with our kiddos M-F. This makes me hate cooking.

I hate grocery shopping. Now, this one I actually hate. It’s so expensive! And to make it not expensive, it’s incredibly time consuming to shop every sale, go to multiple stores, put together a meal plan around sales. Yuck. Again, I don’t have that kind of time for an awful task like this.

I love freezer meals! We started these in January as part of many New Years resolutions around creating time for ourselves, spending time with each other, saving money, blah blah blah. The first month, we did them ourselves through a plan with $5 dinners. It took us probably 4-5 hours to prep these meals (my hubs helped), but it fed us for a month! Lunches and dinners. Overall, we spent probably $180 on groceries for the plan, plus weekly grocery shopping for the essentials. The meals themselves were tasty – we liked some more than others. This month, I participated in HyVee Freezer Meals through our local HyVee. It cost $135 for 10 meals (4 servings each) and it took about 45 minutes this last weekend. No cleanup, no grocery shopping – I’m so pumped.

Moving forward, we’ll likely do a combination of both of the above. The $5 dinners are definitely more cost effective – and I’m REALLY jazzed about them launching FreezEasy!

If you too aspire to save money and save time (does anyone not aspire for this?!), give it a shot!! Try HyVee, try doing it yourself, or grab some friends and make a day of it together!

 

Toddler Closet Makeover

Like most growing families, we are in a constant battle with decreasing amounts of space. We are also fans of saving money, and intend to stay in our current home as long as we possibly can. Because of this, we are ALWAYS looking for the most efficient way to use every square foot.

When we found out we were expecting, we were so excited to start planning the nursery. While the rooms in our house are small, the closets are a really great size. However, like most closets, so much space is wasted with only one measly shelf and a clothes rod. Infant and toddler clothes are small, and they have a lot of other belongings, so it’s just not an efficient use of space.

I’m blessed with a handy husband who can make most of my Pinterest projects a reality 🙂 We were able to design our own closet system – FAR cheaper and sturdier than the ones you can purchase – that fit our needs now, and will grow with us. We removed the doors from the closet to save the space the doors take when you open them.

After a year and a half of use, it has been one of the projects I’m most proud of, and has made the largest impact on creating more space and making life easier and more organized.

Details:

  • One long shelf across the top (used to store diapers, wipes, anything else we don’t often access).
  • All other shelves (down the middle and to the right) are adjustable in height.
  • Two shorter rods, one on both sides.
  • Space on the floor to the left for a hamper and a tub to throw clothes she’s outgrown.

 

It’s Valentine’s Day!

Even though our toddler is still too young to understand anything about Valentine’s Day, her daycare is celebrating in full force. A few weeks ago, they sent home a letter about parents bringing in Valentine boxes for the big day.

Our little one LOVES dogs, so off I went to finding the perfect idea for a puppy Valentine box – cue Pinterest. After only an hour or so, this was created in the comfort of my living room, on my day off last week.

Supplies: Construction paper, small oatmeal container, small kleenex box, aluminum foil, foam ball, googly eyes, scissors, glue.

So happy with how it turned out! Even though she doesn’t care, I know she’ll appreciate it when we look back.

Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you stumble upon something here that makes your life easier, better, cleaner and/or more fun!

Let me introduce myself – my name is Toni. I’m a mom of a toddler and two pups, a wife to a handyman, a full-time marketer, an organization addict, a clean freak, an aspiring super mom, a TV binge watcher and a lover of books and patio weather.

It’s always been on my list to start a blog – I aspire to get more comfortable with writing and to learn all the intricacies of running a blog. Since we had our little girl, life has been consumed with how we can save time, save space and be a healthier and more environmentally friendly family. I’m positive this isn’t only a Griffin family issue, so I’ve been very inspired recently to share our journey!

Hope you enjoy!

Toni