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I pride myself in my love for the simple and am constantly tooting my own horn when it comes to having saved time or money. I have a few tricks for making our lives a little easier, and I am always sharing them with family and friends – they aren’t innovative by any means, you might already love some of them yourself. I figured, if I’m already texting my family about how I never buy hand soap anymore I might as well make my life even easier and share everything in one space. So here we go, here are a few of the ways I like to make our lives a little easier, more little tricks (some might call them life hacks) to come in a couple weeks!

52 weeks of saving money 52 WEEKS OF SAVING MONEY.

I found this blog post, via Pinterest and thought it was a brilliant idea. Basically, for every week of the year you save the same in dollars – Week 1 you save $1, Week 20 $20 and so on. It’s easy and pretty brilliant, the same as throwing your pocket change in a jar but a little more thoughtful process. I taped a piece of paper to my jar and just write the Week Number on the sheet once I’ve added the money – which should work out to be $1378.00 at the end of the year. My plan is to use this for our winter holiday fund, for presents, food, some get togethers and outings – rather then take money out of our regular funds, but you could use this for anything. *you can still start your jar for this year, it’s only week 10 so easy to play catch up.

count to five not three COUNT TO FIVE, NOT THREE.

Chris came up with this or read it somewhere. When the kids aren’t listening (which is often over here), we often have to resort to counting – so they know we’re serious. When we get to the end of the count if what we asked isn’t being worked on, there is consequences usually a lost privilege – sounds tough, but it’s really not. I always counted to three and it had about a 60% success rate, then Chris starting the 5 count. It works much better for everyone, no more “2, 2 1/2, 2 3/4″ trying to slow things down and give them some more time – five is just the right amount of time.  *I asked Harlow to give me her best grumpy face, flash ahead to the teenage years.

frozen ginger FREEZE YOUR GINGER.

I always keep my ginger in the freezer in an air tight bag (a jar would also work). I always have fresh ginger and it never ever goes bad. When I do need to use it, I just grate it on the smallest grater (my trusty ikea grater) easy peasy!

overnight oats OVERNIGHT OATS.

Not only are they delicious, but a huge time saver in the morning. I snagged this picture from MISE EN PLACE a 30-day cleanse e-guide by Oh Dear Drea – it’s technically a cleanse guide, but it’s so much more totally a must buy even if you aren’t technically the cleanse type. It’s packed with tons of easy to understand nutritional info and super yummy recipes, I’m currently obsessed with the three overnight oats recipes in the guide (including ‘Very Berry’ in the picture), which have totally changed up our usual (yet still delicious) recipe from Oh She Glows. It only takes a few minutes of prep before bed and then all you have to do is pull your bowls out of the fridge, if your kids wake up way too early like mine this will be a lifesaver when you’re not fully awake at the butt crack of dawn.

I have a few more tips that I hope to share in a couple weeks. I’d love to hear from you guys, do you have any things you do to make life a little easier? Would you mind sharing, or even contributing?

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· March 5, 2014 · in Daily,MADE A LITTLE EASIER,Real Life,The Sweet & Simple Life


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Mel March 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for the wonderful tips!


Tina March 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Loooving Drea’s cleanse!!!!


Sarah March 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Totally right about the freezing ginger, but you should check out getting a ceramic ginger grater – way easier and I find the grater itself pretty too.


Heart and Habit March 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Ceramic grater! tell me more, this sounds fabulous!


Sarah March 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm

They’re round and have little semi-sharp bumps on them, with a gutter around the edge. They’re also great because kids can use them safely. I got mine as a gift, but seem to be available on amazon and some other places online.


youwishyousaidit March 6, 2014 at 2:31 am

frozen ginger is genius!


Nicole March 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

I love all of these! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂


Lacey March 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

counting to five is what we do too! I also emphasize how cool it is if mine does do what i was asking before i get to five. like, "Whoa, you’re quick. I didnt even make it to…(3, or 4 or whatever number)". she usually thinks I’m awesome again and theres less pouting because she’s proud of herself. doesn’t work all the time, but what the heck does, right? I need to get Drea’s ebook now!!!


Heart and Habit March 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Oooh smart!! I like that trick!


ma fernanda March 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I like it! , I love th first i would like the same.


evelynephoto March 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

I also count to three with my oldest. About 80% success rate LOL.. She had to lose a lot at first now she knows I’m not kidding.. I don’t know if 5 would work since she is so used to the 3-2-1 ….


Heart and Habit March 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Why change a good thing, if it’s working! 🙂


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