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Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life {How this blog got started and input from you!}

There is always a bit of reflection this time of the year. For us, it’s on Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life in general.

We’re looking back on our 5+ years of Exploring Domesticity. How it started. What was the purpose in the beginning. And what the plan is in the new year ahead.

Whether you’re longtime readers, stumbled across a couple interesting posts on Pinterest, or just checking us out for the first time… We want your input!

What do you want to know? What are you interested in? How can we help?

Exploring Domesticity and Mom Life - How this blog started, and input from you!

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Easy Tea Party Food: Cute sandwiches, fancy cakes, and store bought shortcuts

Hosting a tea party birthday is a breeze with these ideas for Easy Tea Party Food. Quick and easy sandwiches to fancy cakes that look anything from store bought. 

We’ve got some tips for easy tea party food, so you can host an adorable tea party those little guests will love!

Easy Tea Party Food for a Fairy Tea Party Birthday - Cute Sandwiches, Fancy Cakes, and Store Bought Shortcuts

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Save Money On Entertaining: Bakery Markdowns

My favorite tip for saving money on entertaining! You won’t believe what you can get if you go early and check the bakery mark-downs. This is our new favorite money-saving obsession for special occasions, celebrations, trips, and more – and it makes me way more happy than it should!

Saving Money on Entertaining - this tip has saved us over $100 this past year

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Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks {BYOHS}

Healthy eating is hardest when you’re on the go. Most activities come riddled with unhealthy temptations at every turn. The best way to resist those temptations is to come prepared with your own healthy snacks. Here are some handy tips to Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks {BYOHS} to your next outing.

{BYOHS} Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks: Tips for bringing you own healthy snacks to help resist temptation on your next outing

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Find Coupons Online to Save Money on Anything

Don’t make a purchase without checking here first! It takes about two seconds to find coupons, and could save you a bunch. Groupon Coupons can save you money just by taking a quick second to find coupons for your favorite stores.

Don’t you hate leaving money on the table? Especially if it could be avoided by a quick search on your phone… It’s not hard to find coupons these days, and it’s such a bonus when you find one for something you were ready to pay full price for!

The ONE THING you should always do before you buy to save money!

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Affordable Organic Snacks for Kids

Prepackaged organic snacks can be so expensive! These affordable organic snacks for kids are a huge time-saver, and help you feel good about what you are throwing in their backpack for snack or lunch.

Everything from breakfast bars and biscuits to popcorn and Mickey Mouse shaped animal crackers…. These snacks are great on-the-go, and perfect for busy moms on a budget. Best of all, they are organic and won’t fill your kiddos full of unnecessary chemical like the other bargain snacks.

Affordable Organic Snacks for kids

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DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Room Spray and Stress Ball

Finding a unique gift for teachers is tough. This DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils is easy to make, inexpensive, and something all teachers can benefit from!

In minutes you can put together a Mood-Boosting Anti-bacterial Room Spray to help keep those special people happy and healthy. Also, add a quick and easy Stress Ball for those rough days.

This works for teachers, coaches, bus drivers, etc. and it is a gift that is great for both male and female recipients. We’ve got it covered!

DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Mood-Boosting Antibacterial Room Spray & Stress Ball

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Practical Teacher Gift with Adorable and Inexpensive Packaging

It’s always a good idea to give the special teachers in our lives a little bit of recognition for all of their hard work and attention. This is a sweet way to dress up a practical teacher gift for Christmas or anytime.

This practical gift of items teacher’s love to get is dressed up a bit with an adorable presentation in these sweet teacups.

Practical Teacher Gift: Presentation is everything!

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How to Prepare for a “No Spend” Period

If you’re interested in taking a deeper look at your spending and identifying how you can cut back, a No Spend Period is a great exercise!

Find out what kinds of things you’ve been spending your money on, how you can make do without, and how many different things you can do without spending a cent!

How to Prepare for a No Spend Period

A No Spend Period is all about taking a look at what you normally spend money on, and seeing how you can really do without. It’s about getting creative with your spending and making do with what you have. It’s also great for recognizing how many things you typically spend money on in a day, week, month… that are actually a want instead of a need.

A No Spend Period can be any amount of time you feel comfortable with.

A couple suggestions for a No Spend period:

  • No Spend week: try it out for a week and see how it goes, you can always stretch it out
  • No Spend month: this takes a little preparation because you are bound to run out of some fresh items in this time, but it can be done!
  • No Spend day: pick a specific day of the week or month that you commit to focus on not spending


There are a few things you can do to make sure you have a successful No Spend Period. It’s all about planning ahead.

Take Inventory

A No Spend period forces you to get creative with what you have. Since you can’t run out to the store and grab something something whenever you need it, it helps to take an inventory of what you have and how you can make it all work.

It’s a great time to make it to the bottom of your freezer, make bread instead of buying it, or craft something instead of buying it.

I mainly do a no spend period when our freezer has gotten too full. I find that I have a habit of buying the same food each week and these no spend periods get us out of our same old habits and start getting creative.

How to Prep for a No Spend Period - plan ahead with food


Spend a little

Make a plan before you start. Spending a little before your no spend period begins will help you stick to it and feel successful.

The key is to not go overboard.

I make a plan to fill up on gas and buy milk and eggs. I almost got bread as well, but I thought I’d see if I would actually make our own bread like I always talk about doing.

Find things you can do that don’t cost money

A No Spend Period is a great time to get back to basics and see what you can do without spending a dime.

It’s a fantastic time to plan trips to the park or the library, go for walks, find out what’s happening in your town, etc.

How to Prepare for a No Spend Period: 20 Things to do during a No Spend Period

These are just some of my ideas off the top of my head. I also found this list of 25 Free Acts of Kindness to do with Children from Sweet Tea and Saving Grace and this other great list of 75 Things to Do on a No Spend Weekend from My Debt Epiphany.


We really enjoy each time we do a No Spend Period. We’ve done No Spend Weeks, and a No Spend Month, which ended up a No Spend three weeks.

This month we’ve decided to do a “Clean Out the Pantry” No Spend Period. Since it’s November, we’ll definitely be spending on Christmas presents, but it is time we get to the bottom of our freezer and the back of our pantry.

A No Spend Period is a fantastic exercise. However you choose to do it is up to you.


What do you think? Ready to give a No Spend Period a try?

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity

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Small Entryway Transformation

You don’t need much space to add some organization and style to your small entryway.

With just a few feet of wall space, and a bit of trim, paint, and hooks you will end up with a high-end look and room for all those coats, backpacks, and shoes.

Loving this small entryway transformation!

Small Entryway Transformation Before and After

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