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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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Our 5 Favorite Halloween Projects: Class treats, decor, and pumpkins

Enter if you dare to see our 5 Favorite Halloween Projects. Cute and easy class treats, upcycled witchy decor, Dollar Tree spider wreath, and customized Halloween pumpkins for Trick-or-Treating.

5 Favorite Halloween Projects - Class treats, pumpkins, and decorations

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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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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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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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How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer – without a website!

** Update: Amazon announced this week that it will no longer be accepting “incentivized” reviews. I’ve been following this closely and have written about it here.**

I’ve been talking a lot about my current obsession with getting free products from Amazon. If you want to learn how to get started as an Amazon Reviewer, I broke it down a couple weeks ago. If you’re already an Amazon Reviewer, I bet you know what I’m talking about! It’s so addicting and fun to get free stuff in the mail.

Since it is so addicting, the number of products that pile up can be very overwhelming. It also takes a bit of time to leave a quality review. The quality products for free make it very worthwhile, but how about the number of areas it helps you save money and maybe even making some money.

Yep, you can get free stuff AND make money as an Amazon Reviewer! (both as a blogger and non-blogger)

I’ll show you all the ways that being an Amazon Reviewer can save you money, make you money (both for bloggers and non-bloggers), and some best practices for making money with review products.

How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer (even without a website)

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Create Your Own Wall Art in Minutes {$150 Minted Giveaway}

You don’t have to spend a ton on a big piece of art for your wall. In minutes, anyone can have a beautiful art piece without a lot of work or a hefty price tag.

All you need is a canvas or a frame, some fabric, and a staple gun.

If you stick around you can also win $150 to Minted!!!


Create your own wall art in minutes

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Easy and adorable way to give fresh flowers

Keep your flower gifts cute, fresh, contained and mess-free with this easy packaging.

Perfect for teachers, your little performers, or anyone! Give one flower or many and keep them fresh without dealing with the hassle of tipping or spilling vases.

All items can be found at the dollar store, and make your flower gift a breeze for you and the lucky recipient.

Easy and Adorable Way to Give Fresh Flowers

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The Simple Trick to Save on Paper Towels {and other things}

This is a shortcut that I almost never would have thought to share, because I almost forget that we’re doing it. All of a sudden it occurred to me the other day how much we are saving on paper towels by implementing this one little trick! It is too easy, and anyone can do it!

No, you don’t have to make some of those super cute fabric towels, and I’m not telling you to keep a basket of rags handy. We use paper towels, but we use a lot less.

So, what is this trick that saves us money and waste from throwing out hundreds of paper towels?

The simple trick to save on appear towels - and other things
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Sunday Shortcuts: Why I Save Our Junk Mail

Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful Dads, grandpas, Papa, Step-Dads, big brothers, single moms, etc. out there!

This Sunday Shortcut is a little late because this Momma made a big ol’ breakfast and completely embraced that Hubby was in a productive mood this Father’s Day. A lot was accomplished this morning, so your shortcut is arriving late afternoon.

Sunday Shortcuts: tips and tricks to make my life easier, and maybe your life too

I had to mail out a letter today to request a name change from my credit card company who just can’t seem to get it right. They sent me the form to fill out with no envelope for sending it back. This kind of mail, along with bills that don’t come with an envelope make me happy I save our heaps of junk mail that arrive all week.

Perfect Sunday Shortcut for the week!

Why I save our junk mail, and why you should too!

Why I Save Our Junk Mail

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