Which Subscription Services Bring Value into Our Lives?

Read my disclaimer here. A few months ago, I thought subscription boxes were fantastic. They were a mini monthly present to myself that was exactly what I wanted, and yet still a complete surprise. Makeup subscriptions, children’s books, dog toys, clothing, sustainable products, underwear, snacks, produce, etc. You name it, if marketing told me IContinue reading “Which Subscription Services Bring Value into Our Lives?”

Avoid Passing on Lifestyle Creep by Raising Frugal Children

This post may contain affiliate links. Lifestyle creep is when we gradually increase our spending as we earn more, and ultimately requires us to have more money and stuff to sustain our happiness. Unfortunately, we may be passing along that expectation to our children, defining what they need to be happy before they’ve had aContinue reading “Avoid Passing on Lifestyle Creep by Raising Frugal Children”

Goals for 2021 – Financial Independence, Minimalism, Happiness and Being a Mother

It wouldn’t be the start of a new year without time to reflect on goals for the next 12 months. Since writing them down makes you significantly more likely to achieve them, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to create a blog post to hold myself accountable. In my post, I also reference a few otherContinue reading “Goals for 2021 – Financial Independence, Minimalism, Happiness and Being a Mother”

Enjoying the Journey by Having a Plan

My husband will be the first to tell you it’s not uncommon for me to spend an evening obsessing over excel files with my multiple levels of backup plans, specifically different levels of budget spending. In 2009 I was laid off for the first time, and while I was able to bounce back in 2011Continue reading “Enjoying the Journey by Having a Plan”

Taking Care of Yourself, Your Relationships, and Your Community

The cold winter months can be difficult for many, regardless of an ongoing pandemic. Maybe you’ve recently lost your job, lost a loved one, or have struggled with the social isolation that has come with 2020. Given our environment it’s easy to understand why depression rates are higher than they have ever been. As IContinue reading “Taking Care of Yourself, Your Relationships, and Your Community”

Daily Intentions for Happiness

This post contains affiliate links. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the person to bust out laughing and I suck at making people smile. But what works for me is focusing daily on trying to find gratitude. Towards the end of this post I provided a few useful tools that work wellContinue reading “Daily Intentions for Happiness”

Finding your Happy Place with Money

This post contains affiliate links. I hate tracking my expenses, but I have a goal to increase my savings by $1600 per month to support my goal of financial independence. In my post today I’m going to talk about how I evaluated my expenses to help recognize purchases that weren’t aligned to my values, settingContinue reading “Finding your Happy Place with Money”

Welcome to Balanced Mamma

Each of us has a unique set of skills and lessons we learn through our life, and my goal is to document my journey as I travel through life in hopes of helping others learn from my experiences. I have four core areas that I chose to focus on to be the best version ofContinue reading “Welcome to Balanced Mamma”