5 Ways This App Can Save Your Family Money

5 ways this app can save your family money

One of the things that I just love to do in life besides spend time with my baby Morgan and Austin is to save money. Sometimes finding a bargain is a greater joy then being able to spend tons of money on something. For instance I have nice designer handbags all purchased at sample sales; when we vacation it’s using reward points; and when we travel I sign up for Living Social in the area we will be visiting months before we leave to save on all sorts of activities, accommodations and attractions.

But by far the biggest money saver in our household is the Yelp App. You must be wondering how an app about reviews to places you visit every single day saves you money. Well you are in luck because today I will be giving away one of my biggest money saving secrets. Every year I save hundreds of dollars on service industries such as photographers, doctors, dentists, restaurants, home painters, handyman, spas, contractors and the list goes on. There are 5 key ways that you can save money with the Yelp app. Want to find out how, keep reading!

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The Stay At Home Mom Experiment, The Aftermath

The Stay At Home Mom Experiment The Aftermath

If you have been following along with my posts you will know that last week was my first run in with being a Stay At Home Mom. Catch up on last weeks post here: Welcome To The Stay At Home Mom Experiment Behind the Scenes. For a full week my 19 month old baby Morgan was on summer vacation. When she was 6 months old she started attending day care full time, and since then besides the occasional holiday I have not had the chance to stay home with her on a long term basis. This was a experiment for the both of us.

I absolutely love my career, but I have considered being a stay at home mom a few times since Morgan was born. That feeling increased even more when I became pregnant with my second. I am currently 6 months along. However living in Los Angeles that is virtually an impossible task unless a lottery win is in my future.

I knew that this week would not give me the perspective that real stay at home mom’s have since it was only for a week and I knew that I would return to my lovely corporate job very soon. However it did give me perspective into how hard, amazing, stressful and rewarding the task of being a stay at home mom really is.

I made sure that at the end of each day I reflected on the good and the bad that I experienced. Here is my break down, Monday – Friday, day by day! The Stay At Home Mom Experiment – The Aftermath.

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Welcome To The Stay At Home Mom Experiment. Behind The Scenes.

The Stay At Home Mom Experiment

This week is a very unique one indeed. My 19 month old has a week off of day care for Summer Vacation. What this really means is that mommy has a huge challenge in front of her. I am entering into an unfamiliar world. A world of being a stay at home mom. Although my journey will only last a week, I anticipate it will be a rough one with multiple challenges ahead of me. However, I also very optimistic. Probably a little too optimistic at this point. I have grand plans of activities, potty training, bonding and having tons of fun. Welcome To The Stay At Home Mom Experiment. Behind The Scenes.

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Introducing July’s MOMtrepreneur. Soon To Be Mommy And DIY Blogger

Introducing July's MOMtrepreneur. Soon To Be Mommy And DIY Blogger.

Can you believe we are already halfway done with 2017. This year is indeed flying by! In fact it’s going so quickly here I am with another Featured MOMtrepreneur post. I am so excited about my July feature. She is extremely creative and handy, two things that I admire greatly. She shares her amazing creations on her newly launched Blog Little Bitti Living. I featured one of her handmade creations in the main image. Be sure to check out her Blog for detailed DIY (Do-It-Yourself) instructions.

If you are new to Organizing Motherhood then you have been missing out on learning about some amazing Moms! Every month I aim to feature a MOMtrepreneur, a MOMtrepreneur can be anyone. From a stay at home mom blogger to a 9-5 working mom that has a passion for sewing. I know so many remarkable moms out there that hold down a 9-5 job, have a side hustle and raise amazing kids. How do they do it, especially with only so many hours in the day. I am here to find out and share these astounding ladies stories with all of you in addition to promoting their businesses. Because most of all us mom’s need to help one another and support each others ventures!

This is my 5th feature, I literally can’t believe it. You can read my past features below. Starting with a very good friend that owns and operates a stunning baby accessory brand. You definitely don’t want to miss these fantastic ladies:

I was so lucky that Tylynn from Little Bitti Living emailed me at organizingmotherhood@gmail.com. She ran across my Blog in her search for socializing and reaching out to other Bloggers like herself. When I started the MOMtrepreneur features I never imaged it would be so enjoyable, but it really is! It would be an absolute pleasure meeting more mom’s among my readers. If you are a MOMtrepreneur like Tylynn and would like to share your story on my Blog please send me an email at organizingmotherhood@gmail.com. I will send you all the details! Please reach out and share your story with all of us!

Today’s feature of Tylynn author of Little Bitti Living is a special one. She is a soon to be mommy! Since I am currently in the same boat as her (expecting) I have no idea how she can create her amazing DIY projects and still have time to Blog about it. She is truly astonishing, and I know you will fall in love with her and her designs immediately. Meet Tylynn –

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Why My Bullet Journal Continues To Be So Powerful

Pregnancy Bullet Journal

For today’s topic I decided to re-publish my very first blog post ever. The reason being is that I am dealing with the exact same issue that I was dealing with when that post was inspired. My mommy brain has taken over my body with this second pregnancy. I can’t seem to remember anything especially the ever so important appointments and tasks that go along with motherhood.

My bullet journal really helped me during my last pregnancy so I knew that the answer to my current distress was to pull it back out and get back into the habit of writing down literally everything that pops into my head at the most random times of day.

If you haven’t had a chance to read my first post here it is, I really hope you enjoy it!
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How To Explain The Importance Of The Fourth Of July To Your Toddler

How To Explain The Importance Of The Fourth Of July To Your Toddler

In the middle of March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it. Yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple comments to create a post for each holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway. What a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day
  2. Easter
  3. Mother’s Day
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Father’s Day

I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Importance Of The Fourth Of July To Your Toddler. It’s such an integral part of American History that we should all learn about. Here are the top 7 things that I have learned about the importance of the Fourth of July that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google. As always Google was able to steer me in so many interesting directions while researching this history.

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How Did You Do? Spring Cleaning Stress or Success?

How Did You Do? Spring Cleaning Stress or Success

Gosh time sure did flying by, Spring ended 8 whole days ago. It is no longer my favorite cleaning time of the year. It is now Summer where the pressure to purge is no longer a thought and instead it’s all about Summer fun and relaxation. This Spring I had so many plans on how I was going to clean and organize our home. This Spring I also found out I was expecting another baby. The shift from cleaning to dr’s appointments and baby planning was an exciting one. However it also made me lose a little bit of cleaning focus.

In today’s post I will review what went well during my Spring Cleaning journey; what went not as planned; and what 3 products I found that I just couldn’t live without. But before I get into the nitty gritty I want to revisit some of the Spring Cleaning posts that I published during this magical time of year in case you missed them. My favorite post was definitely the last one listed. My entire cleaning method changed and it was for the better!

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Introducing June’s MOMtrepreneur. Create, Smile, Dream!

Introducing June's MOMtrepreneur. Create, Smile, Dream!

Hello my wonderful readers. I am so excited about my June Featured MOMtrepreneur. She is extremely creative and imaginative and I am absolutely in love with her Etsy shop. I just know that you will be too. I featured some of her adorable and versatile handmade creations in the main image, be sure to check them out via the links below.

If you are new to Organizing Motherhood then you have been missing out on learning about some amazing Moms! Every month I aim to feature a MOMtrepreneur, a MOMtrepreneur can be anyone. From a stay at home mom blogger to a 9-5 working mom that has a passion for sewing. I know so many remarkable moms out there that hold down a 9-5 job, have a side hustle and raise amazing kids. How do they do it, especially with only so many hours in the day. I am here to find out and share these astounding ladies stories with all of you in addition to promoting their businesses. Because most of all us mom’s need to help one another and support each others endeavors!

This is my 4th feature, I literally can’t believe it. Time has really flow by since I started this blog. Read past posts below. Starting with a very good friend that owns and operates a stunning baby accessory brand. You definitely don’t want to miss these fantastic ladies:

I was so lucky that Amit from ILoveBarushka messaged me on my Organizing Motherhood Facebook page. It’s such an amazing time that we live in, that I can be introduced to such a wonderful mom on social media.  When I started the MOMtrepreneur features I never imaged it would be so enjoyable, but it really is! It would be an absolute pleasure meeting more mom’s among my readers. If you are a MOMtrepreneur and would like to share your story on my Blog please send me an email at organizingmotherhood@gmail.com. I will send you all the details! Please reach out and share your story with all of us!

Today’s feature ILoveBarushka is an Etsy Store Owner. She has one amazing son who she raises as a stay at home mom in addition to creating a variety of beautiful handmade goods to sell on Etsy. I am so happy to introduce you to Amit!

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How To Explain The Importance Of Father’s Day To Your Toddler


How To Explain The Importance Of Father's Day To Your Toddler

In March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple recommendations to create a post for each upcoming holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway and what a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:

I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Importance Of Father’s Day To Your Toddler. I was extremely fascinated by the dark history of Mother’s Day so I was super excited to begin researching it’s counterpart.

Here are the top 7 things that I have learned about the importance of Father’s Day that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google as always for steering me in so many interesting directions while researching this history.

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How To Avoid A Very Costly Pregnancy Blunder

How To Avoid A Very Costly Pregnancy Blunder

May was such an exciting month for our little family. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.

how to avoid a very costly pregnancy blunder

And we made an extra special announcement featuring Morgan for our Baby Boy coming in November.

I'm Going To Be A Big Sister

However with every bit of good news comes some bad news. Luckily my bad news is not anything that is life changing or terrible. It is rather silly in fact now that I can look back at it in retrospect.

10 years ago Austin let me design my wedding ring. It was super special to me because I love symmetry and I always thought the engagement ring with a one band look was unbalanced. I decided to go against the norm and opted for two bands one on either side of my engagement ring. To describe my ring you would say it is two diamond eternity bands that sandwich a third eternity band with a center stone surrounded by a halo containing diamonds. I absolutely love love love my ring. It’s perfect. You might be asking yourself right about now why is Julia describing her wedding ring to us?

Well you see when I got pregnant with Morgan and every single night for 8 years prior to that I removed my ring every single night. It was annoying to sleep with it, mostly because I would either scratch myself or Austin in the middle of the night. That sucker can be sharp! But for some reason after giving birth once it fit again I put it back on and haven’t taken it off ever since. Therein lies the rub! I’m almost 5 months pregnant, two weeks ago I woke up from a tossy turney sleep to realize my ring finger was super swollen. I tried my go to method of cold water and soap to remove my ring but it wouldn’t budge.

I nonchalantly let Austin know that I think my ring was stuck. He became way more worried than I was. He started to Google ways to remove a ring from a swollen finger. In today’s post I am going to list all the ways that we tried to remove my ring before I finally had to call and make an appointment with our jeweler to have it cut off. My precious lovely ring.

Here is what we tried:

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