Little Chefs Project eBook Announcement

We are excited to announce our participation in The Little Chefs Project! As part of the project, we contributed the newly published eBook, The Little Chefs Project: A Collection of Kid-Friendly Tips, Tricks and Recipes for Fun in the Kitchen!

We love to cook in our kitchen as that part of living our life on a budget. We also love to include our children in the cooking process. The kitchen is a great classroom and lab for little ones! You will often see a stool in our kitchen so the kids can reach the counter …

or you will find little hands adding ingredients to a dish.

One little secret we have … if the kids help make the food, they are more likely to eat it!

We hope you check out the eBook. We contributed to Chapter 4 – Family Time where you will find a nice quote from us and these two pictures I featured in this post!

What do you do to make time in the kitchen be family time? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Simply Budgeting: Budgeting Your Time

In April asked … do you live a savings lifestyle? Last month, I didn’t post a series post. My time was not organized last month and I admit it.

This month I hope to spark conversation around organizing and budgeting your time. Your time is one of the most valuable assets you have. It is why you are paid for any job you do. It is also why you pay others to do jobs for it.
I know I need to get better at organizing my time because I have so much pulling at it these days. One of my biggest struggles in budgeting my time is my graduate classes. It is very helpful to my schedule that they are online but also requires more focus for me. I am striving to work on them now so I can finish while my little ones are still little. The balance is trying now and I can’t imagine it getting easier … maybe it would but I don’t have faith in that theory. So here I struggle trying to balance my family, my job, my homework, and any other activity I throw in the mix which does include my blogging time. So that is why sometimes my posts are as often as they should be (in my opinion.) This is one of the first things go when I get stuck. At the same time, I really try to make sure I have time for the family with a key there being sure I get home in time for dinner. We eat dinner early (about 5pm) so this can be a challenge some days.

I know I work best off lists. I have a list in front of me right now. If I don’t have a list, I find myself lost doing other stuff that while it probably needs to be done, I then wonder what I wasted my time on that day. I also have my planner. My planner helps me plan ahead and even work ahead if I can. It also gives me more places to have check marks. You see, I have this obsession with check marks. I love to see that stuff is getting done and that motivates me to keep going.

So my questions this month are ….

So how do you organize your time? What works and doesn’t work for you? Maybe you have a tip to share that will help another reader so take a second and share how you organize and budget your time!

Do you have a budget question/idea/topic/blog post? Let me know in a comment or email to simplybudgeted at!

Five Favorite Family Time Ideas

Top FIVE Favorite Family Time Ideas for Little Ones

All of my kids are four and under so this list geared towards the little ones in my life!

1) Bubbles. Aren’t they awesome? How can you not simple when you see them? (Plus they are CHEAP!)
2) Sidewalk Chalk. If you can walk past that massive blob of color on our sidewalk without smiling, you aren’t welcome at our house! I love that art work!
3) Chase the ball … Frisbee … whatever. The kids are still young enough to chase stuff and not think we are crazy telling them to chase it.
4) Coloring. This the type of art I can manage! I can color between the lines and impress the heck out of my kids. I love that! =)
5) Cooking. Now this a messy one but oh the kids love it and I try to remember the fun as I clean up the mess. The floor needs cleaned anyway, right?!

Do you love these ideas? Do you have other ideas to share? Leave me a comment and let me know!!

NOTE: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and LEGO blogging program, making me eligible to get a prize pack. For more information on how you can participate, click here.