Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7 Useful Mobile Apps for Stay at Home Moms

At this day and age, people are always on their phones and laptops. We used these gadgets to communicate and for entertainment. But it can also be very useful for Stay at Home Moms. With the right applications, we can use our phones to help us with our everyday lives.

Here are 7 Useful Mobile Apps for Stay at Home Mom

#1 Youtube (Free app)

I know this is a common app that probably everyone has on their phones and gadgets. But this app is really important for a SAHM(Stay At Home Mom). Personally, my reason is that this app can really literally keep a mom sane. I'm not kidding you. Seriously, I get things done in my home with the help of Youtube.

Whenever I feel very lazy to clean the house, organize and lazy in general, I just search for videos where people show you how they clean and organize their houses, how they manage their finances, how they manage their time, how to do everything. You can find anything on youtube if you can think it, those have a video for it. So I just search for those videos while I'm just lazily sitting or laying around the house and then 'poof' I suddenly feel motivated to clean my home or start budgeting, etc. Sometimes I play music videos too, But that happens occasionally. I'm really into those cleaning and organizing videos.

#2 Pinterest (Free app)
This app has the same benefits as youtube, the only difference really is, Youtube plays videos while Pinterest has pictures and blogs. But they benefit me the same way. So, this was a short explanation, but I really don't want to repeat myself. lol. I'm sure you get it.

#3 Listonic (Free app for Android and iPhone)
This is a very helpful app for budgeting and making lists. I mainly use this app for my grocery list because this app can calculate everything on my list. I don't need to bring a calculator with me or exit this app to use the calculator on my phone. What you do is, list down everything you need for groceries and then add the price per piece of each item and how many of that item you're going to buy. You are going to do this on everything on your list. Whenever you put an item in your cart, you have to check it off your list and the app will automatically calculate how much everything on your cart costs. Pretty neat, right?

#4 My Calendar (Free app for Android and iPhone)
This is a very important app. This is not your regular calendar. This is a calendar where you can monitor your period or menstrual cycle. This also shows your fertility days and ovulation day. So that's very helpful when you're trying to get pregnant or avoiding getting pregnant. Goes both ways, really. But this is not just for SAHM, this is for everyone as long as your a girl. lol

#5 My Fitness Pal (Free app for Android and iPhone)
Staying fit is really important. You don't neglect your health just because you're already a mom. That's not an excuse. Staying fit is not just for being a hot momma, it's also beneficial for your health and in the long run, can benefit everyone in the family. Because moms take care of everyone, and I mean everyone and to be able to do that, we must be healthy and fit. So comes this app. You can track your calorie intake by logging in every single thing you ate for the day and record your exercises.

It tells you how many calories you have consumed and how much is left at the end of the day. You can track your progress and the app gives you weight predictions when you submit your daily calorie intake report. When you record an exercise that you did that day, It also counts the calories you burned and subtract that from your intake.

This app also suggests healthy food recipes and fitness blogs and you can also track your steps. So really, this is an overall fitness app.

#6 Cozi (Free to download but it has some features that only Gold users can access)
This is an app where you can input anything from a grocery list, Upcoming events, To do lists, Reminders for anything you need a reminder of, etc. Although I don't use this for my grocery list because I already use my Listonic app for that and this doesn't calculate the list. I use this for events and homework reminders for my son's school and for my daily to-do lists.

The app also has a recipes section and a journal section where you can jot down those important things that happened in your day. This has a lot more features if you're a gold user(Gold means you paid for the app). But I'm contented with the feature I am using right now and I don't think I will be needing those paid features anyway.

#7 Wunderlist (Free app for Android and iPhone)
This is another listing app. You can create any lists with this app and categorize them. I mainly use this for my budgeting, movies to watch, family wishlist and bills list. This does not calculate the prices as well. But it is a good app for check listing. This was what I was using for my grocery list before I discovered Listonic.

You may have noticed that I have a lot of apps for listing. I just like making lists and it's so fun and useful in my everyday life. It makes my life a bit easier since I don't have to write everything down on a piece of paper and then throw it away after. And I feel like I'm helping to save the environment this way because I don't have to waste paper.

So there you have it. The 7 useful apps for stay at home moms that helps make life a bit fun and easy. Let me know if you've tried any of these apps yourself and please comment down below if you have an app that you can also suggest that will be useful for moms and everyone.

PS: I did not provide any link for downloading, I just provided the logo of each app for you to find them easily in your app stores. This is not a sponsored post. I just really love these apps and they have been very useful for me that is why I decided to make an article about them. You can find them on your phones Play/App Store.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

3 Money Saving Rule of Thumb

We’ve all struggled at some point in our lives with money. That is why we need to learn how to save and value every single penny we earn. There are tons of ideas, tips, and tricks out there that promise to give us the knowledge needed to effectively hoard money for the future or for whatever reason we can think of. Sure, they give us good ideas and it may sound like it can work for us. however, not everything works for everyone.

But these 3 Money Saving Rule of Thumb or money saving tips that I have for you is all you need to know to effectively get into the habit of saving money.

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#1 Live within your means

Spend what you can spend without going broke, basically. Don't buy stuff you know you can't afford. You know how much money you earn, but do you know how much money you can spend? This means budgeting your money and categorizing them to where they need to go. Making sure you will have enough money to spend for your daily expenses until the next payday and still have some left for savings.

I have an article on how to budget with one income only. It's my simple but detailed budgeting style that I created myself. It has a free budgeting printable included in it. Click here to read the article.

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#2 Prioritize

Knowing the difference between your wants and needs. Believe it or not, those are 2 very different words. Your needs are the things that you use daily that cannot be avoided and you cannot live without. Food and hygienic products are two examples. While your wants are the things that you wish to have but you definitely can do without. Prioritizing what's more important will teach you to spend wisely and save money.

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#3 Don't deprive yourself

This may sound counter-intuitive to the first two rules, but hear me out. When you've finally learned to accept it and get used to the first two rules. You can reward yourself every once in a while. Buy one thing from your wish list, considering you have a bit of extra money or eat at a nice restaurant. Don't deprive yourself. Because depriving yourself will only cause you to spend more money. Why? because saving money can sometimes feel stressful, a little splurge is needed to keep our heads above the water.

Keep in mind that you don't need a ton of tips that in the end, only confuses you and leads you even further away from your main goal. Life is complicated enough, you don't need even more complicated tips to save your hard-earned cash. Just stick to the basics and your good to go.  Remember that everything requires your dedication for you to succeed.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tuna Fried Rice Recipe

This is my own simple recipe of fried rice. I came up with this recipe because my husband leaves for work early, so a quick and easy to prepare breakfast is really important. 

This is my quick and easy Tuna Fried Rice Recipe

You can enjoy this by itself, as it already has tuna and egg in it or you can pair it with hotdogs or bacon. It's up to your preference.

Total prep and cook time is 10 minutes(Considering you already have the cooked rice ready)
Good for 3 servings(1 cup per serving)

2 1/2 Cup cooked rice
1 Large Egg
1/2 Cup regular or corned tuna
1/2 Cup cooked green peas
2 Tbsp soy sauce or oyster sauce
A pinch of salt

How to cook:

1. Scramble the egg and add a pinch of salt. Cook the egg while constantly stirring it on the pan to achieve egg bits. Remove from the pan when cooked.

2. Now, cook the tuna for 1 minute on medium heat, constantly stirring.

3. Add the green peas and mix thoroughly for another minute.

4. Add the egg and the rice and mix together.

5. Add the soy sauce or oyster sauce and then mix thoroughly with everything. Cook for at least 2 minutes.

6. Serve and enjoy with the family.

That is my simple tuna fried rice recipe. Not only is this dish delicious, It also has some good health benefits in it.

Please let me know your thoughts about this recipe in the comments section below and let me know if you've tried it. If you'd like to see more of this kind of post here on my blog, make sure to comment that as well.

Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you have a nice day.