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Happy 2017

Happy 2017 to all my readers

Happy New Year. Five days into the new year. I know I’m late. What are you doing? So many new things will be coming to the blog this year. Over the last month you may have seen some changes already. Firstly, this is a moms guide to being on a budget. I will say, this is not your average budget blog. You won’t see couponing but will see more fab finds and shopping guides for real moms.  Ways to help simplify your life by finding style, beauty, & lifestyle trends in between motherhood. We all know how motherhood can be. Sometimes, losing our funk makes us realize where we need to be. I have been there. This month we will be having a giveaway with a lipsense start pack and also a monthly newsletter will be going out. Make sure you subscribe. Lastly, since you will see some shopping/deal posts I will be incorporating style blog posts. This can also help envision what you would be buying instead of just seeing a picture online or in store.

Now, for how the blog has done over the last six months.

Blogging has definitely made me grow as a person. I’m normally the shy girl in the room. I’m the one who just barely expresses herself to others. Never mind strangers. I did my first style post for the first post for the new year. I even brought in tons of viewers. As a blogger you can find your place personally and professionally. Hey and you may even become a better and open person.

Did you know? Plenty of people blog so they can use the money they earn for vacations, stay home with their children (child care and even public pre-k can cost as much as a mortgage) and even their retirement funds. Let’s not forget student loans. A lot of times blogs become a full fledged business and many bloggers blog full time. It’s not something where you go to a job and get paid in two weeks. Your not just posting to Instagram. It takes hard work to build up your blog and social media outlets. It’s definitely something you have to have a passion and work for. If you don’t, you will not succeed. The last thing I will say my hopes for this blog over the next year will be growth. I can’t wait to see what next years new year post will be.

Since becoming a stay at home mom since November I have realized a few things that I want to improve on. I used to work mid day and nights so I didn’t have anytime for much. Spending more family time with my husband and son is a big one. Sometimes it feels weird how much time I’m spending with them now. Another one will be spending more one on one time with my husband. This blog has made me realize what it is I need to succeed. My goal is to help others who are or were in a similar situation as myself. Broke, on a budget but wanting to look, live & travel Haute like they were never on a money crunch.



  1. January 5, 2017 / 12:18 PM

    Isn’t it funny? I’m not the shy kid, but blogging turned me into MORE of a homebody!!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 2:56 PM

      I guess it works both ways lol

  2. January 5, 2017 / 3:03 PM

    Sounds like you have great plans for the blog! Good job, mama!!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 4:53 PM

      Thank you. I finally found my niche lol.

  3. January 5, 2017 / 3:42 PM

    I think blogging really does help people grow and it opens up whole new worlds of possibilities for people. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you.

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 4:08 PM

      Thanks so much. Hope you have a great year as well.

  4. cvnxena
    January 5, 2017 / 4:39 PM

    I am aiming to improve my work/life balance and I completely agree with you about blogging, I hate when people think it’s easy, it’s like other business ventures, sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t but loving your focus for this year!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 4:45 PM

      Definitely. Especially starting out it was hard to figure out the time to do everything.

  5. lovelysilvia
    January 5, 2017 / 5:54 PM

    You will have a great 2017! I know many people can relate to you. I hope you can accomplish your goals of the year!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 6:47 PM

      Thank you. I appreciate your support. Happy New Year.

  6. January 5, 2017 / 6:21 PM

    I am glad to read that you are able to enjoy and spend more time with your family / husband. It is great when blogging turns out for the positive and it seems you are on the right track!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 6:48 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Hope you have a great year too.

  7. January 5, 2017 / 7:01 PM

    Your words are so true. Blogging really has to be a passion but if you put your heart into it, you will succeed! Blogging gives me a creative outlet, allows me to stay home with my little ones and gives me confidence. I’m hoping 2017 is a great blogging year for both of us!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 7:02 PM

      Definitely. I hope you have a great year.

  8. January 5, 2017 / 9:10 PM

    Best of luck on your 2017 endeavors! Hopefully you are able to accomplish your goals! I’m happy you have been able to find a passion in blogging. I also hope to devote more time to it this year!

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 9:12 PM

      Thank you. I hope you have a great year as well. ?

  9. January 5, 2017 / 9:12 PM

    I love how blogging is that way…i am super shy! But blogging and social media, I’m a butterfly! lol.

  10. January 5, 2017 / 9:26 PM

    I like your honesty! Blogging is definitely and investment of time, but worth it. Good luck to you!

  11. January 5, 2017 / 9:41 PM

    Good luck in 2017 hope you can meet your goals, I have a few for my blog it’s a relatively new one but I think i’m getting it out there 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 5, 2017 / 10:04 PM

      Just keep pushing and you’ll get there

  12. January 5, 2017 / 9:57 PM

    You have fantastic plans for 2017! There are so many people out there who can relate to your blog’s mission, so keep putting out that content, girl! Xx

  13. January 6, 2017 / 9:04 AM

    Great plans! I think blogging has really helped me be less guarded. I share things more now that there are people who get me. 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 6, 2017 / 9:14 AM

      Definitely. Blogging can definitely help you grow as a person.

  14. January 6, 2017 / 9:43 AM

    Congratulations on your exciting blogging journey of 2016! You did a fantastic job and I’m wishing you many more successes in the upcoming year!


    • Jalisa
      January 6, 2017 / 1:24 PM

      Thank you so much.

  15. January 6, 2017 / 1:27 PM

    I totally agree with other comments that blogging is so helpful for the shy ones! I love blogging! I love your plans for 2017! Happy New Year!

  16. January 6, 2017 / 9:58 PM

    I have been blogging full time now for going on five years. I really think it was what I was meant to do.

    • Jalisa
      January 6, 2017 / 10:13 PM

      I can’t wait until I get there lol. Sometimes blogging can even be a career change.

  17. January 7, 2017 / 11:32 PM

    I’m am not shy at all, yet I can be super quiet around people I don’t know so blogging is an awesome way for me to tell my story to strangers!!! Love that I have it

  18. January 8, 2017 / 2:17 AM

    Happy 2017 to you, too! I definitely agree that blogging is not an overnight thing and am working toward the day when I can do it full time. I love it!

  19. January 8, 2017 / 11:30 PM

    I can easily relate this, because blogging has definitely helped me grow as a person. I used to be terribly shy, but I’m now more open – thanks to blogging!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:45 PM

      Definitely I totally understand.

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