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31 Days to a Better Life: 24 Blogs for Home and Family

This month, over 1200 bloggers are joining The Nester in a daily blog series. Each blogger has chosen their own topic to walk through for the entire month of October. There are so many great ideas — fun things to do with kids, tips for better household management, money saving ideas…

I found the series when a blogger emailed me to ask permission to walk through my own 31-day series. I wrote 31 Days to a Better Budget a few years ago to sort out the household budget in January and start the year off right. Melissa from A Time for Everything is working through her budget this month to be better prepared for holiday expenses in the midst of a job transition.

When I checked out her site, and the series, I was thrilled to discover so many other ways to improve our lives day by day. Here are a few of my favorite 31 Day ideas:

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  • 31 Days of Free Fun 1 of 24
    31 Days of Free Fun
    From simple recipes to free fun at home, Jessica is providing 31 ways to have fun without spending money. That's right up my alley!
    Read more at Stay at Homeista
  • 31 Days of Simple Outdoor Fun 2 of 24
    31 Days of Simple Outdoor Fun
    Jen's series focuses on outdoor fun for boys, but I think my girls would love her ideas. They're all simple, fun, and frugal!
    Read more at 4tunate
  • 31 Days to Ponder DIY or Buy 3 of 24
    31 Days to Ponder DIY or Buy
    I love this topic! DIY projects can get expensive, so it isn't always about saving money. This series will explore the question: is it easier and less expensive to just buy something or does the fun and creativity of a DIY make it worth it?
    Read more at Teal and Lime
  • 31 Days of Home Management Printables 4 of 24
    31 Days of Home Management Printables
    Put together a home management binder this month, with a step by step process and daily printable from Ginny.
    Read more at Organizing Home Life
  • 31 Days of No Spend Month 5 of 24
    31 Days of No Spend Month
    I have participated in a few No-Spend Months myself, but I'm excited to watch her process as she blogs the daily struggles of spending nothing.
    Read more at Mommy Goes Green
  • 31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring 6 of 24
    31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring
    My home decor needs a serious update, but I just don't have the cash. This series is going to be perfect, featuring 31 ideas for decorating on a tight budget.
    Read more at Chic on a Shoestring
  • 31 Days of Homemade 7 of 24
    31 Days of Homemade
    I'm really excited about this one! When you make your own pantry mixes you can save a lot of money and control what goes in your family's food. That is extremely important with 4 food allergies at our house.
    Read more at Unsophisticook
  • 31 Days of Organizing Fun 8 of 24
    31 Days of Organizing Fun
    My house is definitely in need of some organization, and Becky promises to make it fun!
    Read more at Organizing Made Fun
  • 31 Days to a Clean, Organized Kitchen 9 of 24
    31 Days to a Clean, Organized Kitchen
    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then it's probably where our organizing should start!
    Read more at I Dream of Clean
  • 31 Days of Thoughtful Thrifting 10 of 24
    31 Days of Thoughtful Thrifting
    I am addicted to thrifting, so I'm looking forward to this series to help keep it under control. A good buy just for the sake of a deal isn't a good buy at all.
    Read more at Growing Up Gillian
  • 31 Days to Smarter Suppers 11 of 24
    31 Days to Smarter Suppers
    With shopping strategies, recipes, and techniques, Meghan is teaching us how to get dinner on the table without the fuss.
    Read more at Stir and Scribble
  • 31 Days of Slow-Cooking Deliciousness 12 of 24
    31 Days of Slow-Cooking Deliciousness
    While I like to use my slow cooker all year to have dinner on the table without a lot of effort, fall and winter just beg for it. I'm excited to find new recipes this month!
    Read more at Elephant Grace
  • 31 Days ot Time Saving Tips for WAHMs 13 of 24
    31 Days ot Time Saving Tips for WAHMs
    This series is designed for homeschooling moms, but I think any mom can appreciate a few time saving tips!
    Read more at Snail Pace Transformations
  • 31 Days of Organizing Clothes 14 of 24
    31 Days of Organizing Clothes
    I am convinced our clothes cause disorganization throughout the home. This series promises to help you get a grip on the closet.
    Read more at Bless Y our Mess
  • 31 Days of Simple Organization 15 of 24
    31 Days of Simple Organization
    Bobbie is offering more ideas for organization, but she is also tackling the hows and whys of it. If I can figure out how to work within my chaotic system, rather than just putting it all in bins, I think things will run much more smoothly.
    Read more at 40 Shades of Pink
  • 31 Days to a More Balanced Life 16 of 24
    31 Days to a More Balanced Life
    Ah, yes — life balance. Don't we all need a little help there? Liz is sharing tips for getting things done so you can enjoy life.
    Read more at Seeing the Trees for the Forest
  • 31 Days of Freezer Cooking 17 of 24
    31 Days of Freezer Cooking
    It's so nice to have a meal in the freezer on a busy night. Right now, I just double lasagna and the occasional soup, so I'm looking forward to Jessica's ideas for filing the freezer.
    Read more at Good Cheap Eats
  • 31 Days to Naturally Frugal 18 of 24
    31 Days to Naturally Frugal
    Heather is sharing tips and recipes for natural living. The best part is they all help you save money, too!
    Read more at In God's Economy
  • 31 Days to a Litter-Less Life 19 of 24
    31 Days to a Litter-Less Life
    Erika is taking out the trash in her life — from the car, the house, and her relationships. I love it!
    Read more at A LIttle Abandon
  • 31 Days to Saving Sensibly 20 of 24
    31 Days to Saving Sensibly
    This is a great series on extreme couponing, without the crazy. Christina is breaking down the art of couponing, day by day.
    Read more at Accidental Housewife
  • 31 Days of Fitness 21 of 24
    31 Days of Fitness
    Here's one I really need to follow! With healthy recipes, workouts, and inspiration, Kristina is blogging her way to fitness.
    Read more at Army of Virtures
  • 31 Days of Homemaking 22 of 24
    31 Days of Homemaking
    Tabitha is sharing daily tips, tricks, and cleaning schedules to help make your house a home.
    Read more at A Restful Place
  • 31 Days of Frugal Meals 23 of 24
    31 Days of Frugal Meals
    With menu planning tips and simple recipes, Emily is getting a healthy dinner on the table while sticking to a budget.
    Read more at Louisiana Bride
  • 31 Days of Celebration Freebies 24 of 24
    31 Days of Celebration Freebies
    Kristi's got the printables you need for every holiday and celebration! Invitations, decorations, holiday crafts — you'll find a new printable every day in October.
    Read more at Creative Kristi

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