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How to Create a Home You Love — even if you don’t have money and don’t know how to decorate!

Other than my podcast interviews with Jesse, this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show was my very first interview to do in-person — with Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester) sitting right across the table from me as we recorded (Ryan, my podcast producer and Myquillyn’s husband are in the background of the above photo).

I loved getting to chat with her face-to-face and be inspired by her heart for creating a cozy and inviting home that serves your family well — even if you are on a tight budget and don’t know how to decorate!

(You know what else was so fun about having Myquillyn and her husband, Chad, come to our house for the interview? They brought their tiny home with them!)

Myquillyn and I talk about the importance of making your home into a place that fits the way you’re called to use it, and she offers practical advice for women who may feel intimidated or insecure about decorating or who want to decorate but don’t have any extra money to do so.

If you’ve ever wanted your home to be a cozy, welcoming place, but aren’t sure where to start, you don’t want to miss this episode!

(And while I’m not much of a decorator at all — as I talk about on this episode! — I surprised myself by truly being inspired by her book. Listen in as I share more on that!)

I also give you some last-minute tips for simplifying December, tell you one of our favorite Christmas traditions when our kids were younger, and share some of our favorite Christmas read-alouds for younger kids.

And I close out the show by sharing some encouragement from my heart to moms of littles. If you currently have babies, toddlers, or younger kids and maybe feel a little overwhelmed by this season of life, I hope that my words will inspire you and help you feel less alone!

In This Episode:

[01:34] – Our Christmas Bucket List is what’s saving my life this week! This simple practice makes our Decembers so much simpler, calmer, and fun-filled.

[06:54] – Instead of just one book, this week I tell you about some of our family’s favorite Christmas picture books.

[07:50] – Today’s guest is Myquillyn Smith — a woman who is well known on the internet for encouraging people to love their homes and that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”.

[10:16] – I asked Myquillyn to share advice for women who have insecurities or fears when it comes to decorating their homes (because this is 100% me — I was even insecure about having Myquillyn come to my home and had to talk myself out of that before she got there!)

[15:17] – One of the things I often hear from women is that they wish they could redecorate or change some things in their home but they are on a really tight budget. We talk about this and Myquillyn shares some of her best tips for loving your home and making it cozy and welcoming — on a tight budget.

[17:45] – We talk about what it’s like to be an introvert and how to step out and do scary things in spite of our fears. Myquillin addresses my question on how she has managed to invite 1000 people to her home for a festival and go on book tour. She shares how it’s been for her and why she chose to do this, even though she knew it would be a lot.

[21:58] – Myquillyn shares three books she’s planning to read soon — two of which have been on my radar screen and that I promptly ordered after she talked about them!

[23:04] – And we talk about none other than baths. Yes, for real! You’ll have to tune in to find out why! 🙂

[24:45] – Many listeners have written in to ask about my advice for a first-time mom. I share some of my best advice and encouragement — that I wish I would have learned early on!

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

The Real Reason You’re So Tired

I talk to so many women who are exhausted, worn down, and worn out. They don’t want to feel this way, but they aren’t sure whether there is any alternative.

If you’ve ever felt like that or just even wondered how you could feel a little more rested, you don’t want to miss today’s episode. In it, I talk with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith (author of Sacred Rest) all about the seven kinds of rest (yes, that’s right! Feeling rested is a lot more than just getting a good night’s sleep) and practical advice for women who feel chronically tired.

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Dr. Saundra and love how she addresses rest from a very different perspective — it’s not just about getting more sleep or slowing down or taking a Sabbath.

In this episode of the podcast, I also tell you about how I’m prioritizing relationships and how we’ve gone about making some of our closest friendships this year. and what that has looked like for us. And then I close out the show by answering a question on how to fix exercise in when your kids are young.

In This Episode:

  • [01:44] – I made a commitment at the beginning of this year to make relationships a priority. And one of the things that has been a result is that I’ve become more extroverted! Plus, I’ve found so much life in pursuing close friendships! I share how Jesse and I have been intentional to develop relationships and what that has looked like for us.
  • [06:24] – Jesse found this fascinating article that I can’t stop talking about, thinking about, or referring to.
  • [09:43] – My guest today is Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of Sacred Rest, a book that deeply impacted me.
  • [10:35] – Dr. Saundra shares wise advice have for the woman who feels exhausted and as if there is no way out of the exhaustion.
  • [12:22] – Did you know there are seven different kinds of rest? I didn’t until I read Dr. Saundra’s book — and it made so much sense to me why getting more sleep wasn’t enough to help me feel rested.
  • [16:12] – I talk about how the Rest Quiz fascinated and helped me and why I think every should take it. (It only takes a few minutes!)
  • [18:34] – Creative rest is something that most people have never heard of, but it’s vitally important!
  • [20:51] – What does making rest a priority look like for Dr. Saundra in her own life?
  • [21:57] – We hear about what Dr. Saundra is currently reading, as well as why she is loving her air fryer — and I try to convince her to get brave and use her Instant Pot more!
  • [25:08] -I close out the show by answering a question on how to fix exercise in when your kids are young.

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

How to Find Your Blue Flame


I’m so excited for today’s guest! Jennifer Fulwiler has been a great inspiration to me. I first encountered her writings over a decade ago when I first started blogging, and rediscovered her this past year when I read her new book, One Beautiful Dream.

If you’re a mom who works or wants to pursue your passions, I can’t recommend this book highly enough — and I think you’ll really enjoy today’s conversation. (And even if you’re not a mom, I think you’ll get a lot from it!)

In our conversation, Jennifer talks about whether she has always been okay with being imperfect, how she thinks about balancing work and motherhood, what a blue flame is and why it’s often invisible to us, and even her experiences with stand-up comedy and how she’s facing a big fear with this. Tune in for this fun and enlightening conversation.

In This Episode:

[02:52] – I have fallen in love with this particular article of clothing and have worn it over and over again as the weather has gotten cooler. (Psst! You can see a picture of me wearing it here.)

[07:05] – My book pick this week is a book by one of my favorite podcasters. It’s not out yet, but you can go ahead and pre-order it!

[08:28] – Today’s interview guest is Jennifer Fulwiler, a bestselling author, radio host, speaker, and mother of six. (Because she is a radio show host, she’s so easy to interview and I could have talked to her for WAY longer than we had scheduled for this interview!)

[10:23] – Jennifer talks about how she did wish she could portray more perfection online at one point in time, but she realized how inauthentic and untruthful that would be.

[12:24] – Do you want to work or need to work and feel guilty that you won’t be able to prioritize motherhood? Jennifer shares how she finds balance in the middle of a really full life — and how balance doesn’t look like you might expect it to look.

[15:17] – I ask Jennifer what she would say to a woman who has no idea where to start or feels like she’s not good at anything?

[17:19] – A pretty crazy example of something I do that I thought was incredibly no-brainer, but that people have said has revolutionized their lives by doing it, too. (Note: It involves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!)

[19:40] – Jennifer talks about why she has been challenging herself outside her comfort zone and doing stand-up comedy — even though it scares her so much (she also spills the beans on a BIG thing she’s launching in 2019!)

[25:43] – Jennifer talks about why they got rid of their dressers and this trick that has helped them have a lot more room and storage space in their small house.

[28:30] – I answer a question from Marcy on what hospitality looks like in this season of life (and how it’s often not necessarily inviting a family over for dinner),

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Law School Struggles, Free Groceries, and a Pregnancy Test

I had planned that Jesse and I were going to start tackling topical episodes now that we had told how we met and fell in love on my podcast. But so many of you asked me questions about our story and were so curious after the last episode and asked if we could continue sharing our story in the upcoming episodes we do together.

So in this podcast episode, Jesse joins me again for us to share more of our story — including some stories from our law school days you’ve probably never heard before. 

We also talk about the Enneagram and how it has impacted our marriage and our business and we answer the question of what it’s like for us to work together so closely.

By the way, we are still finding our groove when it comes to doing these podcasts together, but I think this one is getting closer to what you’d experience if you were sitting with us having coffee. Yes, we are pretty sarcastic with each other… and you’ll probably start to hear more and more of that as time goes on.

And you’ll likely also hear more and more from Jesse as he warms up to this whole talking to an invisible audience thing. I can also guarantee you that you’ll be hearing a lot more legalese from him since I’m always teasing him about using big legal words and attorney-speak. And he’ll probably tease me about being irritable again. Welcome to our world! 😉

In This Episode:

[01:56] – In honor of the fact that Jesse and I are currently on an international trip, I’m sharing my 5 must-haves for international flights. Would you add anything to my list? (By the way, some of you who are following our trip closely on Instagram Stories will likely catch the fact that I misspoke when I said we were in Rome and heading to India… I was messed up and thinking that this episode was dropping last Tuesday not today when we pre-recorded this part.)

[05:44] – Phones are a privilege, not a right at our house. And I share how this plays out in our home with our oldest, Kathrynne.

[10:17] – I loved this decorating book — which is kind of crazy since I’m not into decorating at all!

[11:42] – You all were intrigued by the last episode that Jesse and I did together so he’s joining me again this week for us to share more of our story — including some of the gritty (and funny!) details of our law school struggles.

[12:28] – Confluence?? Jesse brings out his legalese and I give him a hard time for it. But really, do YOU use “confluence” in your every day speech??

[15:49] – We share why Jesse decided to go to law school, why we set the goal of doing it debt-free, and what it was really like.

[21:35] – Did you know I got over $1500 worth of products for around $50 by playing the “Drugstore Game“. I share details on this and talk about what I did with the 100 tubes of toothpaste I got paid to buy.

[24:38] – We really wanted to have kids from the time we got married, but then we thought we were going to have to give up on that dream… until I got a mysterious case of irritability and a stomach bug. (I promise I’m not a big of a grump all the time as Jesse kind of made me out to be. But hey, I teased him for using big words so I think it’s only fair he got to tease me, too!)

[28:20] – Jesse and I answer a question from a listener: “What does it look like working so closely with your spouse?”

If you have any questions that you’d like me (or me and Jesse!) to address in a future episode, email me at crystal@moneysavingmom.com!

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

How Busy Women Can Find More Time to Read (podcast with Anne Bogel)


As of Monday, we hit 50,000 downloads of The Crystal Paine Show. Y’all! I can hardly believe it!

Your support and cheerleading as I’ve started this new endeavor has truly blessed me more than I can adequately express. After dreaming of having a podcast for over 4 years, this just feels surreal.

Thank you for tuning in each week, for subscribing, for telling your friends, and leaving reviews. You all are the best!

On this week’s episode, I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite ways to earn free gift cards by scanning my grocery receipts, we’ll talk about how to help your kids be more careful and avoid online bullying, I’m sharing about a book that impacted me when it comes to friendship.

Anne Bogel joins me for a fun (and inspiring!) conversation about how busy women can find more time to read and where to find great book recommendations (plus insider tips on why Anne doesn’t read on airplanes and how she survived book tour!). And then I close out the show by sharing the short list of things I try to do every single morning.

In This Episode:

[01:46] – Did you know you can earn free gift cards just for scanning your grocery receipts? Yup, I tell you about the free app I use to do this!

[04:44] – Online bullying is a real thing and it’s something that we need to help our teens know how to navigate. I share some of the ways we are seeking to do this in our home with our oldest, Kathrynne.

[08:05] – My book of the week is a book that I actually almost didn’t finish… but I’m so glad I did because the second half was just so good!

[11:28] – This week’s guest, Anne Bogel, shares her top tips for busy women who want to find more time to read.

[13:05] – Struggling to find books you will love to read? Anne talks about where to start and how to find great book recommendations (and she gently disagrees with me on the method I share for how I find great book recommendations!)

[16:32] – Anne has an incredibly full and varied life and yet she still finds lots of time to read. She tells us her personal tips and tricks for making reading a priority in her own life.

[19:57] – I ask Anne a kind of selfish question — one that I’ve been really curious about for a long time. I loved her answer and it gave me a lot of food for thought when it comes to why I love the books I love.

[22:18] – What is Anne reading right now? And how did she end up reading three different books based on Pride and Prejudice? And what’s saving her life right now?

[26:54] – Today’s Q&A segment question is all about what my morning routine looks like. I share the things I do every morning to start my day well.

If you have any questions that you’d like me to address in a future episode, email me at crystal@moneysavingmom.com!

Links and Resources Mentioned in the Show:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress and Better Health

Do you struggle to find white space in your life? Do you feel like you’re always running behind or just barely surviving? Do you wish you could find a way to slow down and savor life more?

In this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show, we’re going to talk about how you can invest 10 minutes a day to give you less stress and better health. Sound too good to be true? Well then listen in! 🙂

I also share about a book that made my Top 10 list for 2018, a recipe I have been eating every single day, and how I stopped trying to stuff my brilliantly creative, sometimes-messy daughter into a neat and orderly box and how it changed both of our lives for the better.

A Special Freebie For You

Bonnie is offering two free resources to my followers that you can download: 10 Practical Ways to Create Spiritual Rest (a book excerpt) + 33 simple ideas to enjoy rest from Finding Spiritual Whitespace and 28 Rest Ideas — a beautiful, hand-lettered calligraphy printable. Download them here for free.

In This Episode:

[00:26] – I talk about a movie that Jesse and I recently went and saw as a middle-of-the-day date (one of the perks of being self-employed!).

[04:27] – This week, what’s saving my life is actually a recipe for banana bread… you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out just why that is! 🙂

[05:44] – My book pick this week is one I read a number of months ago, but it is totally making it to my Top 10 Books Read list for 2018!

[07:50] – This week’s guest, Bonnie Gray, shares some practical ways women can carve out more rest and white space in their lives — in just 10 minutes or less each day!

[16:15] – Bonnie shares how she and her husband have started creating white space for each other, which has strengthened their relationship. 

[17:51] – What is Bonnie reading right now? She talks about 4 different books — and how reading has helped her have more white space in her life. 

[19:24] – Have you ever tried setting your phone to “do not disturb” mode? Bonnie shares how she uses this feature on her phone.

[21:12] – In today’s Q&A segment, I answer a question on the best way to raise and nurture a child who is very different from you.

Links and Resources Mentioned in the Show:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

Today’s episode is sponsored by Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices. As I mentioned in the podcast, if you are looking for a great deal on a phone for your teen (or yourself!), I’d highly recommend checking out what Twigby has to offer.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer plan flexibility with the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

They also offer Free Overage Protection, so you can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Special offer! Want to save 25% off your first 6 months of TwigbyClick here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!