About Us

Hello and welcome to Living Smarter Not Harder. My name is Nicki and I am a mom with a passion. A passion for my family, technology, and living a healthier, fulfilling life physically, financially and spiritually. I am all about finding ways to live smarter so I don’t have to work harder.

I have recently started blogging within the last three years and decided once my sweet baby girl was born that this was something I wanted to do on a more steady basis. I have been with the love of my life for almost 13 years, we have 2 children, a dog and a cat, and the craziest household you could ever want to be in that’s full of love and laughter!!

Some of the content you will see are as follows:


Healthy Living: Since the birth of my daughter, I have decided that I want to try to adopt a healthier, natural way of living. This can include anything from making my own soaps and lotions, to simple ways to get in exercise when you have a full schedule.

Eating Good: In this section, not only will you find some of my family’s fan favorite recipes, I will also go into ways we try to eat healthy. This can include healthy recipes along with some great smoothie and detox recipes. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen, but no matter what we always try to eat good.

Mommy Life: I wanted nothing to do with the entire process that is motherhood. Once we learned that we were expecting, I couldn’t believe how much I was kidding myself. I INSTANTLY adopted a philosophy of understanding that I will have to be an example to this little one. And when we found out we were having a little girl, it made my mommy instinct kick into overdrive. I love being a mom and in this section you will see all the wonderful moments (and sometimes fumbles and mistakes) of being a mom.

Savings: Since becoming a one income household once our family grew, I needed to make sure that we were spending sensibly. Because of this, I am OBSESSED with the idea of not having to spend retail price for anything if I don’t have to. While in my mind I am an extreme couponer, in real life, I appreciate any kind of savings. In this section, I will delve into where and how to save.

Tech Talk: Before my baby came, my love was for all electronics and technology. I love tinkering with things to see how they work. Because of this I have been the go to person in my inner circle for anything tech related. From wireless phone purchases, to reprogramming computers, I have tried my hand in most of it. In this section you will find posts related to what is happening in the electronics an tech world and even some posts to see how technology can help is improve our everyday lives.

Making Money: I have been selling new and gently used items on eBay for over 10 years as well as blogging for about 3 years which has been something that I really enjoy. I have done these not only as a hobbies, but also to have extra income. I thought it would be great to turn these passions into a business. In this area I will chronicle the ups and downs, successes and pitfalls I have and will encounter as well as provide some out of the box ways to make some extra money.

Come with me on this journey and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!! Happy Reading!!