Book Review: A Noble Masquerade

a noble masquerade

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)   I promise I'll be back from my blogging break soon. I have some new ideas and fresh perspectives after about a month off. In the meantime, here is another book review. :) This time around I got to read another book by an author I haven't read before again, A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter. That's always a bit hit or miss. This time it was a hit. A Noble Masquerade … [Read more...]

Book Review: For the Love

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Thank you all, for being so understanding while I am taking a bit of a break from blogging. I am still taking a break but am much more refreshed than I was a few weeks ago. I am taking a bit of a break from my break as I have a couple book reviews that need to be posted. Since I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, I need to uphold my end of the bargain. ;) Prior to receiving For the Love I had only heard of Jen Hatmaker a little bit and knew nothing about her. So … [Read more...]

Lessons for “Those Days”- Imperfect Mom Confessional

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Yes, I am still on my blogging break but before I made that decision, I agreed to guest post at Busy Being Blessed as part of their Imperfect Mom Confessionals series. I think we’ve all had those days when we just absolutely don’t want to be a mom. It may be because we have spent the day cleaning up messes, dealing with tantrums, and trying to teach obedience. It may be simply because we are tired and don’t want to play or talk or even be touched. Whatever the reason, we all have those … [Read more...]

Burned Out and Taking a Break

I have to confess something to you all. I'm tired. Like, really tired. There's just so much going on and on top of all that, we have some life decisions to make. I just can't stay on top of it all. I don't even want to write. Which is odd as blogging is something I love to do. There is so much more involved with blogging than just writing. I spend a lot of time on social media, promoting, etc. I just don't want to do it anymore. It's a lot of work for very little return and I'm worn out. I'm … [Read more...]

Frugal Fall Family Fun

frugal fall family fun

Something about fall just makes me want to go out and do things. I think it is the fact that it is no longer sweltering outside. I don't do well with summer. However, fall is also a low money time for us. Summer and days off for competition in lumberjack competitions pretty well zaps our funds. For that reason, I try to find us free or cheap things to do as a family. Frugal fall family fun doesn't have to be boring either. Here are some fun ideas to try with your family. Jump in … [Read more...]

Word of the Year 2015 {Peace} Check-In

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Every year I try to choose a word to live. The last two years the word has chosen me. Last year was grace and this year is peace. When God gave me the word "peace," I was terrified. I had no idea what was coming down the pike and was scared that I would have to learn peace in some pretty awful circumstances. Guess what? I was right. At the start of the year, we were facing medical issues for my daughter and a surgery for me. Then there was the ever present financial stresses. I was … [Read more...]

Things to Do Now for a Frugal Christmas

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Yes, yes, I know. It's only the beginning of September. School just started back. Why am I talking Christmas already? Because if you want to have a frugal Christmas, there are some things you need to start doing now. If you wait until November or December, you will most likely spend more money. Maybe you don't want to have a frugal Christmas but it is going to be necessary this year. Maybe you just want to not spend as much money as you normally do. Whatever your reason for saving money on … [Read more...]

Book Review: Not By Sight

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.) Book review time again! This time it is Not By Sight by Kate Breslin. Not By Sight follows suffragette and patriot Grace in England during World War I. Grace is determined to do as much as she can for the war effort, including publicly embarrassing conscientious objectors. By all appearances, Jack looks like a coward who refused to enlist. However, there is more than meets the eye. After … [Read more...]

5 Ways I Saved Money in August

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Here we are, at the end of another month. Time to look back at the ways I saved money this month. Just like every month, I do this to help encourage you to look at every opportunity to save. Some of those ways are simple some involve a little more creative thinking. This month is a little different as we spent a lot of time on the road. I'd love it if you would also tell me the ways you saved. I am always looking for new, creative ways to save...or reminders on some typical ways. Shopped … [Read more...]