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...]

After School Snacks Round-Up

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Around here, schools are just starting to go back after summer break. So many things come with the going back to school time. New school supplies, back to the school year schedule, making new friends and seeing old friends, homework, and so much more. One thing that almost always happens is that those kids come home from school hungry! Of course, kids do seem to always be hungry. Most the time grabbing some crackers or some fruit is just fine but once in awhile it's nice to give them something a … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson BookLook program in exchange for an honest review.)   Yes, I realize it is August and I am just now reviewing an Easter book. I had requested it to review back in March but it was back ordered. I did finally receive it the beginning of this month. Better late than never! ;) Now, on to the review! The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book is a book all about learning about Easter and … [Read more...]

Why It’s Okay to Go to Bed Angry

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I'm sure you've all heard the marriage advice "never go to bed angry." I honestly find that to be pretty ridiculous advice. We used to follow it but all it really did was make us tired as we stayed up later to work things out...which made us more angry. It just didn't work. That is why we think it's okay to go to bed angry. Yes, I realize that this sounds crazy. But hear me out. Sometimes when you are trying to figure out a solution to a problem, your emotions are involved. This is … [Read more...]

Debt Payoff Check-In– August 2015

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It's been awhile since I've done a debt payoff check-in. Part of that reason is because I don't feel like I have much to tell you. While we have been paying down some debt, we have also taken out a car loan. Back in December 2014 we discovered that to repair Matt's little two door Focus was going to cost us almost twice what the car itself was worth. And that was just to get it to pass inspection. As it was a 2002 and a cheaply build car, that $2000 wasn't going to last long before more repairs … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Shop at Warehouse Stores (But Think You Should)

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I don't shop at warehouse stores. I once had a promotional membership to BJ's Wholesale Club but never paid for a membership when the free one ran out. We just plain didn't use it. I always said that once we had children I'd probably purchase my membership. But here Abby is three years old, out of diapers, and I still haven't purchased my membership. BJ's is 45 minutes away and Sam's Club is 1 hour away. When I go to those towns for shopping I usually only have a couple of hours to shop. … [Read more...]

How to Help a Friend Going Through a Miscarriage

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It was a hot, summer Wednesday. I was busy with something I had to get done for the weekend when I got a positive pregnancy test. It was faint so I pulled out the expensive digital test to check. Negative. That was one of the longest afternoons of my life as I didn't know which test was correct. The next day, Thursday, I went to the store and picked up some new tests. Positive. Tested again Friday morning. Still positive. We were ecstatic! We had been trying for over a year. We even told a few … [Read more...]

Upcycling a Ceiling Fan with Spray Paint

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Back the summer of 2010 I lost my job. It's a long story that we won't get in to but I had about 6 weeks of nothing to do as I was waiting for school to start up again so I could have a job in the field I preferred. That meant a lot of time at home with no money. That meant a lot of time staring at a house that was sadly in need of updating (still does, really). It was then that I fell in love with spray paint. It's just such a cheap way to update old items. The very first spray painting … [Read more...]

Including Your Toddler in the Kitchen

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My daughter has enjoyed helping in the kitchen every since she was old enough to walk and stand on a chair at the counter. Making cookies is a favorite of hers as well as making muffins and sweeping the floor. It's fun to have planned projects and baking days but including your toddler in the kitchen doesn't have to be a big production or stressful. In fact, I think it is best to do day-to-day kitchen tasks with your children, not just the fun stuff. Including your toddler in the kitchen, … [Read more...]