Ways I Saved in October

1. We stopped for dinner after a competition the very end of September. I ordered a $10 burger then discovered it was $5.99 burger night! (Yes, I know it isn't technically October but I'm counting it anyway!)

2. I had a laptop issue this month. The power jack was having issues. I found a computer place where a friend works that only charged $50/hour. I also looked the part up myself before going so I knew it was a cheap part. I only paid $57 to get my laptop fix instead of hundreds of dollars like that well known squad wanted.

Having a Happier Home

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I recently was given a book to review called 25 Days to a Happier Home. Who wouldn't want that? So I sat down eagerly to read it.

This e-book was written by blogger, Alison Wood, who blogs over at Pint-Sized Treasures. This is what she has to say about her book.

How I Use My Planner

As a blogger and business owner there is one thing I have done recently that has made all the difference in my days and weeks. A planner. I used to just keep a running list of blog ideas I had on a piece of paper. I had a Word document as well for that and for items I wanted to add to the Etsy shop.

As I've been getting busier with both the blog and the shop, those methods just weren't working for me anymore. So I decided to start using a blog planner. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one that did everything I needed it to. I was using pages from about six different ones and it still wasn't meeting my needs.

8 Ways How Becoming a Mom Has Changed Me

8 Ways How Becoming a Mom Has Changed Me

There is something about becoming a parent, a mom especially, that just changes you. It changes your perspective, your ideas, your ability to pee in peace. I've been thinking the past few weeks on how becoming a mom has changed me.

1- I am never on time anywhere anymore. Ever. I don't care how early I try to leave, there is always a diaper or potty emergency, a shoe is missing, someone wants to do the stairs "all by me self." There's just always something. Or, in an attempt to not be late, we end up super early. There is no in between.

2- I find myself talking all the time. Even when there is no one else around. Habit of talking to a baby and then a toddler about anything and everything going on. It does help their language development but when I am grocery shopping by myself (which is super rare), I get weird looks when I ask no one in particular what type of lunchmeat we should get Daddy.

Book Review: The Brickmaker's Bride

The Brickmaker's Bride

The Brickmaker's Bride is the first book I can remember reading by Judith Miller. I have read a few of her books that she has co-authored with someone else but never by her alone. Here's the description from the back of the book:

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

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