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there’s a baby in the house

there’s a baby in the house

There’s a baby in the house again! On September 12, a little darling boy joined our family! And in the middle of a hurricane no less! No, we didn’t name him Irma. Two days before his due date, in the the middle of the night […]

autumn bucket list

autumn bucket list

I adore living in a place that has distinct, changing seasons. It’s one of my favorite things… to feel the new season coming on. We’ve started a tradition of making a written-down bucket list of things we want to accomplish that season. But not like […]

may in the mountians

may in the mountians

So I think spring is my favorite. (This fall I’ll say fall’s my favorite.) But right now, spring is just too glorious. It’s so good to have warm and sunny days, and all the green back. We’ve had a couple cold snaps lately as we […]

affordable mother’s day gift guide, 2 ways

affordable mother’s day gift guide, 2 ways

  {We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.}   I have made a list of some of my favorite Mother’s […]

6 ways I save $ on groceries

6 ways I save $ on groceries

    We are going through some life changes in our household! They are all good ones, but will require us to tighten our belts for a few years to see my husband change careers and go back to school. This has got me back […]

no junk easter basket ideas

no junk easter basket ideas

    I just love planning and stuffing an Easter basket for our daughter. It just tickles me! Every year I try to think of cute things to give her that isn’t all candy, and that isn’t all plastic junk that will break in 5 […]

how we got out of DEBT and learned to manage our money like ADULTS

how we got out of DEBT and learned to manage our money like ADULTS

  (Originally written 7/1/16, updated 3/20/17) This post has been on my mind for a long time.  I’m really excited to share our story with you, and I’m nervous too, because I’m exposing our mistakes and blunders on the internet for all to see. But […]

9 tips for a simpler life

9 tips for a simpler life

      1. Write lists of everything: As soon as something flits through my mind, I better write it down or suffer the consequences! It is very helpful to have an ongoing list for the day/week of things that need to get done, be […]