10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Our Cozy Den in 2017

To say 2016 has been a crazy year would be a HUGE understatement. Here are just a few of the big things that happened to our family this year: My husband spent the summer (3 months) away from our family at military training, so I was home with the 4 kids by myself. When he got home, he got a new job! So now he’s employed for the first time in several years (he’s been a seminary student since early 2014). We packed up our lives and moved to a new house in a new town. I’ve bought houses before. I’ve sold a house before. Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

How to Stop Being the Nagging Big Sister (with your adult siblings)

Old habits die hard, eh? I’ve spent the first three decades of my life nagging my little brother to death. He’s 3 years younger than me, and I always used my “superior” age to make sure he knew who was boss. Our childhood was a unique one. My dad was a truck driver, often working 18 hour days or more. My mom was out a lot — at work or with her friends. For both of my parents: when they weren’t working, it was party time: lots of drinking & drugs. So my brother and I were on our own a lot, and I found Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

30 Day Whole-Life Organization Challenge {FREE printable!}

If you’ve been hanging around the blog this year, then you probably already know that I’ve been doing twelve small 30-day challenges instead of a New Year’s Resolution. One of my local BFFs wanted me to get in on her annual yard sale in June, so I decided that May would be the perfect time to declutter, purge, and clean every area of my home. And since I just love fun printables, I decided to make my plan all pretty and share it with you guys, so you can join me on the challenge! So here’s what you do: Click here to download the challenge, and print Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

My Thoughts on Turning 31!

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but tomorrow is a very special day… It’s my 31st birthday! This year has been a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. It has been filled with so many blessings and joy, as well as many trials and tears. I wanted to take a moment to look back on what this year held for me, as well as what I hope to accomplish in the year(s) to come!   Biggest Moments of my 30th Year: Getting diagnosed with PCOS was huge. In many ways, I’m happy to finally have answers for the troubles that were plaguing me. But it’s Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

What I miss about Germany

Before I left Germany, I wrote a blog post about what I missed about the USA. I am SO happy to be back on American soil and to be enjoying those luxuries again. But now that we have been back for 10 months, I’m reminiscing fondly about the things I miss about Germany! Here are a few things on my list. The Running Paths The entire German countryside is a patchwork of paved farm roads which are perfect for running. There are no cars, only horses and the occasional tractor. You could run for miles and miles and miles without having to step foot on Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Endless Weekends

I’m sure you have heard the old saying “You never get to the end of your life and wish you had spent more time working or earned more money or success. You wish that you had spent more time with your family.” I’ve gotten several comments lately about how lucky I am to have my husband around all the time. I know, BELIEVE ME, I know. 18 months ago, Byron was a First Sergeant in the Army. He was up at 4 am every day and off to work. He often didn’t come home until 8 or 9 pm, or later. Sometimes he worked all night Read More

10 Ways to SAVE BIG 💰 on Kids' Extracurriculars ⚽️🎻

Things I don’t have (and I’m glad for it)

There are so many “conveniences” in life that just seem to make things more hectic. I try my best to do without things that I don’t really need, or that I could live without. I’ve found that my life is simpler and less complicated because of it. I also have fewer catastrophes due to technology breakdowns. Here are a few things that I do without: 1) a junk drawer – I think most homes have a drawer where they keep miscellaneous items, but I have found that it’s much easier to find things if they are separated rather than lumped all together in a pile. I keep Read More