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PostHeaderIcon Easter Baskets On A Budget

Image3Every year I would go to a big box store and overpay for the kids Easter baskets. If you are wondering why I didn’t just reuse the ones from the previous year, just start laughing now. The main reason is the kids would want to use them in their rooms for their “stuff”. They weren’t high quality so they always ended up broken. Let’s just go with it’s the kids’ fault.

Once you get their baskets, you go overboard on filling it with things that they will be excited about for all of 5 minutes. Royal and Spencer were way more excited about colored pencils and chalk, years ago. Alex truly just loves everything so his baskets are super easy. Hunter and Royal, not so much anymore. Teenagers seem to get more expensive as they get older.

This year, get baskets that will last a very long time! When they have outgrown Easter, they have a fantastic bin they can use for whatever they want…. or you can steal it to organize your home. BONUS FOR MOM!

Right now you can get 2 amazing baskets for just $15 with every $35 spent. That’s 2 for $15, not $15 each. Where can you get a gorgeous basket for $7.50? Need 2? Need 4? I got you!  read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon WHAT TO CONSIDER FOR THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP VEHICLE

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TAKING A ROAD TRIP, OH MY! In 2013, my family of 3 became a family of 6, interesting human beings, (7 if you count the dog). This required a little more brain power on my part. My Mom and brothers live 500 miles away so taking a road trip several times a year is pretty common for this crazy bunch. We have also taken an amazing road trip to Washington D.C., in the summer of 2016, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan last summer.

Most people have a vehicle that holds 5 people because the average family size is only 4. Naturally, Patrick had one of those vehicles. Luckily for us, I have a Jeep Commander that seats 7 people. So, woohoo, I have the Mom vehicle, which is okay because I love my Jeep. Patrick has a Jeep Cherokee which is completely out for traveling unless it is just the 2 of us (like that ever happens) or for whatever reason, all of the children aren’t traveling with us.

2007 Jeep Commander XK Road Trip
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport XJ Road Trip

Choosing Your Next Road Trip Vehicle

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PostHeaderIcon When Your Body Asks, WTF but Your Garden is saying YES

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It is no secret to many that I am a horrible sleeper and I love my food, having a garden has helped. Almost 7 years ago, I became a single Mom. I was okay with it. It was a new journey that I was happy to take. Why? I was a very depressed person. Not happy with my life and I had gained a lot of weight. I was over 250 lbs when this chapter began. Over the course of the years, I managed to lose 50 pounds. This was a big accomplishment for me because I didn’t think I could do it. Stress is an amazing weight loss tool. Not that I recommend doing it that way. Over time I gained a few pounds back.

Currently I have hit that weight loss wall. I will be 40 next year and I know it gets harder to lose it as we women get older. I got to the point where I just ignored it. Out of sight out of mind, right? That just wasn’t working for me.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently started Thrive. I am currently on Day 5 and feeling great. I haven’t gone back to bed in 5 days and I am excited to see where this takes me. With the balance of sleeping and moving twice as much during the day, I am hopeful. Wish me luck!

With all of my new-found energy, I started to focus on my garden. I am determined to have an amazing crop this year. Last year we had a lot of cucumbers but nothing else really seemed to thrive. (See what I did there? Completely unintentional lol) So, I decided that I wanted to do raised beds. The ground moles got under the garden and ripped my root vegetables to shreds. I pulled up my radishes with such joy, only to find them chomped on. Very disappointing.

Garden Bed
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PostHeaderIcon I Like Big Crops and I Can Not Lie

Canning Mason JarsSome days I just want to stay in bed curled up under my blankie. Unfortunately, I have a family that likes to eat and have clean clothes. I always wondered how this became Mom’s job. I understand that back in the day, the men worked and the women did home stuff. Now that women work too, how is it we still do everything else? Food for thought.

I really don’t recall how it happened but, it happened. In August I started canning our garden. I began with pickles because we had an over abundance of cucumbers. After canning over 50 jars of pickles and eating a cucumber everyday for 2 months, I went out and pulled the vines. I had officially been cucumbered out. I learned a valuable lesson for this year. I really don’t need 3 cucumber plants. I am going with only 2 this year. We have so many and there are still 12 jars in my pantry.

After the pickle craze, I decided to go to out local orchard and pick a few bushels of apples. The kids had so much fun doing this but, we will definitely go on a warmer day this year. Everyone wanted apple sauce, which I am not a huge fan of. 25 pints later, it was a hit! It was so good that I had to bring all of my supplies 500 miles to my Mom’s to make her some, per her demand.. ahem… request. read the rest of this entry »

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