Five vacation rentals I’d like to stay in

I don’t know about you, but I love looking at vacation rental properties.  I enjoy perusing the different decorating styles, cultural design norms, and even the bathroom fixtures (weird, I know).  And really, I just like dreaming about what it would be like to spend an extended time period in faraway places. So, for #WishfulWednesday , here are 5 family-friendly and affordable rental properties I would love to stay in: 1. This beach house in St. Lucia is rather affordable (compared to …

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3 mistakes we made when buying our home

  It’s #MoneyMonday here on the blog and I thought I would talk about home-ownership!  I kind of hate that term because how many people TRULY own their home?  Very few!  Having a mortgage means that the BANK owns your home, not you.   Nonetheless, I want to be transparent and share some of the things we did wrong when we purchased our home: 1.  We did not put 20% down.  I know, I know.  Dave Ramsey just set a …

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Hooked on Books- July edition

Hi everyone! Back in June I decided to tell you the books I was planning to read each month and give my progress!  You can see my June list here.  Reading is like everything else in life, if we aren’t intentional about it the time will just get away!  I usually try to read 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night.  This past week my kiddos have been getting up early so I’ve mostly only gotten the …

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Why we need to stop saying, “You need a bigger house.”

Guys & Gals, There is something that a few people have told me lately and it really gets my goat.  Pretty much since baby #3 was just a bun in the oven I’ve often heard, “You need a bigger house.” I don’t get this statement (and I have to curb the need to say, “You need a smaller mouth” LOL). Here’s the reality: I don’t need a bigger house.  Our family of 5 lives in a humble 1300 square feet.  When Brian …

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How to be more productive by doing nothing

It’s 9:19 on a weeknight…. and no one needs me. The children and the husband are asleep. The house is quiet. Sure the kitchen is still showing its post-dinner exodus – a dirty stove-top and unrinsed dishes.  Thomas the Train has spewed his track all over the living room floor and there is a pile of graham cracker crumbs on the side table. There is no one to ask me for another cup of milk or if the budget is up-to-date …

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Off the Beaten Path in London

What to see after you’ve hit all the major tourist sites {I’m so excited to have Richelle back with us today.  Richelle is currently living in London and is totally in love with her city.  Here she shares with us some great trips for our 2nd or 3rd trip to London.  I can’t wait to check out some of these parks and museums on my next trip.  Thanks so much, Richelle.} London is a city of endless possibility. It’s the world’s …

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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 My kids love this catchy little tune on YouTube. – “The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut.  The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut!”   You’re sooo welcome for engraining that in your brain.  While we often teach little ones to know these character traits, how often as a mom do I need them …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a secret and that secret is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  Well-known for its 4-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Although I’d been there a handful of times before, this was the first time I even knew that the Canal path existed!   Since we had walked the bike path many times in the past (it’s also great for strollers), this time we decided to …

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