Not your grandma’s trip planning

Before you head out on a road trip or an overseas adventure, how do you find out the best places for visitors and locals alike? This has changed so much for me in the past few years.  Before, I would desire to go somewhere new that I learned about in magazine or maybe even TV (Hellllooo, Samantha Brown) and then head to the library and pick out a travel guide to learn more. With the coming of age of social media, there are just …

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Bad (Money) Habits

  Throughout the last year, I’ve been reading a lot about habits.  It’s really fascinating why we do the things we do- whether it’s our purchases at the store or our bedtime routine.  Moreso, habits are changeable! So what habits do we need to let go of when it comes to money?  I’m personally sick of hearing to “give up your latte each day!”  You mean a $4 Starbucks drink x 5 days a week is a bad investment?  Duh. …

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The Idol of Time

After my post last week titled Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and perception I have about busy-ness. When Olen was born and I was struggling just to get two kids out of the house for playdates and whatnot, I told myself that this was the season in my life where I could stay home instead of being a 24 hour taxi.  That perspective has gotten me through some …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations.  It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling.  It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?

  I listened to a podcast yesterday by Michael Hyatt (I was busy with the kids while I listened, but if you want to know the exact one, contact me and we can narrow it down) and Mr. Hyatt said that he read somewhere recently that exhaustion is considered to be the new status quo.  That basically, we prove our worth by proving how busy we are. For some reason that statement ran over and over again in my head …

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Christians: What if we did just this one thing?

  Yesterday was intense.  When you have three little ones, at least a quarter of the days I’m fairly certain I may not survive.  I’m not complaining, this season is just hard. C was teething badly and running a fever and Bubba was a hot mess because we had stayed out too late the previous night.  He’s been going through the terrible twos and the tantrums have been a little crazy.  (I would probably be losing my mind, but I …

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Two Words that Will Change Your Financial Future

After last week’s post when I related a lack of travel to a lack of money, I got a little flack.  I know there are other reasons people don’t travel, but I do believe that more people WOULD travel if their finances were in a place that they could afford to do it more often. I know that money is a very personal issue and everyone has an opinion. But when an article like this appears in my newsfeed this morning, …

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My Wish

Today the man in my life turns 33.  He kissed me for the first time just 6 days before he turned 18. We watched our wedding video the other day.  Two young kids, not a wrinkle between us, proclaiming that we would love each other like Christ and he would support me financially, and I would support his dreams. This comes easy when you are 20 and 22.   Fast forward to just 4 or 5 days ago when a friend …

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