How We’re Decluttering in 2017

In August, our family moved into our dream home, and while the home itself has been a blessing (along with the income we now receive from our rental property) I’m really struggling with the clutter.

Our new home has a wonderful open floor plan and only a small area for storage – something we specifically wanted in our home – and I’m starting to realize just how much stuff we had that we didn’t need.

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How To Organize All Your Warranties Quickly and Easily

Happy 2017, all!

I hope your holiday season was amazing, and that you were able to spend quality time with your family.  I’m so excited to start the year off right with practical, helpful tutorials like this one that will make your whole year easier, happier, and healthier.  Today’s project is one of my favorites because it’s very easy to do!

We’re going to learn how to organize warranties and manuals quickly and easily.

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30 Days To A Debt Free Christmas Challenge

4 years ago, our family did the extravagant, debt-filled Christmas thing.  We bought all the best toys, gadgets, and electronics.  We went all-out for the decorations.

And the food?

Nothing compared.

Then January rolled around.  Our credit card came due.  The stuff we bought started sitting around, unused, just taking up space.

I remember feeling a deep sense of regret after the Christmas season which was supposed to be filled with so much joy.

What do you do if you have no money for Christmas?  At the time we were dead broke, but we still wanted to celebrate .  We liked presents (we still do) and didn’t want to forgo them entirely, but we really, really, wanted to avoid the after-Christmas regret.

So we decided to CHANGE.

And this year will proudly be our 3rd Debt Free Christmas. Continue reading

Our Newest Adventure: Pigs!

It’s true what they say:

The older you get, the faster time goes.

I don’t know if it’s because you’re busier than ever, because you have more responsibilities, or just because that’s how life is supposed to work.

I’ve said before that we’ve been sooo busy, but I’ve failed to tell you what exactly we’ve been doing.  This is partly because I tend to take it easy on the blog during the summer so I can take advantage of the beautiful weather to spend time with Matt & Jessica, and partly because we’ve been, well, busy.

But enough of that, because everyone’s busy!

One of the things we’ve been up to lately has a VERY midwestern flair to it: we got pigs. Continue reading

The Frugal Girl’s Guide To Building A Home Gym

In 2016, I’ve been working on taking better care of myself.


Because while I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I’m also busier than I’ve ever been, and I’ve been noticing the scale slowly creeping up, my energy levels dwindling, and I’ve been less able to manage my stress levels.

I’m not unhappy with myself, I can just see some room for improvement, which is why earlier this year we saved a ton of money on our gym membership because it has childcare, giving me uninterrupted time to exercise, as well as access to classes and instructors that I don’t have at home.

And it’s going really well!

I feel better, I’m sleeping better, and am noticing more energy.

But I’m also noticing that I’m still struggling with actually having enough time to get to the gym.  It’s really very close to our home, but with traffic it takes 15 minutes to get there, a few minutes to get Jessica into childcare, the full hour for the class, and then back home again.

By the time it’s all said and done, I’m look at almost a 2-hour commitment, and I just don’t have that kind of time more than 3 days a week. Continue reading