Looking cute on a thrift store budget

Looking cute on a thrift store budget

I am not a clothes horse or a fashion girl. Oh no. I have to make a conscious effort to look nice everyday. 

That's why it was really no big deal when I decided to get rid of half my clothes last year. However, I did replace a few of the things I donated with pieces I love and wear often. 

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Three tips for saving up money fast

Three tips for saving up money fast

I think everyone finds themselves in a situation where they need to make a big purchase and they need to do it fairly quickly. 

You might remember that last year at this time my husband and I were saving for a new roof. And we were able to pull together the cash very quickly. 

Now we need to get a new vehicle and will need to purchase it in the next five months

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65+ slow cooker recipes for any occasion

65+ slow cooker recipes for any occasion

My slow cooker has changed my life. I know that makes me sound like a crazy person, but I don't care. It has helped me go from stressed out mama whose children would survive off of PB&J to a stressed out mama whose children get a healthy and somewhat home cooked meal. 

Nothing thrills me more than dumping ingredients into my crock pot and coming back hours later to a complete meal that's finished!

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How I took my blog from a hobby to a business

How I took my blog from a hobby to a business

Have you ever gotten your car stuck in sand? It’s happened to me a few times and it’s frustrating and a little embarrassing. Your wheels spin and spin and sand flies everywhere and people standing on the sidewalk look at you like it’s your first day on the planet. 

That is how I felt about blogging for a long time. Like my tires were stuck in perpetual sand. 

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Are you really saving money?

Are you really saving money?

I enjoy saving money. As a reformed (ahem... reforming??) spender I get a little thrill when I get a good deal, cut down on a bill or end up spending less than I budgeted. 

But I have had to caution myself and work to really save money. It's one thing to pay less than retail or cut back on your expenses. It's another thing entirely to ACTUALLY save that money. And by save, I mean move to your savings account for a rainy day or applying toward a goal or debt. 

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When life hurts...

When life hurts...

I had a friend send me a message on Facebook recently "my heart just hurts," she said. I cried as I read it and I wanted to reach through the screen and hold her hand. 

My sweet friend has been through a rough couple of years. Her life has been turned completely upside-down through no fault of her own. I don't relate to what she is going through, but I do relate to that feeling of "life just hurts." 

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