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August 2019 Debt Update! Hi Everyone! So this post is going to be pretty short, but as promised we are keeping you all posted on our journey. As you guys know, one of the things that we are working on is getting out of A LOT of debt. With a cross country move, job changes, and everything else that comes along with these transitions, it has not been easy to stick to our financial plan. This has been ESPECIALLY hard on the days that we feel like we are going no where fast. I'm not going to type out all of the details for this months update. Instead, below I will share our complete "Debt Update" video, but before I do, I just want to leave you guys with a few positive notes incase you are in the thick of something too. Things we have learned through sharing our journey: 1.) If you are working toward some type of change in your life, don't give up!  We are learning that often times the process feels super slow, but if we are doing a little bit e...
I wrote this blog post in 2017 in the midst of a super chaotic season. Fast forward two years, and we're in the middle of yet another first week of school. If the me now could say anything to the me back then (and any other moms that can relate), it would be this: Life is still crazy...It's still messy and full of chaos, but believe it or not, you were right. It doesn't have to be full of unrealistic expectations. I promise you this because I am here now. You'll find happiness in the mess. You'll find peace in the chaos. You'll learn contentedness in the things that you do have, and you'll be so dang proud of how far you've come...even if it's not how you pictured it. You took a picture today, and it still wasn't Pinterest worthy. It didn't have the chalk board or anything else that the other moms so beautifully have, but you know now that none of that matters. What matters is that you were there. You soaked it in. Your child went...
Like my professional photography for this blog post?! HAHA! Hey I promised to be REAL on this blog, not professional.  Also, if I'm being honest, this is a pretty good depiction of how my week has gone..and I've had to fight daily to get out of the funk... I'll be honest, most days when I'm tired and in a funk, the only thing on my mind is a bowl of Half Baked Ice Cream and some Netflix. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cave into those temptations a time or two, but I know where those habits lead and it ain't pretty! Just yesterday I woke up in a slump. I was tired and grumpy, and just not feeling life. I figured I'd attempt to bypass that black hole of Netflix, and glide through by doing the bare minimum. So, I started to chisel away at my daily checklist. Earlier this year, I set a goal for myself to attempt to plug into at least 1 podcast a day, and read at least 10 pages of a self-improvement book per day. Thanks to my goal, both of those thi...
So since January of this year, Corey and I have been working hard to improve ourselves every single day in one way or another. One of those pursuits is a life of health and fitness. We both knew that we wanted to do it differently this time around, but what that meant at the time---we weren't exactly sure. We are about seven months in, and I never would have guessed the shape that this part of my journey would have taken, ESPECIALLY because I have spent nearly my entire life obsessing about my physical appearance and weight, and I never imagined that I'd be satisfied without having achieved those goals. Like I said, this time around we wanted it to be different, and it absolutely has been. So, below I want to share what that has meant for me this year, and I hope that it will help you to find encouragement if you are on the journey as well. First of all, I just want to state the obvious...it's been seven months and physically, I look just about the same. Seven mon...
As a lot of you guys know, Corey picked up an interesting hobby to make extra money when we moved back to Ohio.... THRIFTING. We've been trying to figure out a better name for it, but essentially, it involves buying random items from yard sales, thrift stores, etc., and re-selling them for profit. If you have a name idea for his fun new obsession, comment below! So obviously we are not the originators of this idea. People have been doing this for years, but Corey started watching videos of Gary Vaynerchuk promoting this idea and he decided to give it a try! I'll be completely honest, I was not on board at first. Like, at all.  I was not looking forward to spending ten minutes, let alone an hour or two yardsaling on the weekends. I had just spent a lot of my time on Allie Cassazza's course  on decluttering and I didn't want him bringing junk back into the house. All of that being said, there was some tension at the beginning, but after a few conversations, we...
Once upon a time, I had a dream to homeschool my kids. Our lives are anything but traditional and as my son entered into his first year of public school, our family felt super enslaved to the traditional school schedule. I dreamed about all of the amazing things we could learn together, and I craved the freedom that came along with all of it. I thought about all of the fun trips we'd take, and the memories we'd make, and I just knew that this journey would be amazing. And I lasted less than three weeks. It was a colossal fail.  I beat myself up for months about it. Today though, I'm going to explain why being a homeschool dropout made me a better mom. I grew up in a HUGE family. Between my siblings and my cousins, some of us were in public school all through high school, some of us did private and then public, some of us switched between homeschooling and traditional schooling, etc. Pretty much any combination that you can think of has been done. Since I w...
We survived 3 weeks on the road with our kids! I am no Pinterest mom, BUT I did just survive almost three weeks on the road with our six-year-old and three-year-old. If I'm being completely honest, we didn't just survive---we thrived!!!! I thought about doing a post on a bunch of intricate and Pinterest-esque tips on traveling with kids, but that's not really what took place, so I'm not going to fake it. That being said, I did want to share some tips that I found super helpful. I can't promise that you haven't heard these things before, but what I can promise is that they are cheap, easy, quick, and can be done by me, so they can be done by YOU. So, whether you are driving an hour to visit the in-laws, or a for a few weeks like we just did, these were our "musts" when it came to the kiddos! I hope you find them helpful! *Disclaimer* I am typing this with my kids shooting Nerf Guns all around me, so please excuse typos. #HighlightREA...