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Monday, February 29, 2016

Adventures in Homesteading - The Chicks

I grew up on a farm in South Alabama, but I can assure you that despite all of the attempts from my parents I was as far from a farm girl as you could get. As an adult I have found a love and appreciation in being able to grow our own food and self-sustain our family as much as possible. This has led us on an interesting journey to say the least. We live in a rural area with plenty of room to spread out. For the past few years we have planted a pretty substantial garden. This year we decided to add to the mix. Introducing our nine newest babies....

Thursday, February 25, 2016

How to: Work a Credit Card to Make Money

Disclaimer: This blog post is only for the ULTRA-DISCIPLINED. 

If you are currently trying to pay off your credit card debt this is probably not a good suggestion for you. If you don't think you can control your spending, again, this is probably not for you. And finally, if you haven't set a budget and know where every penny of your money is going this is probably not for you either.

BUT, if you don't have credit card debt and have been working well with your spending and keeping that within your pre-determined budget this may be a way for you to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft while making a little extra money. Here's how...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Stitch Fix: # 5, A Review

Ok so here's the deal. Before having a child I LOVED shopping. I loved scouring through thrift stores and department stores searching for the perfect piece of clothing at a steal of a price. Shopping was therapeutic and relaxing. Now fast forward a few years. I would rather go to the Dentist than try to shop with a toddler.

Let me just give you a peak in to my shopping attempts with my toddler...

Mommy, can we bring the stroller?
Sure, if you will actually sit in it.
Can I bring my baby? Yes.
Walks in store.
Mommy, I don't want to sit in the stroller. Climbs out of stroller. Throws baby on ground because apparently baby also hates the stroller.
Mommy, carry me.
No, please sit in the stroller.
Begin meltdown #1.
Laying in the floor screaming.
Try not to respond to meltdown. Everyone is staring at you.
Pick toddler up and put her in stroller with a warning.
Toddler sneaks out of stroller and starts running.
Chase after toddler while pulling the stroller and trying not to forget baby or lose your purse or your mind.
Toddler crawls in clothing rack.
Attempt to pull child from under clothing rack. Toddler grasps on to clothing rack as if their life depended on it and starts screaming like you are a kidnapper.
Yank child from clothing rack, grab the stroller, who cares where baby doll went.
Out the door to the car because God forbid you discipline your child in public and have DHR called on you.
When you finally make it to the car you vow to never step foot in a store again.

This is my life. Real life. This is why I Stitch Fix.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Wedding Ring

You've seen it on social media a million times. Someone gets engaged and within minutes there is a picture of the ring. I was listening to the radio on my way to work the other morning and they were having a discussion about wedding/engagement rings. The host of the morning show was considering buying his fiance a larger, more expensive, engagement ring because she seemed to be embarrassed by the size and appearance of her current ring. I sat and listened to woman after woman call in and encourage him to get her a bigger and better ring. Why? Apparently women sit around and compare rings. Most of the callers also mentioned that they would judge a woman based on her ring. That they make inferences regarding the man from the ring he selects for the woman. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Family Chiropractic Care

Last week we signed on to begin our third year of chiropractic care. Wow it seems crazy to say that. Rewind a few years and I thought chiropractic care was only for old guys with back problems, no offense Dad. 

I stumbled across chiropractic while researching ways to help Daddy d with his miserable allergies. He has always had allergies and he was unable to get relief from numerous prescriptions, weekly shots, or over the counter medication. I ran across a wellness and family centered chiropractic office about an hour from our house and began doing a little research. Who knew these places existed?! This place wasn't your standard stuffy, white coat, doctor's office. Our Chiropractor, Dr. Jessica, runs her office out of a renovated old home. Her practice is professional, but not stuffy. She doesn't walk around wearing a white coat, but I can guarantee you she is certified and knows what she is doing. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

{Potty Teaching} - Updated

If you'll remember, we started our journey in to {potty teaching} many moons ago...

Read about that here: Potty "Teaching" 101: The Beginning

We let mini d lead the way and over the next six months she used the potty when she felt like it, basically. If people asked I would always say she was about 60% there. If she needed to go #2 she ALWAYS wanted her pull-up on, I feel like that was one of our biggest hurdles. AND if we were out and about you could pretty much guarantee she wasn't going to use a public restroom, although she would ask to go about a million times. ESPECIALLY if we were out to dinner. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Recipe Alert: Ooey Gooey Breakfast Ring

So, my family has come to expect me to cook breakfast on the weekends. I mean, who are these people?! Since when is cereal 7 days a week not good enough. Just kidding...

Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day. I think I may have mentioned that once or twice. Sometimes I get bogged down in a pigs in a blanket / sausage casserole routine rut. That being said, I've been on the hunt for delicious breakfast ideas over the last month. Sometimes you have to actually dig through your cookbooks {or Pinterest} to find recipes you already know you love, but somehow you have forgotten about. This happens to me ALL THE TIME. I will cook something, and we will all love it. I even go to the trouble to add the recipe to my books, and then it's forgotten. If you'll remember we dug up some delicious Banana Nut Bread and Blueberry Muffin recipes earlier in January.

This weekend I found this little gem...