November is just underway, but that means holiday decorating is right around the corner. Whether you’re one who decorates right after Halloween or wait until after Thanksgiving, dressing up your home for Christmas is fun no matter when you...
Yes, you read the headline correctly. It is not yet the end of October and I have all my Christmas shopping done! It feels so good to not have to worry about fighting the Christmas Eve rush, or accidentally spending...
I feel like my delight over the opening of the Signal Mountain Road ALDI was a little out-of-hand. You should have heard my great enthusiasm and sighs of relief. No longer would I have to go out to Brainerd...
Freezing your child's credit isn't the most exciting or glamorous thing to do but it IS critical. I just finished freezing my kids' credit and honestly I shouldn't have waited this long. My mistakes and the things I learned...
My parents always taught us to look for good deals, and with five kids, we had to. Now I am proud to be a second hand shopper for most things. With the ever-increasing rise in consumerism today, you can...
I love thrift stores. I don't even really like shopping all that much, but I can rarely pass up a good thrift store. I can rarely pass up a bad thrift store. I think you get the point. With two...
My boys start back to school tomorrow. I feel depressed just typing that. Since I’m a teacher, I started back last week. Our summer was over in the blink of an eye. As much as I love summer break...
The first time we took our son to a hotel, it wasn’t exactly peaceful. He nursed around the clock and he never seemed to actually sleep. Neither did we. I remember carting him into the bathroom in the middle...
Switching to apartment life is no small feat with small feet. I'm the lucky mother of a three-year-old and a four-year-old. They were two and three when we moved halfway across the country from Spearfish, South Dakota to Chattanooga, Tennessee....
I felt a bit of Imposter Syndrome rising in me as I typed the title of this blog post. Currently, my home looks as if a bomb filled with Easter grass, dirty socks, and ketchup just exploded inside. That...

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Family Trip to Lake Barkley

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My family and I went on a last-minute trip last week to Lake Barkley. I am hopefully starting a new job in the next...