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    $50 saved & a veggie pot pie

    I avoided spending $50 today. With our move coming up, I’ve TRIED to be more mindful of our budget since we’re going to have some big expenses take place in the next few months. But we are so spoiled with eating out. It’s hard to stop that habit! It’s getting better, but the days when I work a lot I just don’t want to get in the kitchen and cook. But I held strong at lunch time at Panera when I really wanted some French onion soup, and the app tried to entice me to get a pastry or cookie…

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    Homestead planning & a closing date

    We finally have a closing date for the Oregon house my sister is buying for us to live in. January 31st! We’re house swapping. My sister and her family in our rental in California while we live in their house in Oregon. Just until we find a house and they’re ready to make the big move. The house is amazing! An acre of fenced land with lots for the kids to do. The house is a good size. It does have some flaws and it isn’t “nice” by California standards, but it has everything any of us want or need.…

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    Christmas thoughts

    Another Christmas wrapped up and lots of happy kids. Lots of toys. Possibly too much? I guess with a family of 5, it’s hard to be too minimal. There’s a fine line between a good amount without going overboard and being so minimal they’re disappointed. A few things I’ve learned in my 8 Christmas’s as a mother: This last year has been a lot harder than the last few, financially. While we’re making it, there’s less to play with, a lot more budgeting (and actually following it) to try and stay within a safe range, and our personal savings took…

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    Savoring little moments

    One thing I’ve really started to focus on is really taking in little moments. Like right now. I got up early, because E (18m) decided he wanted to start harassing me before the sun even started peeking over the horizon by hitting me in the face and asking me to nurse (I’ve decided to stop nursing in the morning to try and break him of this). After fighting it for a while, I left the room and came down to make breakfast at 7am, while Blaine stayed in the room with E to try and get him to go back…

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    When it comes to posting kids online…

    Now that I’m planning to blog about my life again, it’s time to discuss the topic of posting about kids online. In the past, I’ve shared my kids freely. But in recent years, especially after someone online crossed the line in an attempt to make me and my business look bad, I’ve pulled back a lot. These days, I share them on private social media with people I know. I don’t post them on anything public. I know that private on the internet is still not that private, but I’m comfortable with it for the most part. To be honest,…

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    My return to slow blogging

    With social media taking over the world, and all of my mental space some days because I “need” it for work, I crave the days when we could just sit with our thoughts or the same song on repeat for hours. Or maybe that was just being a teenager. Ha. Do they still do that or do they get lost scrolling endlessly on TikTok like me? Since my last post months ago where I “quit social media”, I gave in. And every time I do, I regret it. It’s just so hard to feel like it’s the one way to…

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    The one where I quit social media

    I’m not original. I literally just read (ok skimmed) a post by a blogger who says she quit social media. Like actually quit, not just took a break. Some of the things she wrote kind of hit me right in the gut. And while I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing right now, I do know that I’m taking a step back. I know that in taking breaks from social media in the past I’ve been able to learn that it does take a toll on me, it takes up way too much of my time, my mental space and…

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    Finding Einstein: Our 14 Year Old Dog Went Missing for 16 Days

    While I more or less try to post content that is less about me and my life and more about helping others, I can’t help but share this story. Einstein, our almost 14 year old shepherd/cattle dog mix walked out of our front door when it blew open around 9-10pm on 1/16. Within an hour or less we were driving around looking, but it was raining and I’m sure is part of the reason he got disoriented and didn’t come back. We were out there until 2am the first night and then back out there at 6am the next day.…

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    Welcoming Catalina (a home birth story)

    Spoiler alert: It’s a GIRL!  It’s been two months now and I’m finally writing about our sweet little girl, Catalina. After the experience we had with Atlas’ birth, the challenges we faced afterwards with a 4 month NICU stay and life with a preemie, we spent a large part of this last pregnancy walking on eggshells. We were so scared that we would have another preemie since we still had no idea what caused Atlas to come at 27 weeks. This time around we ended up deciding to be under the care of a wonderful midwife, Melissa. It was something…

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    Move Without Losing Your Mind! 14 Tips to Save You Time & Money on Your Move

    Can we all just agree that moving is the worst? I actually liked moving in the past when it was just Blaine and I. But add a baby and not only moving your household, but all the stuff you’ve been storing for your parents too and it gets to be overwhelming quickly. We had plenty of time to prepare and were actually way ahead of schedule for a while because we started packing before even finding a house, but time caught up with us and towards the end we were scrambling. I’m going to share my best tips for moving…