• Life - Uncategorized

    New house, new life

      It’s how crazy how much can change in so little time! Thinking about it now it was just a few months ago we were planning on buying another house about an hour outside of Tehachapi to get back to “civilization”. As much as I truly love Tehachapi, it felt a little lonely. I wanted more opportunities for Atlas and honestly, we were just ready for a change. But then we got to talking my mom and long story short we’re now living by the beach in an area we’ve always wanted to live in! I could not be more happy…

  • Frugal - Uncategorized

    How to Make Extra Money Selling Your Stuff on Facebook

    How to Make Extra Money Selling Your Stuff on Facebook In an effort to simplify I’m constantly going through the house to donate or sell items that we don’t need anymore. We are always bringing new items into our homes and I do my best to make a conscious effort to also remove items from my home on a regular basis. My absolute favorite way these days is to sell on local Facebook groups! Some people call them Facebook Buy/Sell Groups or Facebook Yard Sale Groups. Whatever you want to call them, they’re basically local groups for a city or regional area…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    When my baby cries, I hold him.

    We all have this image of what kind of parents we will be before we have kids. Me? I was sure that I’d be a hard ass. My baby would be well trained (can you tell I’m a dog person?) and I would be strict about what was and wasn’t allowed from the very beginning. They’d learn quick. If my baby cried all the time I would let him or her cry it out to teach them to self soothe. And then I actually became a mom and somehow, without me noticing, everything I thought I would be completely changed.…

  • Family - Frugal - Uncategorized

    5 Tips for Living on One Income

    My husband and I have been together for over eight years now and we’ve finally welcomed a little baby into our family. Over the years we’ve gone in and out of being a one income family as I was in between jobs or starting a business. Now, with our son in the picture, we will be a (mostly) one income family for a year or more. Below are some tips for helping you transition into a one income family. TRY IT OUT FIRST (IF YOU CAN) If you have time before the change, give it a try for a few…

  • Family - Frugal - Uncategorized - Vacation

    9 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Family Vacation

    Going on family trips can be expensive, but if you’re careful and pay attention there are a lot of ways to save money while on a family vacation. Our little family of three recently went on a 5 day/4 night trip to Brian Head, Utah. Our budget was $100/day including gas. While I was confident we would be able to stay on budget, I didn’t expect us to be under budget. While we didn’t use all of the tips below, I’ve compiled all of the ways we like to save. Some trips we use more of these tips than others,…

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    Atlas | One Year

    It’s blowing my mind that Atlas is officially a year old. The last week has been jam packed between my sister coming into town, a day at Disneyland and then his first birthday party at our house. I was so busy at his party I took zero pictures! But I’ve been able to collect a few from friends and family. Dear Atlas, Somehow you made it to one year old and I feel like you were a tiny little boy rocking in my arms just a few weeks ago. You’re entering a stage I’ve decided to call “the wiggly stage”…

  • Family - Home - Uncategorized

    New adventures ahead

    As it turns out, we’re moving. I don’t even know how it happened. We had all these plans for the year and one day we just agreed we wanted to be back in “civilization”, which basically just means a bigger city with more businesses around. As much as we love our little country life, the plan was never to stay here forever. Our first home as served it’s purpose and it’s time to move on. The thing is, we never planned to sell our house. The plan was always to rent it out and cherish it because it was our…

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    Atlas | 9 months

    Dear Atlas, This is a little late this month because the holidays have been so busy! You had your first Christmas AND your first New Years! You continue to be a happy, healthy, easy-going little boy. We haven’t been able to go on walks lately because it’s been too cold so mommy and daddy recently cleaned out your room a bit and now we get to play on the floor. We were playing downstairs, but between the dogs wanting to love on you (lick your face) and having to put down 5 blankets in fear of you falling over and…

  • Baby - Family - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | 8 Months

    Dear Atlas, Please SLOW DOWN. I’m begging! I’m so happy to see you growing and changing. You’re learning new things everyday and becoming more and more playful and active. But, as I think I ask in every monthly update, please chill out a little bit. I feel like even when I do my best to savor each moment, I can’t get enough and you’re going and changing on me again. Right now you absolutely love jumping in your jumparoo and you are just barely starting to seem a bit clingy with your dad and I. In fact, this evening you…

  • Baby - Family - Life - Motherhood - Uncategorized

    Atlas | 7 Months

    Dear Atlas, Seriously, how are you 7 months old already? You continue to change and grow every single day and part of me is so excited for each new step while the other part is sad to say bye to the “old you”. The past month has been a little bit stressful. In September it turns out you only gained 3oz. I had guessed you were 12 lbs for you 6 month post since it had been a while since we saw your pediatrician, but I was so wrong! You’re now 11.5 pounds and we’re working to get you to…