Dec 10, 2019

The Truth About This Winter

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Money here. Money there! Merry Christmas, our money is going everywhere!

I've been trying extra hard this holiday season to stick to a budget, and be wiser than ever with our spending... and then our beautiful beloved dishwasher broke. So, just for future reference, beautiful doesn't mean better!

In a saving win, however, I grabbed a box of ornaments from a trash pile to decorate our outside wreaths. They look fabulous, and they were free. One woman's trash is another woman's treasure. Trash picking is most certainly not beyond me. I grew up doing it, and so did my mother. That's the life of this first-generation American, and I am proud of it.

And, just like my mom, I am far from loved ones. I live states away from my husband's family and my own. Then, some good friends (whose kids grew up with ours) moved to other states this summer. Three of them gone in a matter of three months. As you can imagine, it's been a long cold winter. Sometimes...okay most days, I feel lonely. It's just me and the kids, while my husband is off at work, so Target is a beacon of hope and a place to go.

In reality, Target or a mall is the absolute last place a mother with small children should be. Put aside the tantrums for cake pops, the whining for shiny new toys, and the breaking of the only breakables in the establishment. Being in a store just seems counter productive for a mom who is trying to stick to a budget, save for her kids' college, have a healthy 401K, and payoff a mortgage at a faster than normal rate.

I have become better at rejecting impulse buys, but it is being in those places with my kids that I fall victim to buying snacks or food to keep them full, or toys to keep them quiet.

Parenting and adulting are hard. I just wish someone would hand me a manual, a Starbucks, and a hug.

Thank you for reading! Let me know what you do to keep yourself busy in the winter or how you are saving / budgeting in the comments down below.

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Nov 29, 2019

Black Friday Christmas Gear

Nov 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 Thoughts

It's Thanksgiving day and we had such an amazing time. We started the morning with Starbucks (of course)...and then McDonald's. Who are we and what have we done with the Measoms? This might be a new Thanksgiving tradition. An unplanned moment of greatness. Filled with two cheeseburgers, lots of fries, chicken tenders, and Coke.

It only seemed to get better as we spent the rest of the morning with our good friends and their kids. All the kids played in the living room while the older crowd watched football and chatted.

Off to the movies next, but don't worry, we loaded up on snacks at the gas station first. Aida was double fisting ring pops, DC stuffed his Twizzlers in his jacket, Dad had I went retro (Momma Gilda style) and hid our goodies in my purse. We did have DC carry in our water. The kids aren't really fans of juice or pop, and that is something I am always super proud of. They make way better choices on beverages than their Mom! Way to go kids.

We throughly enjoyed Frozen 2. DC went as far as to say it was better than the first, and we all unanimously agree. It was. Aida's favorite part was Olaf singing, calling the queen of vocals (Elsa) pitchy. How dare he. DC liked when Sven finally spoke! Daddy liked when Olaf was reenacting the first movie, and Mommy cried when Anna sang a song about overcoming darkness (typical hahah).

The big finale was of course dinner. We were invited over to Aunt Caroline's house where dinner was delicious and the company was even better. Aida gave me the most wonderful cuddles, and I sat there with all these people we love and adore - my heart was full. I felt gratitude and love, while also feeling so deeply loved in return.

I am grateful for our family and for our friends. I am grateful for our home and for Michigan and the job that my husband has. We are blessed with plenty.

While at dinner we had a wonderful conversation about Black Friday shopping. Where Mama Dori showed us a meme about "her kind of Black Friday." Where money isn't spent, and instead she stays home and saves.

That got me thinking, in a world where we are constantly being bombarded with buying the next best thing,  what would happen if we stopped spending, and started being grateful.

No objects were incurred today (other than food), and I've never felt fuller and more blessed. I think something is to be said for that. That money doesn't really buy happiness, and things don't bring joy, but yet we chase them so obsessively.

What happens when people stop spending, start saving, and do something even more significant when they start taking stock of what they're really grateful for.

Nov 22, 2019

Home Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 16, 2019

Capsule Wardrobe Take 2

mister went out of town for work. i missed him. i just love him so. absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. we were holding hands and snuggling all day long. it was like we were newlyweds on our honeymoon or something. he makes me laugh and smile like no one else can. i love the way he is aging. he just seems to get more and more handsome. i know he will be my silver fox 4 lyfe! too far?

our kids are getting so big. it's hard to fully comprehend how quickly time flies when you have kids. The days seem to blend together. seasons come and go. i try my hardest to remember every funny thing they say and do. i treasure their little giggles. the way aida still says certain words funny, like "botee" instead of body, or coconut instead of polka dot. 

moments with my kids and husband are what will give my life meaning and importance when i am old and grey. it won't be the shirt i bought on mega sale or any material possession i own that will give me a feeling of joy and happiness. 

just remember that this holiday season when you're rushing around like a who from whoville. 

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Nov 11, 2019

Capsule Wardrobe Take 1

Nov 10, 2019

Winter Holiday Events Capsule Wardrobe

Living in a tiny house, we don't have a ton of closet space. So, I've learned to buy pieces that I can reuse and restyle to create a bunch of different outfits. Capsule wardrobes are amazing because they help you recycle (or up-cycle) clothes.

Today, I wanted to share some pieces you can stock up on and reuse for all your holiday party needs. You can even wear these outfits to church.

Remember, when you have a capsule wardrobe accessories like shoes, hats, and purses can change up any look. With these vans or these sneakers you can make any of these outfits less formal. With these heels you can dress them up, and with these boots you can stay warm!

Hope ya'll like this post. If you do leave me a comment below letting me know which outfit you like the most!

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