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52 Cupcakes for My Husband's Birthday

We celebrated my husband’s 52nd birthday last night. The man is 52. Yep, I married up. We have a nine-year age difference in case you were wondering. Originally the birthday dinner plan was to go to a fancy-schmancy restaurant that we typically save for birthdays. But, in light of the fact that two boys were nursing sore mouths from having their wisdom teeth pulled, he opted to postpone the fancy dinner for softer foods at home.

Isn’t he a great dad?!

All along, however, I had planned to bake him a special cake. It’s kind of a family tradition to bake and decorate a fun cake for my peeps. I’ve covered a lot of territory when it comes to themed birthday cakes. I’ve made a Hockey Cake, Angry Birds, Merida, and even a Disc Golf cake. Ha! [Continue reading…]

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Save Money with a Pantry Challenge

Wondering how you can squeeze a little extra out of the monthly budget? Save money with a Pantry Challenge.

Wondering how you can squeeze a little extra out of the monthly budget? Save money with a Pantry Challenge.

Every January since we moved into this house (which is about six years, I think), we’ve spent the month focusing on using up the food that we already have on hand. I had previously seen families call it their “no-spend” month, but that has never appealed to me.

We’ve had enough “no-spend” months for reals.

Instead, our “Pantry Challenge‘ has been about spending less, using up, and learning better shopping habits. In the old days I would buy lots of something because it was a really great deal. What happened when it turned out we didn’t like it? Money was wasted, right?

A Pantry Challenge forces me to use up bad purchases, teaches me to shop better in the future, and helps us save a few pennies on groceries. By clearing out the pantry, I also rotate our stock so that fewer things last past their expiration dates. [Continue reading…]

Our European Vacation: The Limousin Region and Oradour-sur-Glane

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This fall we spent a month abroad where we visited London, Paris, and a handful of cities in Western France. We explored, rested, and learned a ton about ourselves and the world. This is the sixth installment of our European adventure. If you missed it, go to the beginning here. When we left off on the European Vacation […]

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Get on the Road to Joyful Motherhood

Think through your life as MOM and get on the road to joyful motherhood with this ebook.

Think through your life as MOM and get on the road to joyful motherhood with this ebook.

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Homemade Lavender Soap

Make Lavender Soap Homemade

Want to do a fun and simple craft that you can use in real life. Make homemade lavender soap!

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Get a Craftsy Class (and a Ton of eBooks) for a Great Price

Grab the Ultimate DIY Bundle today. Not only do you get a ton of ebooks and ecourses, but you also get some great bonuses, including a Craftsy class. Last week I told you about the Ultimate DIY Bundle that I’m an affiliate for. These ebook bundles typically provide you with a huge volume of resources […]

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All in, All the Time

All in, All the Time - Are you "all in"? Are you fully living the moments you find yourself in or are you trying to do too many things at once?

Are you “all in”? Are you fully living the moments you find yourself in or are you trying to do too many things at once?

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. It was a fun week! My high school French teacher came for lunch. How cool is that? Patty, aka Madame Stephenson had a HUGE influence on me while I was growing up. After graduation, she connected me with Michele and Jean-Marc and their children, my French […]

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