September 2012

The Ground Rules {Day 1}

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I’m not sure how many of you are on board for this month's challenge but the gauntlet has been tossed and I am calling on ALL of you to try, in your own way, with your own rules, to do this with me.  Right here, right now commit to a whole month of no spending: [...]

In Search of Financial Peace: 5 Things I’ve Learned So Far

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When I started this blog, it was not because I was some slick money guru or finance major who wanted to pass on my certified wisdom to the world.  Far from it, actually.  I started this blog because my spending was out of control.  I was unhappy and bored, and my husband and I were [...]

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

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When it comes to autumn baking, it is hard to go wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese.  Add a little maple to the mix and you've got yourself a little piece of fall-licious yumminess right there in the palm of your hand. The girls have been begging for weeks to make cookies with frosting, while [...]

DIY Fabric Covered Candle

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Can you tell I've been feeling a little crafty lately?  Between all the running around we did all summer and then Maggie not wanting a birthday party, I think I was feeling a little pent up on the creative front.  Whether it was change in season or that life has calmed down, or perhaps our [...]

Pottery Barn Inspired No-Sew Halloween Bunting

Two years ago I spotted a darling little bunting in the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween catalog.  Back then, I was just starting out on this little thrifty journey of mine, and as tempted as I was to order it, I decided it would be far more cost-effective to purchase the materials and make my own [...]

Homemade Dutch Babies

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Oh, Dutch Babies....how do I love thee?  All that buttery goodness, clumps of powdered sugar, crispy crust and light-but-dense center, drizzled with real maple syrup and oozing with down-home goodness.  Honestly, although my family likes a lot of different things, there is truly only one dish that can make all four of us downright giddy [...]

DIY Fall Leaves Canvas

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We had a one-day cold front pass through last week, (and by cold, I mean 85 degrees instead of 95), which I took as a clear sign from above that it was time to dig out the bins of fall decorations.  I also took it as a sign that it was time to rock the [...]

Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away (& Why They Won’t Get Them Back)

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As some of you already know, I've been on a mission this year to simplify my family's life and rid ourselves of excess.  Over the course of the past nine months I have probably given away about 75 percent of my girls' toys, keeping only the items that I felt encouraged their imagination and that [...]

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

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We are a full two weeks into our one-month spending freeze and so far, so good.  I thought for sure we would run out of food in a week but at this point both our freezer and pantry are still brimming, which makes me think a.) we may have had too much stuff and b.) [...]

3 Easy Reptile Crafts

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A few weeks ago (or was it months....) I mentioned that we were studying reptiles in our homeschool science class.  For reasons that I still don't understand, my normally all-things-pink-and-pretty girly girls are really, really, really fascinated by snakes, lizards, alligators, & turtles. I suggested a few times that we move on to something else but [...]

The School of Edie

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A couple weeks ago I had the great pleasure of spending 3 days visiting my dear friend Edie.  The girl is like a walking crash course in Southern Hospitality, and her gifts and talents seem to know no bounds.  Whether it be homeschooling, gourmet cooking, baking, decorating, or reading classic literature, her insight & creativity [...]

Family Weekend in Key West

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If you've been reading this blog for a while I probably don't have to tell you just how much I love throwing parties.  I look forward to my girls' birthdays all year long, and start collecting party ideas accordingly, picking their themes at least 6 months in advance. So I was more than a little [...]