7 Minute Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

These crockpot chicken fajitas take 7 minutes to prep! Super easy and delicious!

Today I’m sharing my easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas recipe over at Jessica Wood’s blog. They’re perfect for “bake one and freeze one” freezer method where you just double whatever you’re making and throw one batch in the freezer. That’s my favorite way to get some freezer meals for nights when I don’t feel like cooking. It […]

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Choosing Rest

choosing rest

In September, I wrote about choosing contentment in our home. Several people said it really resonated with them. And I totally understand why. We are inundated with information and ads and messages from every direction at every minute of every day. You need this. You need it now. Buy it. Read this. Go here. Go […]

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Have yourself a Merry Little Debt Free Christmas

A debt free Christmas can sound daunting: start saving now! Here are some ideas for having a debt free Christmas this year.

Perfectly thoughtful gifts for 15 people = $750 Homemade cookies for neighbors & coworkers = $50 a new nativity because my old one is so 2013 = $25 ugly sweaters for the whole family, because that’s a thing now = $50 Christmas cards = $200 Different cute dresses for all the holiday parties = $100 […]

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Apple Pie Crescent Rolls

The following is a guest post from Jessica. Her foodie blog is amazing. [Warning: if you read it when you’re hungry, you might cry.] Read this recipe, then make these mouth-watering apple pie crescent rolls that somehow count as breakfast and/or dessert, then go swoon over her beautiful food pictures on her site. Hello! I’m Jessica […]

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Gaining Momentum in Debt Payoff

gaining momentum towards financial goals

Our first month of intense debt pay off was January, 2015. It took us a few months after Ben was employed to play catch up – pay my parents back for a beater car we bought with borrowed money, get a mini $1000 emergency fund saved, etc… We sat down at a Starbucks, ironically with overpriced coffee in […]

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Budgeting 101 #4: What the heck is a Sinking Fund?

Have you ever heard of the term "sinking fund" ? Sinking funds can be life-changing for your budget. And in a good way. Here's what a sinking fund is and how to use it to your advantage!

Understanding sinking funds is essential to accurate budgeting (unless your income is such that you choose to cash flow big ticket items). A sinking fund is a category in your budget that adds up from month to month and only occasionally gets spent out of. Sinking Fund Example #1: Car Insurance Most car insurance policies renew every […]

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Why & How We Use Cash

I often suggest to people to try using all cash if you’re new to budgeting. We used to do cash for everything. Then, I cut back and only used cash for only groceries and my “blow money” spending. After a while, we gave up cash and used debit cards with the Everydollar budgeting tool (which […]

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A Typical Stay at Home Mom Day

stay at home mom day

A stay at home mom day can be very exciting. Between the laughter, tears, and poop, you never know what might happen. When Ben gets home and asks what we did, I often just stare blankly: huh? I don’t know.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about all that intentional mothering stuff. Raising my kids up to love […]

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Choosing Contentment in Our Home

choosing contentment at home

We have committed to basically spending no money on home improvements in our rental house. The landlords take care of necessary stuff (plumbing, new window screens, etc.) and we aren’t spending money on the optional stuff (paint, new furniture, etc.) Because the ultimate goals are to be debt-free and hopefully own a home, we don’t think it’s […]

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Miscarriage: Our Story

I am torn between a million thoughts and speechlessness. Between not wanting to talk about it and wanting people to know. I feel both simultaneously. It’s weird. Clearly I’m opting for the latter… For better or worse, I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, and it’d be hard for me to carry on blogging […]

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