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halloween costume plans & free portraits

October 20, 2015

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations because I think this event is really cool and want to share! So, have you got your kids’ Halloween costumes figured out yet? I usually wait until the last minute just because Halloween is not a big deal to me. Sometimes it pays off (once I found an awesome costume for Meredith at Old Navy the day before for only a few bucks) but as with most things it’s much easier to plan ahead. (Especially when you’re like me and hate to pay real cash money for them.) Last year’s costumes Meredith is finally at the age where she has pretty strong opinions about what she wants to dress up as. First, she…
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around here

October 13, 2015

  Hello hello! We’ve been staying busy, and here are a few things that we’ve been up to: Got a new car (last photo). David’s truck was past the point of saving so we bit the bullet and went to Carmax and came home with a 2014 Mazda5. He is letting me drive it, so I’m trying not to think about the car payment and just enjoying having a new car. I do really love it, even if it is approaching minivan territory. Started weekly Financial Peace University classes (Dave Ramsey). Bad timing to take on new debt but since there was no other option we are just focusing on making progress from here on out! My work is still…
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what i learned in september

September 30, 2015

Today I’m linking up with Emily Freeman to share the random things I learned over the past month. It’s been fun to write down these tidbits and I think I’ll keep it up! Car inspection info I had to get my car inspected this month, but it needed some work done first. So I learned that they won’t pass you if the “check engine” light is on, and you can’t have a spare tire on. I also always forget that you have to show proof of insurance to pass inspection, and I didn’t have a hard copy. But I learned that they will accept a digital copy if you just look it up on your phone and show them. So…
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hormones & self-care

September 22, 2015

Last week was not a good one. I have many stressors in my life right now: not sleeping well, Meredith having anxiety, Liam teething, finances in bad shape, work unpredictable, not to mention the general craziness of being a working mom to little kids. But last week I was not handling anything well. I forgot completely about self-care and let my grumpiness come out in full force each evening at home. By the end of it I was wondering if it was time for me to consider therapy. And then I realized: HORMONES. Yup, my body was going through some stuff (ahem) and hormones are changing and I don’t think it was a coincidence. ANYWAY. We ended up having a great…
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September 9, 2015

enjoying a day off work stressing about car trouble, and wondering if we can hack it as a one-car family reading Americanah by Chimimade Ngozi Adichie watching Lizzie Bennet Diaries whenever I have a spare moment trying to get some photos ordered for my Week in the Life album cooking crockpot roast beef eating dark chocolate squares drinking one less cup of coffee per day going on walks daily and still not getting in my Fitbit steps, blah loving Voxer and the friendships I’ve grown through it discovering that goldfish don’t live very long and I’m disturbed every time one dies thinking about Christmas already, and hoping to simplify it even further this year feeling like I need a plan for social media, because I can’t keep up hoping to get back…
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