• Budgeting,  DIY,  Geek

    A Frugal Way to Refurbish Outdoor Candy Canes

    Christmas is a big thing around here. I mean Big. Even our wedding was Christmas-themed. So as you can imagine we tend to decorate, a lot. However, because we are entering our journey to being debt-free, our budget for new decorations is virtually nonexistent. So, this past Christmas, we got super creative to find frugal ways to refurbish and enhance some of our current items. One of these projects we completed was refurbishing the outdoor candy canes that we use to line our driveway. Affiliate disclosure: The links included in this post are affiliate links. If you click through our links and purchase items we could receive a small commission.…

  • General

    Financial Coaching: What is it and How Can It Help you?

    What is a Financial Coach? Lets break this down. According to Merriem-Webster.com, A coach is, “…one who instructs or trains…”. So a Financial Coach is would be someone who instructs or trains others in the ways of finance/money. The real question is, why do I need a financial coach? What can they do for me? What problems in my life can they help me solve? I am here to answer those questions. But first lets look at a couple statistics… I know that, before I started learning about financial coaching and the process of fixing our finances and getting out of debt, my family solidly fit right in this statistic.…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Crockpot Tomato Soup

    This post contains affiliate links. If you click & make a purchase, I receive a commission! Thanks! Read my full disclosure policy and privacy policy. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The weather in Ohio has been rather chilly lately. We’ve had some decent snowfall this year as well. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but when it’s cold and snowy like it’s been here I love a good comfort food meal. I was craving one of those spirit and body warming soups when I made this recipe. This is a super simple Crockpot Tomato Soup. I was able to make it, unplanned, with ingredients I already had…

  • Mom's Milkshake
    Food,  General,  Recipes

    Mom’s MilkShake

    We all have “THOSE” days sometimes. The ones where you are ready for it to be bedtime by 9 am, or you’ve hidden in the bathroom for some peace and quiet three times already, and it’s barely noon. Sometimes these days cross over the rough day threshold and careen into the “its one of THOSE Days” territory. This kind of day calls for a Mom’s Milkshake. So first let’s clear up a couple of things here. No drinking if you are underage. Also, I am not encouraging you to drink your whole day away or hide your emotions in food. Remember I am actually a Therapist by profession. But what…

  • Spread love this valentines day
    General

    14 Ways to Spread Love this Valentine’s Day

    I don’t have to tell you that this world has been a pretty “cold” place lately. Between a huge political divide and a pandemic keeping so many of us separated from our loved ones, it’s super easy to feel alone and unloved. So this year let’s use a holiday that’s focused on love to help “Spread Love This Valentines Day”. In this post, you will find 14 simple ways that you can use to help spread some much-needed cheer to others. If you feeling overwhelmed just at the idea of trying to do something special for your family this Valentine’s day, we’ve got you covered there too! Check out our…

  • Frugal Valentine's Day Ideas
    Budgeting,  General

    Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas…

    For Couples & Families We are only about a week into this new year and I don’t know about you guys but I could use a fun distraction from all the chaos and negativity that has already permeated this new year. However, like many of you our money is very tight right now, so we have brainstormed some low cost or free ways to celebrate Valentines day with your loved ones. Idea #1 – Really two ideas in one. Part one – Make your favorite meal at home. Going out to eat is often SO Expensive, especially if you are wanting a nice sit-down meal. Plus, right now, we are…

  • Goodbye 2020
    General

    Hello 2021, Goodbye 2020

    Hello All, First let me start off by apologizing for the blog being so quiet the past few months. I really needed to take a step back from the blog to focus on my family for a while. So let me briefly tell you where we have been for the past couple months. What’s Happened… Like so many of you I am sure, we had a lot of not so good stuff happen in 2020. In April, Neil got Super sick. In May, Neil got laid off from his job. In July, right as our Unemployment benefits were going to run out, Neil took a new job. Which sounds great,…

  • Board Games for Ages 3 and Up
    Geek,  General,  Reviews

    Board Games for ages 3 & Up

    Thanks to the dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been, families have been forced or blessed depending on your attitude, to spend more time together. One thing our family loves to do is play games together. Board games, Card Games, Video games you name it. In this post, we will focus on Board games for families with younger kiddos ages 3 and up. Then Keep watch for our next post where we will discuss Board games and Card Games for families with older kiddos. We also recently did a post about Board and Card Games that are great for 2 players, for those nights were maybe Mom and Dad…

  • Snowstorm picture with a mostly empty city street.
    Food,  General,  Prepping

    Preparing for the Unknown

    Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, while expecting just a snowstorm. or “Hope for the Best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.”― Mel Brooks Hello World. I am a prepper. I have no shame in making that statement.  What Is a Prepper Really? Let’s clear the air on this subject and get prepared together Thanks to Y2K, 2012 and shows like “Doomsday Preppers” being prepared has taken on a stigma.  In our society today we have everything at our fingertips, thanks to curbside pick up at our favorite stores, to a certain large organization that has everything from A to Z. (Please use our affiliate links throughout this…

  • Our Board and Card Game collection
    Geek,  General,  Reviews

    Board Games or Card Games for Two Players

    Neil and I have known each other for about 20 years, been together for 13 years, and married for what will be 6 years in December. Over that time we have tried many different activities together. The one that has really stuck with us is playing games. We have quite the board game and card game collection at this point. One challenge we have found though is finding board games or card games for two players. We have found that, some games will claim to be playable by two players. However, they just do not give the same enjoyment of game play with only two players. The games included on…