Finding Beauty

I bought myself a little bouquet of flowers. They were in the discount bin at Kroger, but had no visible browning or signs of decay. The bright orange lifted my spirits immediately. Seriously the picture above does not do it any justice. It doesn't hurt that they were only $2. I needed something beautiful in…

Spring Cleaning?

Ha! Guess what I forgot to do this spring.... FML. There are always positives to look at in situations like this. I'm doing my cleaning during a time that the weather will permit a yard sale. I'm not tired from working all night, so I'm not half-assing it. Yeah, that's all I got. But I…

Mom’s Summer Reading List

Every summer I'm the good mom. I drag my kids down to the library, sign them up for the summer reading program, and hold them accountable for it. But I'm not the good mom because during all the shuffle of everyday life, they never actually see me read. Like a physical, page-turning book. They see…

Speed Limit of Life

"When we opened the speed limit was 100 and you all ran around going 250". I paraphrased that, but that's pretty much what my boss's boss's boss said to all of us on the last day of the semester. The older supervisors got offended and started defending themselves and raising their voices, but geez he…

Gift Cards

I love gift cards. I love to give them. They can be personalized to a person's tastes (give my hubby GameStop or none at all) or simply a generic card to a gas station. I love to get them. I can do a lot of damage with sales and gift cards. Recently, I got a…

Family Game Night: Settlers

This post may contain affiliate links from which I will benefit if you purchase through them. This is an honest review of this game. I was not compensated by Mayfair Games for this review. We are a family of gamers. PC games, Xbox, cell phone, board, and even pen and paper games, we do not…

Fear

I'm scared. This Thursday is the last day of my regular work. I will have one more work day in June to help cover the Special Olympics breakfast. But I'm off work for the summer. I'm scared. I want to make this blog and my candle business work so that I can maybe stay home…

Food Insecurity- What Can I DO?

I just finished up my first series and it was over my experiences with food insecurity. This is something that weighs heavily on my heart and I appreciate this outlet to educate, advocate, and encourage. If you want to get caught up, all of the links are at the bottom of this post. I didn't…

Surviving Food Insecurity- accepting help

This is the sixth part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. 41 million Americans struggle getting enough to eat. Households with children are more likely to be food insecure. 59% of food insecure households got help through a federal program. [Feeding America] Only 59%.…