Give Up Cable & Not Miss A Thing
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Give Up Cable & Not Miss A Thing

Saving money is so important when it comes to family life. After all, having four kids means never-ending, and sometimes unexpected, expenses. Bills rack up so quickly sometimes and before you know it you have to figure out how to adjust the budget and where to cut costs. In our family, the debate always came down to our cable bill; can we give up cable and survive? My husband loves cable. He has always been one of those people who wants needs all of the channels. So we always had the biggest package. Aside from this he was a huge boxing & mma enthusiast. So this meant  multiple pay-per-view events every month. After multiple cable bills near $400 we just couldn’t do it any more. We needed some way to give up cable & not miss a thing! But how? How could we give up cable and all of its…

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Beautifully Imperfect: Motherhood Unfolded
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Beautifully Imperfect: Motherhood Unfolded

Lately life has been truly chaotic. I feel often as if I am being pulled in so many directions. So many opportunities have arose and my mind is constantly shifting from idea to idea, leaving me with almost no time to keep up. At first I was ashamed to come to terms with the fact that my focus was on too many of the ‘wrong’ things. Day after day I was in hustle mode and struggling to keep my head above water; a feeling that became almost overwhelming. So I started pushing harder and I didn’t realize the damage I was doing. Real damage! My family life began taking a real hit and the bumps were growing far to quickly for me to fix them. Sitting here telling you this has become my breath of fresh air. Because when everything felt like it was about to shatter and all I…

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Parenthood Doesn’t Mean Giving Up Your Adventure

Being a parent has been the greatest achievement of my life. To be able to grow a life and then be there for every milestone, every step of the beginning of their journey… I am pretty sure that there is nothing that will ever compare to every feeling this journey has brought about. For the past 10 years my focus has been on being the absolute best mother that I could be. And while I do not regret this one bit, especially when I look at the beautiful beings that I have created, I have realized that at 30 years old, I have somewhat lost myself. It has taken me some time, but with my children growing a little older, I have grown to understand that Parenthood Doesn’t Mean Giving Up On My Adventure. Someone recently said: “Tell me about YOU” That’s when it hit me, I don’t really know…

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Traveling the Country

Big Bear- The Less Traveled Path

Big Bear Lake is a beautiful vacation spot. There is nothing quite like a nice getaway in the fresh mountains. As I have said before Big Bear is Southern California’s mountain treasure and if you make a trip there you will see exactly why. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy hanging out on a lake in the perfect 80 degree weather during the day and ending the evening with a stroll around the village? All before grabbing dinner at one of Big Bear’s most popular restaurants, like the Azteca Grill. While the town of Big Bear Lake offers so much to do and see, some of the best and most unique adventures are on the Less Traveled Path.   I love exploring what many do not. It makes life all that more adventurous. I love looking back and saying “we explored this cool place”. Big Bear was our first real adventure…

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Parenting

5 Unique Ways To Beat Summer Boredom

It’s that time of year again! School is almost out for many. For us, our lessons are at a bare minimum, the weather is hot, and the good ol’ saying “I’m bored” is constantly ringing in my ears. This is often followed by one of the three saying that make me cringe: “Can we watch tv?” – NO! “Can we play on the tablet?”- NO! Or the famous “Can we play on the PlayStation?” – UGH, NO! You see, we have an after-dinner rule in our house. After dinner, the kids get their electronic time. Otherwise they will be glued to those devices all day. We did grant a few days of “unwind time” when summer hit where we allowed some half binge days but I ended up having four mini zombies occupying my home. But now we are well into summer vacation and their boredom is becoming something I…

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Educational Thoughts, Parenting

Push Your Kids Toward Their Future

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” This is what they asked. It was my junior year in high school and everyone around me had a plan; had a goal. They knew what they wanted in life, what colleges they would apply to, and what career they wanted to work towards. But me… I was lost. As hard as I tried to make those decisions that would shape my future, I discovered that there was just nothing there. Sure I could go to college, but for what? What was I good at? What did I love to do or dream of doing? There was no on who could encourage me at the time. I felt so lost and I let that stop me from moving forward for a long time. “You can do anything you want to do and be anyone you want to be.” This is…

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Traveling the Country

Big Bear- Southern California’s Mountain Treasure

When most people think of Southern California they think of warm weather and the ocean. However, in a culture that favors beaches, breezy warm weather, and flip flops, there is something exotic and adventurous about having a beautiful mountain range so close by. As a native Californian, Big Bear is somewhere that I frequented throughout my entire life. So I can tell you that it is no secret- Big Bear is Southern California’s Mountain Treasure! Whether you like off-roading, hanging out on a lake, fishing, hiking, or strolling around just to shop, eat, and take in the local sights…. Big Bear needs to be on your California bucket list. Scroll to the bottom to see my photo gallery. If you are planning a getaway during the warm weather, the following tips will help you get the most out of your trip. Try to head up on a Thursday (anytime) or…

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Parenting

The Importance of Encouraging Volunteer Work

There are a few things in this world that I find to be absolutely crucial when it comes to raising children. Respect, discipline, and empathy are usually the top 3 things that I work hard to instill in my little beauties; especially in this world we are living in. I firmly believe that it is us, as parents, who mold our children into the type of human beings they will grow to be. This is only a small part of why our family chose homeschool as our journey. I wanted to ensure that my children received the best individual growth, something that i believe the public school lacks in encouraging. As we know so well, growing an individual is much more than providing an education. Growing a well-rounded human being and a compassionate heart involves so much more than anything books or facts can offer. I strongly believe that there…

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Traveling the Country

Exploring Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is a beautiful mountain town in Northern Arizona. Something that many don’t think of when they think of Arizona- mountains. Not only is it home to one of the Universities in Arizona, but it is a stop when headed to the Grand Canyon. It is a a destination town and many people enjoy exploring Flagstaff, Arizona every year. However, there is much more to see and do when coming to Flagstaff. When we first considered Arizona as our next home, all I could think of were the hot deserts. I was extremely excited when we discovered the beautiful White Mountains, an area that we soon called home. However, after exploring our area far and wide, we decided that it was time to expand our adventures. We decided to begin exploring Flagstaff, Arizona. We always try to keep things exciting for our family and get out of the house at…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Why I Stopped Worrying About Romance

We’ve all been there… years into marriage, numerous children, and the most chaotic life one could imagine. Sure, you’ve got things down- you can keep the house decently cleaned, the lessons are done, your to-do list is half way checked off, and you only forgot to feed the animals once! By the time it is all said and done you are having a glass of wine (or three) and finding yourself too tired to have some quality time with that handsome man sitting across the sofa. If you are anything me then I am sure at some point this has caused some bumps. Sometimes those bumps and lack of intimacy can cause feelings of worry; worry that things are beginning to fail. Then comes the insecurity; what am I doing wrong? Maybe you try to recreate that old passion and lust that you had way back in the day. Maybe…

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