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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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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6 Health Boosts Every Mom Needs In Her Routine

Let’s face it, being a mom is hard. Whether you work, go to school, stay home, homeschool, or anything else… it’s hard! The day to day routines get old and those dishes and laundry never seem to end. It gets old quick and yet there is no calling in sick just to catch a break. Sure, we love our little, beautiful, chaos-making monsters but that doesn’t mean that we can’t hope and dream for a break. And heaven forbid you try to take a day a little easier- have you seen the resulting disaster?! I quiver just thinking about it. And by the end of the night, I am sitting here realizing that tomorrow I will do it ALL OVER AGAIN. *sigh* Being a mom is tough business! So every day I wake, chug my cup of coffee, and go about the daily tasks of motherhood, wifehood, and everything else…

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Oh No! Mom Is Sick.

Well, it happened- Mom caught a virus and it was a real “oh my gosh-kill me now” type thing. Where it came from still baffles me. What I thought was just me catching up on catching that flu my kids had a couple of weeks ago quickly turned into something much worse. I kept asking myself “Why me, what did I do to become so unhealthy?” as I lay on the couch day after day trying to sleep away this illness. As we skipped a week of lessons, well-rounded home cooked meals, and all of my work and college courses all I could think was “Oh No, Mom Is Sick!” Let’s face it- all hell doesn’t break loose until mom gets sick! Time seems to stop completely and things begin to pile up around the house. Nothing makes me feel worse than I do while sick than watching my house…

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Why I Don’t Budget On Groceries

If you search on Pinterest you will find numerous posts about budgeting on groceries. I have been amazed by some of them really, wondering to myself “how do they do that?” I mean really, I have read some articles where a family of 5 spends $200 a month on groceries- how do they do it?! For a while I was inspired to try. I was convinced that I could budget and shop in this magical way and our family of 6 could spend even $400 a month on groceries, instead of the average of $1000 we were currently spending. After all, who wouldn’t want to save hundreds of dollars- especially since we lived on a very fixed income. So many times I tried to lower our grocery spending. I tried so hard to only shop the sales and to eat less meat. I clipped coupons, compared prices, and utilized leftovers.…

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Welcome To Our Adventure- Start Here

Hello & welcome to our adventure! I am very excited to launch my new blog, Life & Lovely Chaos today and look forward to this amazing journey with you all. For many years now I have considered starting a blog and after much contemplation, I have decided to jump in and do it! There is so much that I know I can share with you all and that many of you will benefit from. Of course my favorite thing of all to share are all of my recipes. I am a huge food lover- I love to cook, eat, and talk FOOD! So I am sure there will be plenty for us to connect with there. Getting to know each of you is my personal goal, so I look forward to all my subscriber emails, questions, and even input; because as I said- this is OUR adventure and I want you…

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