100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 1-42)

100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 1-42)

I have been posting a series on Facebook called 100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less. Each day I’ve been posting a gift idea based on an item that we use and love around our home. I’ve posted ideas for women, men, and children that are all under $25. It’s been pretty popular with some of you and you’ve asked if I would put it somewhere that you can see it any time you would like – so, here it is!

This is a spin off from my list last year 100 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts. I won’t be making it into an eBook this year so I’m putting it here for your reference.

I will list all that I have posted so far today, then I will try to update on a weekly basis…but I might get distracted by the cute baby in my lap, the dance party in my living room, or peeling stickers off the wall. Continue reading


Our Debt Free House: AFTER

Ta da!!!! As promised, here is the after video of our debt free house. So yeah – I realize I promised this video over a year ago when we posted the BEFORE video, but life happened. And honestly, we didn’t know what we were getting in to with a home renovation. “We’ll be done in a year…” I bet some of you probably openly snickered when I said that.

The big changes we made:

  • New heat pump
  • Converted car port into garage
  • All new plumbing (almost)
  • All new wiring (almost)
  • Entire house painted
  • All new appliances
  • Added back porch and covered it
  • Landscaping
  • New flooring and tub re-tile & seal in bathroom

We are very tickled with how this house has turned out – we love living here and have learned SO MUCH – including exactly what a basement smells like when it’s been showered with poop from the septic line.

I hope you enjoy the video. Holler at me if you have questions. :-)


High Protein: No Powder

High Protein: No Powder

Guest post by Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I spent nearly three years living on as little as possible so that we could pay off our debt. The process of becoming debt free requires a lot of determination and discipline, but as many of you might know, the work doesn’t stop when the last bill is paid. Poor spending decisions are a hard habit to break and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up right where we started in the first place!

That’s exactly where I found myself a couple years ago when I started an “official” exercise program that came with an “official” nutrition program. Ordinarily I’d just eat what we normally eat – wholesome, real foods – but I really wanted to give this program 110% and see the amazing results that everyone else was seeing, so I wanted to follow their diet plans too.

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A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

If you missed last week, when I shared a letter to my eventual son in law, you may want to go back and have a look at that letter to give you an idea of why I’m bothering to write these letters in the first place. To sum it up: I have hopes and dreams for my kids and I want the person each of them ends up marrying to know a little about what my expectations are. Even though I only have about 11 years of marriage under my belt and a little less than five as a parent, I want to capture my thoughts now and share the wisdom I can offer today because I know at least a few of you reading this right now are about to “give away” your son or daughter and could sure use some input.

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarity in the two letters – that is intentional. I want my kids to know my expectations are high for both of them and similar for both of them. The letter to my eventual son-in-law was tough. I’d bet you this one won’t be any easier. Here we go…

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Using a Nutrimill: The Video

Using a Nutrimill: The Video

You’ve been asking for the longest time for me to do a video showing you how my grain mill works – so here it is! I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll put the links that I mentioned below so that you don’t have to go hunting for them. Continue reading