• "family",  "life",  "Liz"

    Story Of My Life in 250 Words

    The story of my life in 250 words or less… Born on November 2, 1981, I was raised in north Texas in a single parent household.  It was a lifestyle where the whole family: aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents lived next door to one another.  I believe their mantra is: If you’re born here, you stay here.  Not really, but it seems that way.  I do think this lack of change in my youth has made me run after change as an adult.  Nearly my entire life I daydreamed of moving out of Texas.  At the age of nineteen I became a single mother to a boy, raising him while…

  • "budget",  "college textbooks",  "living on less"

    Living On Less: College Edition

    pic source: Campus Book Rentals If you read my first Living On Less post, then you know that my husband has returned to college.  I’m also sure that you know college isn’t cheap. Like most students, we are taking out student loans; however, we try to pay as much as we can out of pocket.  This mainly includes: textbooks and parking. On the parking side of things, it is expensive and a pain no matter what you do, so my best suggestion is to hitch a ride, but I can offer plenty of advice for textbooks.    (I SO wish this was an option during my college years.  It would…

  • "Gardening",  "hobbies"

    Garden Gate

    We kind of live in a mini-forest with a lot of deer that frequently visit our lawn,  so putting a small fence and gate around it was a logical move.  My husband installed the whole thing…god bless that man! As for that little green fella at the top, he and his friend hang out in the garden.  He also enjoyed hanging out in my hair one day, causing me to slightly freakout.  I screamed, did a little dance, while shaking my hair violently.  My children thought my screaming and dance was just too cool, so they started to scream and dance…except my oldest…he just watched and laughed from the window.…

  • "family",  "life",  "weekend"

    The Weekend

    This weekend has been nothing but pouring rain, giving us all a case of cabin fever.  I tried giving the kids a lot of indoor activities: coloring, blocks, reading,  and movies.  When it really began to rain hard, leaving large puddles in the yard, the kids danced and stared out the window…daydreaming about sunnier days, I’m sure.  If it wasn’t chilly, I would have stripped them down to their diapers and let them play in the rain.  I loved doing that as kid during a summer storm. The weekend was truly uneventful and boring.  Other than a few errands and a little baking, I really didn’t do much except soak…

  • "family",  "life",  "weekend"

    Throwing Out The Rules

    Our weekend was slow and uneventful, and that was just fine with me.  I have been in need of a little rest from our constant go, go, go schedule. I threw out the mom rules this weekend and let the kids eat cake for breakfast.  They loved it.// I also made cinnamon rolls from scratch–it is really the only to eat them.  I promise that if you take the time to make them then you will never buy the canned version again.// I let Scout work on his coordination skills using beans.  He would spoon them into a muffin tin….and eventually the floor.// The rest of my time was taking…