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[2 Apr 2013 | 29 Comments | 7,144 views]
Crunchy Mamas Giveaway!!

I’m super excited to introduce you to two wonderful Crunchy Mamas.  
Katie (on the right) is a mama of two, and Ashley (with the fierce hands) is a mama of four (having just added to her family a couple of weeks ago!).  Katie and Ashley are sisters-in-law, and in a round about way are related to ME!!  Well, actually, Ashley and her brother are kinda-sorta-German-Mennonite related to my husband (by way of a small town in Minnesota which is the nexus of the universe).  I’m married to my husband.  Therefore, …

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[12 Feb 2013 | 12 Comments | 16,665 views]
On losing weight, running and favorite fitness apps.  Plus, my 2013 goals (finally)!

Hello my faithful blog readers!  I know it has been SOME TIME since I have posted anything here on my poor, neglected blog.  However, I’m feeling a bit of revitalization coming on!  I have so much to share.
I figured that two months in to the new year is probably a good time to share my 2013 goals, right?  Yeah, I thought so, too!
If you follow me on my Facebook Page, then you know that I have been incredibly busy with my Etsy shop.

#1 Goal for 2013:  Pay off that darn …

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[27 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 6,910 views]
Mom’s Hostage Box

The other day I was walking around Walmart when I saw a big, pink storage bin.  I just HAD to have it, much to my boys’ chagrin.  I had BIG plans.
I got the idea for Mom’s Hostage Box from this blog post that had been pinned on Pinterest about a year ago.  I downloaded her list of chores and it has been sitting on my desktop forever.  Apparently, I read “Hostage Box” when she wrote Ransom Box.  Whatever.  My title works, too!
SO, I bought the big, pink bin and went …

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[14 May 2012 | 6 Comments | 4,576 views]
Confession: When I run, you’ll hear about it on Facebook.

Have I mentioned that I ran today?  I did.  Just a sec. I’ll go post about it on Facebook.
Seriously, have you noticed that most people only write about their successes on Facebook?  Does that bother you?
I gotta say that it doesn’t bother me one bit.  I don’t feel sorry for myself because I haven’t accomplished the same things.  I don’t feel inadequate.  I’m not envious.
Frankly, I’m inspired when I see my friend Julie post about her almost daily longer-than-I-have-ever-run runs.  I love it when Sally checks in with her “I …

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[2 May 2012 | 11 Comments | 3,573 views]
Confession: I don’t do crafts with my kids

A few weeks ago, I was sitting around a table at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) where we had just heard a presentation about activities we can do with our children.
As we went around the table sharing ideas, our discussion group leader turned to me and said, “I’m anxious to hear what you do with your kids, Kelleigh!”
I had to confess, “Um. I don’t do crafts with my kids.”
I know that came as a HUGE shocker to the ladies around the table, especially since I have a crafty job and I …

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[21 Apr 2012 | 15 Comments | 10,357 views]
Our Micro Accounts: How we save for expected expenses

A LONG time ago, I wrote a post on our cash envelope categories and what works for us.  At that time, I promised to post about our micro accounts!  This is that post. FINALLY, right?
Let’s recap.  I’m writing these posts to demystify the topic, not because I think I know everything or because we are doing it all right.  I’ll be the first to tell you that we made some poor decisions back when we were DINKs (double income, no kids) and we have major regrets that we hope others …

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[27 Jan 2012 | 5 Comments | 6,105 views]
The Friday 5: Jan 27 – FB blessings, pretty recipe book, Faker the Baker and more!

Five cool things:
ONE – Once again, Facebook has blessed me.  Or, I should say, God used the people using Facebook to bless me!  See, I teach Bible as part of a release time program at my son’s public school.  It’s a pretty cool gig.  I pick the kids up right after lunch, escort them off campus, teach them some Bible, then take them back to class and pick up the next class.  Our organization has “chapels” right next door to all of the public schools in town!  Anyway, the high …

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[19 Jan 2012 | 6 Comments | 2,924 views]
A Mother of Three

Today I’m feeling like a mother of three.  
I’m picturing in my head the day we dressed Grant in a t-shirt that I made for him that said “Big Brother” and we took Mitch’s parents out to lunch.  We pulled Grant’s sweatshirt off of him to reveal our big news.  It was fun and cute and exciting.

I’m remembering Mother’s Day 2005, just weeks after our announcement.  Both of our families were at our house celebrating and pampering the moms and sitting around talking.  The subject of our new baby came …