Lemon Poppy Seed Waffle Recipe

Lemon poppy seed waffle recipeAhh…I love summer vacation. Instead of waking up to my alarm clock singing “gooood morningggg” in the most obnoxious way possible (I hate it, but it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed at 5 am), I am gently awakened by the soft sun gleaming through the windows. Well, that or a toddler jumping on my stomach. Either way it’s better then the horribleness of my alarm. Anyway, since we don’t have to rush off to school, we have been savoring our slow mornings and experimenting with breakfast options. Sometimes we are healthy and make eggs and veggies. Other times we’re not so healthy, and pop cinnamon rolls in the oven. Today, though, we made something extra special.

How To Create a Fail-Proof Budget

Easy tips to create a fail-proof budget

This post is part 2 of the series: Journey to Becoming Debt Free. Catch up on post 1 here.

Last week, I talked about creating our budget. My husband is bit of a  spreadsheet whiz and he created an incredibly detailed budget with categories for everything imaginable. We call it, The Spreadsheet. He spent months on this thing – it’s seriously a monster. And guess what? This monster spreadsheet works. It’s the first budget we have been able to stick with and it’s not because of it’s complexity. We’ve created a budget that allows us to be successful. It sounds so simple, but that really is the key to a fail-proof budget – create a plan that you can follow successfully.

DIY Coat Rack

diy coat rack

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It’s been four months since we bought our first house. Even before it was officially ours, I had a long list of DIY projects that I wanted to accomplish. Now that school is out, I finally have time to tick off some boxes on my to-do list!

Because storage is so limited in this house, creating a way to organize sweaters, coats and shoes by the entryway was first up on my list. My idea for this space was to have a shoe organizer on the floor with a mountable coat rack above and then add decor to make the entry into our home a pleasant and chaos-free space.

I found the perfect shoe organizer, and then I hit up the hardware store to get supplies for my coat rack. It took a few days (there’s a lot of drying time), but the coat rack is hung, and my doorway is looking much more organized.

Our Debt Free Journey: Part 1

My personal journey to becoming debt freeAt it’s core, this blog is about creating a beautiful life on a budget. I have always been a frugally minded person but after seven years of marriage, four college degrees, a child, and a mortgage, my frugal nature is more of a necessity now.

My debt story isn’t unusual. Many of my friends and co-workers are currently in very similar situations. It’s just the world we live in today. And while I would change a few things, most of the debt my husband and I accrued over the years was necessary to achieve our career goals. That doesn’t mean, however, that I want to live with debt for the rest of my life or even the next decade. I want it gone! My husband and I are committed to doing everything we can to free ourselves from debt fast.

Here is our story…

Quick and Easy Lasagna Recipe: A Family Favorite

Quick and Easy Lasagna Recipe

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To me, homestyle means something made with love. I have fond memories of the homestyle dishes I made with my mother when I was a child, and since my daughter recently turned three, I figured it was time to get her in the kitchen too. Yesterday, I  introduced Ella to a family favorite – homemade lasagna. It’s a meal I have loved since I was little, and sharing this experience with my own daughter was a special moment for both of us. My little girl excitedly grabbed her step-stool while I set out the ingredients and together we made a lasagna. She loved helping her mama in the kitchen and she did an awesome job too!