We’re Heading Out West

Just dropping in to let you guys know that hubby and I took the rest of the week off and are taking a road trip to the Black Hills. I will be (mostly) staying off the internet. Need to unplug and relax, ya know?  Oh, and in case you were wondering, our hotel will be completely paid for with credit card reward points. This should be a relatively inexpensive vacation. Be proud fellow credit card churners and frugal travelers : ) I’ll be sure to write up a full review next week sometimes. We’ll be getting home on Sunday.

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Versatile Blogger Award – Seven Random Facts About Me!

Versatile-Blogger-AwardI was recently nominated by Aldo at Million Dollar Ninja and Kara at The Daily Whisk for the Versatile Blogger award. Thanks guys – I really appreciate you thinking of me! Here’s how the award works: After you’ve been nominated for an award, you share 7 random facts about yourself and then nominate the next recipiets. I enjoy when these awards go around because I love reading everyone’s random facts. On a related note, I received the Liebster Award back in March.

7 random facts about me:

1) I’ve read the Great Gatsby at least four times. Overall I just love that 1920’s era: Jazz, prohibition, art deco and the suffragist movement. Maybe I was born in the wrong generation?

2) While I do enjoy traveling, I also Love staying home and being cozy. Yoga pants, a candle or two and crocheting is my idea of a wonderful afternoon : ) I am just as happy hanging around the house as I would be going out.

3) I’ve tried making homemade bread several times. I love the whole bread-making process and love a homemade treat. However, I can never get the bread to turn out just right. The bread always seemed to never rise enough or it would get too dry. Now I leave it up to our trusty bread machine that we received as a wedding present.

4) I started college as journalism major dreaming of becoming a journalist. I ended up double majoring in accounting and pursued a career in accounting instead. I think personal finance blogging is the perfect intersection of creativity/writing with numbers and finance-related topics.

5) At one point during high school we studied Greek mythology in an English class. We were learning about the ancient greek culture and how men ruled the society and that women didn’t have much significance. I specifically remember thinking, I would never want to date a Greek (mature, right?) As fate would have it, not only did I date a Greek, I ended up marrying that Greek too :)

6) I’m not naturally a super clean and organized person, but I’m trying really hard to become one. I love it when our house feels clean and organized. I’m constantly working on doing little things like putting away my cloths, doing the dishes and making the bed on a daily basis. Getting these little things done everyday really make our house feel so much calmer. I’ve come to realize that it’s really hard to relax and unwind in a house that feels like chaotic mess.

7) I want to learn how to play the cello. I grew up playing violin so I think I could probably transition those skills and techniques to playing cello. I think the cello has the most beautiful sound. If I had the resources (umm like a cello and probably a teacher) I would love to learn how to play Bach Cello Suite No. 1. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

Nominations

I nominate the following bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Ryan @ Impersonal Finance

Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter

Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

Tonya @ Budget and the Beach

 

A Case of The I Wants and how to Shake It Off

Want to know an easy way to save money? Don’t buy a lot of stuff. Seems logical, right? My husband and I have never been big shoppers so normally this isn’t hard for us. I would say we’re borderline minimalists. We try to limit the amount of “stuff” in our lives. It keeps our lives simple, it keeps our home clutter-free, and our wallets happy. But if we are really honest here, even though we live on strict budget and watch our spending very carefully, sometimes I cave. I can’t help but sometimes wanting to splurge and go shopping. 

A Case of the “I Wants”

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My Frugal Fall Bucket List

This summer my husband and I didn’t have any big summer vacation plans. Instead we decided to make a list of all the things we wanted to do before summer was over. After all, summer flies by doesn’t it? On a general note, most of the activities were frugal. We thought that writing a list would help us make time for fun activities. It actually ended up working really well for us. We made time to do a lot of fun activities that were fairly inexpensive. A few activities that we checked off our list included: get rush tickets and see a play, attend a fireworks show, go to a baseball game (my husband can get free tickets through work), and a few restaurants we wanted to try. We had a ton of fun.

Now that it’s fall, we decided that we want to make another bucket list to enjoy the season. If you are looking for any ideas of fun fall activities, make sure you check out this awesome list of ideas from Laurie over at Frugal Rules. Today, I thought I’d share my frugal fall bucket list with you. Maybe it will inspire you to think about how you want to enjoy the season. Just a warning, many of the items on our fall bucket list involve baking – maybe this should have been a baking bucket list?  Pumpkin, apples, and lots of spice. I can’t wait! Anyways, here’s out fall bucket list:

1) Take a nice husband and wife picture outside surrounded by autumn colors. I’ve noticed we don’t take a lot of photos – especially nice ones together. Anyone else struggle with this?

 2) Day trip hiking to enjoy the beautiful fall colors

3) Visit an apple orchard

4) Take a road trip to the Black Hills

 5) Apple Pie and Apple sauce..Apple butter?

6) Butternut Squash Soup

7) Invite my family over for a bonfire complete with smores

8) Make pumpkin bread

9) Attend the farmers market (I love going to the farmers market, but for some reason we hardly ever go!)

10) Apple Cider

What fall activities are you hoping to enjoy this fall? 

July And August {In Review}

fallSo I think it’s finally time that I get around to doing my monthly reviews. You guys, these last two months have been busy. A little too busy for my preference. I love nice slow days. I love hanging out at home. Today (Sunday), I feel like I’m finally getting one of those slow hang-out-at-home days. The house is fairly clean: Laundry has been folded and put away, the dishes are done, dinner is cooking in the crock-pot (see the recipe here) AND I broke out the pumpkin spice scented potpourri. Life is feeling pretty blissful at this moment. So… About July and August:

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