Menu Planning for August 17, 2014


What a busy weekend it's been!  We moved in to our new house on Friday.  Even though I downsized A LOT and got rid of a lot of stuff before we left Chicago, what we had left still felt like too much when the movers brought it all … [Continue reading]

How Has Job Searching Changed over the Years


In today’s world, due to recessions and economic instabilities, people who have been working at the same company for years lose their jobs and have to look for other ones. But if you haven’t participated in job hunting for a long time, simply looking … [Continue reading]

It’s Almost Time to Get Settled In


Our family has been in Arizona for 23 days now.  We've been living out of a suitcase, but that is all about to end. This week we'll move into our new home. I'm excited that we finally have a place of our own, though I must say, when I saw the … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for August 10, 2014

This is the week we finally get to move out of our vacation rental and into our home!  We've been in the vacation rental for 3.5 weeks, so we're so excited to get settled and back into a normal routine! This past Friday, we met with a … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Visual Latin 1 by Roman Roads Media


Bookworm and the girls attended a co-op last year, and as part of the co-op, there was a short Latin lesson every meeting.  At first, the kids were excited to learn Latin, but that enthusiasm soon faded.  See, most of the kids had attended the co-op … [Continue reading]

Our Debt Repayment Progress & Savings Goals #34

I haven't written a debt repayment report since May 5th.  That's largely because our lives have been upended by our decision to move to Arizona and then our actual move. Now, we're somewhat settled in Arizona.  I'll be honest, we do have a balance … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for August 3, 2014

This week I'm going to try to make a few meals to put in the freezer, but that will be a challenge because while our VRBO is very well stocked, it's well stocked for a family of 2.  The crockpot is so tiny!  We fill it to the top when we make a meal … [Continue reading]

Weekly Goals for July 30, 2014

We've been living at our vacation rental for 1.5 weeks now, and we'll probably be here for at least another 2.5 weeks.  Living in limbo like this makes it a little difficult to set goals, but I'm giving it my best shot!  Here are my goals for the … [Continue reading]

Our First Week in Arizona

The view from the backyard of our vacation rental.

Last Thursday, the movers packed up all our belongings, and in the late afternoon, we hit the road.  By Sunday evening, we had made it to our vacation rental in Tucson. The kids were surprisingly well-behaved on the long ride out to Arizona. … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for July 27, 2014

We've made it to Arizona and are living in our two bedroom vacation rental by owner.   I'm really not liking that I don't have any freezer meals made up, but the kitchen here, while good for day to day use, is not freezer cooking friendly.  Instead, … [Continue reading]