Camping and Hiking Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Well hello there!  The past week, my family and I were off the grid  and surrounded by God’s great beauty.  We were camping in Big Basin Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz, California.  Our family loves hiking, camping, and outdoor adventures.  We felt that it was a much needed trip before moving cross country to the mid-west. Our boys have seen and camped under Redwood trees before… but not at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  This was our first time at this state park.  We were excited to be out of cell service range (well my husband and I were Continue Reading

Life as I Know It


Why is it that some days are totally AWESOME and other days totally FAIL!?  That seems to be the story of my rollercoaster life lately.  Juggling family life, homeschooling, fitness, growing my faith, and oh… trying to figure out when/how to pack for a cross country move.  Busy.  Preoccupied.  Overwhelmed.  Rocking it and flopping it.  I never know what the day will hold. Some days I totally rock as a parent… and other days I totally FAIL!  Some days (actually most days) the moment I think, “Hey I am totally rocking this day! It is going to be Continue Reading

Financial Bucket List


What would you do if money were no object? Would you travel the world? Would you buy glamorous things? What if you could live your life and achieve your financial bucket list items... by making a few small changes to your spending? It is possible. It may be hard. Sometimes hard things are worth the struggle. I have many items on my financial bucket list: owning a home, paying off debt, traveling the world, financial freedom. With our health, fitness and weight loss goals... we commit to a plan to reach our goal. The same thing is true for Continue Reading

Get rewarded for making healthy choices

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias I love to be rewarded for my hard work.  I love that Walgreens rewards those who sign up for their Balance Rewards program get rewarded with financial incentives to make healthy choices.  With Balance Rewards, saving is just the beginning.  Earn points when you buy featured items or engage in healthy behavior to reach your health goals.  Once you have earned 5,000 points you can redeem for a $5 reward! I Continue Reading

Finding our Groove: Routine and Schedule


This week we are finding our groove again with homeschool, fitting in fitness, Mommy finding time for ME and the boys finding time for play.  We homeschool, so finding the time to fit everything in requires balance, schedule as well as flexibility.  Having only one working car (at the moment) requires additional flexibility and communication.  Oh the joy of learning the be flexible. Three things that work for me to start my morning off on the right foot: 1.  As soon as I wake up, I drink a glass of water with lemon.  This helps wake up my Continue Reading

Scenes from the Week


This week has been interesting… to say the least.  If you follow me on instagram you have seen a glimpse into my week through what I share in photos.  It was a good week.  It was a busy week.  It was a week with a lot of life lessons learned. I was solo parenting this week, and decided that this would be a great time (silly I know) to follow the 3-Day Refresh program.  I wouldn’t be making yummy dinners for my husband… kid friendly dinners it was!  Monday morning I started the program… nervous, scared, but was committed to stick to the Continue Reading