No Spend November Day Four

No Spend November Day Four I'm  literally sitting outside Target right now. About to go in and get a couple of things for my work and I need to get a wedding present. I also need — no want — new shoes for the wedding however it is not with in my No Spend November rules. I’m saying a quick prayer that the temptation does not overtake me. Still not feeling so great about me not spending or rather the spending I’ve been doing. I sent two birthday cards yesterday. Not a lot of money but I did spend … [Read more...]

Thank you, Amazon Prime.

No Spend November Day Three Two packages arrived yesterday in the mail: a suitcase and a Christmas gift. Thank you, Amazon Prime. Both I ordered before No Spend November commenced. I also need to give a coworker money for a joint baby shower gift. I'm not feeling so good about my No Spend November progress. I will say I did decide to toss a school fundraiser order form and Scholastic book order even though I wanted to purchase something from both. I decided neither fit into my criteria for … [Read more...]

Goodbye daily sales ads and Amazon wishlist to the rescue

No Spend November Day Two I started unsubscribing from the millions of mailing lists I'm on so I can stop being tempted by the daily sales ads. My theory is if I need to buy something I can sign up for the mailing list again to see what sales are happening or just use something like Ebates to look for deals. If I'm not getting the emails telling me about things I never knew I needed before I should, in theory, spend less money. I think I'm going to try to unsubscribe from about five lists a … [Read more...]

I worked all day and didn’t shop on Amazon

No Spend November Day One Today started off fantastic! I packed my lunch, I voted, I got the little to preschool, all before going to work. I worked all day and didn't shop on Amazon so that was good. I did spend money to get my haircut but the appointment had already been made. And this amazing book -- Homebody: A Guide To Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines -- came in the mail today which I had pre-ordered and paid for back in September so that doesn't count as … [Read more...]

No Spend November

I need your help. I need you to hold me accountable. This November I'm declaring "No Spend November." My spending is a bit out of control and I'm hurting my family. We can't grow our savings because I'm spending outside our budget. Here's my "No Spend November" rules: No spending money outside bills, groceries, and gas No eating out because I failed to plan and make lunch ahead of time (eating out for special occasions will be ok) No Amazon! No clothes shopping for me and hubby … [Read more...]

Book Review and Blog Tour: Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe

My name is Lisa and I’ve got a confession to make: I’m far from perfect. You're shocked I know. But it is true. Prior to becoming a wife and a stepmom, I was pretty sure I’d have it all together. Sometimes I still think this way, I guess.  And I love what Jenny Lee Sulpizio had to say about these sort of expectations in her book, Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe. She says that her expectations consisted of a“well-orchestrated daily schedule” that included time at the gym, regular naps, … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Belong

We all just want to belong don't we? Isn't that what we spend our life looking for? A place to belong? That might be with family or friends or at work or even with your spouse. But you know that you already belong don't you? Oh if you don't and are still looking for that place to belong hear me now: you belong. You belong to the one who made you. You are a daughter of the King. He made you and he delights in you. You bring your heavenly father great joy and you belong to him. On the days … [Read more...]

What I Wore Wednesday: Family Outing

The Saturday before Father's Day the family spent the day on a cavern tour. It was pretty amazing. The lighting in my bedroom is terrible so I apologize for this photo. I'm wearing an Old Navy striped top (similar), with GAP jeans and Aeropostale shoes (similar). I added a corduroy blazer from GAP (similar) for in the caves where it was a bit chilly. About the caves... this was a fun family activity and luckily only a couple hour car ride away. We have lots of these in California. And it is … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Release

Release. Let go of the anger, the hurt, the pain. Forgive and forget. Release it all. Let go of the worry and fear. Do not be anxious. Release it all to Him. Take the peace He offers, And be comforted. There is joy in the release. This post is part of Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker. Here's how it works... Write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt posted on Lisa-Jo Baker's blog at one minute past midnight EST every Friday. No extreme editing; no … [Read more...]

Twitterature – June (casual book reviews)

Linking up with Anne Bogel‘s #Twitterature over at Modern Mrs. Darcy; a place to share short, casual book reviews. Right now you can find on my bookshelf or nightstand… or coffee table… or Kindle: Good Clean Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery (A Plain Jane Mystery, a Cozy Christian Collection Book 1) Bible school student Jane cleans houses to make ends meet. But being independent brings big trials, like falling for a handsome professor, dealing with an obnoxious roommate, and then there's the … [Read more...]