Free Printable: Bouncy Ball Valentine!

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This is a guest post from Brittany at PaperTrailDesign.com a blog devoted to all things free and printable.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Those of us with children in school have probably already gotten our list of twenty to thirty some odd children all expecting a valentine from your kiddo. If you have more than one (I have three in school) you can multiply this (that makes over 80 valentines for our household) and that number is also the amount of sugar treats that you can expect to land back in your house when they return home from school. Ugh. Didn’t we just sugar detox from the holidays?

This bouncy ball valentine is both cute and fun without making you like the lady who hands out toothbrushes on Halloween. The kids and the parents will love you!

Print the {Bouncy Ball Valentine Card} here.

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2/9 Amazon Daily Deals/ Heart Charm Bracelet

We have lots of Valentine’s deals for you today! Get great prices on a Webkinz stuffed animal, Fashion Plates, a Casio men’s watch, Learning Resources sorting pie, heart tights, and a heart charm bracelet. Remember, Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


bracelet

Get this Inspired Sterling Silver Finish Heart Charm Bracelet for just $7.99 (was $99.99) in rose, white, or yellow gold. If you’re an Amazon Prime member you’ll get free shipping. This would make a perfect Valentine’s gift.

monkey

Don’t delay and you could still get this in time for Valentine’s Day. Get this Webkinz Plush Stuffed Animal Love Monkey, Valentine for just $7.99 (was $14.95). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members and it’s a #1 Best Seller right now.

fashion

Get this Fashion Plates Deluxe Kit for just $21.79 (was $29.99). It ships for free for Amazon prime members.  This same item is $29.99 at Target and $36.99 at Kohl’s right now.

watch

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get this Casio Men’s Sports Chronograph Alarm 10-Year Battery Databank Watch for just $16.00 (was $34.95).

sorting

Get this Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie for just $11.85 (was $29.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This is $29.99 on the Learning Resources Website.

hose

Spice up your Valentine’s Day outfit! With free shipping for Amazon Prime members, get these Sexy Tights Heart Pattern Jacquard Seamless Black Pantyhose for just $8.69 (was $21.99).


 

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

2/8 Amazon Daily Deals/ Valentine Bear

Today’s Amazon deals include a Valentine stuffed bear, Charmin toilet paper, a children’s book, a Phillips trimmer, Lance gluten free crackers, and AXE antiperspirant. Remember, Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


bear

It’s not too late to get this in time for Valentines Day. Get this Musical Valentine I Love You Teddy Bear with Red Hat for just $12.95 (was $39.99).

tp

Time to stock up on some TP! Get this Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper, Mega Roll, 24 Count for just $20.94 (was $26.99) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the $2.00 off clip and save coupon. It ships for free. This is $26.99 at Walmart.

trimmer

Get this Phillips Precision Perfect Trimmer for just $9.99 (was $12.99) when you use the $3.00 off clip and save coupon. This is $19.99 at JCPenny.

gluten free

Get these Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter, 4 Count (Pack of 4) for just $11.85 (was $16.89) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the $2.50 off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too! These are $3.65 a box at Walmart right now.

book

Get this LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar book in Hardcover for just $5.56 (was $8.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members and would make an adorable Valentine’s gift.

axe

Get this AXE Antiperspirant Stick, Kilo 2.7 oz for just $2.52 (was $3.88) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too. These are $3.88 at Walmart.


 

 

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

From Money Woes to Money Woo Hoos

Since my site is happymoneysaver.com I thought maybe it was time to discuss one of the most taboo topics in our society….dun, dun, dun….money!

More specifically I would like to share with you some of the ups and downs that I have experienced while dealing with the family budget. I can’t be the only one who has ever been kept awake at night wondering how the bills are going to get paid, or wondering if that check I sent to the electric company is going to go through, can I?

Early in my marriage my husband and I did not talk about money much. He tried to be the one to pay the bills, but because of his busy schedule with work, he often times fell short. He would forget to send in checks, or forget to tell me what my grocery budget was. We were bouncing checks monthly, and the result of that was disastrous. ( It is a well known fact that accounts cant balance their own check books. Haha.)I don’t know about you, but my bank charges 28$ per bounced check, and we mustn’t forget the often times 50$ charge from the company that you sent the bad check to. If this has ever been you, take a deep breath, and know that you are not a bad person. People make mistakes. Eventually, my husband came to me and told me he just couldn’t do it anymore. So, with my knees a-knockin’ I agreed to take over the finances.

I have to admit, for the first few years, I wasn’t any better at it than him. I would forget about checks I had sent out, and see a cute scarf at the store. When I looked at the balance book I thought “Yes, I have enough money to splurge!” To my dismay, that was rarely the case. So, for a while we continued dealing with NSF fees, and of course arguments about how we were going to make ends meet.

Eventually, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the money envelope budgeting system. By now I am sure you have heard of it; You cash your paycheck and divide it up into envelopes (car insurance, gas money, electric bill, fun money, etc.) Every penny is delegated out according to priority and importance. For a long time, there was no fun money, and we had many boring weekends and holidays. Also, I must admit that it wasn’t a program that I held onto forever. Though this system taught me how to prioritize, more importantly, it taught me self control, and gave me new ideas for how to better control my budget.

I now keep a log of all my bills and each payday I make sure they get paid. Check bouncing isn’t an issue anymore. One, because most of my bills are paid online with my debit card. Thank you to the electronic/computer era! Two, because each day before I leave the house I update my budget in a record book so that I know exactly how much money I have to spend on that gorgeous new pair of shoes that I have been eyeballing all season.

There are so many options when it comes to the “How to’s” of budgeting and staying out of debt. Find what works for your family, and don’t be afraid to discuss new ideas with your partner, and even your friends. If you don’t know where to start the conversation considering giving onUp.com a try. They have this neat quiz that helps you understand where you fit, financially, in society, and it gives you ideas and solutions to improve in the areas where you are struggling. With #onUup you can get onUpdates that will also help you reach your financial goals, and navigate you to a more successful future. At the very least you can get peace of mind. I know I did when I found out that 44% of the American population has admitted to having the same money troubles and triumphs that I have had.

With #onUp I have even more tools to help my family succeed, and maybe,eventually, I will even have enough money in my savings to take that family vacation to Disney World!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  

The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.

Why is SunTrust sparking a movement?
Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed
12% of Americans skip going to the doctor because of financial concerns
80% of people admitted that their personal finances keep them awake at night
21% of couples who rate their financial stress as at least “somewhat high” are arguing more
32% of adults say their finances keep them from living a healthy lifestyle

Join the growing number of people transforming their stress into positive motivation to move onUp.

Join the movement

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

2/5 Amazon Daily Deals/ Amazon Elements Baby Wipes

I hope you enjoy today’s Amazon deals— Amazon Elements baby wipes, Disney baby earrings, Remember, Nature’s Baby chest rub, an infinity scarf, Sprout organic baby food, and Maybelline New York mascara.  Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


baby wipes

People! Are you seeing this!?!? With your Prime Pantry order, get these Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive, Flip-Top, 480 Count for just $5.49 (was $10.99). There is a flat delivery fee of $5.99 per Prime Pantry box. These fill 18.4% of a box.

earrings

Get these Disney “Baby” Girl’s Heart Stud Earrings for little girls for just $4.82 (was $19.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. They are 14KT yellow gold and come in a Disney gift box.

chest rub

Get this Nature’s Baby Organics Organic Ah-Choo! Chest Rub, Eucalyptus, 2-Ounce Jar for just $4.19 (was $6.99) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too! You can always cancel after your first delivery.

scarf

Get this Warm Infinity Scarf Shawl One Circle Knit Cowl Loop for just $6.99 (was $35.00). Choose from Grey, Teal, Green or Pink. It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

sprout

Get these Sprout Intermediate Organic Baby Food, Pear, Kiwi, Peas and Spinach, 4.0-Ounce (Pack of 5) for just $3.83 (was $5.89) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. They ship for free too! These are $5.89 at Target.

mascara

Get this Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara, Very Black 295, 0.31-fluid Ounce for just $3.55 (was $5.94) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the $1.50 off clip and save coupon. It ships for free. This is $5.99 at Walmart.


 

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

Breakfast Bowl Recipe {Freezer Meal}

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

When you have busy mornings like we do, this breakfast bowl recipe is a total life saver! This is one of my absolute favorite recipes! You will feel great serving your family a delicious, protein packed breakfast in under 2 minutes! Yes, I said 2 minutes!! Don’t waste your money on buying those pre-made breakfast bowls from the freezer isle at the grocery store! You will save so much money by making them yourself…and you’ll love how easy they are to put together! This recipe will make up 12 breakfast bowls, you can make them on the weekend and have breakfast for the whole week! And who says they are just for breakfast? I’ve been know to have one for lunch from time to time…they are just so convenient!

Breakfast Bowl Recipe {Freezer Meal}

Start out by preheating your oven to 450˚

Lightly coat 2 13×9 pans or 1 very large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Spread out a single layer of frozen potatoes on your pan(s). It is important that they are in one single layer, if the potatoes are too crowded they won’t get nice and crispy…and nobody likes soggy potatoes!

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

Evenly pour 4 Tablespoons of vegetable oil over the potatoes and bake for 15 minutes. Turn and bake for another 7 minutes. Check the potatoes, if they aren’t crispy on ALL sides, stir and continue to bake in 5 minute intervals until they are crispy and deep golden brown. Once they are done, divide evenly into 12 disposable, microwave safe bowls.

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

While the potatoes are baking heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into the pan and cook until browned and cooked all the way through, about 10 minutes. Drain the sausage on a paper towel before dividing into the bowls.

There are a couple variations to this recipe, you could use bacon instead of crumbled sausage. Just cook bacon as usual, drain and crumble into bowls. Or you could even use link sausage instead of the crumbled sausage. Cook sausage links as usual, drain and place 2 sausages in each bowl (but you would put them in the bowl last, on top of the cheese).

This time I used crumbled sausage in some bowls and bacon in the others, just to mix it up a little. They are looking great already! But, we’re not done yet!

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

Next, wipe out the pan you used for the sausage, we are going to use that same pan for the eggs…less dirty dishes makes me happy! Preheat the pan over medium heat.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well blended. Pour eggs into the pan and immediately start scrapping and mixing the eggs in the pan for at least 20 seconds. This is an important step to get your eggs nice a fluffy. Let cook for about 30 seconds more and continue to scrape and turn eggs, making sure they don’t brown on the bottom. Cook the eggs until they are done, but not dry. Divide evenly among the bowls.

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

Once you have the potatoes, meat and eggs divided into all 12 bowls, give them one turn with a spoon to lightly mix the ingredients together.

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

Top each bowl with shredded cheese, about 2 Tablespoons.

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

Cover each bowl with Press ‘n’ Seal, making sure to press the plastic wrap lightly down around the food to get any air out before sealing around the edges. Then place in the freezer, that’s it…your done until you are ready to heat!

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

To heat, remove bowl from the freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, or until heated through. Now you have a delicious breakfast in less than 2 minutes! I hope you love this breakfast bowl recipe as much as we do!

Busy mornings? You've got to try this easy breakfast bowl recipe that goes from the freezer to the table in under 2 minutes! | happymoneysaver.com

If you loved this breakfast recipe try my Strawberry Oat{meal in deed} Smoothie or my Vanilla Orange Custard French Toast!

Below is a printable recipe card! Enjoy!

Breakfast Bowl Recipe {Freezer Meal}
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
If you have busy mornings like we do, this easy breakfast bowl recipe is a life saver!
Ingredients
  • 1 Dozen Eggs
  • 1 lb. Ground Breakfast Sausage, or 1 lb. Bacon, or 24 Sausage Links
  • 1-32 oz. Bag Frozen Southern Style (diced) Hash browns
  • 2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • Spray Oil
Instructions
Prep Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Lightly coat 2 13x9 pans, or a very large cookie sheet, with cooking spray
  3. If using 2 13x9 pans, divide the potatoes evenly between the 2, or spread out onto large cookie
  4. sheet. They should be one layer of potatoes. If there are too many in the pan they won't crisp
  5. evenly.
  6. Evenly pour 4 Tablespoons of vegetable oil over the potatoes.
  7. Bake potatoes for 15 minutes. Turn and bake for another 7 minutes. Check the potatoes, are
  8. they crispy on all sides? If not, stir them around and continue to cook at 5 minute intervals until
  9. crispy and deep golden brown. Once done, divide evenly into bowls.
While Potatoes Bake:
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Crumble sausage* into pan and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10
  3. minutes.
  4. Drain sausage on a paper towel before dividing into bowls evenly.
  5. Wipe the grease out of the pan and use it for scrambling your eggs.
Eggs:
  1. In a Medium sized bowl whisk together eggs and ¼ Cup of milk until well blended.
  2. Return pan used to cook sausage to stove top over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.
  3. Pour eggs into pan, and immediately start scrapping and mixing the eggs in the pan for a good 20 seconds. (This will help you achieve a very fluffy scrambled egg)
  4. Let cook 30 seconds more, and continue to scrap and turn eggs. Just enough to ensure that they don't brown on the bottom.
  5. Cook your eggs until they are done, but not dry. Divide evenly among bowls.
To Finish Bowls:
  1. Once the potatoes, sausage, and eggs are divided into your 12 bowls. Give each bowl one turn
  2. with a spoon to lightly mix those ingredients together.
  3. Top each bowl with about 2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Cover each bowl with Press 'n' Seal, making sure to press the plastic wrap lightly down around
  5. the food to get any air out before sealing the plastic wrap around the bowls edges.
  6. Freeze
To Heat & Eat:
  1. Remove bowl from freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Heat in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes, or at 30 second intervals until heated through.
  2. Enjoy!
Notes
*If you are using bacon, cook as usual, drain, and crumble into bowls.
*For Link Sausage, cook as usual, drain. Mix egg and potatoes first, top with cheese, then place 2 sausages in each bowl.

—> See ALL of my Freezer Meals recipes here.

 

2/3 Amazon LOVE/ Colgate Toothbrushes

Here comes another round of fabulous deals! Today’s Amazon daily deals include Colgate toothbrushes, a movie, adorable earrings, Hefty storage bags, and Wellbite dog treats. Remember, Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


toothbrushes

Get this pack of Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush, Full Head, Medium, 6 Count for just $3.29 (was $5.99) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 30% off clip and save coupon. This is just barely over 50 cents per brush. That’s awesome and they ship for free too!

other woman

Get the movie The Other Woman for just $3.99 (was $29.98). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

hefty

Get these Hefty Slider Storage Bags, Gallon, 120 Count for just $8.99 (was $14.99) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. They also ship for free.

earrings

You need this Kensie Half Moon Geo Epoxy Earrings for just $7.01 (was $12.00). They ship for free for Amazon Prime members.

dog treats

Get these Wellness Wellbites Soft Natural Dog Treats Made in the USA Only, 8-Ounce Bag for just $5.51 (was $8.48) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. They ship for free also!


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

2/1 Amazon Daily Deals/ Perpara EVAK Storage

Happy Monday! Today’s Amazon daily deals includes a Prepara EVAK glass food storage container, Orbit gum, crystal and gold earrings, a sailboat necklace, a toothbrush holder, and Star Wars ice cube trays. Remember, Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


EVAK

Get this Prepara EVAK Glass Food Storage Container with Soft Touch Black Handle, Medium for just $13.41 (was $29.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members. This same item is $27.49 at Walmart right now.

hms

Get this Orbit Sweetmint Sugar Free Gum, 14 Piece Pack (24 Count) for just $14.38 (was $23.98) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 25% off clip and save coupon. It ships for free too!

earrings

These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Get this Crystal-Accented Gold-Tone Drop Earrings for just $7.24 (was $60.00). They ship for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item.

toothbrush

With free shipping for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item, get this Popular Home The Veronica Collection Tooth Brush Holder for just $2.11 (was $24.99). This is a STEAL!

sailboat

Get this Sterling Silver Mini-Sailboat Pendant Necklace for just $9.07 (was $24.00). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

star wars

Get this Jollylife Silicone Ice Tray for Star Wars Lovers or Party Theme Set of 6 for just $13.49 (was $39.99). Everyone gets free shipping.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

1/29 Amazon Daily Deals/ Scott Extra Soft Toilet Paper

Today’s Amazon daily deals include Scott toilet paper, a fondue fountain, a necklace, Clorox dust wipes, a retro bracelet, and Wilton candied pretzel bags. Remember, Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly, so if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!


scott

Get this Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue Mega Roll, 12 Count (Pack of 4) for just $28.04 (was $34.16) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the $1.00 off clip and save coupon. You’ll get free shipping too!

necklace

Get this CC Skye The Lash Necklace for just $6.29 (was $68.00). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item.

PRETZEL BAGS

Get these Wilton Pretzel Party Bags, 20 count for just $3.12 (was $9.99). They ship for free for Amazon Prime members as an add-on item. These are $5.74 right now at Walmart.

bracelet

Get this Susenstone Retro Style Bracelet Bangle Charm Cuff Jewelry for just $3.16 (was $9.00). It ships for free for everyone.

dust wipes

Get these Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes, 54 Count Box (Pack of 2) for just $7.50 (was $11.54) when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month and use the 20% off clip and save coupon. They ship for free too.

fondue

Get this Ovente Chocolate Fondue Fountain, Brushed Stainless Steel for just $19.67 (was $39.99). It ships for free for Amazon Prime members.


Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

Apartment Living Has Been…..

house-1

I thought my life was crazy busy before starting this process…but let me tell you I was wrong. NOW I am living the crazy life for sure! With selling our home, moving to an apartment and making a kazillion decisions every day with building a new home I am finally sitting down to write all about the crazy happenings in my life.

At the end of the summer our house sold and we found a nice 3 bedroom apartment to move into.  It is on the 3rd floor though… so yeah..3 flights of stairs. Not so fun on grocery day, but I am grateful I have a home and feel so lucky for my blessings.

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We put the majority of our furniture and stuff in a storage unit and kept basic minimum furniture in the apartment. Shipped the chickens off to a farm and our dog Comet is staying at a friends house for the whole 4-5 months. Yes..she is the best friend ever! So with me, the hubby and our 4 kids we live a bit more snug in this apartment but we have survived.

I have been also using my apartment living room as storage for items needed for the new house. Check out my living room – it’s filled with moving boxes and just so much stuff. Luckily I don’t have many visitors… hee hee.

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Some pros about apartment living:

  • No yard work!
  • So cozy we spend more time talking together as a family.
  • The pool & hot tub – this summer while it was warm we took advantage of that awesome pool almost every day.
  • Close to shopping and great restaurants.

 

Some cons about apartment living:

  • No yard at all. My active kiddos need to run!
  • So cozy the kids fight more and us parents maybe get a little less patient. Hee hee, you like how I said that so nicely?
  • The kitchen is so tiny! It has very few cupboards, no pantry and the worlds tiniest freezer/fridge ever. I haven’t really had a huge desire to do much cooking as it’s cramped, and the freezer is so small. I will say that the Frigidaire dishwasher in this apartment worked better than my last house though, so I am considering getting Frigidaire for my appliances in the new house.
  • 3rd floor – those stairs are a beast. Moving in was no fun and grocery day just stinks.
  • I could think of a million more cons, but it may depress me…so lets just focus on the positives, right?

 

Even though I haven’t lived in an apartment since college, I have all been really happy for the most part. My husband and kids though are SO READY to get out of it and get into the new house.  I can’t wait as well.

We’ve made a few great memories this past 6 months such as…

The kids first day of school in a new school close to the apartments. And my teens are 16 so they could drive themselves to school for the first time ever as well. So strange to have driving teenagers. :)

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And my twins went to homecoming too! They had a lot of fun.

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All in all this process of building a house has really been a new adventure. The new house is supposed to be done near the end of this week (January 2016).  And I will tell you all about the house design on my 5 acres in my next post. Stay tuned. :)

I also wanted to give a huge shout-out to my amazing virtual assistants who have been stepping up to make posts and keep my blog running for me during this busy time for me. Thank you to Ruth-Ann Warren-Lines, Lori Smith, Audrey Gambrel, Ashleigh Ashby, Jen Harbertson, Erica Acevedo and Flower Savage. These ladies are so wonderful and have worked really hard on Happy Money Saver. I couldn’t have done this without them! So thank you…thank you… thank you wonderful ladies!! And thanks to all you readers for your patience with me as well. I cannot wait to show you my house and farm plans!

Follow me over to the blog for more homemade goodness . . .