5 Things a Once Homeless Mom Wants You To Know

  Last week, I wrote a post about how I'm grateful for the time that I spent homeless and while most of the responses I received were supportive and loving,  some of you had said that you never really give the homeless a second thought, that you thought assumed they're … [Read more...]

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Yes, I know that for some people reading this, knowing how to cook over an open fire might sound crazy. Remember though,  it was done for centuries before modern day stoves were invented and thousands of campers do it each year.  While you may never need this particular skill, … [Read more...]

Whaattt? You’re Grateful for Being Homeless?

If you've read my bio, you're probably aware that my Emma and I spent a large portion of 2010 homeless, living in a shelter in Northern Iowa. The reasons behind how we ended up in that shelter are not really important and truthfully are pretty boring, but for the sake of putting … [Read more...]

The Brutal Truth Behind the Real Life 50 Shades of Grey

    Dear You Who Fantasize about Christian Grey, What I am about to write isn't easy for me. Actually, it's a topic that I feel is better left in my past and until now I've been okay with doing just that. I purposely don't reveal too much about my past on this … [Read more...]

How to Preserve Eggs for Longterm Storage

  Last week or so, I happened upon a local woman selling fresh, organic eggs for a great price. $2.00/dozen and since I pay $1.79/dzn normally? I jumped on it and brought home a few dozen. Once I got home, I was thrilled! They're big, beautiful, brown eggs! These eggs are … [Read more...]

Why Bother to Prepare for an Emergency

I know what some of you are thinking, “It Can't Happen To Me.” and you may be right. Then again I'm pretty sure some of the residents of New Orleans said that in 2005,  resident's of Southern Florida probably said that in 1992, I know for a fact that some resident's of Bastrop, … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to My Daughter on her 10th Birthday

  Oh little girl...I remember the first time I saw you. After a pregnancy filled with more stress than I needed and a couple of scares as well, you came into this world screaming your tiny little head off, tied to a cord with a pretzel knot in it. A knot that by all rights, … [Read more...]

How To Dehydrate & Preserve Fresh Mushrooms

  So the other day when I did my January grocery trip, I managed to find a really decent deal on fresh button mushrooms. They were marked down to just .99¢ each which in my experience, is a fairly decent deal. Enough of a deal for me to grab them.     As you … [Read more...]

Baby Freebies!! 9 MUST HAVE Baby Freebies For Baby & New Moms! Great for Yourself or as Gifts!

  Having a baby? Just had a baby? Heading to a baby shower? Check out these 7 must have baby freebies!! You just pay shipping! You can get all 7 shipped for less then the price of a diaper cake and gift basket! These would also be FANTASTIC Christmas gifts for the new … [Read more...]

2012 Kia Rio Review – Kia Rio vs. Public Transportation Bus

2012 Kia Rio Review   So that ^^^ up there is what the 2012 Kia Rio looks like. We had the opportunity to drive one for a week and I have to say, it's a sharp piece of machinery. She's slick, smooth and rides well. She can also absorb an impact better than anything I've … [Read more...]