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What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

A while back, my husband and I had to get rid of one of our leased vehicles and get a cheaper monthly payment on a vehicle.  We were able to break our lease with no fee because of a special they had to go at the time.
Buying a new vehicle is always an exciting thing for me. I love changing it up and getting something new.  We decided because of where we live,  we should get a car with all-wheel drive that wasn't too bad of gas mileage.   We set our sites on a Subaru. I've always wanted one, and they are geat all-wheel-drive vehicles.   The dealer we went to was a Jeep Dealership,  and they luckily had one used Subaru in stock. It was Silver,  and not too many miles so it was an easy sell for me.  Unfortunately,  we were so ready to just get a car, we didn't think to check out every little thing to make sure it all worked properly before buying.  We bought that Subaru and headed on our way.   It wasn't until a rainstorm hit a month later,  that our back windshield wipe…

Celebrating our 6 Year Wedding Anniversary

6 years ago I was preparing to marry my (now) husband.  In Utah where we live,  marriage is obviously a big thing,  but we don't spend hundreds of thousands on our weddings.  I think my wedding cost us in total under $10,000 and it was everything I wanted for my wedding. 
I'm one to remember every little detail of big events in my life.  On my wedding day,  I could probably tell you every little detail of what I did that day,  what I thought about, etc.  I wish I could have more days that felt like my wedding day.  The excitement, the attention, feeling so beautiful.   I will always have fond memories of my wedding day and although nothing turned out perfect,  I'm glad I got to experience it.  

My husband has been married once before so his parents had already spent the money on a wedding.   We didn't want to ask them to do that again so we covered most of the costs ourselves, with help from my dad.  
The venue was unique and fun.   I found a garden store called Cactu…

And The Winner of the Fight is...

About a week ago I had this extremely bad fight with my husband.  One I didn't think we would bounce back from.  

Two weeks ago I started taking a new medication that has really been messing with my memory and mood and it's been awful, and although our marriage is far from perfect and I'm good at picking fights,  I still feel like it was partly because of this new medication that this particular fight got so out of hand.  
Being with someone who has a mental illness is emotionally draining,  it's also emotionally draining to be a parent,  and very emotionally draining to have mental illnesses... when you're dealing with all 3, you will often find yourself running on empty... for a very very long time.  
Anyway,  I have this tendency to be extra mean when I'm angry at my spouse.  Anyone else like that? Like he will say something rude that just sets me off and I will just say any mean thing I can think of until he backs the F off. 
I just have to be right. The wi…

Fun Fact Lowdown Vol. 6

I have always loved February for some reason.  I'm not quite sure why. I never really experienced a good Valentine's Day,  and I hate winter.. so it's just not the best time of year. But February always has this nice vibe to me. My husband and I ended up choosing the last day in February to get Married.  This year we are celebrating our 6 year anniversary which is exciting.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get a post in about it when it gets closer to the end of the month. I have been slacking on my Fun Facts Lowdown posts lately so I'm making it up with some interesting fun facts about ther wonderful month of February and why we should enjoy every day of it! 


February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement. 

Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year!  Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the seco…

Stay at Home Mom With The Flu

Have you ever gotten sick when you're the main caretaker of your kids? It is not fun. In the 4 years, I've been a mom,  I've gotten pretty lucky with sicknesses. The only time I had the flu was on a weekend when my husband was home to handle things for me.  But,  this year I was not so lucky.    A couple of weeks ago, my son brought home the flu from preschool,  or church,  or some random thing he touched in public... so I had to take care of that poor kid for a few days,  while my husband tried to avoid us all as much as possible (OCD problems).  Then, of course, a couple days later, my poor little 2 years old caught the flu from him.   And so on.. Now I'm finally recovering from the flu.. being a stay at home mom with the flu is one of the worst things to experience.  Being completely unable to move, and have two kids under the age of 5 that need to be taken care of is a nightmare. If you ever find yourself in this situation and don't have anyone to help you out…

Small Business Owners Need to Learn About FreshBooks!

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Do you own your own business? I used to run a photography business before I had my kids. It was great, I loved Pretty much every aspect of it... except the money. I was young, and I had no experience with a living or how to handle the money I made for my business. I was trying to just figure things on my own and I was slowly failing at it.
 Most of my competition had ways to take credit card payments and had a lot of time to focus on their clients. I felt like I was only able to focus on the accounting part. I was losing out on clients because I didn't have enough time in my schedule to take clients and figure out my business finances.

I had no idea what I was doing!

I stumbled across FreshBooks, which is a Small busin…

Withdrawal From Antidepressants

Procrastination can be such a problem.  I have a bad habit of not calling my doctor in a time when I need to refill my prescription.  

On Thursday I took my last antidepressant pill from my prescription. I couldn't renew my prescription because I had to meet with my doctor first to make sure everything has been working properly for me.   I knew I had to make a doctor appointment but I kept putting it off because I hate calling places.   So I took my last pill and immediately called my doctors office so I wouldn't forget.   As I tried to make an appointment for at least Friday, I found out my doctor is out of the office and the next available appointment isn't until Monday.. 4 days of no prescription! You probably know that anytime you abruptly stop your antidepressants for more than a day,  you start having major withdrawal symptoms.  
I figured since I'm a slacker, I'd do a little experiment on myself to see what advice I can give those people who have to deal wi…

Celebrate Valentine's Day as a Family

Valentine's day is always seen as a couples holiday, celebrating with the one you love in some romantic way. Now that I have kids, I like to make all holidays special as a family.  I liked Valentine's day as a couple but I think spending that day with my kids makes it so much better!  It shows my kids that we need to show love to everyone,  not just our partner. 


Special Valentine Nothing makes a kid feel more special than a special treat or toy on Valentine's day.  My kids are candy obsessed so I have to get them a little candy that they can eat that day.   If I'm really motivated, I'll make chocolate covered strawberries with them that morning and we will have them after dinner.
Valentine's Craft Buying Valentine's are fun,  but I have found that making them by hand u.s so much better. My kids love to cut out paper hearts and draw pictures on them.  It makes it more meaningful when they give a valentine to someones like their sibling or parent. 
Movie If…

Fun Fact Lowdown vol 5

Happiness to brighten up their day sometimes.
Today has been one of those very lazy days for me.  I've been stuck inside with two antsy kids all day because of a snowstorm. Watching any kind of animated movie my kids fancy because.. why not have a movie day when it's too cold to go outside?   Although I love spending this time snuggling my kids, cats like these feel a little dreary to me,  so I always look for something to help me smile to keep my day positive.  I figured today would be a perfect day to continue their Fun Fact Lowdown with a few fun facts that would put a smile on anyone's face.


Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.
When you were born, you were, for a moment, the youngest person on earth.
Cows have best friends.

The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times in their songs.

Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year simply by forgetting where they put their acorns.



A BBC News program broadcast in 1957 ended claiming that spaghetti gr…

Make the Most of Your Fashion Purchases

I'm sure you have come across the new TV show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  The basis of the show is to go through all of your things and get rid of those things that you don't need,  or that don't give you joy.   I have always tried to live this way and it really helps cut down the clutter in my home.   I have found that when you need something,  it's worth spending a little more money in buying a better quality item that will last longer. 

I have made a list of Fashionable clothes/accessories you may want to buy that will cut down on your need for excess things. Check out my selections, and if you have anything that you absolutely love and cannot live without,  let us know!

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14k Gold Sapphire Earrings

An organic update on the classic diamond stud, these gorgeous earrings are made from recycled gold and subtly mismatched white sapphires


Revolve Debbie Shirt Dress
A well made, any season dress that fits any occasion


Organic Basics Bikini Briefs
These are sus…

The Latest Threat to our Kids: Momo Challenge

This world is full of horrible things. Things like racism, sexism, and murder happening on a daily basis.   Now there are people creating things that are hurting our children. 


Have you heard of the Momo challenge? 
Momo is a social media account that can be
found on Facebook, YouTube, and Whatsapp.  When a person interacts with the account, they begin to receive pictures of Momo, a terrifying image of a bug-eyed toothless woman. Momo responds almost immediately with threatening messages and violent images to the user. “She,” says that she knows personal things about the user and uses fear and threats to challenge the user.
Momo starts with little challenges like waking up at odd hours of the night or overcoming a fear; then the challenges take a very sinister turn, such as asking you to post photos or videos of cutting your arms or legs, jumping off of a roof, or other dangerous and risky activities.

As the challenges intensify, the last thing Momo pressures you to do is to commit …

How To Do Vegas Right For Your 21st Birthday

The 21st birthday is a big one to celebrate.  You're finally out of your teens,  you can legally drink,  and you're considered an adult (more so than an 18-year-old).  
If you're going to celebrate this great phase in life,  you need to do it up right!  Vegas is the place to celebrate.  


Being a responsible adult,  you need to find some good friends that can join you on your excursion to Las Vegas.  Once you have found the right people to join you,  you must start planning. 
Hotel: There are many hotel choices when staying in Vegas.  But you MUST stay on the strip if you plan on drinking.  It makes transportation and navigating so much easier. 

Trust me,  you don't want to have to pay a taxi ride from the outskirts,  to the strip, and back.  Save that money for something better! I highly suggest staying at Mandalay Bay , or Ceasars Palace. But, if you have specific bars and places you want to go,  find out what hotel is closest to the area you will mostly be in.  It ma…

Fun Fact Lowdown Vol. 4

Marriage has always been an interesting concept to me. I mean I grew up like everyone else,  watching Cinderella and all of the Disney princesses getting married at age 16.  (Seriously though.. I recently watched some old Disney movies.. were they really advocating marriage at 16?!)  I always wanted my happily ever after and I found it when I was 20.. I'm still in my ever after and it's not always happy.   I do love being married though.  Is nice to have this person who I consider as my best friend,  that has to deal with my craziness. Although marriage isn't all butterflies and roses,  it's still a very special thing to experience.  I thought it would be fun to make this week's Fun Fact Lowdown about marriage and maybe you will even learn something you may not have known before!




Fun Fact Lowdown: Marriage
The term “marriage” derives from the Latin word mas meaning “male” or “masculine.” The earliest known use of the word in English dates from the thirteenth century
Marr…