Growing up in a tiny town in rural Oklahoma, there was one week of the year that brought so much joy: The County Fair.There was one BBQ stand, in particular, that used to make their own beef jerky. It was a peppery meaty masterpiece. No jerky has ever come close to it, until I figured… Continue reading Homemade Beef Jerky for Half the Price of Store-Bought
As a walking billboard for adoption, our family has gotten a lot of questions over the years in grocery stores and other places. I honestly never get bothered by questions (unless they are invasive about my child's story) because I'm so proud of the way we were knit together. And what mother doesn't like… Continue reading 10 Things Adoption Is NOT
"It was meant to be""You were meant for me"It has always left me with an unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach. This isn't how I want my children to view their adoption.Now, hear me out, I completely understand the sentiment behind these words. It is well-meaning. It is born out of love. I'm… Continue reading We Were NOT "Meant To Be"
From someone who hates heavy creams and the gross, pore-clogging feeling it gives me....serums are my best friend. I started buying (*ahem, reviewing) serums and found that I really really love them. I found the one thing they all have in common: Hyaluronic Acid What is Hyaluronic Acid? I'll sum it up for you. It's naturally… Continue reading Acid on Your Face (The Hyaluronic Kind)
I'm an Amazon junkie. I've had small children in my house for as long as I can remember so loading kids up and heading to a store sounds like absolute torture to me. $79 per year for things shipped free to my house? In two days? YES and YES. They even appeal to my deal-seeking… Continue reading How to Get Free Stuff from Amazon
In my years of money-saving experience, I've found there are levels of deal hunting insanity. Which one are you?Level One: While shopping at Target, there's a "spend $25, get a $5 gift card." You spend more money than you planned just to get that gift card. It was spur of the moment, and you put… Continue reading Money Saving Madness