From Independent Woman to Homeschool Mom. Why I Gracefully Made the Transition.

Never ever in my life did I think I would be a mom. Then, never ever did I think I would be a homeschooling mom. In fact, I counted down the days until my daughter would go to kindergarten. I would have some one on one time with my son and get a little bit of my freedom back. My daughter is a take charge, talkative girl who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Qualities that I prayed she’d have but admittedly are very exhausting. Imagine my dismay when she repeatedly cried every day before and after school … for 7 months straight. It was clear something was wrong.

Why Spending Plans are the New Budget. Are They Right for You?

So I was into budgeting like 3 years ago. It was the start of our debt payoff days and the beginning of my major anxiety around money. Well, maybe not the beginning, but my anxiety around trying to keep money rather than my anxiety around never having any. Which is precisely why I want to share with you my new favorite: spending plans. What is a spending plan and why is it taking over the budgeting world? Well, lemme tell ya…

The Kindness Experiment: What Happened When I Stopped Talking Smack

Do people even say “talk smack” anymore? Who knows. Just trying to get my point across. Anywho…this is a post I have been wanting to write for a year or more and now, in the midst of riots and hate in my hometown area of Minneapolis, I felt now was more fitting than ever to share my Kindness Experiment and what happened when I started actually being kind with my words. This meant being nicer to myself and others. Both to their face, and behind the back!

Full-Time RV Life Was Taking Too Long, So We Used Our Minivan Instead

It all started very slowly almost 10 years ago. I read a book about a woman who downsized from a large, beautiful apartment to a tiny house. Then I read another book about a man and a wife team who lived in an RV and traveled while working from their laptops. Crazy. Interesting. The more I gravitated toward books, documentaries, and blogs that I found interesting, the more I found a common theme of travel. Then I started itching…but the thing is, there is a lot of prep-work that goes into RV life, especially with kids and eventually I got tired of prepping for “someday” and decided to just start doing it right now with what I had. Which was a minivan…

Trying Van Life with Kids for a Weekend in Our Minivan

I turned 34 and the day before my birthday we got a minivan. Which, to be honest, was basically my nightmare for the first 33 years of my life. But, in 2019, just after we paid off all our debt, we hit the road and took a 2-week road trip with our kids in a minivan rental, and…it was awesome! So, as our trusty Kia Sorento finally passed the 200,000 mile mark, we decided it was time for an upgrade. Then we hit the road for a weekend on Minnesota’s North Shore to experience van life with kids for a weekend. Here’s how it went.