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Large Family Real Talk

We have become a real homebody family. My husband for the past 6 months has been working a job that is VERY physically demanding and comes home not only complete exhausted but it takes half his days off to recover.

There have been other factors as well in our lives that have caused us to hit pause, reflect and evaluate how we are spending our time and redirect more to strengthening our family versus being very social and out and about a lot.

Today we woke up and I made our big Saturday breakfast. A nice treat when dad is home is that he leads the morning Bible time. After talking about the end times (we are currently in Revelation) we knew the feeling was creeping up of just hunkering down at home. The kids are all just finally better, and I wanted to do nothing more but lounge under the covers reading a book. However, Joe and I told the kids we would do something fun today out of the house.

We tried to come up with ideas that weren’t too far, or would break the bank. I thought it would be a lot of fun to go to one of those paint  pottery places. There was one only 20 minutes away and we figured it would not be too bad if we just painted ornaments. When we arrived we learned it was $7 per person art fee + cost of what you wanted to paint (and the smallest ornament was still about $15). That’s when I got the look from my husband that we should talk about it outside first.

We had the money for the outing but the cheapskates in us could NOT pay over $100 for this outing. We could go to the dollar store and buy 6 wooden ornaments and paints for a fraction of the cost. There was a Peter Pipper in the same plaza and we asked the kids how would they like to each have a cup of token to go wild. They loved the idea! Whew!

No matter what jam we are in, we know we can offer the kids some play time at Peter Pipper and they will be thrilled. We ate lunch at a mom and pop New York Pizza place elsewhere though, ha!

Joe is always the best at finding that one machine in the place where he can cash out a ton of tickets. This time was no different and got thousands of tickets off one game. He was able to score all 6 kids a goodie bag full of little trinkets and to them that was the BEST SCORE.

We were also in the same plaza as my #1 favorite clothing score and Joe sent me in there with his card and lucky me- 70% off!!! I was able to get 2 dresses, a sweater, 2 tops for $20. One of the dresses was brand new with tags. As much as I droole over some websites like ROOLEE, I don’t think I can ever bring myself to pay something like $70-80 on a dress. There are just so many deals out there if you look for them.

We then tried out a new pizza place and all the kids liked it.


Followed by a quick peek in at Target that was just a big mistake and waste of time. It’s getting harder for us to pay retail prices for things, there are just better deals to be had! It was also crazy packed, I much prefer purchasing on Amazon.

The rest of the day we spent at home. The bags of trinkets from peter piper kept the kids occupied while we parents relaxed. I made a very simple dinner and then we made cookies. We watched one last Christmas movie and that’s it. Christmas time is nearly over now, it was a great season this year.

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, what are your plans? I am looking forward to spending it at our church.

Posted in Audio Books

My Top 10 Resources for FREE AUDIO BOOKS

Who doesn’t love FREE audio books? Sometimes when I am cleaning or doing projects when everyone is asleep, audio books are great for multi-tasking. Free Audio Books are also my favorite when kids are sick and if you have the book this is a great way to train a new reader by following along. So many ways to take advantage of FREE audio books, but you need to know where to find them first!

Posted in Meek yet Chic- Modest Clothing

New Launch

Many of you know I have been acting on my idea of providing modest clothing to ladies starting out. I needed to figure out exactly what I am going to do, and I think I finally got it.

Here is the trailer for the new youtube channel with the patreon link if anybody would like to help. Please share with anybody you think might be interested!

Posted in Family Life

A Little Too Hygee

I have been on a quest lately. To achieve maximum Hygee levels in Phoenix. If you haven’t heard me talk about it yet-

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.

I have been lighting candles, making the house smell nice, putting on cozy sweaters, getting under comfy blankets on the couch…and well I just want to stay there. The kids and I have just been sprawling out all over the living room reading books, drawing or watching the occasional show.

The only show we all want to watch is “I Love Lucy” I know it’s a wordly show and while at least it was a real married couple, in real life they were a mess. My history with this show goes way back to being a little girl. My father also came from Cuba and still speaks with a heavy accent like Ricky. He is a serious man but I remember this was the only show he would watch in English and laugh his head off. It was the only show we could watch as a family since my parents didn’t speak English. I can watch an episode a million times, but it’s always very comforting and I STILL laugh. Every couple or few years it seems like I get into a groove of watching some episodes, always around winter time.

It’s probably odd that kids today like that show but my kids do. Izzy last year asked for an I love Lucy doll and I searched high and low for one. I finally found one on off offer up and it is her favorite toy. I know she really wanted a Ricky doll too but man alive, those things are crazy expensive on ebay!

I couldn’t believe it but I found a man on offer up who had one from his childhood, a true collectors item for only $10. When I made arrangements to pick it up, he offered me Fred and Ethel for another $20.  I cleaned them and wrapped them up immediately. Unfortunately, I had to go pick them up with 3 stool pigeons in the car with me. I know they told her already. She is sweet though and acting like she has no idea what’s in the 3 boxes. Yet, she insist on having Lucy sleep every night under the tree next to the boxes.

We just have to keep Sophie from stabbing her into the tree all day.

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I can’t wait to see Izzy’s face on Christmas Day!

I am trying not to be too slow and lazy and work on some skills. The kids still have a minimum of school work to do, and I made it a goal to take pictures with my DSLR camera every day so I learn.

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I have to be grateful for the models that allow me to have a camera in their face while I adjust settings a bunch of times…even if it’s things like “Take a picture of my feet!”

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I like how these down times forces my kids to just play around using their imagination and experiment in the kitchen. Joshua made me a “candy apple” with chocolate syrup sprinkles, impaled on a stainless steel straw. I’m hoping this one grows up to a John Oliver or Gordon Ramsey type in the kitchen because my cooking skillz still leave much to be desired.

How is your Christmas Break going?

Posted in Ebay, Family Life, Real Talk, Thrift Flip

How to Buy Cheap (Nice) Christmas Gifts and Ship to Them For FREE!!

In this video I will should you how, step by step, to buy cheap (still nice) Christmas Gifts and Ship to Them For FREE!! There is still time to do this before Christmas, share with your friends.
Here are the two websites I talked about.

Elite Deals-

Thoughts on gifts-