Why You Should Never Stop Expressing Yourself: I got distracted and stopped writing for a couple of months. Really I got pregnant, which made me sick and distracted, but it all amounts to the same thing. I stopped writing. I’m not even sure why I stopped writing. At first, it was because I was sick in the evenings. When I got home from work, my only goal in life was to stay horizontal to keep my stomach in line. By the time I got beyond the first trimester, I was out of the habit of writing. I kept meaning to get back to writing but ... Read More about Why You Should Never Stop Expressing Yourself
How Being Debt Free Can Positively Impact Your Life: So if you’ve been following my blog, I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t written in a few months. Stupid excuse, but I got pregnant. Aaron and I will be 41 and 39 when this baby comes. Aaron's youngest child is currently 18 and our grandson is 18 months old. I guess now days that makes you a typical family. We’ve been trying to get pregnant for over 4 years and had a miscarriage earlier this year. Even though this was something we had been wanting for a while, we had both gotten into ... Read More about How Being Debt Free Can Positively Impact Your Life
What Is The Best Ultralight Camping Tarp? I’m all for simple solutions for outdoor related problems. I hate dealing with tents, they are a hassle to put up, take forever to take down, and block my view of the night sky. I’m also every weight conscious and will do anything to drop weight. I'm always searching for ultralight backpacking gear. Fortunately, I live and do most of my outdoor activities in the Arizona and Southern Utah areas, which means little or no chance of rain 75% of the year. This means I can get away with using a ground ... Read More about What Is The Best Ultralight Camping Tarp?
Frugal Living – Why I Still Dye My Own Hair: I dyed my own hair today. It took me about 45 minutes and cost less than $10. Last time I went to the salon, it took 1 ½ hours and cost me $80 – which is cheap. I'm not saying I don't love to have it done professionally. I hate dying it myself and know that the salon does a significantly better job than I do. However, right now I can't rationalize the numeric difference to make it worthwhile. ***PS. I use the Garnier dye and really like it. It is purely a budget decision for me. My ... Read More about Frugal Living – Why I Still Dye My Own Hair
How To Avoid Busting Your Budget: My husband and I recently paid off $293,000 in consumer debt. It is seriously the best feeling in the world to only have a house payment. Talk about a major stress relief. The crazy thing is that we still have to budget. You would think that with all those extra payments gone we would be swimming in money (that might be a slight exaggeration). The truth is, we aren’t suddenly swimming in money. The extra money is just reallocated to meet different financial goals. Being Responsible is hard, but so ... Read More about How To Avoid Busting Your Budget
I love the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most awe inspiring places in the world to me. One of the easiest viewpoints for the Colorado River is the little known Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend is located 4-5 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam. It is the first turnoff as you head south of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 towards Flagstaff and Phoenix. The Colorado River makes a dramatic 270 degree turn which leads to amazing views 1,000 feet above the canyon floor. You can literally walk right up to the end of the canyon. This ... Read More about A Visit to Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably know I just got back from a trip to our family ranch on the Arizona Strip. As a child, all of my summer’s were spent at the ranch. As soon as school was out we would pack up the family and make the three-hour drive (it is an 80-mile trip which tells you a bit about the condition of the roads) to Wildcat Ranch. Wildcat is the land of no electricity, running water or cell service. Our nearest neighbor was 10 miles or so and we could go weeks without seeing anyone but family. When ... Read More about Wildcat Ranch – A Brief Look At The Ranching Life
How to Dehydrate Apricots: I’m not a cook, but I really try and eat healthy. Although my cooking skills leave a lot to be desired, I make a mean batch of dehydrated apricots. Since this is mainly a money blog, I’d love to say this is a great way to save money, but honestly, I think it actually costs more to dehydrate your own fruit, particularly when you factor in the time involved. However, for me, the lack of sugar makes the extra cost and time worth the sacrifice. I’m lucky enough to have access to Utah Apricots, which is the most ... Read More about How to Dehydrate Apricots