A family's journey of learning how to make a home, save money and be healthy… while having fun doing it!


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It’s begining to look a lot like… OMG PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

There’s no fall songs. And that makes me sad. Because I live for fall. Well, fall and my family 😉 But seriously, there is nothing that makes me more excited than starting to see:

1. Cashmere

2. Even better:

Bath and Body Works PUMPKIN!

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Because it means Fall is on its way! I just bought 2 (more) pumpkin caramel mason jar candles which were 2 for $15.  Be sure to use ebates to get 2% cash back right now at Bath and Body Works.  Thanks, Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for letting me know about this deal!

I can’t get enough of pumpkin scented and flavored things. Now I’m just waiting for the pumpkin bread at Starbucks, and best of all, the caramel brulee and pumpkin lattes, and of course, the pumpkin farm!

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What are your favorite pumpkin scented/flavored things? Do you love pumpkin or are you over it?


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A question for homeowners…

Lately Greg  and I have been toying with the idea of owning a home. Every day we go back and forth on the advantages and disadvantages of owning a home… I like the idea that a home would be mine and I could have a yard for Auden and a garden, but I’m just not sure if I want the added responsibility of the upkeep and the repairs. I like the fact that when something is wrong with my condo, I just call someone to fix it. I am still in college and we are currently working on a plan to pay off our all of our debt (almost there, we only have two random things left besides our car and student loans, yay!) But I like knowing where our money is going to, with no surprise home repairs. So my question to home owners is: has it been worth it, or do you feel like a slave to your house financially? There are so many things I want to accomplish, like vacations, grad school, and living in different parts of the country that I’m just not sure if a house makes sense financially. On the other side, because I’ve never been a homeowner- maybe it is all worth it? Maybe giving up a yearly vacation or not having the newest technology is absolutely worth home ownership.