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Slowly Learning to live DEBT FREE! January 31, 2010

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I am bound and determined to live debt free!  I am really struggling trying to acquire this dream and knock a HUGE dent out our DEBT in 2010.  I did well in January but I could have been better; I just need to stay out of Walmart and stick to my list when I do go.  We have 5 consumer loans.  Now my goal is to have 3 them paid off in 2010. Yippeee! I got one of the smaller ones paid off this month.  I will keep it paid off.  I know it will take me longer on the others but I am determined to get them paid off. If all goes accordingly, I hope by this December to only have my Home and Home Equity payments and still be able to take the North western Bus tour.  It feels really good to have a loan paid off.  

I am learning to be frugal and adjust my spending habits.  I have lived a very spoiled life for the past 8 years.  If I saw something I wanted I bought it and still made my monthly payments.  But still had those monthly payments every month.  My weakness for the past three years have been Provo Craft and scrapbooking, before that it was my son and getting the lastest and before he was born it was getting the house furnished etc.  There was always a theme.   I know my weakness and where I need to start.  Now look I don’t have that much Credit card debt.  I was always taught the CC’s are the devil.  Yes, they can get you in some deep trouble but I have one and yes it has a revolving balance on it at this particular moment in time.  I have always managed to get it paid off but then I always built it back up.  Same routine.  So once I get it paid off this year, yes it is out of here.  My husband will carry his in case of an emergency on the road.  But only In Case of an Emergency. He rarley uses the thing and I swear he even asks me before he uses it.  I do have a great husband (most of the time) ;-)! HEEHEE.

In the mean time I will keep you updated on my progress! Maybe not weekly but at least monthly.  That way I have to at least TRY at it.  Right?

Until then




Field Trip Layout January 29, 2010

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Little Farmer went to Natural Bridge, VA on a Field Trip.  He loved it. Well all except the caverns.  He was terrified.  He had a great time overall.  I love being able to go with him.  Again used Graphically Speaking cartridge and Old West cartridge for the letters.  Have I mentioned that I have the BEST SIL for getting me this…oh and the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge that wasn’t on my list has now become one of my favorites too. 




Imagine Layout January 27, 2010

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I had such a great time doing this layout.  I really love the papers, flowers and ribbon.  I have had them in my stack for months just waiting on the perfect design to come into my head.  I got to use all my Spiffy Prima Flowers too!  I used the Graphically Speaking cart to cut the words out.  Since I have gotten my E I have used my cartridges so much more!  I love that I can cut above 5 inches! 

This layout is a bit busy.  I haven’t found the right pictures for it just yet but I don’t see that being a problem.  I just put my order in for more pictures to be printed!  I can’t believe the ones that I have left to scrap for 2009. 

I am trying really hard to use up some of my scrapbooking materials before I go shopping again.  I really want to make room for some new ones.  January and February are my busiest months for Birthdays.  There is always a party on the weekend which ties into my scrapbooking/cleaning time so something gets put on the back burner.  I haven’t received an invitation yet (sometimes I get notified the day before or just a couple of days before URGH! and boy does that rub me the wrong way) (*Becky will not rant)  to one this upcoming weekend so hopefully I will get to scrap away!  I love the cousins but I love to scrap too. 




Meal Plan for Jan. 25th January 26, 2010

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Well, I am in a slump this week. 

Monday Pizza

Tuesday Chicken and Rice

Wednesday Soup and Sandwiches

Thursday TBD

Friday Leftovers

I have like 9 jars of Chicken Stock that are going to run out in Feb.  Next week I will be trying to find a recipe to try and use the majority of those up.  This week as I plan the menu it was like chicken, chicken, chicken, and I seen that and said NO.  I will try to do something else besides Chicken hense the soup and sandwiches thrown in there.  Not an exciting week to put a menu up.

This post is linked to Meal Plan Monday.




Vinyl and Paper Tiles January 23, 2010

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Here is the not so good LIFE IS GOOD TILE I did for a fundraiser silent auction.   I wasn’t happy with the way this tile turned out at all.  I guess it showed because it only brought $2.  I am in the process of doing some more so hopefully I have learned from my mistakes.




Baby Brag Books January 21, 2010

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Here are some baby brag books I altered.  You can pick these up from Dollar Stores or Walmart for $1.00.  These turned out really cute. 

Baby Brag Books

Enjoy! XO,



Meal Plan for week of January 18th January 20, 2010

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Well being off on Monday you would have thought I’d been able to craft, clean and get the menu plan published at the beginning of the week but OH NO, things happen not really bad things just off kilter kind of things.  My kitchen sink stopped up, took the recyclables to the recycling center and yes 400 boxes flew everywhere trying to get them in the bin, then Farmer asked that I go and get oil and filters after picking up Little Farmer from school. URG!! Walmart your kidding right? NO he wasn’t.  At least my oil is changed now and I am back in business. 

So Meal Plan changed on Monday

Monday  Hoagies (bought bread, meat, toppings at Walmart this afternoon)

Tuesday Leftovers

Wednesday Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans

Thursday Baked Corn Dogs with Fried Apples

Friday Spaghetti with small salad and garlic bread

Saturday Leftovers

While Monday and Tuesday’s meal didn’t come from the pantry the rest will!  I am excited that my pantry is looking more organized and Farmer is glad that the pasta selection is getting lower.  I have kind of burnt him out on pasta the month of Nov and Dec I guess where we were so busy and everything that it was just a quick meal.