Thursday, February 5, 2015


2015 is already flying by.  What happened to the days when January was a slow month that eased you into the year?  I sure do miss that...

We are doing a No Spend February again and as you may imagine the family is THRILLED!  You'd think they would be used to it by now.  To us, No Spend February means no unnecessary spending.

  • No new clothes
  • No new home decor ( the folks at Hobby Lobby will miss me)
  • No eating out
  • No new hockey stuff
  • No movies
  • No unnecessary grocery purchases (Oreos anyone?)
It's not as dismal as it all sounds because, truth be told, we need NOTHING (with the exception of basic food and drink).  And we all get an 'allowance' (budgeted) each week which can be spent as one wishes.  And my daughter has gift cards from Christmas and her birthday which she can use.  

We have a hockey tournament out of town this month and that always bothers me because there is definitely some spending that needs to be done even though I bring snacks and a cooler with us. We will eat out on Friday night & will probably buy lunch at the rink during the tournament.  Of course, this is all budgeted for so I still feel like we save a good bit not spending the rest of the month. And our hotel is paid for with Marriott Rewards points which makes me very happy. :)

Anyone else do a 'no spend' month?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Early Bird...

Seems I'm not the only one decorating early this year.  I have never decorated this early.  I mean. we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet!  But as I was going over my planner I realized that I needed to get started lickety split or I would be spending Christmas in an insane asylum.

Take a look at some other bloggers who have started their decorating early this year:

My Sweet Savannah

Tatertots and Jello
When do you usually decorate for the holidays?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Although it's cooled off a bit here, I'd hardly call it fall.  Even though the calendar says it is.

Getting in the mood with an annual pumpkin carving party that friends of ours have.

Do you recognize this as Winnie the Pooh?

Working on Halloween costumes for Friday night. And anticipating all of the yummy treats we'll pick up Trick or Treating.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Paying back....

It's taken over a year but we were finally able to pay back the kindness of strangers yesterday on our way home from Phoenix. You may remember in December of 2012 we had a breakdown in the Virgin River Gorge on the Utah/Arizona border.

Yesterday afternoon my husband noticed a truck & U-haul stopped on I10 about an hour out of Phoenix.  He didn't think too much of it until he saw a girl (probably in her twenties) walking along the side of the highway heading towards the next exit (about a mile away).  He pulled over and asked me to get out and meet her to see what she needed.  Luckily, she just ran out of gas so we took her to the gas station to get a can of gas and drove her back to her car.

As it turns out, she is a newlywed whose husband was deployed right after their wedding last year and she was headed to their new duty station.  It was sure nice to be able to help her out and even better that we were able to help someone whose spouse is serving our country.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Club 2014.....

I joined my first book club this past August.  I did it for two reasons - my friend asked me and I thought it would be fun to read some books that are a little outside of my comfort zone.  Boy, did that happen.  I usually read books like 'Crazy Rich' (above) - interesting non-fiction types of books or easy reads like Elin Hilderbrand or Emily Giffin. 

Our first book was 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn which I read when it first came out (and the third reason I joined the book club - since I had already finished the book I would at least be guaranteed that I'd finish one!)  Our next book was this one:

I liked this one even if it was a bit far-fetched (in my opinion).  It was a quick read and a bit of a page turner.

We have also read this:

Another good one.  So far I was 3 for 3 and getting really into this book club thing!

And then we read this:

I didn't even finish it.

We then read 'The Book Thief' which was a little rough start for me but I ended up enjoying it.  I haven't seen the movie yet but really want to.

Our current book is 'And The Mountains Echoed' by Khaled Hosseini, the author of 'The Kite Runner'.  I am having a tough time with this one.  Book club is Wednesday night and it's still a crap shoot as to whether or not I'll finish the book before then.

I'd like to get to the point where I can read our book club book and one other book each month.  A lofty goal for me since Downton Abbey just started back up last night...

Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Follow Me Where I Go...

Are you on Instagram?

I love it as I know many people do.  Check out my latest Christmas 2013 Recap:

Find me on Instagram: @debbeckm

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Year-End Re-cap...

Well, it's been a while.  We made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with lots of fun memories.  The 31 Day Challenge took it out of me, I must admit.  Challenging it was for sure.  Lots of debate in my head was going on about continuing to blog or not but I decided I don't really need to make a decision, I can just do it when the mood hits.  So here I am with my year-end re-cap.  I have a love/hate relationship with these re-caps - I love the idea of looking back on the year - seeing what was popular with readers, what was a dud, looking at the pictures I took, getting re-inspired, etc.  But I hate them because I think they're kind of a lazy way to create a new post. So, here goes, some of my most popular posts of 2013:

  1. The first day of any 31 Day Challenge is always a biggie and this year was no exception. The overview of 31 Days of Making your House your Home can be found here.  This is where all the other 31 Days posts can be accessed.
  2. My Front Door Update - I painted our front door gray.  I love the color but actually am not too thrilled with how it looks with the creamy paint color of the rest of the house.  So it looks like there is another painting project in my future....
  3. One of my favorite recipes, Pineapple Casserole, is always a hit.  You should try it.
  4. I posted about my favorite money books back in March.  It's that time of year when we're making resolutions and money resolutions of some sort are very popular.  I can also add Larry Winget's You're Broke Because You Want to Be to my list.
  5. Sticking with the subject of money, I will again be doing the 52 Week Money Challenge and I hope I am more successful than last year...
  6. The end of 2012 brought us a Little Adventure which I posted about in early January 2013.
And, just for fun, this is the least viewed post of the year: Day 25 of the Making your House your Home series - all about the family calendar.  I am always interested in how other moms keep things running smoothly so I thought it would be a popular subject.  Who knew?

If you didn't get enough re-capping here you can check out what was popular in 2012.  It's like a trip down memory lane...