Both Cars Paid Off! (Life List Item Crossed Off)

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I put it on our life list last year that I wanted both our cars paid off. I was certain our minivan would be paid off last year (and it was) but I wasn’t sure about my husband’s car – I knew it would be late last year, early this year, and sure enough… We’re [...]

Sexiest Husband Alive

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“You and your bionic nose,” he scoffed. “I’m telling you, baby, something is MOLDY in there!” I whined. Every time I opened the fridge, the whiff of mold socked me in the mouth. I was five feet away folding laundry, and my oldest son opened the fridge, and I could still smell it, even from [...]

Awfully Embarrassing Photos of the Inside of My Non-Self-Cleaning Oven #easyoff

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The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of EASY-OFF®. It was a frantic search for this house, as you know, with one month to find, secure, and buy a house before we moved. The builders we eventually went with weren’t exactly as amenable and fantastic as they could have been. Upon the first [...]

Verizon Introduces ISIS Mobile Wallet #VZWVoices #VZWSE

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The following post is sponsored by Verizon Wireless. ISIS Mobile Wallet™ is a new way Verizon customers can have all of their wallet information stored with you on-the-go, without actually having to carry your pesky wallet! This includes credit cards, loyalty cards, as well as special deals and offers, too! The merchant just needs to be [...]

Verizon Hopeline Donation Program #VZWHopeline #VZWSE #VZWVoices

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Every time we’ve upgraded our cellular devices, we’ve kept our old phones. I think there’s only been one occasion where my phone was so broken, it wasn’t kept, because I begged them to take it and give me a new one. Otherwise, we’ve got phones clogging up junk drawers and kid buckets here. The kids [...]

Connecting with Our Teens Using Walmart Family Mobile

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As you know, we’re a huge sports family. My children have practices, games, as well as social lives, and are at the age that they could really use a phone of their own. Sometimes practice gets out early. Sometimes their after-school activities are canceled. Sometimes they have to stay later, and need to get a [...]

Sneak Attack on Our Teens with a Walmart Family Mobile Wireless Phone and Plan

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As soon as my kids started school and soccer this year, I knew we were going to need to invest in a cell phone for them. Our current mobile plan asks for a two-year commitment (yikes) and costs $45 (with taxes) for a non-smartphone and $50+ (with taxes) for a smartphone for EACH DEVICE. (Of [...]

The Story of Our First Home Purchase

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This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. When the orders finally came down to leave Fort Polk, we couldn’t have been more excited. Finally, after three long years stuck in the woods, secluded from civilization, we were leaving! Hooray! I swear, my husband practically showed anyone who he came across that he [...]

Why Our Retirement Plans Changed

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This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. We always kid around with our friends about our children. “With the way our son argues, he’s going to be a litigator some day.” We’ll all share a chuckle or two about his arguing skills, and how he’ll single-handedly pay for our retirement with all the money he’ll [...]

Weight Loss Progress?

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I started a new workout regimen to get back into the swing of things since the holidays, and it’s KICKING MY ARSE. I tried to put the giant bottle of peanut butter on the table earlier, after serving a spoonful to my son, and I almost couldn’t do it. I couldn’t lift and extend my arm [...]

Why Women Should Learn Money Management Now

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Before my husband deployed, there was a mandatory pre-deployment brief that both service-members and their families had to attend. My husband was already hip-deep in the pre-deployment military training and readiness craziness, which helps ensure the soldier is “battle ready.” It didn’t surprise me in the least to discover they had a “battle ready” seminar [...]

Operation GMST (Get My Sh*t Together) – January update & February Challenge

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At the beginning of this year, I was determined. Operation GMST was officially afoot. I created our family’s “bucket” or “life list,” and began the #happinessis weekly feature, focusing on all the happiness in our lives each week (which I love so sooo very much). This year is going to be the year of getting [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two

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Good gravy, people. Yesterday, something happened that gave me chills. Something that practically mirrored what happened almost two years ago, when I wrote a story about a chain of events that happened that made me question my beliefs on whether or not something else is truly “out there.” Divine intervention, if you will. This story begins [...]

Parents, Please Read: Your Kids Are Going Hungry

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I’m not even sure where to begin with this post, so bear with me while I battle to get this all out. I began this school year like any other, with excited kids and coffee-propelled abilities to orchestrate my children out the door on time in their shiny new duds. I promised this year I’d stay on top [...]

Putting the Labor in Labor Day

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For Labor Day, most folks had a barbecue, swam at the beach or at their local pool to celebrate the last moments of “summer.” The Douglas Family, however, said SCREW ALL THAT NORMAL CRAP and said siyonara to summer by cleanin’ out the ol’ garage. Who needed to swim when we were in puddles of [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Saving Money}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! We get this question all the time. “How can you afford to have [...]

The Ant Massacre and My Eight-Year-Old Soldier

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It was still somewhat early in the morning when I snuck out Coyote Ugly-esque from the grip of my three-month-old to hunt down some coffee. Still blurry-eyed and slow to move, I stumbled into the half-pantry half-laundry room, while the coffee brewed, to place my first load of laundry into the machine when I felt [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? [Cleaning]

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families!In our family, we have seven kids, and [...]

Top 5 Green Cleaning Products for Everyday Use

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You know how much I’m into all-natural cleaning solutions for my home. I have tried nearly every green cleaner out there, and I can tell you, I’m quite passionate about finding what works best, not only for cleaning’s sake, but for the money. Here’s my top 5 green cleaning products in order of AWESOMEST EVER [...]

From the (Poop) Trenches and How I Lost Sunday #momfail

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“Mommy? She pooped again?” My five-year-old said, completely baffled. “Yes, baby. She did.” I tiredly replied, my voice almost wailing in response. But in my head? I answered her question with a four-letter word and a bit more snark. Why? Because this newborn, breastfed poop thing? It doesn’t stay in the @#*($&@#*$& diaper. Never in [...]

Back to It! Menu Planning Monday Jan. 30th – Feb. 5th

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Fall might be over, but I’m craving pumpkin this week. We grocery shop twice a week around here. Now that we have more grocery stores than we know what to do with, we are able to split our shopping up and go to different stores to save the most amount of money. Thankfully, these stores [...]

2011 Reflections and Anti-Resolutions for 2012

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n. res·o·lu·tion 1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination. 2. A resolving to do something. 3. A course of action determined or decided on. Last year, I wrote about my New Years anti-resolutions plans on Momicillin, how I didn’t feel people should make lists of resolutions of “improvements” they won’t keep, and that we should, [...]

What To Do With That Holiday Money?

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Every year my children are given money and gift cards from grandparents, whether for birthday, holidays, tooth-fairy, report cards, etc. I’ve discussed how we save our children’s money in envelopes at home, to include all gift cards they’re given. This year, though, since opening my children’s Kidworth accounts, we can now add their kid contributions [...]

How to Use an Envelope to Help Kids Budget, Save Money, and Christmas Shop by Themselves

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I will never forget the day that my then second-grade children ran in the door from school, ecstatic about a piece of paper they held in their hands. “LOOK, MOM! I CAN GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR YOU!” Up until that point, our sibling Christmas Shopping for one another involved hand-held baskets being covered by their [...]

Way to Suck, Alarm Clock!

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Dear School: Please excuse XYZ child from almost being late this morning, our alarm clock didn’t go off because it currently reads it’s “IP:08″ and I don’t know what time that is. Sincerely, Lisa Douglas (Seriously, what the hell does this say?) (P.S. Thank Google for the alarm clock app on the Droid. Holla!) Never [...]

Helping Kids Save Money – Mom is the “Banker”

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One of our many piggy banks in the house When kids are little, it’s “easy,” isn’t it? Only dealing with coins and piggy banks and little ones fumbling for loose change in daddy’s pockets, or shrieking with delight when a coin falls out of the dryer, or is found in a couch cushion. But for [...]

Post Turkey Day Coma & Cyber Monday Shopping – Yeah, Baby!

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Death by beautiful turkey After taking the holiday weekend off, I am exhausted! And you would THINK I’d be well-rested after “time off,” right? WRONG. Between all the standing while cooking on Thanksgiving, shopping on Black Friday, and decorating the house all weekend, this preggo feels like she ran a marathon! But despite the crowds [...]