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Reconnecting With Family… A to Z Challenge

With it being Easter weekend we are spending a lot of time visiting family. I have a very large extending family. I never see everyone as often as I would like to, and now as we are all getting older the extended family doesn’t always get together. I miss it greatly. For as long as I can remember every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas the whole family would get together; I got to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! As the years passed these family gatherings were the only times I would see my cousins. Now that I am “married” and have children I hardly ever see my aunts, uncles and cousins. Our family’s have just gotten too big, on my dad’s side I think there is over 40 of us if we were to all get together(my grandparents have 12 great grandchildren, and more to come)!

Reconnect with family

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Gifts and How to Save on Gift Giving … A to Z Challenge

There is a lot of money to be saved when it comes to giving gifts. I found this out the hard way when my daughter started school. In junior kindergarten she was invited to about 10 birthdays! Most of these I had about a week (or less) notice. So I ended up having to buy a lot of gifts at full price. I have a maximum amount I will spend so I had to work a bit harder to keep under budget. Fast forward to today, there are a lot gifts we give out during the year. These include birthdays, Christmas, Easter, weddings & baby gifts just to name a few. We have a large group of friends that we love as well as nephews, parents, siblings and of course our family of 5! Wow thinking about all of it reminds me I need to start budgeting for Christmas now.

Save money of gift giving. We all give gifts thoughout the year why not save some money too.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY!! To all the moms and moms-to-be that are reading my blog.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Being a mother is something I always wanted to do. When I was young and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was always a mom. This may be why I never continued education past high school 🙁

My start to motherhood was not a planned one. It was not a start I would suggest to anyone, but it’s not something I would change for the world either. The obstacles I have overcome have brought me to this point in life. Although there have been many hard times I would not change anything in my past.  Every hard time, every happy time, every person I kept close, and others I left behind made me who I am today. And today I am happy! I have finally found my place in this world. I am working hard to become the mother I know I can be!

I have been blessed with two healthy amazing kids. I know how lucky I am and am thankful everyday for them. Without them who knows where I would be. Maybe I would be working in some big city, bring in 6 figures. But I know if that was the case I would not truly be happy.  There is no greater joy than that of your little one cuddling in for a snuggle.

Love Cuddles with my boy

Love Cuddles with my boy

Or the sound of that little voice saying, “I Love You Mom”

 

Card From Liz

Card From Liz

 

Are you a mom? Whats your favorite part about being a mom?

How I Named My Blog

Trying to start and name a blog is no simple task. And deciding to do it was something I never thought I would do. However, I have been trying to sort out how I was going to get our lives in order. I tried a few different things but none of them have worked, most likely because I am such a procrastinator.  I would make plans to try something and never actually get to it. 🙂

Somehow the idea of tracking it all caught my attention. Then I was thinking about how I would stay on track, well if everyone knew what I was up to than I would have people keeping tabs on me. An extra incentive to get things done.
The answer to start a blog came from so many different areas. But the hard part came when I realized I had to get creative and come up with a name! This took some time, I checked out things on-line, found a post with top blog names, and found ideas about what to include and what NOT to include.

So I made a list of the things I plan to blog about.
Kids
Dogs
Ways to save Money
Staying at home with the kids
All things around the house
Recipes and meal ideas
Pinterest stuff
Elimination Communication

So something about being a cheap mom 🙂
I discovered you want something catchy and easy to remember, and that no one was already using. I spent a few days thinking about this. I thought about using our last name as I saw some neat blogs that did that. Voyce, The voyce of …….. Total Blank. Plus I don’t want it too long, and how could I make it clear that I am a stay at home mom blogger? So I thought cheap, nicer word, frugal! YES Frugal Mom, OK that already exists. Can’t copy her. 🙁 What about Frugal stay at home mom, I did not like the way it sounded.

I was stuck, I really like the word frugal, as it doesn’t sound cheap but very clear you like to save money. I am also a stay at home mom and plan to stay that way. These things are the main part of what I will be writing about so I decided I had to get them into the name. I searched online for another way to say stay at home mom. (Have I mentioned I search the web for LOTS of stuff)
I did not like any of the options I found – homemaker, professional parent, domestic engineer, housewife. Nothing suited what I was trying to say. I spend everyday, 24 hours, with my baby taking care of the house is my full time job! Hmmm I’m a full time mom! I liked it, but Full Time Mom could be anything, and I wanted to stand out. I am a Frugal Full Time Mom!

Whats In A Name

Whats In A Name

I did a google search and no one was using the name, even checked twitter and facebook too. So I made it official, I started on twitter 🙂 Than I started the website, and have been going from there, trying to get things in order. At least if someone searches they will find me! The first step has been made, now the possibilities are endless!

If you are interested in what other steps I took to get things in order please leave a comment below and let me know I would be happy to share more.