When You Can’t Afford Sports 2

As parents, we want to be able to provide our children with everything that will keep them happy and healthy. Activities in sports and the arts are valuable experiences that we can provide to our children, unless we can’t afford to do so. What then? Do are children lose out? A better solution might be to look for ways to save money on children’s sports, so you can provide them to your children without putting your family in danger of economic failure. This post is part two of a two-article series on the subject. If you missed the first post, … Continue reading

Is It Cost Effective to Keep Chickens?

We have been wanting to explore keeping chickens (click here for an interview with the chicken lady) for a while. It is a project that would be educational, and provide us with some fresh eggs. Our environment is perfect for it. We live on two semi-rural acres and would have plenty of space for a coop. Many of our friends already have chickens. It has been a trend in this area for a number of years. They are happy to answer all of questions about raising chickens, what works or doesn’t work, how to keep the foxes out of the … Continue reading

Should You Go Into Business Alone or With Others?

One decision that you will have to make when you decide to create your own home – based business is whether you will go into business by yourself or with one or more other people. There are both benefits and drawbacks to each approach, and it is definitely a topic that requires serious consideration. Here are a few of the common pros and cons of opening a home – based business on your own and of opening a business involving one or more other people. I will begin with the type of business that I’m most familiar with, being in … Continue reading

Mini Bible Lesson: Long-Suffering

According to Webster’s Dictionary the first known use of the word longsuffering was in 1535.  Today the word is rarely used and mostly misunderstood.  Many believe it is interchangeable with with patience.  While the definitions are similar the distinction is very important. To understand the difference we need to find the biblical definition.  You see it is possible to be patient and not longsuffering.  We must examine this further to know how to walk in the spirit. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;   ~Col. 1:11 As you can see from … Continue reading

Get Creative with Valentine’s Layouts

Love Day has come and gone, though the memories will linger for a lifetime, especially if you scored a serious sparkler and a marriage proposal on February 14th.  Even if your sweetie didn’t get down on one knee this Valentine’s, you shouldn’t let the holiday go by without crafting at least a single page layout detailing the day’s highlights.  However, rather than employing the same ol’ trite scrapbooking techniques, consider getting a little creative with the following ideas: Choose a Theme:  So, you didn’t get the five-carat diamond tennis bracelet you had your heart set on for Valentine’s Day.  Surely, … Continue reading

Document the Day

It’s a snow day around here.  And by snow day I mean, schools are closed, highways are blocked, and I am praying that the electricity stays on so that I can post this without incident. Snow and cold are nothing new in northern Wisconsin, especially in January.  However, when we get hit with a storm as massive as this one, even I venture out to document the aftermath.  Then, I do what any self-respecting scrapbook fanatic does; create a layout employing as many techniques as possible. You don’t need to wait for a major milestone to craft an eye-popping page … Continue reading

Outdated Auto Insurance Requirement has Been Repealed

An auto insurance law that affects dealerships has been repealed. This makes it easier on the dealerships, and really doesn’t affect customers one way or another. The last time your bought a new car, did you ask the dealer to show you an insurance booklet? I didn’t think so. There was a law passed in 1972 that required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to do something that they would never be asked to do today (if it wasn’t for that particular law). What was the requirement? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had to prepare, print out, and mail, … Continue reading

The Gift of Peace for Less

If being forced to listen to your uncle defend Donald Trump’s inane Twitter feed, watch your brother’s kids destroy your mom’s porcelain tchotchke collection, and sleep on your dad’s old recliner is not your idea of a pleasant Thanksgiving, then consider the following Turkey Day travel packages that will ensure a peaceful holiday. The sale-priced escapes provide all the comforts of home minus the dysfunction: South Carolina: You can save big on this Turkey Day Sampler package offered by the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston. The property will do all of the Thanksgiving cooking while you enjoy luxurious accommodations and … Continue reading

SoCal Super Savers

All eyes are on the East Coast right now as Hurricane Sandy threatens to leave millions soaked and in the dark. Meanwhile, on the other side of the nation, California residents are gearing up to enjoy holiday-themed festivities in much better weather. Tourism officials in San Diego County are going all out to tout their upcoming holiday events taking place in the warm and sunny region. If you are looking to escape Old Man Winter, but don’t have a ton of money to spend on your seasonal adventures, consider the following family-friendly holiday events that are fun, fabulous, and FREE: … Continue reading

Sign Up with Emergency Registry Before Sandy Hits

The Rhode Island Department of Health wants people who have special health care needs (or who have children with special health care needs) to register with the Special Needs Emergency Registry before Hurricane Sandy hits. This allows responders to plan for caring for those who have special needs in an emergency situation. If you, or your loved ones, live in Rhode Island, this information could be extremely helpful. The Rhode Island Department of Health wants people who have special healthcare needs (or who have children with special needs) to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry before Hurricane … Continue reading