Michelle’s Blog

Daisy!

I told my daughter we could get a second dog for her 14th birthday. She wanted a cute little 2-3 year old lap dog, but our search with local rescue groups didn’t go so well. Day 1 – Meet Daisy! (August 28, 2016. 4-5 Weeks old, 2.9 pounds) We thought we were bringing home a…

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A Pooper-Scooper Birthday!

All day my now 14 year old has taken delight in telling people that I gave her a pooper scooper for her birthday. Technically I purchased the poop scoop & rake two days before her birthday, on our way home from the orthodontist. But the morning of her 14th birthday was her first time┬áto use…

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Got a puppy dog! Meet Leah

This is Leah. The smartest, easiest to train, most stubborn dog I ever did have the pleasure of living with! We got her December 5, 2015 at a PetSmart adoption event. The lady from the humane society said she was a 4 month old terrier mix. At 14 pounds she was not likely to get…

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Apple Music & Family Sharing

[message_box title=”Dear Apple:” color=”green”]Please revise your policy for purchases made under “Family Sharing” accounts. Just because someone is 18+ years old doesn’t mean they understand or are responsible enough for online purchasing. And just because people are related does not mean they want to share a credit card. [/message_box] I recently signed up for a…

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Saying goodbye to a dad you never really knew.

Do I look like my dad? I think I got his nose, but I can’t decide if my eyes look more like his or my mom’s. This picture is the only one I have of us together. He and my mom went their separate ways when I was a baby and (to the best of…

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Snow Day!

When you live in East Texas, good snow days can be few and far between. When we get one, my family tries to make the most of it! Gourmet Snow My first snow day memory is of my mother and grandmother putting Mrs Baird’s bread bags over my shoes and the lower part of my…

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Project: Home Ownership Explained

“Unfair Mom”, my super-hero alter-ego has always been an independent, successful woman, living in a 3 bedroom house with a nice yard. Real-life “Michelle” has been raising her daughter in an apartment for almost 9 years now. What was supposed to be a short-term housing solution has lasted far too long. Apartment Living Don’t get…

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Rockit Apples (and other premium priced food)

Just in time for the school year, a new item caught my attention at the grocery store. My first thought was “Is that a plum or an apple?” At nearly $5 per pound ($2.99 for a 9.7 ounce package) these apples don’t really fit into my cheapskate ways. As a single mom on a very…

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My 10 year old wants a job!

I started giving my daughter an allowance when she was 2 years old. It was small … $1 per week. She learned early on how to save up for the things she wants. At 4 years old she was saving her dollars and asking to do extra chores for a $9 mirror. Somewhere along the…

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