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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What Makes My Dream Home

As my dream of real-life home ownership becomes closer to being a reality, I think it is time I write down what my requirements are in a home and what my desires are. Published on my blog, this is really meant to be more of a reference for my realtor and myself. Must-Haves Long-term Affordability.…

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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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Mortgage Options – How do I get a home loan with no down payment?

Despite earning a decent hourly wage, arthritis and chronic migraines (triggered by a car wreck years ago) leave me only able to work part time. I am unable to save for a 20% down payment. Traditional home loans are out of the picture. I am sure what little I can save would need to go…

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Apartment Living

“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. Not all bad, Not…

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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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