Inspired By Project Runway: Bold Prints

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’ve seen every episode of Project Runway. While I don’t agree with the judges’ critiques each week, I do find every runway show inspiring and influencing my weekly wardrobe....more
Love the pieces you suggested! They are options we could wear with confidence, be trendy and put ...more

Dress - Military Maven

A Healthy Last Summer Hoorah

No one wants to believe it but summer is winding down and before you know it we will be preparing for back-to-school, falling leaves and warmer clothes. But there is still last long weekend left to soak up the sun and enjoy the last few drops of summer fun. So it's important to make it count no matter your schedule or budget. Below are some of my favorite ideas to get in one more fun packed weekend before we all go back to reality!Be a Hometown Tourist...more

5 Ways to Create and Plan a Realistic Budget

A budget can help you achieve your financial goals, avoid getting into debt, and even identify problems in your spending habits. We all know having one is important, yet 57 per cent of households don't have one. Read on to learn how you can buck the trend and establish a budget you can stick to....more


In a few weeks we are going on a camping trip, a family reunion. We used to have a camper, actually a couple. Our camper was a big camper with a triple bunk, with a queen bed full bathroom. Could sleep nine.....I miss it but family dynamic changes. Then the girls started rodeo, so we needed to travel with horses. Bought a tent a camp shower a porta potty and cook stove. Did that for a few rodeos and enough, was enough on the hunt for a horse trailer with full living quarters and room enough for 5 people to sleep in....more

The Challenge!

365 Day Challenge*Feel free to join me in this test of will power, or if you don’t feel the need, sit back, relax and take the journey along with me as I try to make it through the next 365 days successfully!*...more

The Sequester, 20% and Our Defense Family

We are a Department of Defense family; have been for 24 years. We moved to a new state in 1995 due to base closures. We've held our breath hoping that hubby's name wouldn't be on the list being sent to support the troops in the middle of conflicts numerous times. We've watched our benefits dwindle. We've had no cost of living pay increases in over two years. We are now being told that unless Congress can actually do their job and create a budget, we are looking at a 22-week sequester....more
I too am sick and tired of the fact that the representatives that we elect and pay to do a job ...more

Simple Bean, Collard and Tomato Soup

So far I’m not sad to be grounded by the Blizzard of ’13. I’m lucky enough to be warm at home looking out the window on a white wintry scene, and I’m using the blizzard-enforced time-out-time to read, write and cook....more

My Frugal Valentine: 5 Cheap Date Ideas

Love don't cost a thing, unless it's Valentine's Day....more
Thank you Erica for these tips...   Happy Valentines Day 2013..

Budget and Eco-Friendly Romance

Wasn’t it just Christmas? Aren’t taxes due soon? This time of year money can be tight so finding the right gift for your sweetie can be tough. However, experiences trump material gifts any day! Why not create a great day or weekend where you get to spend time with your Valentine, showing them just how much you love being with them? Well, I’ve got some ideas that are not only healthy and green but will also make such a statement that your sweetheart won’t care about that diamond encrusted chocolate heart anymore!...more