Amanda Bumgarner

Runner. Editor. Bookworm. Aspiring optimist. Finished my first marathon in April 2013. I'm a Chicago native transplanted on the plains of Oklahoma.

5 Things I Like About Budgeting

I used to get buyer's remorse a lot. Like, I'd buy something on a whim "because it was on sale," and then all of the sudden it was a year later, and that stupid cheap shirt was hanging in my closet with the tag still on it. Then I'd be all "WHY????...more
Having some guidelines re budget keeps the tires on the road ... and avoids so many swerves off ...more

How to Start Running: 3 Tips for Avoiding Injury

Part 1 | Adjusting Your Mind-Set and Setting Expectations...more

The Family That Takes Funny Pictures Together, Stays Together

I love my family for many reasons, but my absolute most favorite thing about them is that they are game for picture taking. There's none of this "I don't want to be in front of the camera" business. It's "let's be crazy and ridiculous." Every. Single. Time....more

How to Start Running: Adjusting Your Mind-Set and Setting Expectations

Lately I've gotten a few requests to do a "how to get started running" post. I've been wanting to write a post about this for a while now, but the main thing keeping me from it is because I don't feel qualified. ...more
@The Hyphen Mum Excellent! What a wonderful story. That's amazing that you went from 15 seconds ...more

10 Reasons Why Running a Marathon Is Like Having a Baby

I feel like I should add a disclaimer right up front: No, I have not yet had the opportunity to push a child out through my lady parts. ...more
@tamicnm1 Glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment.more

Running Advice for Non Runners

@Stacy Morrison Yes! You ARE a runner. I admire your perseverance. Keep going! And thanks for ...more

DIY Crocheted Nursing Necklace