3 Things I am LOVING Lately: July 20th

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This week my family has been doing our BIG trip test run. So far it is going well. We have a running list of things we would like to alter in the RV before we leave and are figuring out how to best run our days so we have a good balance of family time, mom & dad time, alone time, and work time for me.

I will admit I am still having thoughts of “this is absolutely crazy” as well as “I can’t be away from my own bed for 6 months!” but for the most part this week I am in awe that my family can do this–even if biggest  reason why we can is a cause of sorrow for me. Still I know my dad would love the idea of our family taking his money and seeing North America in a bigger way. He was a real live in today type man.

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On the first full day of our week long camping trip in Michigan we went up to Sleeping Bear dunes to hike the trails. The views from the top were amazing.

It was a 4 hour trip from where our family is staying for the week but it was worth the drive.

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After the day trip to the dunes we took a day off and just let everyone do their own thing for the day.

The next day we decided to invest in a simple long distance disc golf frisbee for each member of the family. My husband and I figure it will make for some great low cost fun for the family during the trip. In general once you have your disc you can play for free.

Although we did have fun, lets just say that certain members of the family really need to work on their throw. There was a lot of time spent searching for discs in the woods and long grass that bordered the course.

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Before you think the whole trip has been all fun you should know that I am also practicing how to fit in working while we camp this week, so that I know how to best do it during the BIG trip.

I have discovered that I can do most of my blog writing offline at the campground using google drive. However I do need access to WiFi for at least 2 to 4 hours 6 days a week  just to keep up with social media and the post writing tasks that cannot be done offline.

Thank goodness for Starbucks cards earned through places like InstaGC and Swagbucks. I can keep my Starbucks gold member card filled enough to allow me to get an ice-coffee while I catch up on my work. Since and ice coffee is under $2.50 that makes for some pretty inexpensive internet access.

What are you loving lately? Share it with me in the comments below.

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: July 13

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Summer is flying right now! Could someone please hit the slow mode button on life so I could sit on my front porch swing just a little bit longer and squeeze in a few more summer reads. Speaking of summer reads I read this book in just two sittings and OH my did it captivate me. This is not my usual genre of choice but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down.

my outdoor office

First Thing I am LOVING Lately…

my outdoor office

In summer time I spend most mornings and early evenings working on my front porch ( I hide inside in the heat of the day). Two simple accessories help make this happen, my laptop desk and a simple folding table.

I love enjoying the fresh air, and the sounds of the birds singing while I work.

thrifty and thriving eBook

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately….

my eBook is one step closer to completion

In case you thought I had given up on my eBook–I want to let you know I haven’t. Summer just hit and that is a busy mom season for me. Friday I printed out a paper copy of Thrifty & Thriving and plan to read through it very soon to do the last round of suggested edits before resubmitting it to my content editor.

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Third Thing I am LOVING Lately

A relaxing combination or coloring and listening.

Lately about once or twice a week I spend an hour or so listening to an audio book for free through hoopla (works with your local library card) while coloring.

This just might be the most relaxing time in my entire week. Right now I am enjoying Daring Greatly.

Oh and if you are wondering how I get my colors so vibrant here are the felts I use.

You can also checkout ways to save money on the adult coloring craze here.

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3 Things I Am LOVING Lately: July 6

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Um…how did it become the 6th of July already! I guess it proves that this quote is right.

First Thing I am LOVING This Week…

A BIG project almost done

So we call ourselves the snail pace renovators for a reason. It took us 10 months to get it ready but finally our new rental unit is ready to rent. I love how it turned out!

We won’t be renovating again for well over a year now due to investing the last of my inheritance into the BIG trip we have planned.  However, that doesn’t stop me from looking, my husband caught me eyeing one property on the realtor app while we were away just the 2 of us for his birthday last week. His answer “close that app now” ( I think he might be just a bit tired as he had to do more work by himself on this one than normal due to my plantar fasciitis that didn’t heal until the project was almost done).

psst… want to know how we renovate for less money than you might think? Check out this post.

bible quote

Second Thing I am LOVING This Week….

A scripture that caused me to take action

I have been told by several readers, bloggers, and even my ad network that my blog was running slow for months now. I kept thinking I would take care of it after my eBook was done.

Well summer busyness has put the eBook on the shelf for a few weeks. When I saw this bible verse during my morning quiet time last week it struck me—I needed to stop waiting and do it.

So during my son’s 16th birthday (he and his friends were busy in the pool and not needing me) I started the process of changing blog servers. Hopefully it worked and you will notice a difference in loading speed around my site.

It did take longer than I thought it would and it did lead to some moments where I wanted to pull my hair out but if it leads to a better reader experience I think it is 100% worth it.

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Third Thing I am LOVING Lately….

a quiet time around the fire pit.

Our town did their 4th of July fireworks on Friday the 1st. I drank an ice coffee late that afternoon so my early bird self would be wide awake for the event. I thought I would put that coffee induced energy to good use and plan a backyard fire after the fireworks for me and the hubby to sit around  and chat the night away.

Well my husband came home really tired and right after the fireworks he kissed me goodnight, leaving me all alone at the fire pit.

I won’t lie I was disappointed. I had been looking forward to some couple time but you know what it turned out to be a great time alone with my own thoughts–exactly what I needed after a busy week.

What is something you are loving lately? Tell me about in the comments below.

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Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference $2.99

Read this and LOVED it great information on how to start a business from home.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest $2.83

I grabbed a copy of this book while it is on sale and am looking forward to digging into it.

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together $1.99

I grabbed a copy of this title too–I have heard it is full of great advice on how to support friends through tough times.

Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free $1.99

 I have enjoyed hearing Sheila Walsh on the radio several times. I had no idea that she went through such a dark period in her life. This is her story of how she began to live again after that time.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are $2.99

I read this book years ago while curled up in the back of my SUV waiting for my kids to finish an activity they were at. Its message soothed my soul and reminded me of all the little things I forget to be thankful for.

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