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I mentioned in a previous post about our family’s Elf on the Shelf named Patrick. A friend of mine commented and wanted to know what kinds of things we make Patrick do. So I went up to my mom’s and emailed myself a bunch of photos of Patrick doing what he does best…watching the kids each and every Christmas. Enjoy! In this photo Patrick is staring out the window, looking towards my house from my mom’s. The kids aren’t going to get away with ANYTHING. Here Patrick is chillin’ on the branches of...

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Electronic Monopoly with my own money. We loved it so much that I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. The other day I was talking to Amber from Thrifty Ninja and she mentioned she and her family had tried out Electronic Monopoly. I’ve been wanting to buy it for my daughter for quite some time but had held off because I didn’t know anyone who had tried it out. As soon as Amber told me what she thought, I knew I was going to splurge this weekend and buy my...

Posted on Jun 22 2011 - 11:26pm by Nicole Smith
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As you’ve probably noticed by now, it’s been very quiet around here. I’ve been busy working, which at various points has included five different jobs. Crazy, I know! I’ve also been focusing on my personal writing more. Over the past couple of months I’ve published one novelette, A Second Chance, and one short story, Sacrifice. Promoting...

This week is grocery shopping week. Every two weeks I make a trip to the grocery store(s) since that is how often my husband gets paid.  With bi-weekly and monthly pay, it becomes even more important to budget your money and plan ahead. Every payperiod, before I head to the grocery store, I sit down and create a menu based around sale items and food I have...

The other day my mother and I, along with my three-year-old son, drove to Dover to see my younger brother. As we drove by Target my little man grew very upset. Target is his favorite store, and it’s been well over a month since we’ve shopped there. So his Nana made a promise to him that we would stop after we were done visiting with my brother. Once we were finally in Target, Blake was as happy as could be. He loves helping us shop. (And when I say help, I mean he loves throwing stuff into the cart when we don’t...