5 Tips to Protect the Money You Earn

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We left the comfort and security of active duty Air Force officer life in 2006 with no jobs lined up and no AF retirement benefits to fall back on {because we got out after 10 years instead of the required 20 for retirement benefits}. All we had was a bit of savings and a hare-brained idea to start a home building company. The home building business was booming in 2006, right? Well, it turns out that we left the Air Force just months before the bottom fell out of the housing market. To say that we scrambled for many years afterwards to protect our family and our financial integrity is very accurate.

In the nine years that we’ve been on our own, we have somehow managed to support four lovely children, move an old decrepit barn to our property and rebuild it, take two lovely vacations for two to Europe {Paris & Germany}, and we’re in the process of building our forever home, a gorgeous super insulated passive house that I can’t wait to move into. The best part? We have done all of this debt free {except the home build, of course}.

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Accomplishing all of these things (on one income mind you) took a lot of creativity and hard work. We relied on the generosity and help of many family members and friends. But I’m telling you today, that it’s possible to control your spending to do the things you love! It takes hard work, sacrifice, and discipline, but if we can do it, so can you.

 5 Tips to Protect the Money You Earn

I have a 5 tips to control spending and protect your income so you CAN plan for a stable financial future, tips we implemented when our income basically went to zero in 2006. A combination of all of these things allows us to protect our money so we can choose what to spend it on – instead of having that choice made for us already by bills, bills, bills.
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 3/24/2015

Oh you guys. I know you’re getting sick of me whinging about weather. But seriously, friends. Today, the high is 34. Yesterday, hen I woke up we were covered in ice. I had to hammer into the chicken coop this morning because the doors were frozen shut. I have learned from years past not to pack away my snowboots until May, but every year I am hopeful that THIS will be the year we won’t need them. And every year, I am disappointed. :-( WAH!

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Anway, there is a bit of bright light. Despite the crappy weather, things are growing at my house! My little seedlings are coming along nicely and my kiddos and I are growing wheat grass Easter Baskets! The growth you see in the above picture happened in only FOUR days! Yes! Four Days. We planted the baskets last Wednesday, and Day 4 photo shows how much it had gown by Sunday. There is still so much time for you to do this yourself! Hop on over here for directions!

I’m happy it’s Tuesday and looking forward to what you have to share today!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 3/24/2015

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It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!

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How to Make a Waldorf Wheat Grass Basket to Welcome Spring

A few years ago, my friend Melanie from Many Hands House used to host wonderful Waldorf Homeschooling Days. We spent fabulous days with Melanie doing lots of fun things – including Waldorf Wheat Grass Baskets, hand-dying play silks with kool-aid, Ukrainian egg decorating, welcoming winter with a winter solstice spiral, and welcoming spring with May Day Pole Dancing.

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Sadly, she doesn’t host these homeschooling days any longer, but I convinced her to bring her kids over a few days and to make new wheat grass baskets with us. It’s a pretty simple process that anyone can do and I’m thrilled that we’re growing our own Easter grass this year instead of buying that nasty plastic stuff.

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Free Amazon Kindle eBooks Round-Up

Here’s my weekly round-up of free Kindle ebooks on Amazon! I found many more books: for cooks,  kids, and then miscellaneous books I’m interested in {and since I am a crunchy mama…I’m calling them books for crunchy people!}

If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, ipad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

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