Do you even lift? Weight training program review
My first foray into blogging was a Body for Life / fitness themed blog in the early 2000s. At that time, heavy lifting was popular. One of my goals for 2023 is to improve fitness by completing a heavy lifting training program. We still own the Body for Life book as well as another favorite,... Read More
May 2023 Progress Update
May was a very busy month for us. In part, we tried to keep ourselves occupied as we processed losing our beloved cat. We also had more time and flexibility as a result of having one less pet. As she got older and her condition declined, I hated to leave her, even for a day. ... Read More
The Best Weekend Trip on a Budget
The Ozarks are a beautiful and rugged mountain range located in the south-central United States. The region is known for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and endless outdoor activities. If you're looking for a weekend getaway that will get you back to nature, the Ozarks are the perfect destination. We decided to make our visit... Read More
April 2023 Progress Update
We kicked off April with a weekend getaway to the Branson, Missouri area. We made a road trip out of it and picked up our teenage nephew along the way. It was a fairly budget friendly trip. Another friend flew down and met up with us. Between not having much time and staying in our... Read More
5 Tips To Manage Your Money Like A Pro
Personal finance is a topic that can be daunting for many people. However, it is important to have a good understanding of personal finance in order to achieve financial success. Here are five tips for better personal finance along with ways we’ve implemented these tips.  Create a budget and stick to it. One of the... Read More
How to Improve (or Not!) Culinary Skills from Home
I have been working predominantly from home since March 2020. Remote work began as a result of the pandemic, like it did for so many of us. A job change, relocation and fast growing company resulted in my working remotely for the foreseeable future. We are now at three years and counting. My productivity and... Read More
Broken Ankle: Not Recommended
After a break last week to review our March progress update, I am back to recap the third and final challenge we experienced while we were away from the blog. Previously, we shared about our endless renovation and our cat's illness. The Instagram updates I wrote during recovery provide a real time summary of what... Read More
March 2023 Progress Update
I am still working on rebuilding the habit of regular writing. That is most difficult for these monthly updates. When the habit is solid, I write the update throughout the month. But as I write this, we are already one week into April. This means I am late setting monthly goals and have a hard... Read More
Coping with a pet’s chronic illness
Last week, I shared about the first of three major challenges we experienced during our extended silence. Today, I am talking about the second. One of our cats was diagnosed with a chronic and degenerative health problem. Everyone has different ideas about how pets fit into their lives and finances. We acknowledge that our cats... Read More