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Two Thousand Seventeen and Me.

For a few weeks now you’ve probably heard about resolutions, goals, and big dreams for 2017. Or the doom and gloom of what lies ahead, if you read the news.

Breaking news, my new year always begins in August, as it just happened to work out that way back in 2002 when I made some major life and health changes that still stick with me today: i.e. running.

You won’t find specific goals or yearly resolutions posted here. Not this week anyway. Instead, you’ll find those being set, completed, or ultimately failed at throughout the year. You’re welcome.

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No, You Weren’t Cut from Our Christmas Card List

We never got around to sending out Christmas cards this year. Truth.

I didn’t even stage a photo op for the kiddos regarding a Christmas photo. Gasp.

It just wasn’t on my priority list, and well, Chris also didn’t push to get it done, either.

Being a mom can be quite exhausting without keeping up with expectations like holiday cards or themed birthday parties. Having two boys between 1-5 years old is more than my usual cup of tea, and I find myself wiped out more than I’d like to admit.

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Chose To BECAUSE It’s Hard

Have you ever been in traffic and frustrated that someone cut you off? Have you lost your temper on something so trivial before? We’re so fortunate to live in such comfort, moved from place to place with little effort, which often we forget what it’s like to feel real frustration. Our frustrations come from small places, as we are fortunate enough to live with a lot of ease. Continue reading…

December 2016 Frugal Momster Expense Report

The end of the year was quite a doozy for us! We went on a bit of a shopping spree for household items and various projects in addition to the holiday shopping and gift giving season. You’ll want to sit down for this one.

Chimney Sweep, Fireback & Vertical Rack

Our new beautiful fire was burning hot.

The first of our major costs was scheduling to get our chimney cleaned and inspected.

Also, we decided to purchase a reflective fireback and a vertical fire grate since we had some difficulty with smoking in our fireplace. These two combined cost well over $1,000 when all was said and done.

The fire grate that was in the fireplace when we bought our house was rather large and came out a bit too far in the front of the fireplace. Couple that with two amateur fire starters and there might be a small issue… Since we started using the new, and rather expensive, new chimney fireback and rack we’ve had several astonishing fires that burn hot and smoke-free.
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