My Journey to Paying Off Debt

Paying off debt

Why I decided to start paying off debt

Let me just start out by saying that I seriously hate debt. Yes, hate it. But I didn’t realize how much I hated debt until recently. Let me break it down.

I am a millennial. I graduated high school, went straight to college and got a job right away. I worked hard. I knew that I wanted to work as a Critical Care Nurse at a Level 1 Trauma Center and I knew what I had to do to get there. My parents didn’t pay for me to go to a University so I worked hard on my grades to earn a scholarship to a junior college. While at junior college, I continued to work hard on my undergrad courses while holding a part-time job to pay for my books, gas, and food while at school. I also volunteered, a lot. I earned a scholarship to go to the University of Arizona College of Nursing, one of the top colleges for nursing at the time. I focused on my courses while I held a part-time job at a hospital. I didn’t party, I didn’t have a wild spring break, I didn’t have time or money for that.

Once I graduated college, I still had student loan debt, $15,000 to be exact. But I didn’t have to start paying until 6 months after graduation! Sweet! Well, that’s where I began to get into trouble.

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Homemade Edible Finger Paint

Homemade Edible Finger Pain

How to make a really simple homemade edible finger paint

My boys absolutely love to paint! When Little D was a baby, I remember cooking this elaborate recipe for DIY homemade edible finger paint almost three years ago. The recipe called for more than 5 items and I had to wait about 30 minutes for it to cook. Then I waited another 30 minutes to let stand so that it could thicken. P.s. It wasn’t as edible (or tasty) as I thought it would be. But I went with it because I knew he would put it straight in his mouth and the new mommy in me wouldn’t dare let him stick something like real paint in his mouth! So, I made the recipe, and let him have at it. He really enjoyed it, and the first thing he did was stick the paint to his mouth, yup. I was a proud first time mommy. I even went to Michael’s and bought canvas for him to paint on.

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Valentine Crafts for Kids: 14 Reasons Why I Love You

Valentines Crafts for Kids

Valentine Crafts for Kids: 14 Reasons Why I Love You

Valentine’s Day is literally tomorrow, yikes! 2017 is really going by fast. I almost forgot about our awesome project for this month!

I’ve put together a quick DIY Valentine craft for kids that is really simple to do.

I knew I wanted to do something special this year. 14 reasons why I love you seemed to have the right idea to pull at some heart strings, especially when coming from a 4-year-old unfiltered. I played around with popsicle sticks, cards, and candy grams but I finally decided on a mini-book. And it turned out just perfect!

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Why My “No Technology Thursday” was a Failure and What I Plan To Do

 No Technology Thursday

What is “No Technology Thursday”?

Most kids these days (including mine) are so plugged in. With the amount of technology readily available, it makes it so easy and convenient to go into “auto” mode. Even with the advancements in educational programs like ABC Mouse, it’s easy to make justifications such as, “at least it’s educational” and “they learn from it”.

Look, I’m right there with you! But who said parenting was easy? Or laid back? Or effortless? I have been struggling with limiting screen time with my kids so this was important to me.

Our children are our future. They WANT to be outside. They WANT to explore. They WANT to learn. The WANT to have fun! Let’s let them be kids. Let let them build relationships. It is a lot harder than you think, and I’d like to share my experience with you today.

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