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Plan a Staycation!

We are BIG advocates of Staycations.  For the obvious reason, it’s cheap and we don’t have to find a pet sitter.
I thought I would run down a few idea’s to make your staycation the best!

1. Research your area for things to try / do.  For example my area has a Kayak rental place on the Haw River that’s affordable and hours of fun!  We did this last year, packed a picnic and hit the river. Read More »

Lesson’s with an Accountant “Retirement”

Today on Lesson’s with an Accountant I am discussing Retirement.

If you are anything like me you are looking forward to Retirement.
I have a long list of things I want to do, places to travel, etc.

Disclaimer: I am an Accountant but not a CPA, please consult your CPA before making any financial decisions.

I posted the question on IG, What questions do you want answered on this series.
There were some great questions.  Budgets was the top concern, which I covered here.
Another reader posed the question “What percentage should we divide our income for savings, retirement, and recreation (travel, etc)?” Read More »

Dressing Up Jeans

Blouse / Jeans / Sandals / Sunglass  Read More »

Light Summer Salad

I love to make light salads for the summer.  Lately we have been loving fresh radishes!  So naturally I decided to make a salad around them.  I looked on Pinterest and found a corn based salad that had radishes.  I added items we love, like dead less cucumbers and onion.  With so many flavors I didn’t want a heavy sauce.  Lime juice and dill brought all the flavors together. Read More »

Outdoor Decor update

Last year April I did a blog post on Small Space Living where I shared how I decorate our small front porch.
This year I did a little updating and wanted to share a few changes we made.

My husband got me this lounge chair a few years ago and I love sitting on it to do homework when the weather is nice.  This year I have been all about Blue and Aqua color.  I redid our bathroom in blues and our Kitchen.  Well I took the color update outside.  I found this long pillow at Kirkland’s on clearance for $4.99, all because it was missing a button.  I was so excited, I knew I could get a button to replace it for so little.  When I got home and showed B, he said why do the buttons have to show, couldn’t you just turn it around?  Um, yeah I guess I could lol.  So that’s what I did.  I flipped the pillow around.  I can always get a button, but at least I can use the pillow now. Read More »

Perfect Henley

 Henley / Shorts / Shoes / Bag / Earrings / Sunglass Read More »

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.
So many bloggers post items or stores you should shop in for Mom.
I wanted to share a different idea with you.  Time.  You can never give enough time to your mom.

This is my mom.  In January she had Open Heart Surgery and then a week later surgery on her corroded artery.  It was a very scary and stressful time for our family.  I am lucky enough to have a great job that let me work from the hospital and be by her side for almost 3 weeks.  At one point we weren’t sure if she would come through 100%, she had a stroke after the open heart surgery.  I vowed that I would make spending time with her a priority.  So this past weekend I called our neighbor and asked if we could park at her house to go to the beaver pond behind her house.  Usually we walk there but the walk would have been too much for my mom.  I packed snacks in my Picnic Backpack, and we took a cooler with cocktails.  Of course we took fishing gear and chairs

The Beaver Pond we go to is secluded and has some amazing spots to sit in the shade and fish, talk, or rest.  My husband and I come here at least 2 times a month when it’s warm out.  We even have inner tubes and go swimming in July and August.  We have talked about our secret fishing hole for years and my mom was never able to go with us because the walk is long and through the woods.  So asking my neighbor was a rare treat.  We try not to impose on her since she is so nice to let my husband walk through her property to get to the fishing spot.

After a few hours at the pond we went to my house and I cooked dinner.  Steak Street Tacos were our starter, then we split a very nice Ribeye and Corn on the cob.  My mom got to relax and enjoy the day with her family.  This is something I can never wrap in a box.  So this Mother’s day consider giving your mom time.  I am sure she will relish in the memories and great conversation!