vegan apple pie muffins {RECIPE} + project downsize update

But first.

I’ve been sharing tid bits here & there on facebook about our #projectdownsize efforts. If you haven’t heard, here’s the gist of it. Our lease is up at the end of the year. Our rent will be going up slightly. Joseph & I realized, wait a sec….we’ve been paying WAY too much for rent!

We don’t need a huge house. We could be saving upwards of $500/month (a month!) that will cut our debt snowball time in half, just by moving to a smaller place.

So, off we go. We’ve secured a cozy little duplex, & as preparation to fit our family of seven & all our belongings into a home just shy of 1500 ft2 (less than half the size of our current location), we’ve got to downsize. Get rid of junk. Get rid of pretty much everything that is not 1) a necessity & 2) well-loved,...

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How running is like getting out of debt fast

Tuncay via flickr

Okay, well, to be fair, I ran this morning. And I decided I would continue. You know, like, make it a habit.

The weather is cooling down, which makes those early morning runs exhilarating (rather than like running through a swamp, which is how it pretty much is from April-September here in Texas). It’s also starting to get a wee bit too chilly for swimming (probably only a week or two more left in the swimming season here anyway), so I decided I needed to change things up in the cardio department (an important thing to do every so often, which is one of the main premises of my ebook, Fit, Strong, Lean: The Fitness Plan).

I ran the same route I usually walk.

When I walk, I push two of my kids (the baby & the 3 year old) in the jogging stroller....

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Get your preschooler to love books: 5 books for preschoolers {Guest post by Alysa Stewart}

I haven’t forgotten about our “Creating A Literacy Rich Home” series –it’s just been on hold through my summer hiatus. Before I jump back into the series, I asked Alysa Stewart, of Everead, to share some tips for getting the reluctant reading preschooler to join the “I ♥ reading club.” 

I’ve got thoughts of my own to add to Alysa’s words (but I’ll wait until I resume the series, which will be soon, promise), but if I could just say one thing right now, & it’s this. DON’T FORCE READING. Don’t use reading as a punishment, & never show impatience at the fact that your preschooler won’t sit still for more than a book or two at a time (completely normal!).

Show by example. Expose them to (lots of different) books. Make it fun, exciting, & an intimate personal experience by reading...

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