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Personal Finance

10 Mistakes We Made While Paying Off Debt

Getting out of debt is hard work. It’s tedious, frustrating, and altogether a pain in the butt. On the other hand, paying off debt can be rewarding, exciting, and change your life. It’s inevitable that along your debt-payoff road you’re going to mess up. That’s okay. The most important part is that you’re determined to get back on track. We …

Military

How To Rock Your First Deployment

So you’ve received the dreaded two words that every military wife hates to hear, huh? Your husband comes in full of excitement and exclaims, “I’m deploying!” Ugghh, here we go… Every man (and probably woman) who joins the military is excited and ready to serve. The first night in our first home at our first base together, my husband looked …

Life Mental & Physical Health

Do You Minimize Your Problems? Here’s Why and How To Stop

What exactly does it mean to minimize your emotions? Minimizing is a form of abuse towards yourself and others. It is when you tell someone to stop being such a drama queen. It is also when you talk down about your accomplishments, hardships, or even yourself. People minimize themselves every single day without realizing they’re even doing it. “You look …

Personal Finance

8 Money Mistakes We Made as Newlyweds

Whether you’re newlyweds or celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary, it’s never too late to start buckling down and focusing on your finances. Trent and I have learned so much from our money mistakes in our almost five years of marriage. We have gone from paying off over $20,000 in debt to saving over $8,000 all within a little over a …

Travel

How We Take Big Budget Trips on Pocket Change

Everyone always wants to know how in the world we travel for so darn cheap! In 2018, Trent and I spent at least two full months (spread out) traveling the world. You want to know how much we paid for those two months of traveling? Pocket change! A large chunk of our money for these trips was saved from our …

Mental & Physical Health

How to Overcome a Bad Mental Health Day

Possibly one of the most misunderstood parts of mental illness is that sometimes you really have no idea why you’re feeling the way you are. Sometimes a bad mental health day comes around even when everything has been going great. All of a sudden, you start to get irritable and want to disappear so you don’t have to deal with …

Personal Finance

12 Simple Ways to Rock a No-Spend Challenge

Be honest – how many times have you told yourself you were going to do better when it came to your money and all of a sudden its gone again? It happens to the best of us, don’t worry! Pick yourself up and try again next pay period. While you’re planning your next no-spend challenge, take a look at these …

Travel

How To Plan the Perfect Trip To the Sahara Desert

Picture a place so quiet that it becomes deafening. A place so beautiful that nothing else will ever compare. Food so flavorful and delicious that you will be left craving it for weeks after returning home. Imagine yourself atop a camel so large that you can see for miles and miles. The red-orange sand surrounds you, captivating you. At night, …

Travel

11 Things to Remember When Planning Your Trip Abroad

Planning your first trip abroad, huh? Congratulations! This is going to be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself. There is a lot of planning that goes into a trip like this. It can be overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating, exciting, and spectacular all at the same time. I have another post launching next week about planning the details …

Life Mental & Physical Health

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others in 2019

2018 was a year full of comparing myself to others. It made me absolutely sick, physically and mentally. I had set so many goals for myself that I didn’t accomplish. Instead, I spent the majority of the year putting myself and my accomplishments down while comparing them to more successful people. Throughout 2018 (and the entirety of my life) I …