Sodbuster Homestead Update: The Garden of Mojave

This is what our Summer garden looks like. This is why we have Fall and Spring gardens out here in the Mojave desert. Dying pepper plants, although I will be able to pick a few before we give them to the chickens. That sunflower plant thinks its a stinkin’ tree! Getting ready for the Fall planting. Oh yeah! It’s been… Read more »

Do you want to build a snowman? Or ride our bikes around the hall?

What else do homeschoolers do? Today was our official first day of school 2015-2016. What fun! No, serious, it was a lot of a fun! We got up, did yogurt and granola (a treat! I don’t do that meal often) and we quickly did our morning chores–and then the fun began! We started off with the three R’s, as Ruth… Read more »

The Christian Walk: The Next Text Message?

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I wish I could say I was intentional about my Christian walk and faith. I would love to say that I wake up refreshed every morning and pour my heart and soul into God’s Word like King David but I am more like that verse in Psalm 119:62 that says, “At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You… Read more »

Small-House-Living Series- The 15 minute cleaning challenge

It started with a YouTube video. I thought the concept was interesting so I decided to try it.  I set the time for fifteen minutes and went through each room and just look and saw what 15 minutes would tackle.  Sometimes I would be in the middle of a project when the time went off, and I would just add… Read more »

Financial Friday~ Grocery Haul, Budget Shopping, and Menu/Meal Planning

Today is grocery shopping day! Sometimes these days are the dreaded days as I watch the totals go up, or the best day of the week as we see the fridge stocked once again. I shared on Facebook a Youtube video I had found on meal planning. Now, you all remember that I found that shopping every two weeks, was… Read more »

Mundane Monday: Mom’s survival tactics

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Image courtesy of http://www.clipartsheep.com The weekend is over. The weekends always seem so busy of household events for us! We went swimming as a family, the first time this year! We also did more kitchen renovations, set the chickens loose in the garden, we decluttered again in the children’s room, did our monthly recycling haul, and of course, planned for… Read more »

Financial Friday- Dave Ramsey on a Budget- Giveaway CLOSED-

I am a huge advocate of Dave Ramsey and his Financial Peace University. Dave managed to become a millionaire twice and lost it all twice before him came up with this financial course that has helped him stay on the right track for years. He has taken advice from millionaires that still maintain the title and applied their principles and… Read more »

Me? On Youtube?

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“Do you plan to start your own channel?” Those words jumped at me from the screen. I had left a comment on one of the channels I like to watch and the vlogger saw my name (SodbusterLiving) and asked if I intended to start my own channel.  I decided right then and there that the kitchen needed my immediate attention…. Read more »

Monday Morning Coffee with Me

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Yes, you read that right. I am drinking coffee. So much for the three week goal right? Oh well. This week on the homestead, we are focusing on getting ready for the new school year and baby girl’s golden birthday! I can’t believe she is going to be 2. Where does the time go? The Meal Plan Includes; (See Note… Read more »

Ever have one of those days…

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It was one of those days. You know, where the unwelcome visitor–Murphy–decides to reside in the home at the most inconvenient day. My whole “No coffee for three weeks” has been abandoned and I stare in stupor as I watch the coffee pot fill with that wonderful chocolate color liquid as it drips, at an unbearable pace into, the pot…. Read more »

No Coffee Challenge, New week, Updates and all

It is a new week here on the homestead. The Sodbusters are already hard at work trying to keep the garden from being burned to death by the Summer sun, the chicken from getting heat stroke, and keeping cool ourselves by whatever means necessary.  It is hard to believe this time is going so fast. I am not accomplishing as… Read more »

How the 52 Week Money Challenge Saved the Bacon

My three year old son decided one afternoon that he would do the dishes for me. He pulled a Rubbermaid tote up to the counter and proceeded to pull the dishes out of the dish drainer. You probably already guessed the flaw in his plan but I was not fast enough to point out the fact that a Rubbermaid storage… Read more »

Married ‘Til Monday by Denise Hunter, Sodbuster Review

Excerpt from cover; With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake…. Read more »

Marvelous Monday Madness

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Oh boy, where do I begin? This past weekend has been a whirlwind of family we haven’t seen in almost 10 years, a big 50th anniversary celebration for my in-laws, and my daughter falling off her bunk bed during a thunderstorm. Oh yeah and broke two adult teeth. I know I dangled that carrot in front of you with my… Read more »

College education, Life Insurance, and Four Things I’ve Learned

What does life insurance and college education have in common? Well, for us it became a matter of needing to provide for my family after my husband is gone. Where does obtaining college education fit in all this? Well, I knew I couldn’t squeeze the budget any more to add in life insurance monthly costs. There is nowhere else to… Read more »