Goodwill & Thrift Store Shopping Tips

I’m a big fan of shopping at thrift stores. Some of my top reasons to shop at Goodwill and other thrift stores are: Saving money as we replace our book, game and toy collectionsReducing our carbon footprint Giving back to our community Finding books and games that are retired, out of print, or no longer … Continue reading Goodwill & Thrift Store Shopping Tips

2017 Winnebago Vista For Sale

The police just came to our front door to inform us that we can’t park our RV on the street in front of our rental house. Apparently, someone complained about it, and there is a city ordinance we were unaware of. We have 24 hours to move it. This was our home for 10 months … Continue reading 2017 Winnebago Vista For Sale

Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ to all 100 Followers!

Happy Valentine's Day and thank y'all so much for following our Camp Fire displacement adventure! I'm honored that 100 people have found my blog interesting enough to follow! It's a great joy for us to share our journey with you. I've found writing and photography to be very therapeutic and it means the world to … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ to all 100 Followers!

Monday Mention: Returning to Paradise

My good friend and fellow Camp Fire Survivor, L.R. Just launched her blog today! Returning to Paradise I highly recommend checking it out! She is a Christian homeschooling mama with millions of fabulous ideas. She and her husband are planning on rebuilding their home in Paradise.


Tranquility is seeing a rainbow after a storm, Snuggling in the fuzzy blanket way too late in the morning, Gliding in a kayak across a lake as smooth as glass, or Driving up to the garage door after a long day at the office. *This poem was inspired by fellow blogger, Other Mary at: reading Tranquility

Idaho Tall Tale

Rain, lightning, thunder! The storm came out of nowhere. One minute the kiddos were happily drawing with sidewalk chalk in the warm, yellow sunshine. The next minute, the wind was blowing fiercely and black clouds were looming in the northwestern sky. I managed to get the kiddos, all their toys, and the awning in before … Continue reading Idaho Tall Tale

WARNING — Fingerprint gun safe — product review — WARNING

My father recently purchased a fingerprint access gun safe from Sam's Club.  It's called "Stack-On QAS-1200-B Quick Access Safe w/ Biometric Lock".  This safe has a horrific design flaw and needs to be recalled immediately.  This product is a tragic accident waiting to happen. My father programmed the safe to open with his index finger.  … Continue reading WARNING — Fingerprint gun safe — product review — WARNING

Baby Safety Toilet Paper Tube

Note:  The following information is not intended to take the place of appropriate supervision, common sense, or the advice of your own family doctor.  This is a simple craft project for toddlers/preschoolers and will not prevent choking.  Please supervise your children. My pediatrician recently reminded me to keep small objects, such as Lego pieces, out … Continue reading Baby Safety Toilet Paper Tube

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

Ready for Christmas everybody? I'm at least 12 steps of Christmas behind after last night. Kids are sick with a cold/cough and were running out of humidifiers in this joint.