Project get rid of these friggin ants

I have a problem. A serious problem.

Ants.

They are disgusting. Last Summer, we didn’t get them. We live in a newer apartment so I thought we were going to…. not get them. I had high hopes. But then I found one. And then I found another. And now they’re everywhere. In my trash can and in my sink and on my floor and on my counters. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. I will clean at night after dinner and spray down the counters and not see a single one but anytime there are any dirty dishes in the sink or on the counters BAM! they’re back. It’s horrible. And sadly, Ameer and I both work so it’s impossible for us to never leave a single dirty dish in our sink. We don’t let it get crazy but there’s usually one or two.

I shared my woes with a friend and she gave me a little thing called Tat. It’s a circular little box– looks to me like it might store mints. I guess it contains some sort of food that smells really delicious to the ants but when they climb in the box to eat it, they die. Very sad but that’s how it goes. And so I put it out and it WORKED but it was temporary. The ants are back and the Tat no longer works– leading me to believe that it can only kill so many.

So I decided to search for a cheap…. permanent fix. I know that Raid is an option however that works with chemicals which I do not think are healthy for my growing fetus. Also, we have cats roaming our home that I don’t want licking up raid.

This is what I found:

The Ant Killing Concoction:

Mix equal parts:

  • Borax
  • Sugar
  • Water

Put them in a something with holes punched in it so that the ants can get in and then die. Probably won’t be a very comfortable death but what can I do?! They won’t leave if I try to make them comfortable and them being in my home is becoming a serious problem.

I’m going to use a tupperware container (because I have a million) with holes punched in the top. That will be perfect because I’ll actually be able to see the ants in there to check how it’s working. Fingers crossed!

I will post back in a week how it went. Pictures and all.

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How to actually save money on diapers and wipes

I have decided to share my *semi-boring* calculations and derivations (wait… that didn’t make sense!) about how many diapers and wipes I will need to stock up on in the next seven months of pregnancy I have left in order to not need to purchase a single diaper or wipe until my child is a year old. Of course, once I get used to the lil guy or girl, I’m going to start stock-piling for when the baby is a year until when it is potty-trained but it will be nice to know that I won’t need to buy either of these necessities for all that time. And not only that, I will also know that I saved a ton of money on those two super-necessities because I am only going to purchase them when they are at the rock-bottom price. And below, you will found out how I calculated the rock-bottom price and how I will search for them to ensure I get the best deals.

Diapers

One can assume (and yes folks, as a nanny for over five years, I know to use the word lightly) that a baby will be changed roughly 8-10 times per day until it is sleeping through the night at which time it will be changed roughly 6-8 times per day (Like SouthernSavers, my family will be a BabyWise family so I plan to have the baby sleeping through the night at between 8 and 10 weeks).

Once you’ve considered this, you have to decide how to figure how quickly your child will gain weight (i.e. how quickly it will change diaper sizes). I am taking this part directly from Southern Savers:

“The next thing to consider is how fast a baby gains weight.  The typical breast fed baby gains 5-7 oz per week or basically a little less than ½ lb for the first 4 months.  A formula fed baby will typically gain a little more than ½ lb per week.  For math sake we are going to assume an even ½ gain each week.

Size 1 is good up to 14 lbs, size 2 12-18 lbs, size 3 up to 16-28 lbs.  I would not plan on preparing ahead on any sizes larger than size 3 for right now.  You can buy those as deals come along after the baby is born.  However, if you are having diaper showers then go for it!  This being our fourth girl, we really don’t have any baby showers.  So this is all on us to prepare for.

Generally you aren’t going to stay in the newborn size long, nor do you want to when you see that they actually cost more than a size 1.  So here’s my plan:

Math assumptions:
Changing on average 10 diapers per day/night
½ lb growth per week
starting weight of 6 lbs

First 4 Months
Newborn Size: 2-3 packs (not really needed most can go straight to size 1)
Size 1: 840 diapers needed to get to 12 lbs  = 16-20 jumbo packs
Size 2: 560 diapers needed to get to 16 lbs = 13-15 jumbo packs

5 months to 12 months
Growth slows to 1 lb every 3 weeks on average
Diaper Changes on average 6 per day
Size 3: 1512  diapers needed to get to 28 lbs = 56-62 jumbo packs

Total Diapers needed in the first year: 2,912″

So I decided (trusting her calculations as a general rule of thumb) that before my wee one arrives in the beginning of March, I will need approximately the following:

1 Pack of Newborn Diapers

840 Size One Diapers (~16-20 Jumbo Packs)

560 Size Two Diapers (~13-15 Jumbo Packs)

1512 Size Three Diapers (~56-62 Jumbo Packs)

Unlike the big ticket items, sadly, I cannot buy diapers used so I needed to find what a rock bottom (i.e. stock up) price is for each size so I know when to stock up. Based on scouring the mommy blogs, forums and books I found the following price break down:

Stock Up Prices

Newborn- $00.13-$00.16

Size One- $00.11-$00.14

Size Two- $00.14-$00.16

Size Three- $00.16-$00.19

Multiple out how many I need of each diaper times the lowest price I can get it for with my couponing etc. and I will spend $419.22 on a years’ worth of diapers for my wee one. At this exact moment, that number sounds pretty devastating however I worked for multiple families who spent upwards of four times that much on a years’ worth of diapers without a thought… I’m too frugal not to care though J

So now I know how many diapers I need and what prices I should be looking out for. It’s time to move onto the second necessity….

Wipes

The number of wipes used in a year is pretty arbitrary considering that I got it based on scouring Google (mostly mommy blogs and mommy forums). Based on mothers who use wipes not only for cleaning little booties after diaper changes but also for wiping hands and faces etc., it looks like it’s safe to say that we’ll go through a maximum of one regular sized box of wipes per week.

That means I need to stock up on 52 boxes of wipes. What number am I looking for as a stock-up price?

Again, this number is just from other mommies on the interweb but it seems like a good stock-up price for wipes is between $00.11 and $00.12.

There are about 190 wipes per packet (holy crap, is my little angel really gunna shit that much?!). And I need 52. So that means I’ll need 9880 wipes for the year. Multiple that by my rock-bottom price and I’ll be spending $1086.8 on wipes. That’s right folks, I’ll be spending almost three times as much on wipes as I am on diapers. Pretty insane. This baby better be greatful.

Per Change

For those of you whom are interested (which I’m sure is not many J), we will be spending approximately 22 cents per pee change and 55 cents per poop change. Geesh, this baby is going to be expensive.

One poop change is enough money to get from where I live to where I work in toll and still have 5 cents left over.

Where I’ll Find Them

At this point, I am not brand loyal. Maybe once my little one is actually here and rashes are forming and poop is leaking, I’ll stick to one brand but I’ve worked for families who use Luvs with great success and I’ve worked for families who will only use Pampers or Huggies and have great success and I’ve worked for families who use whatever’s cheapest (even if that means buying store brand) and had… great success. I think it depends on the child. I know of one baby girl who was a bit sensitive to the Babies ‘R Us brand but it seemed like she was fine with all else. I also know more than 10 children who were fine with every single brand thrown at them. Hopefully I’ll get lucky and won’t have a child with a picky butt however either way, I’ll be happy and support my babies butt’s decision not to use store brand J

I am an Amazon Mom/Prime member (I’m actually currently using my free three months) and I can already tell that will be a great place to stock up. I also know that convenience/drug stores usually have the lowest prices of any stores and that those bulk clubs (BJ’s, Sam’s Club etc.) are usually the most expensive per diaper with grocery stores falling somewhere in between. Whatever I don’t have by the time my baby shower rolls around, I will certainly add to my baby list and hope that my family and friends go practical and not adorable.

To find the best price per week, I start by googling “diaper deals” or “wipe deals” and then the date. So for this week, I Googled “Diaper deals July 19th” so that I would get some current information.

This is a screen shot of what I got when I Googled that. As you can tell, I mostly found money-saving blogs (which I love!).

My screen shot of the diaper deals for this week

My screen shot of the diaper deals for this week

Now you have to take a few minutes to weed through the crap. Many women post deals which to them might be actual deals but to me… no way. 19 cents per diaper… that’s insane.

This is the screenshot of this so called “deal” which was certainly not a deal. Below it is the screen shot of my reply. I don’t mean  to sound snooty but come on… that price is a rip off. You might as well buy them at full price!

"So Called" Deal-- Not for me!

My thoughts on this deal-- I couldn't help myself

My thoughts on this deal– I couldn’t help myself

ONWARD!

 

After weeding through it all and calculating each different “deal” for cod (that is cost.of.diaper NOT Call of Duty hehe), I realized that this week, there were not too many deals. I would say I find a great deal on diapers and/or wipes about every other week. Last week, I got 264 diapers for just under 11 cents per diaper (obviously my stock up price!!). The brand was Luvs and the size was One. I also got 600 Huggies for sensitive skin baby wipes for just under 11 cents per wipe… again, my stock-up price. Both of these were from Amazon and were shipped within 2 days for free to my door. Quite perfect if you ask me. Not hitting any deals this week won’t be a big deal because I still have 7 months and I’m ahead of the game!

Please feel free to share your own thoughts or tips on saving money on diapers and wipes!

Old (House) Wives Tales

I am a frequent member of multiple mother-to-be forums. My favorite for my phone is WTE (That’s what to expect for those of you who DON’T frequent that forum). My favorite forum for the computer is BabyAndBump.momtastic.com (or simply babyandbump).

On these forums, you find out so much information– some of it loony and some of it true. You also make friends, have a place to turn to with every single worry you might have (I don’t think I would have made it through that miscarriage without my ladies from babyandbump– I was a mess and Ameer didn’t know how to console me but they did), and can find great information such as the pros and cons of cloth diapering, what baby items you actually need and what’s safe and not safe to do during pregnancy.

Mixed in with all this awesomeness is something that I really enjoy– a bunch of old wives tales. Today, alone, I came across at least three different threads on WTE asking about Old Wives Tales and if such and such could hold true for them. And that sparked this idea for a post. I am going to go through some Old Wives Tales and tell you my opinions on them and what that would predict for my future child.

As a sidenote, you might find these things quite ridiculous (in which case– just skip this post). I am a bit superstitious and although I know that many of them are just silly, I tend to believe them until otherwise is proven true.

Also, I am currently 6 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant (meaning that I’m in my seventh week) so some of them aren’t possible yet for me. I’ll just tell you the tale in that case.

Old Wives Tales

So here goes:

Tale Numero Uno

The Telltale Carry

Pregnancy Bump

This tale says that if you carry your child low (when you start to show) you are carrying a boy and if you carry high, it’s a girl. Also, if you expand out then it’s a boy and if you expand horizontally, it’s a girl.

I am not showing yet so I can not really give you my predictions for my own wee one however I can tell you that when I am showing, I’ll be paying tons of attention to which ways I’m showing!

Tale #2

Heart Rate Detector

Fetalheartrate

This tale says that if you’re carrying a girl, the heart rate will be faster at 140 BMP or higher while if you’re carrying a boy, it will be slower.

This tale is one I don’t buy into for multiple reasons. Reason number one being science. It’s well-known now and proved by science that the fetal heart rate flucates based on tons of factors such as time-of-day, growth and movement. The same way that my heart rate increases when I Zumba, my little blue-berries heart rate increases when he’s preforming gymnastics inside of my uterus. Quite the adorable picture, I know.

The second reason that I don’t buy into this tale is history. My oldest sister was born in a regular hospital where they used an ultrasound to predict that she was a girl based on not seeing a tiny penis. My second oldest sister, however, was born on a military base that my father was stationed at. The military hospital was not the most up-to-date and so they used only heart rate to predict my sisters sex. Of course, they said she was going to be a boy based on the fact that her heart rate was slow yet lo and behold, she came out a girl (I think).

Of course, heart rate was used to predict gender for quite some time and was often right… because it had a 50/50 chance of being right. That means 1 in every 2 was right. Which might seem impressive. However I have just as much of a likelihood in guessing on my own.

Tale Numba Free

Your Cravings

cravings

This tale says that if you’re craving sweets, you’re carrying a little lady. If you’re craving sours, you’re craving a little man.

I have had cravings. They have been intense. However sadly, they are based solely on what I see. Product placement and advertisements work wonders on this pregnant lady… as does the power of suggestion. We went to Sprint to buy Ameer a new phone and one of the employees said something about Pizza. I needed pizza immediately. I thought I was going to die without it. My stomach actually hurt with my desire for pizza. Two days ago, we were driving down to NYC for a funeral and passed a McDonald’s. I began to think about how much I love their chocolate shakes. I had to have one. There was no question about it.

So taking this into consideration, I don’t think I can use this Old Wives Tale to predict my little blueberries gender. I haven’t craved one over the other.

And the saddest and most mean thing in the world that I found out while researching this old wives tale: There is actually no scientific evidence that cravings are a real thing at all. While I’ve heard multiple times that you crave what your body is deficient in, I don’t think my body was deficient in cheese or dough but I still was craving pizza. Although this is sad news, I will continue to eat whatever I’m craving, whenever I’m craving it. I’m a bossy pregnant lady.

Tale Number Four

No Baths

nobaths

The thought behind this tale was that the dirty water could get to your baby which is just silly however there is some truth to this one tale. You shouldn’t get into water that is higher than 101 degrees Farenheit. You don’t want your body temperature to rise to much because unlike you (you lucky, fully formed human being), that little blueberry inside you is yet to be able to regulate their body temperature so if you get to hot, you might fry that little egg. No hot tubs but a basic shower or bath should be fine.

Tale 5

The Mayan Gender Test

mayangendertest

This tale involves adding the age of the mother at conception and the year the baby was conceived.

Based on this, we’d be having a girl. The Chinese calendar also suggests that we’re having a girl so I think it may just be true.

Tale 6

Legs

This tale states that if your legs stay lean, you’re having a girl but if you’re legs change/gain weight it’s a little boy.

At only 7 weeks, I already am getting stretch marks on my thigh so this tale points to a boy for me.

Tale 7

The Breast Test

The tale says that if your left breast is larger than your right, it’s a girl and vice versa for boy.

My right breast has always been larger than my right. Not enough that you notice when I’m wearing a bra but when I go to bed, I could always tell however my left breast has grown quickly. This was what first made me think I might be pregnant– I got a stretch mark on my left boob from it growing so quickly. My left boob is now noticeably larger. This points to a girly for me!

Tale 8

Morning Sickness Check

Based on this Old Wives Tale, if you were sick often throughout your pregnancy, it’s a girl and if you had a sickness free pregnancy, it’s a boy.

For whatever reason, I believe in to this one a bit more than some of the others. I am only 7 weeks pregnancy (33 more to go!) but I haven’t been sick or felt nausea once where as last time (when I had my miscarriage), I was always nauseous. For me, this points to a boy.

Old {House} Wives Tale #9

The Body Tests

Are you craving protein? Has the hair on your legs been growing much faster? Are your aeroleas getting darker? Is your urine darker? Are your hands constantly dry? Are your feet cold? All of these signs point to a lil man.

Of these, I have noticed that my hands are dry a lot, my feet are cold often, and my aeroleas are getting darker. I haven’t paid enough attention to my leg hair and my pee fluctuates based on how much I drink (obviously). So for this test, I don’t think there’s a definitive it’s a boy or a girl.

The Last Tale– Tale Number 10

Mommy’s Intuition

mothersintution

71% of the time, the mother knows what she’s having. Call it mother’s intuition, pure luck, or simply knowing your child as they are inside of you but I believe it.

I honestly feel that I’m pregnant with a boy. I imagine a boy. I feel a boy. Then again, I want a boy so this may play into it.

How I Grocery Shop

I have said in multiple posts that I will eventually make a post which explains how I grocery shop and guess what– today’s the day!

I do not like to spend money. I LIKE to save money. I LOVE to eat and I only want the healthiest, best quality foods going into the bodies of myself, my unborn child and my husband. After all, food is meant to nourish you. Eating crap is SO cheap and SO easy but it ruins your body. There IS a reason that this country is the fattest in the world.

When Ameer and I first met, we ate out. Every.Single.Night. Not only was it extremely expensive but both him and I gained weight. If we hadn’t been in that beginning of relationship bliss, we probably also would have felt like crap. You can NOT eat out as often as we were and be living both economically and health consciously. It’s impossible.

Things got better once we moved in together because we had a communal stove at which we could cook however when Ameer gets out of work, he’s tired. I mean bone tired. And when I get out work, I’m lazy. I mean bone lazy (it’s a thing, okay!). So his tiredness and my laziness was not conducive to eating healthy, inexpensive, home-cooked meals every night. We would either (1) Do it because we felt forced but be tired and grumpy with each other because we both wanted to be relaxing or (2) give in and eat out. There goes sticking to a budget!!

But THENNNNNNN I found something great on Pinterest. It was a post about freezing meals. I read it. I thought about it. I decided I needed to do it. Immediately. And then I turned it into much more than this blogger (read her post about freezing dinners here) had made it. I make a months worth of dinners in one day, a months worth of snacks in another and a months worth of breakfast on the third. And Ameer and I have never been happier/healthier. He has breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wealth of choices for snacks every single day (without fail) and I don’t have to stress about having to cook dinner or the fact that we’re not being as healthy/cost-effective as we could be. It’s a win-win. I love it!!

So here is MY explanation of how you cook for a month in three days.

First of all, don’t do all three days consecutively. You will go mad. I do my months worth of dinners at the beginning of the month, my months worth of breakfasts the week after that and the month’s worth of snacks in either the third or last week of the month depending on my schedule.

Second, always be planning. A great tool to use is, of course, Pinterest. Go on there in your free time to find new recipes to work with. I use an app on my cell phone called Food Planner. Read more on Food Planner here. Once I find a recipe I want to try, I head over to Food Planner and store it. This makes planning for the entire week SUPER easy.

And that’s it! You have all of your recipes stored in your app. When you’re ready, head to the app and plan each day. This will add the ingredients for each recipe to your grocery list. Go through and take out what you need to (spices you already have etc.). Add in any extra things you may need for the month (beverages, freezer bags, crock-pot liners etc.), get your coupons ready and go to the grocery store!

Once you’re done grocery shopping for whichever category you’re doing that day, you bring it all home and start the prepping. It will all be things that belong in the freezer and this will be a LONG AND TIRING DAY! If it’s possible, get the little ones/your significant other out of the house and get plenty of rest. I always get really tired when I have to cook for five hours straight however it’s SO worth it when you don’t have to cook at ALL during the month and you save SO much money.

To give you an example of how much money we save by doing all of our cooking at once: We used to spend roughly $120.00 per week on groceries. That’s $480.00 per month. Pretty crazy, I know. The very first time I tried freezer cooking, I bought things for 22 nights worth of dinner (that included some spices I didn’t have which can be VERY pricy, new sponges because ours was getting gross, and new freezer bags, snacks, juices, and cereal because at the time, I wasn’t freezing breakfasts or snacks yet) and I spent $168.00. I made 22 nights worth of dinner because that’s what we had room for in our freezer. I saved well over $200 and I didn’t have to cook nightly. Buying in bulk really does pay off. And we don’t even shop at one of those discount bulk stores (i.e. Sam’s Club or BJ’s), we shop only at Wegmans.

Eventually, I will make a post for each category itself (dinner, snacks, and breakfast). Dinner and snacks will be the soonest as those are the two we’re running low on. Keep your eyes peeled!

My Grocery Store App

I have found the perfect App for my phone which allows me to quickly plan my major monthly shopping trip (more on that later).

It is called Food Planner. Simple enough, right?

It allows me to input recipes, plan meals, and then gives me a grocery list accordingly. Once I’m given the grocery list, I can assign prices (which if you take the time to do that once or twice at the grocery store you’ll know ABOUT what your bill is going to be every single time, pretty sweet!), and put everything into it’s own category so I can be quick in the store (i.e. I can put all the meat together, all the veggies together etc. and then categorize them based on which section I come to first in the store– you might not think so but it saves me TONS of time!).

All in all, I love this app and would recommend it to any person who uses Pinterest or another recipe site on their phone a lot and would like a way to easily have all your recipes in one (digital) place to easily and quickly create grocery lists.

My budget system

*Pictures soon to follow*

Any money-savvy housewife (or husband) can tell you that the number one key to saving money is budgeting. The only issue with this is that there are so many different ways to budget. From Pinterest, I’ve pinned at least 20 different budgeting methods. They can all work for you but there’s only one out there that is going to be perfect for your family.

What worked best for us was a compilation of multiple budgeting systems I found.

Ameer and I started with a mix on Dave Ramsey’s envelope system. Rather than use actual envelopes, we used clear sheet protectors with the name of the bill, the amount of the bill, and the due date written on it. At the beginning of each month, we would put cash in each envelope for all of our bills for the month and that would be it. I can certainly understand and respect the envelope system– it’s worked for thousands of people and that’s fantastic however for us, it just wasn’t comfortable.

The main issue with it was this: we don’t like to pay with cash. I am very aware that many budget-savvy people claim that if you use your plastic, you’re more likely to overspend however this isn’t true with us and cash isn’t feasible for my family. We pay most of our bills online and we save money by having them auto-deducted. The only bill we pay in person is our rent and that has to be paid via check. To stick to this envelope system, we were running to the bank at 9 PM on the 30th or 31st to deposit money from our envelope in order to pay our rent via check. It was a pain.

So I decided to try something new. I already knew that I have no problem staying within my limits when I use my charge cards (we usually pay with one of our credit cards and then pay it off the following week so that we’re building credit as we’re currently in the process of house-buying and want our credit to be as awesome as possible.). An important thing in a budgeting system is having something that be seen; my husband is a very visual person. He needs a place he can flip to and literally see: Oh, these are the bills that are due this week.

I combined a group of different Pinterest ideas to make what made the most sense to me. I knew I needed a schedule, I wanted a monthly timeline and I also wanted a place where I could cross out that month so I could clearly see that we’d paid that bill for the month. I needed a place for bills that needed to be paid, a place for notes, and a place to file all the old bills of the year to return to if need be.

Thus, our budget system was born.

*Disclaimer*

You will notice that I have not included groceries. This binder is specifically for our bills that we pay monthly. I will make a post at a later date about my grocery system.

We have four main tabs, each with it’s own tabs within.

Tab one is called “schedule”. The first picture is where I wrote down all of our bills that we have. Next to the name of the bill is the due date for the bill. You will notice, there are 12 boxes next to each bill for each month. Once the bill is paid for that month, I check it off. This is an easy way for me to make sure that all of our bills were paid at the end of the month.

The following sheet(s) (there’s 12 of them total) are another kind of schedule. This is a calendar. On the calendar, we write down the bill in black pen for each day that it’s due. Once we’ve paid it, we highlight it so that we know it’s been paid and we can check it off on our previous sheet. The calendar part of the Schedule tab in our budget binder is literally the only budget system that Ameer uses. If he was single, I honestly believe he would do very well from simply having a calendar. Once upon a time, he was always asking me when bills were due and was always stressed out that he was missing one however now he just flips to that month’s calendar, looks at the bills due for the week and makes sure that none of them are high lighted (meaning they were already paid).

The next tab is for bills that need to be paid. In this tab, we have only one clear sheet protector. Any bill that I receive in the mail, I place into this sheet protector. I wait until the bill has been paid and then I file it in a different section.

The next tab is titled “Notes”. In this section, we have about 1/4 packet of loose-leaf paper to jot down any important reminders (i.e. consolidate student loans; Ameer’s mom is paying Civic car note for July as graduation gift, check on 22nd to ensure it was paid). We write ANYTHING in here that is related to our bills so that we don’t forget it. Every time I pay a bill, I refer to this section. I also have some random notes in this section such as login names for online bill pay and account numbers.

The last tab is for filing bills and is titled “Past Bills”. Each bill has it’s own tab so it can be easily found along with a clear sheet protector to place all of the bills in. Each new bill goes in last so that if/when I pull them out to refer to, I have a neat stack that starts with January and goes back to whatever month it is. In front of each sheet protector is one sheet of loose leaf with anything important about that bill (i.e. for Sprint– save $10 each month by auto-deducting). The only two sections in this tab that aren’t actually bills are “Pay Stubs” and “Miscellaneous”. Obviously, Pay Stubs is for all of our pay stubs (there are three different sections in there, two for me as I work two different jobs and one for Ameer) and Miscellaneous is for anything that I feel pertains to our bills but isn’t actually a bill.

This is my family’s budgeting system. It works very well for us and we never miss a bill because of it. I’m sure that to many, not having a grocery section seems insane. Read about what I do for groceries here.

A few of my favorite Quotes

Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.

Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

Don’t get sidetracked by people who are not on track.

You may have noticed I’m not all there myself.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

If you never try, then you’ll never know.

One of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of the things you can’t change.

Bless this food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us. Amen.

Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.

As someone told me lately; everyone deserves the chance to fly. And if I’m flying solo, at least I’m flying free.

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for the troubles we don’t have.