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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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1. The Buy-Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More than $55,000. Their social experiment was a little extreme, but if nothing else this article will make you think twice about how you spend your money! Two weekends ago we went through a MAJOR declutter / donate project and I am intent on being more intentional about what we bring into our house from here on out!
2. Finding the Work-Life Comfort Zone. I could definitely relate to this blog post. Returning to work after maternity leave was definitely an adjustment and it took me a little while to figure out where my "comfort zone" was. Five months in, I'm established a good routine, though harried at times, and I've learned to let a lot of little things go. In other words, our house might not be as clean as it used to be, I might sometimes look like a slacker when I rush out of the office at 4:00 pm on the dot, and parking in front of the TV in the evenings to relax is a thing of the past, but on the up side, I maximize every minute I get with Brecken and our little family is happy and healthy!
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3. The Husband's Secret was all the rage when it came out last summer and I finally got it from the library a few weeks ago and finished it in a matter of days. I totally understand the hype; it kept me interested from start to finish! I think it'd be an excellent book club selection, as it brings up a lot of thought-provoking questions about parenthood, marriage, and forgiveness! Next I want to get my hands on Moriarty's book Big Little Lies.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling

4. Time for ALL the fall foods! Everyone goes gaga for pumpkin for the next few months. Win even your biggest critic over with these Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling!

One Year Ago: Sriracha Glazed Chicken Wings
Two Years Ago: Dark Chocolate and Cocktail Pairing
Three Years Ago: Garam Masala Lentils and Potatoes
Four Years Ago: Caramel Apple Nut Bars
Five Years Ago: Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars