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Kristen is a wife and mother of three little beautiful girls, Sophie (5) and StorkNet baby, Sydney (3) and Stella (1). Her husband, Kyle, and one furry kid, Max the dog, completes the family. She is the first to tell you that parenthood isn't always easy and that the baby weight doesn't just drop off on its own.

Join her in navigating the minefield that is being a stay at home mother to three very different little girls!



Entry 50 ~ December 4, 2014
~ Merry Christmas to all?

Family!

I love the Christmas season! It's a time for family and friends and remembering the greatest gift that we all have ever received. But when you are trying to get out of debt, it is one of the most stressful times of the year as well.

Three kids to buy presents for is no joke, I am sure, even when you are not in debt. It has probably put most people in debt and I know that is usually puts our family even more in debt most years.

So, we have devised a plan of attack for our 2014 taxes. We are going to put back money. Money for each kids birthday and Christmas 2015. We have close friends who are so close to being debt free that do this every year and I am so glad for many reasons that I met them, but this is one of the smartest things that I have ever heard of. Such a great way to set boundaries for spending and have a plan in mind so things do not get the best of you when the time comes.

So, from this journal on, my entries are most likely going to be about getting out of debt and "living like no one else, so we can live like no one else" (thank you Mr. Ramsey) someday.

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season and look forward to sharing with you in 2015!!

Until next time . . .
Kristen

Kristen's Journal Entries

Introduction
Meet Kristen

Entry 1 ~ 4/6/10
Learning to Take Your Own Advice

Entry 2 ~ 5/6/10
Nighttime Struggles & Teething

Entry 3 ~ 5/21/10
Victory Is Mine!!

Entry 4 ~ 6/17/10
Help!!!

Entry 5 ~ 7/16/10
Thank you!

Entry 6 - 7/29/10
Dogs, Dogs Dogs!!

Entry 7 - 8/29/10
Forget the Terrible Twos, It's the Terrible Ones!!

Entry 8 - 9/23/10
I Don't Need No Stinking Sleep Mom!

Entry 9 - 10/31/10
New Baby--Coming this April!

Entry 10 - 12/3/10
On the First Day of Christmas . . .

Entry 11 - 12/21/10
The Pack 'n Play Method

Entry 12 - 1/16/11
Sick Baby - Well Baby

Entry 13 - 2/9/11
No Name Baby & her Smart Big Sis

Entry 14 - 3/13/11
Girls Weekend 2011

Entry 15 - 4/10/11
Proud Parents of Two Babies

Entry 16 - 5/6/11
Mis-directed Postpartum Depression

Entry 17 - 5/23/11
Back in the Saddle Again!

Entry 18 - 6/10/11
Ridiculous Costs for Having Babies

Entry 19 - 7/8/11
High Hopes for Mother's Day Out

Entry 20 - 7/27/11
Breastfeeding: Taking the "Fun" Out of Fun Bags

Entry 21 - 8/16/11
Sophie is 2!!

Entry 22 - 9/24/11
The Orange Tic Tac & the Genius Rescue

Entry 23 - 10/13/11
Everybody Loves a Big Girl Bed

Entry 24 - 11/18/11
Up, Up and Away!!

Entry 25 - 12/21/11
Getting Baby Off the Breast

Entry 26 - 1/25/12
When your hero has a heart attack

Entry 27 - 2/28/12
Getting Scared into Getting Healthy

Entry 28 - 4/5/12
Girls Weekend 2012

Entry 29 - 5/3/12
One Year Old Dental Emergency!

Entry 30 - 6/27/12
Raising kids, novel writing & yoga training

Entry 31 - 7/27/12
Smile at my Baby!!

Entry 32 - 8/26/12
To my Dear 3 Year Old Sophie Kay

Entry 33 - 11/14/12
Garden gnomes, ballerinas & new babies, Oh My!

Entry 34 - 12/5/12
Sickness, Thanksgiving & More

Entry 35 - 1/20/13
And a Happy New Year!

Entry 36 - 2/21/13
Terrible 2s & 3s & 7 months pregnant!!

Entry 37 - 8/22/13
Happy 4th birthday to my first StorkNet baby, Sophie Kay!

Entry 38 - 8/29/13
Stella Grace Enters the World

Entry 39 - 10/6/13
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Entry 40 - 11/1/13
Croup Happens

Entry 41 - 12/9/13
PreK - A Whole New World

Entry 42 - 1/11/14
My Mother's Job

Entry 43 - 2/28/14
The Pros of Consignment

Entry 44 - 4/15/14
Worrying About Your Friend

Entry 45 - 5/8/14
Winning with Crapshoot Fruit

Entry 46 - 7/5/14
Sophie's First Broken Heart

Entry 47 - 8/5/14
Ready for Kindergarten?

Entry 48 - 9/20/14
My New Favorite Weekday!

Entry 49 - 10/26/14
Struggling to be Debt Free

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