Six Ways to Serve Your Spouse When They Are Sick

For the last two years, my husband and at least one of our kids has gotten the a severe cold and/or the flu, despite our best efforts to keep our home germ free and everyone healthy. My husband seems to get hit the hardest each year and the poor guy was even sick on his birthday. Each time he'd get sick, he'd live on the couch downstairs so we could quarantine him from the kids and they could continue to live as normally as possible while avoiding his germs.

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Five People Who Should Consider Life Insurance in their 20's

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately for two reasons. One, Joe and I just transitioned our life insurance policies over to another company so we've been discussing the topic frequently. Two, I've heard of so many people passing away lately and not only are their families left behind, mourning the loss of their loved one, I've often heard mentioned the financial burden that they are left with at well.

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Why You Need to Compile a Home Inventory and How to Do It

Whether your most valuable possession is the toaster oven you splurged on with gift cards from your wedding, or that china cabinet filled with your grandma’s best china and you picked out to display in your front room, you need a home inventory. I wish that I’d continued to compile ours after I started it our first year of marriage. If I had kept that up and added new items as we purchased them, it wouldn’t feel so overwhelming to do it now. You could even turn this project into an at home date night. Send the kids to grandma’s for a few hours, put on some music, drink smoothies and work together to catalog all of the things that you own.

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How We Store Our Food Storage in a Small Living Space

This next year I’m hoping to build shelves in our food storage room so that I have space to slowly start building a bigger food supply each time I go grocery shopping. There are a lot of great lists on Pinterest to help you build up your supply, one item at a time. This is one of my favorite resources for building your food storage over the course of a year, using only $5 a week. That’s the list that I’m currently planning on using to build up our food storage supply in the coming year.

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How to Build Your Own Quick and Easy 72 Hour Kit

I know just how overwhelming it can be to find a list that includes everything you really need in your 72 hour kit and then find all of those things and purchase them at a decent price. There's a reason that it took me almost seven years to get this project completed. I have felt completely confident in what I put together and am glad that I chose to invest in the items that I did. This kit took me just an hour or so to pull together and I know that we are prepared to grab our things and go, if we never needed to.

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Six Ways to Prepare for a New Baby Together

If and when we have a third, I've joked with Joe that I'm doing everything that we need to do during the first month of pregnancy so I have the upper hand no matter when the baby decides to come. But the more I've thought about it, the more I've realized what is actually important to do before our family grows and what can be done later. Decorating the babies nursery would be great, but Emmy turns two this weekend and her room still has nothing on the walls, but she doesn't mind.

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Four Ways We Keep our Family Safe and Happy On Car Rides

This year, one of my goals is to make sure that our family is prepared in case of emergencies, both at home or on the road. Over the past month, I've made it my goal to ensure that our cars are stocked and ready for anything that we might encounter on the road. I know that no matter where we go, whether it's just to the grocery store up the street or on a long drive for a family vacation, we can have peace of mind knowing that we're prepared for any situation that comes our way. Here's a list of the things that we've done to make our drives happier!

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9 Ways to Prepare Your Marriage and Family for an Emergency

With the events going on around our country over the past month, I've been thinking a lot about preparedness and what we need to do to make sure that our family is ready for any situation we might find ourselves in in the future. There are so many things that we need to do to be better prepared. We've been working our way through this list slowly over the last couple of years, but I've felt an urgency to finish up preparing our family for any sort of disaster that we may encounter in the future, whether it's a natural disaster or a financial hardship.

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Preparing for Your Family's Financial Future

With all of the changes that we've had in life this past year (a new house, a new baby on the way, etc.), the future of our family's financial situation is something that Joe and I think about often. Money has always been a heavily discussed topic in our marriage, but with so many new responsibilities, it seems to get brought up almost every time Joe and I talk. As we think about the future of this little family of ours, everything that we want to do and what we need to be prepared for, there are a few things that we've felt are important in setting ourselves up for success.

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