Frugal Living, Lifestyle

University Without Debt

Does graduating from post secondary school without debt sound intimidating or unrealistic to you? At first, it did to me too. With all the pressure to take out student loans, it seems like the norm is to graduate with at least some debt. Have you ever considered that there's another option and it doesn't include a bunch of scholarships or working two jobs while in school? It's a lot simpler than that but it does take planning and intentionality.

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Lifestyle, Pregnancy + Baby

Everything No One Tells You About You’re First Pregnancy (Part 2)

In part one of this series, I talked about everything I didn't expect during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. Now that I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy I thought I'd share a few more tidbits I've been learning about pregnancy and birth. To read Part 1 click here You Don't Need a… Continue reading Everything No One Tells You About You’re First Pregnancy (Part 2)

Life, Personal Growth, Uncategorized

4 Years Later: My University Experience

About a week ago I wrote my very last exam of my undergrad (#boomdone!). As thrilling as this accomplishment was I don't feel done with school or that I've actually finished my undergrad.  Not until I have my diploma in hand will it seem real. Finishing university seems like such a surreal experience because in high school I had doubts about getting accepted, I failed three courses in undergrad and since I took a gap year most of my friends have already graduated. In some ways, it felt as if this day would never come. I also didn't think I would be 7 months pregnant as I wrote my last exams.

Marriage

4 Unexpected Ways Your Husband Wants to Make You Happy

You may have just read that title and thought "Courtney what are you talking about? You don't know my husband, all he wants to do is irritate me." Yes, I don't know your specific situation, but I do know that if we change how we perceive our circumstances it can affect our relationships profoundly. My… Continue reading 4 Unexpected Ways Your Husband Wants to Make You Happy

Life, Personal Growth, Relationships, Uncategorized

5 Way’s to Prioritize Self Care

The first time I heard about self-care was from my practicum professor who also happens to be a therapist (class felt like a therapy session because we just talked about our practicums and ate food, it was literally the best.). Our professor knowing that we all lead stressful and busy lives especially as students on the cusp of graduation or grad school really encouraged us to make self-care a priority. She shared how taking a hot yoga class when she's really stressed or spending time with horses helped her maintain a balanced life.

Life, Marriage, Relationships, Singleness, Uncategorized

Enough with Cliquey Church Social Groups: Why we Need to be Intentional in Creating Community at Church

A few weeks ago we were visiting a couple from our church who have a young baby. As we were talking a sad reality came to light. It seems that social connections at church are largely determined by the presence of children or one's marital status.

Frugal Living, Uncategorized

My Favourite Ways to Save + Make Money Online

By nature I am a saver, I don't love spending money and when I have to I want to get the best deal. Most times the best ways to save money include shopping online. Over the years and through research I have found the best websites for coupon codes, cash back and alerts for when… Continue reading My Favourite Ways to Save + Make Money Online

Lifestyle, Pregnancy + Baby

Baby K Gender Reveal!

Almost from the beginning of my pregnancy, I knew we were having a girl. I was 99% sure, even Michael had an inkling our baby was a girl. We even bought a pink snowsuit on clearance back in February because I was so certain. Now I cannot wait to see our babe in her soft, cuddly snowsuit this winter! ❤ I'm also excited to buy tons of bows! If you know of any good Etsy shops (that ship to Canada) please leave a comment! I just adore baby's in bows.

Marriage, Newlywed Reflections

The First Year is Hard: What I learned from one year of being married

The early years of marriage tend to receive a negative connotation in the minds of some people. These years are often described as the "hardest" or "difficult". As I have pondered this phenomenon and whether or not is has been true thus far in my life, I came to a few conclusions. Yes, the first year was hard but not in the ways one might expect.

Lifestyle, Pregnancy + Baby

Everything No One Tells You About Your First Pregnancy (Part 1)

Before I found out I was expecting I could not wait to pregnant. I used to tell my husband that "I would be so happy if I was pregnant!" because I just knew that pregnancy would be amazing like everyone says and plus you get this cute bump to show off. I had no idea how much work it is to be pregnant!