The family budget – July 2015 | The Family Budget

In this series I share our family budget, which includes the care and keeping for our household of seven (4 kids, 3 adults) as well as our debt free journey. This is what is working for us. Your mileage may vary.

I shared last budget update that we have travel coming up later in the summer so right now we’re keeping things extra simple and frugal, or what Christopher and I jokingly call “peanut butter and jelly” weeks, our take on Dave Ramsey’s “red beans and rice” budget saying.

The trip itself is paid for, but Christopher and I would like to have some extra money set aside, in addition to the kids’ normal allowance (which we’ve been encouraging them to save for the vacation).

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Indiana Bastille Day July 11, 2015

Indiana Bastille Day | giveaway! | SimpleKids.netBonjour! For the past few years, my family and I have attended Indiana Bastille Day, an amazing free family event held right in our hometown of Fortville, Indiana. We love this event and today I want to invite all of you to join us on July 11 from 11am to 11pm.

This giveaway is now closed. Enjoy Indiana Bastille Day, everyone!

We eat crepes, participate in the French Revolution (well, okay, the Fishers RenFaire actors participate and we cheer or jeer accordingly), learn about French culture and history, and get to know our neighbors, local historical groups, the police force and firefighters, plus we get to hear some amazing French music and the Ten West choir.

There’s a beautiful evening lantern walk and a fun laser light show to close the day, as well.

In an inspiring mix of global and local cultures, there are marionettes, painting in the park, a waiter’s race, the game petanque, and other fun French themed activities, crafts, and wares brought to you by the many talents of our area’s local artisans. It’s a great day to discover some new-to-you local businesses, learn about the French culture, and make new friends.

What does a small town in Indiana have to do with the French Revolution, you ask? Well, admittedly, not much at first glance. But, here’s the most wonderful part about all of this: Indiana Bastille Day is a lesson about what can happen when friends and neighbors come together.

You see, Indiana Bastille Day began just a few short years ago as a celebration in a local couple’s backyard. The wife is from France and the family held a Bastille Day event at their home to share French culture with their friends and neighbors.

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Kara’s Journal: what we’ve been up to and some thoughts on the past 18 months.

chasing bubbles, Kara's journal |

As we start the week … I’ve had many post ideas running through my head, but the story of my life for the past 18 months or so seems to be that I have soooo many ideas, but sooo little time.

I love this little blog, but I confess that with everything going on offline and all of the changes in my personal life, I haven’t always known what its place is.

Life is not what it was two years ago. When Angela, my special needs sister-in-law, moved in with us 18 months ago it wasn’t something that we had time to plan for. It wasn’t something we expected. It has changed just about everything about our household – in many positive ways, but also in some challenging ones.

I’m working on finding a balance, but when something needs to go it is computer time. I know most of you understand, but some of you have been faithful readers here since the beginning of my time here, so I felt like I owed you some sort of explanation. I’m trying to get better about writing when I do have blocks of open time and then presetting posts, because my writing muse is still speaking even though I can’t always answer her.

Sometimes it isn’t simple, is it? When I wrote that post for the Art of Simple a few months ago, I was talking just as much to myself as to all of you. It hasn’t been simple, but it is getting easier. It’s getting simpler. We’re finding our new normal, it just took us a while to get there.

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