First Finds of February

When I got up yesterday morning, I spotted a new curb pile a street down from us. A BIG curb pile. That’s exciting any time of year, but it’s especially exciting this time of year, when the piles are few and far between. We raced down to take a look, and I’m so glad we did. Here’s what we rescued.

Kitchen Cabinets

Four upper kitchen cabinets. We have enough kitchen base cabinets for the cabin, but we didn’t have enough uppers yet. Looks like we do now. These will look great after a good scrub and a couple fresh coats of paint. [Read more…]

Make a Mortgage Chain

Mortgage Chain

We’ve been making a lot of changes to our office lately, and I’ll be talking more about that soon, but I wanted to show you a small change that we made yesterday.

That paper chain that you now see hanging over our office window is our mortgage chain.

Paper Chain

There’s a link for each month left on our mortgage. We have four and a half years until our mortgage will be paid off, so there are 54 links in our chain.

I’m a visual person, so I like to create visual reminders of our family goals, and a chain is the perfect reminder of our goal to be mortgage-free. Whenever we see it, we’ll be reminded of how badly we want to break the mortgage chain.

It should help us keep our priorities straight, and each month when we make a payment, we’ll get to remove a link, and watch the chain get shorter. I’m betting it’ll inspire us to make extra payments along the way.

Our kids know how important we think it is to pay off debts quickly. We’ve talked about the peace of mind that that brings you, and the things that we’ll be able to do once we no longer have that big monthly payment over our heads. So, I like that they’ll get to watch us make progress towards that goal. We’ve always been very open about finances with our kids, and this is just one more opportunity for us to show them how you make big things happen.

Want to pay off your mortgage early? Pull out some paper, and make your own mortgage chain.

How to Make Wax Melts

How to Make Wax Melts

I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.

But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms. Check it out. [Read more…]