Archives For August 2011

By Eric and Kelsey on August 18, 2011 8

Alyssa asks, “I know the recommended amount to save is roughly 10-12% of your income. I think. Now, I save much more than the recommended percent (I know that’s good), but sometimes I feel pressure that I barely scrape by at the end of the month. It’s one of those never-ending guilt circles, you know, ‘I’m not saving enough, but you’re not giving yourself enough to live.’ What is your thoughts on this?”

She Says

Dave Ramsey suggests saving 5-10%. We save 12.1% right now (see our entire budget breakdown). Saving up 3-6 months of expenses is our focus now that we are debt-free (minus our house). Once we have our 3-6 months saved, we will shift our focus slightly and save for retirement and our kid’s education funds (and of course anything else that comes up like car fixes or replacement, etc.). In general, we work diligently to reach a specific financial goal (following Dave’s seven baby steps) and then move on to the next.

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By Kelsey on August 17, 2011 5

My family typically makes these yummy (but tart!) drinks at my grandparents’ lake house every year. We didn’t do it this year, so I wanted to make sure I had them before the summer is over!

You Need

1 small can frozen lemonade, thawed
1-4 peaches, sliced
1 can water

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By Kelsey on August 16, 2011 6

When I was reviewing my yearly planners for our fairytale years in review, I noticed that I had written Nurture the Love on a few random dates. I had totally forgotten that in the first years of our marriage, I created special little holidays that only I knew about.

Here’s What You Do

  1. Choose three random dates in the upcoming year and write Nurture the Love on your calendar where you will see it.
  2. Do something special for your spouse or significant other on that day, whether it’s leaving a candy bar in their car for them to find or planning a surprise date night.

I love doing fun, cute little things for Eric, but I don’t always remember to do it! I know it totally made Eric’s day though to find a Milky Way hidden in his glasses case after work (when he was still working a second job).

Do you do fun things like this?

Are you willing to try? I totally want to hear how it goes!

By Eric on August 15, 2011 10

We were inspired by the Rockstar Diaries this week. They posted a sweet video taken with an iPhone app called 8mm. Kels downloaded it and we shot some vintage video this weekend for a fun spin on Over the Weekend.

[A written recap]


We headed to Lake Mills as it will be the last time we will see Kelsey’s brother until Christmas. He is heading to Washington, D.C., to pursue his political interests. We are so excited and proud of him. This weekend we got to spend some quality time with the family before he leaves.

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By Eric on August 14, 2011 2

Wednesdays are our date night. This week, however, we had date night on Tuesday because our life group meeting got moved to Wednesday.

We’re a little late getting this post up…we nearly forgot about it! Yikes.

Last Tuesday night we went for a nice walk to enjoy the recent break in torrential heat.

Then we had a true Iowan summer supper: Pork chops. Watermelon. Corn on the cob. Yum.

After supper–yep, you guessed it–we watched LOST. We are on the home stretch to finishing that show. We just started season 6! Whoop!!