Thinking like a tourist.

On Easter Sunday, our family did something that was a little out of the ordinary. We decided to go to the beach. Yep, amazing for us.

I have a confession. We live just about a half a mile from the beach and yet we very rarely go to the beach to enjoy it. Shoot we even dry right along it several times a day. We love looking at the beach and the water, but we just never go out on it.

Well on Sunday, we decided it was time to go out there and have an impromptu picnic. We had some leftover pizza from Saturday night movie night that we heated up and brought to the beach.

Our plan was to go eat and then swim a little and just relax on the beach. Well sometimes our plans are not what actually happens. It started to rain while we were at the beach, so we decided to pack it up. We went on down further and were going to walk on one of the piers, but decided to go about 10 minutes down the road to another section of the beach.

This section was new to us as it was hidden behind the marina. It was so secluded and had some higher waves than some of the other sections of the beach. We really enjoyed this spot and we even got to see one of the big shipping boats come into the Port of Gulfport.

One thing I learned from our impromptu time at the beach is that sometimes you have to think like a tourist. You see tourists come here to sit and relax on the beach but as locals we very rarely get out there and enjoy it. We definitely have to make more time to go out there and enjoy what the tourists do.

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Working out as a family – Lessons I have learned.


For a few years now, my husband wanted to get a gym membership at a local gym. This has not been a high priority until now. We finally decided to get that gym membership and I am proud to announce we have been gym members for over a month now.

When we decided to join the local gym, we decided that we were go down to the gym as a family 3 days a week. We have been doing this every week for the past 4 weeks except some of us missed a couple of days because we were sick with the flu.

On this journey the past month, I have learned a few things.

  1. Working out isn’t that hard. I am purposely not going gun ho because I know myself and I will get discouraged. So my philosophy has been that I am going to go down there and start slow. I am not doing anything except for walking on the treadmill. I walk 1 mile for now and it takes me 25 minutes. I know this is not great, but for me this is a start and I am happy with it. I am going to try to get my speed up here in the next few weeks and add some other exercises, but this is where I am right now.
  2. It is easier to go down to the gym as a family. We all know that certain nights we all go to the gym and this is a huge motivator. Sometimes we don’t feel like going, but then we usually feel the pressure of that the rest of the family is going, so  we get going and go to the gym with the rest of the family.
  3. Working out is actually fun. Our gym has so many things to do and they even have a pool that the kids like to use. they are becoming good swimmers, just by doing laps 3 times a week.

I am so glad that we decided to get a gym membership this year and I am learning that it is fun. Here’s to another fun workout.

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Different by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson – A Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:

“Nathan was different, and Sally knew it.

From his early childhood, Nathan was bursting with creativity and uncontainable energy, struggling not only with learning issues but also with anxiety and OCD. He saw the world through his own unique lens – one that often caused him to be labeled as “bad,” “troubled,” or someone in need of “fixing.”

Bravely choosing to listen to her motherly intuition rather than the loud voices of the  world, Sally dared to believe that Nathan’s differences could be part of an intentional design from a loving Creator with a plan for his life. She trusted that the things that made him different were the very things that could make him great.

Join Sally and Nathan as they share their stories from a personal perspective as mother and son. If you are in need of help and hope in your own journey with an outside -the-box child, or if you’re an adult trying to make sense of your differences, you’ll find deep insight, resonance, and encouragement in the pages of this book. Dare to love and nurture the “different” one in your life.” – Taken from the back of the book.

Karen says:

This book is a must read for anyone who has an outside the box child or knows of such a child. This book made such an impact on me as I read through this book. I saw one of our children in the pages of this book. Our child is not as bad as Nathan is, but some of the things Nathan dealt with in this book reminds me of our child.

A lot of times in our society, you have to be so much of what people say is “normal” and if you don’t fit what that “normal” is, you have a hard time fitting in. Not only does the person not fit in, the family is sometimes often thought of differently. Then to compound the problem because the family is often thought of in a bad light, the family will pretend that life is just grand and nothing is wrong and will put on a fake front, but the truth is hidden. I found great hope and respect for the Clarkson family for writing this book. I felt like, yes there is actually families who are willing to break down some of the walls and tell people what it is actually like in their families, the good and the bad.

This book was an inspiration to me because even though Nathan does have some problems, he has grown up and is living independently. My biggest takeaway from this book is that there is hope for different kids. Just sit back and help guide those kids that are different and have an extra measure of grace for those kids as well as their families.

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This is my Mississippi – The Birthplace of Barq’s Root beer

Birthplace of Barq’s

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2017 Goals February Checkup

2017 brought big dreams that were quickly dashed due to a car accident. Life got slightly derailed due to that accident, but we are hanging in there and rolling right along. I was hoping to be further along with my goals, but sometimes you just have to roll with it and pick up where you left off.

So lets get on with our checkup for February:


  • Loose 50 pounds by October.
  • Exercise 3 times a week.
  • Read 12 books. ( I have read 2 books this year.)


  • Get rid of 2017 items (So far I have gotten rid of 305 items.)
  • Clean and de-junk every room in the house.
  • Work on budgeting
  • Go on a big trip to the NE in October.


  • Earn $900 in Amazon Gift Cards for gift giving. (Earned $128 in Amazon gift cards.)
  • Earn $200 in gift cards for our trip in October.


  • Sell $3,000 in profit on eBay. (Sold $47.54 in profit this year.)


  • Attend the 2:1 conference in October. (Bought my ticket just last week.)
  • Earn $500 a month from blogs.

Although I am not super excited about where I am in my goals for the year, I am excited that I at least have a start to them and I think I can actually accomplish them.

How are you doing on your goals for this year?

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This is my Mississippi – Azaleas in bloom.

The azaleas are coming into full bloom here and we are truly enjoying the beauty of these bushes.

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This is my Mississippi – Mississippi River

This picture was taken at the rest area in Vicksburg, MS. This rest area sits right on the Mississippi River.

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This is my Mississippi – Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs

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This is my Mississippi – Fishing on the Gulf

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Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball.

Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball. We had this happen on New Years Eve and we have been on a roller coaster ride ever since.

We were involved in a 4 car accident on New Years Eve and we happened to be the front car involved. We just happened to be sitting in the turning lane at a traffic light waiting for the light to change when we were rear ended. We didn’t realize how many were involved till we got out of our vehicle. Yup 4 cars, what a wonderful thing to deal with.

So since New Years Eve, we have been dealing with what we have begun to call, “as the van turns”. It seems like there is a new adventure in this saga every day. We are learning to just take everything day by day, because that is all we can do. Things we thought were complete turns out to be not complete because something wasn’t as expected. But we are rolling with it.

We are hoping this will be a quick adventure, but somehow I think it won’t be. We had high hopes for our new year and new adventures. But sometimes that curve ball hits and you are forced to take a new direction from what you were planning or just take a slight detour.

For now we are on our slight detour that has consumed a lot of our time since New Years Day, but we will just continue on. We will be stronger in the end for going through this.

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