I started a hobby blog a gazillion blog years ago (2004). I surprised my non-technical self when I discovered I enjoyed the technical aspects of blogging a lot more than the writing part. So, 6 years and many desperate questions later (from other non-technical types) I began teaching others how to blog. In plain English.

family photo 2013
Y’all, this is the real us, in all our unkempt glory.

Of which I am most proud

A few years ago I strayed from the normal blogging path and switched most of my writing to newsletter format. I call my weekly email The Useletter and it’s filled with exclusive tips, cool things I find on the internet and behind-the-scenes peeks at my own business. It serves as a one-stop roundup of everything I do online. If you’d like to jump in, you can subscribe here or below (you’ll get a free taste of what you can expect when you do).

Our out-of-the-box life

The truth is, cheesy as it sounds, the internet has changed our lives. We used to be a 9 to 5, single income family. Now, we each work part time doing things we love, we make significantly more income, we are educating our children tag-team style (using a lot of the very cool resources we find online) and we hope to move internationally someday. This is our life’s motto.

Who this site is for

This site is for the ones who want to call their own shots. The ones who want to live differently. The busy ones. The ones with expensive taste without the funds to match. The ones who want a family-friendly approach to streamlining life. The ones who want to live audaciously, but aren’t sure where to start.

67 random things about me

The great hair experiment fail.
I like to experiment. It often does not go as planned.
  1. Call me Amy (but I’ll answer to Amy Lynn too).
  2. People always ask me how I make money blogging.
  3. I was born in 1975. In Africa.
  4. I’m a ninja of the “finding really cool stuff online” variety.
  5. I always do this to my ChapStick. I don’t know why.
  6. I had a brother who died of SIDS when I was three. For years I thought it was my fault.
  7. I wrote a really short book about time management once. You have NO IDEA how long it took me.
  8. My husband is African American. He has freckles. Someone once asked him if he’s Irish.
  9. One time, we paid off $25,000 in less than 2 years making $40,000 a year. (Here’s how we did it.)
  10. I don’t like to cook, craft or crochet. Or anything else that starts with c in the domestic category.
  11. I played the flute for 8 years.
  12. I skipped Kindergarten. Too smart. (Notice I didn’t skip any other grades.)
  13. I studied abroad in Israel but came home after one too many close calls with terrorist bombings.
  14. I’m the mother of four. I feel like a failure regularly.
  15. I drive an SUV but I’d prefer a minivan.
  16. I love a good hymn every now and then. It is Well with My Soul is my favorite.
  17. I’m a couponing dropout.
  18. I’ve lived in 5 different countries.
  19. I’ve attempted to learn 5 different languages. I only remember one. English.
  20. I had very bad acne for 4 years in college.
  21. I have a handy trick to get rid of stuff despite my family’s love of keeping it.
  22. I think public school teachers are the biggest unsung heroes in America.
  23. I used to bite my nails. Now I only bite the skin around them.
  24. I gained 40 pounds when I was pregnant. All four times.
  25. I like candy.
  26. I exercise, but not because I like it (see previous two). Here’s my approach.
  27. I am moved to tears whenever I hear the pipe organ. I’m not sure why.
  28. My decorating prowess ends at painting a wall.
  29. I have a B.A. in Sociology and half a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  30. I’ve decided not to finish my Master’s degree. Too many other things I want to do.
  31. I love tulips.
  32. I am a reluctant homeschooler.
  33. Potatoes are my favorite food. Especially french fries and mashed.
  34. I’ve moved 27 times in my life. Literally. The silver lining is that I totally know how to pick a house.
  35. I’m 6’2″. My inseam is 37″.
  36. I played basketball. I also played volleyball, tennis & softball and I ran track. Not because I was good but because I was tall (see previous).
  37. I graduated from high school in a class of 19. In Africa.
  38. I had a horse when I was 14. Her name was Flicka.
  39. I almost hit a giraffe while learning to drive.
  40. My favorite color is blue.
  41. I had a horrible case of claustrophobia while crawling through one of the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt once.
  42. I usually order a chicken sandwich when I go out to eat.
  43. I’m picky. Maddeningly so. Maddening even to myself. But not about food.
  44. My parents are missionaries.
  45. I hit my rock bottom in 2007.
  46. I’ve ridden a camel twice. It was uncomfortable both times.
  47. I turned down a book deal once. And I’m glad I did.
  48. I’m a reluctant homeschooler. Did I say that already?
  49. I am a Christ-follower.
  50. When I talk about Christ, this is what I intend: “Oh my stars, He is amazing and you will not believe what He did!”
  51. When I talk about Christ, this is not what I intend: “Oh my stars, if you don’t follow Him, I don’t like you and I can’t be your friend!”
  52. My husband and I got married in 1997.
  53. I sometimes use the TV as a babysitter. I admit it.
  54. I don’t have a favorite movie.
  55. I’m all about efficiency. I like killing two (preferably more) birds with one stone.
  56. I used to have panic attacks. I wouldn’t wish those on my worst enemy.
  57. I have expensive taste. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to match.
  58. My most embarrassing moment involved, well, it’s pretty embarrassing.
  59. I’m good at starting things.
  60. I’m horrible at finishing things. (Notice this list does not have 101 items as I intended.)
  61. I love ice cream. (Hey, did you know blogging is like ice cream?)
  62. I’m a people pleaser. And delinquent. Unfortunately.
  63. I get exceptionally crabby when I’m tired.
  64. Sometimes I tell my kids I love them so much I could “squeeze their guts right out.”
  65. I worry way too much about what other people think.
  66. I currently live in Texas and continually ask myself How did THAT happen? But I like it. Plus, I like open space and there’s lots of it here.
  67. I do not like writing. I prefer blogging (the not-writing part).
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