Just Short of Crazy is a family lifestyle blog where we share tips and tricks that help keep life just “short of” crazy.

You’ll find:

  • Traveling Tips: Solo travel (and why it’s AWESOME), Girlfriend travel, just the 2 of you, the best travel finds and how to make it all happen without losing your mind!
  • Easy Household Fixes: All those pesky tasks that need to be done around the house that you know you could do yourself if you had a quick video showing you how or easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
  • Simple Recipes: We all love to eat, but we don’t necessarily like spending two hours in the kitchen cooking. Here at Just Short of Crazy we like to keep it simple, yet delicious. We like to think we succeed. Oh, there may be some cocktails and wine posts in there 🙂
  • Tips for Crazy Free Living: Want to throw a cocktail party, but don’t know where to start? Need Holiday ideas from how to decorate to what to take a party hostess? Found a really cool flea market find and want to flip it? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Consider us your best friend when it comes to living life fully without breaking the bank!

Most of us call Michigan home although the youngest decided that big city living is more her style and is kicking it large in the greater Chicago area.

Who We Are

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Meet Deb. Deb is a

  • Traveler + road trip junkie
  • Foodie + whiskey lover
  • Gadget geek
  • Frugal spender, occassional splurger (loves spas & luxury hotels)
  • Believer in staying “short of” crazy while still having fun


Meet Alan. Alan is a

  • Real life MacGyver (can fix just about anything with duct tape + swiss army knife)
  • Outdoorsman
  • Comic relief
  • Fellow traveler
  • Taste tester (for our good and not so good recipe creations)

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Meet Dylan. Dylan is a

  • Millennial Blogger
  • Fantastic cook
  • Recipe creator
  • Comic book aficionado
  • Entertainment fan
  • Gamer


Meet Emma. Emma is a

  • Millennial blogger
  • Fashionista + makeup artist in training
  • DIYer (loves flipping flea market finds + creating home decor)
  • Entertainment fan
  • Cosplay amateur
  • Wolf whisperer

Of course, we are joined by our furry friends! BB is a malti-poo and Pippie is a pitt/boxer rescue.

Meet BB. BB is a:

  • Great napper
  • Lap snuggler
  • Treat lover
  • Rabbit/bird/cat chaser

Meet Pippie. Pippie is a:

  • Diva
  • Wanna be lap dog
  • Attention hog
  • Toy + window destroyer

If you have any quetions email us at [email protected]



  • Yvonne December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Hi! I love the chalkboard wine glasses, I found them via Pinterest. I have a quick question if I may; Do you need to handwash the glasses, or have you tried them in the dishwasher? I’m about to make some! for Christmas presents and I know the recipients will ask me. Thanks in advance!


  • Carla Neggers July 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Great list! I’ve been to some of the places you list, want to go to others and a few I can skip — you can send me a postcard instead. 😉 Let us know how your upcoming trip goes! Have fun.

    • admin July 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear about your favorite places and, of course, I’m always willing to send postcards.

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    Could someone contact me, I work for the Tours at Missouri State Penitentiary. I noticed on your article on Jefferson City that some information about the tours and the MSP Museum are now out-of-date. My number 866-998-6998.


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