Five Frugal Things


Joining up with frugal and fabulous bloggers The Frugal Girl and The Non-Consumer Advocate to share Five Frugal Things I've done recently. 1) Instead of buying a new math book for my 13-year-old daughter for next year's homeschool, I got one FREE from It even has the answer … [Continue reading]

Recent Reads, perimenopause version


It's going to look like I did very little reading this month, when the truth is I did a ton. To be fair, I mostly skimmed several books on the topic of perimenopause this month. After a while they all started to sound the same. Note: I now know my sons love me. Why? I got an email from my … [Continue reading]

Scam week at the Willard house


It's an odd coincidence that after my last post about finances, the scammers decided to target our family. My husband called in the middle of a … [Continue reading]

shame of the middle class (and why teach kids about money)

By now you may have read either the original Atlantic article on The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, or read a response to it. The article … [Continue reading]

Um, this is cooler than I thought.

I was digging around at the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle site yesterday, downloading more of my goodies, when I noticed something I missed before: The … [Continue reading]

Large family logistics: it’s all about systems

large family logistics: systems

I've been thinking a lot lately about systems, and how implementing them is the answer to solving so many problems, especially in a large … [Continue reading]

Recent reads

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit - quick reviews of books recently read. All You Need to be Impossibly French by Helena Frith … [Continue reading]

Having one of those days? Watch this

I'll never forget an experience I had shortly after my first child was born. Just a few weeks old, I had dressed him up to go to our place of worship. … [Continue reading]

Kids don’t need toys, reason #578


At least once a week, my husband and I will look at one another, after watching a child play with a cardboard box, and say: "Kids don't need … [Continue reading]

Maintenance. Now.

Grumpy pug needs her sleep.

A lot of things are falling apart in my home, all at once, it seems. I doubt the appliances conspire against us to fail in precisely the same month … [Continue reading]