Five Frugal Things

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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 PaperBackSwap.com. It even has the answer … [Continue reading]

Recent Reads, perimenopause version

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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

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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

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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

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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]