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The Thief of Joy

I was a bit jealous. Someone had posted a picture of herself and her kiddos in their new car, and one of the first things I noticed was, "oooh, her car has leather seats." What's crazy is I don't even like leather seats.  They're too hot in the summer, they can get scratched....and yet here… Continue reading The Thief of Joy

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Raising Adventurous Eaters In The Land Of Chicken Nuggets

We can have this idea that kids' food looks a certain way. Think about what's on a typical kids' menu at a restaurant: chicken tenders, grilled cheese, a hamburger, french fries, and maybe some pasta. There isn't much variety in color, flavor, or texture. Maybe there's a side of plain broccoli. It most likely doesn't get… Continue reading Raising Adventurous Eaters In The Land Of Chicken Nuggets

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Reducing Parenting Fears In A World Gone Mad

Parenting brings a whole new level of anxiety to life. It's hard enough to be an adult and take care of youself, and then you have a tiny human who's determined to try to run in traffic and eat hazardous objects on a daily basis. You think about pesticides and nuclear war, child abductions and… Continue reading Reducing Parenting Fears In A World Gone Mad

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To Homeschool Or Not To Homeschool? 6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Jumping In

What is the right choice for your child's education? We know there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. I've experienced homeschooling, homeschooling groups, private school, and public school. Of course, everyone's experiences are different (and I'm not going to tell you what to do), but here are some thoughts based on my experience. Homeschooling does have some… Continue reading To Homeschool Or Not To Homeschool? 6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Jumping In

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Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Fall 2017

Crimson and gold leaves, warm sweaters, hot apple cider....there's so much to love about fall. Here's what I'm loving as the temperatures cool off and the daylight hours begin to shorten: (If you missed the spring list, you can find it here, and the summer list is here. Everything on the lists is $15 or… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Fall 2017

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Greed and The Perfect Lamps

I waited years to find The Perfect Lamps (TPLs). Literally, years. TPLs would help make my Pinterest-inspired bedroom dream a reality. They would be not too small and not too large; they would look classy and elegant without the accompanying high price tag; they would be perfectly cohesive with everything else I already had. These… Continue reading Greed and The Perfect Lamps

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Thoughts on Brandless’ $3 Organics: Are They Really A Deal?

Have you seen the Facebook ads yet for a new online grocery store called Brandless? They've taken the basics of generic organics/healthier foods that you can find at places like ALDI/Walmart and repackaged them with a minimalistic website. So how does Brandless' items compare to the ones you'd find in your local grocery store? *… Continue reading Thoughts on Brandless’ $3 Organics: Are They Really A Deal?

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10 Routines To Make Your Day Run Smoothly

Are you tired of mountains of laundry and piles of dirty dishes? Have you already gotten rid of your excess/unused items and it still doesn't feel manageable? We all do the same things every day- we get dressed, make ourselves food, wash our clothes, etc. But when we do those things make a huge difference in whether or… Continue reading 10 Routines To Make Your Day Run Smoothly

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“The Millionaire Next Door” (It’s Not Who You Think)

Who do you think of when you think of a millionaire? Celebrities and athletes? Have you ever thought: anyone who has xyz millions of dollars must have a yacht, a 6,000 sq ft. mansion, and their own personal chef? Or, if I made double or even triple what I do now, then I'd buy a fancy sports… Continue reading “The Millionaire Next Door” (It’s Not Who You Think)

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Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links). Daily rainstorms, sweltering heat, mosquitoes- summer is here! Here's my favorite fabulously frugal things to help you survive these next few months. Everything is under $15. If you missed the spring list, you can find it here!   1- Sweet Loren's Peanut Butter… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

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Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Have you ever felt guilty about buying convenience foods? We assume they're usually much more expensive than if we make the item ourselves. One convenience food that I tend to buy is frozen lasagna- on busy days it is definitely nice to just put it in the oven and use the prep time to do… Continue reading Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

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A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

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Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

She was maybe 10 years old, rocking blue streaks in her pixie haircut, sitting next to me in the waiting room at the eye doctor's office.  "Can she walk? I'll make sure she doesn't fall," the little girl asked while holding out her arms, waiting to steady my wobbly baby standing by my feet.  For the… Continue reading Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

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Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. "These would make a great item for celebrating something special," I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!… Continue reading Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

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Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

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How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

Do you spend way too much time on Facebook? I know I have. What do you think is the average amount of time we spend each day browsing its never ending pages? The answer may surprise you:  "Fifty minutes. That’s the average amount of time, the company said, that users spend each day on its… Continue reading How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

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What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

I used to be that person who carried everything in my large, overstuffed bag. It looked like I was going on a weekend trip...every day of the week. Band-Aids, lotion, Tylenol, granola bars, stamps, phone chargers, water bottles, cough drops, etc.- I was prepared in case all the Walgreens, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores within a 10… Continue reading What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

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On Your First Mother’s Day

You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day