Why You Should Have a Future Presents Tote

We have totes for everything – storing holiday decorations, keeping the umpteen feral cats in our neighborhood warm during cold winter nights, planting small varieties of tomatoes, etc. It’s not quite as bad as my mason jar habit, but it’s getting there… Then one summer, we found an extremely value-priced Imaginext playset at a garage […]

Why I’m Not a Multitasking Momma

Is it possible to stop multitasking and get more done? Well, as a work-at-home mom with two preschoolers, this may come as a shock to you but — I don’t believe in multitasking! Insanity, right? But as a mom and as an efficiency strategist, I want to share with you why I think we need […]

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Affirmations 101: Your Guide to Happier Thoughts

Do you consider yourself a smooth talker? Or do you stumble over your words, your brain moving faster than your mouth? Either way – what if I told you that you could talk your way into a healthier, wealthier, overall happier life? Sounds like crazy voodoo or maybe just hippy hullabaloo right? Fortunately I have […]

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Apocalyptic Brain: My Response to Hawaii’s False Alarm

I have what I call an “apocalyptic brain.” The first time I realized that’s what it was when I was on my way to pick my babies up from daycare. At the time, my daughter was eight months old and my son had just turned two. And because he had just turned two, he was […]

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Sorting Out The Basics: Insurance and Health Care Tips

Overwhelmed by health insurance options? For Americans, few things conjure the financial dread of an unexpected hospital or doctor’s visit because let’s be real – even with insurance it can be painfully expensive. Getting your financial life in order does not mean that you should ignore your health, something that could be far more costly […]

Is Civic Withdrawal Now the Norm?

As a frugal living blogger, you’ve seen me post from time-to-time about how I firmly believe living a “frugal life” requires not just letting go, but also giving back. Meaning, not only do you have to consciously let go of the “stuff” (and live a more minimalist lifestyle), but you have to be WILLING to […]

Mind the Mom Gap: Overcoming Loneliness as a Mother

A few years ago, when our son was only 6 months old, my husband and I made the choice to have a second child. Why get used to sleep again, right? And while I’d never ever change the choices made, I also never realized I’d be trapped…in the mom gap. It all started last night […]

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A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Parents

When you’re a parent, buying gifts and celebrating Valentine’s Day can be complicated. Doing something outside the house requires a babysitter, money spent on presents makes you feel guilty, and finding the time to do something meaningful or creative can seem impossible.

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Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars

I love to collect glass jars, specifically mason jars. Weird to some, maybe, but they’re just so incredibly useful! Now I know I’ve written on why you should declutter to save money, so maybe you’re thinking “Amber, I don’t need anything else!” but seriously there are just so many amazing ways to use these jars! […]