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35 Uses for Vinegar

When not turning into wine, vinegar is my second favorite use for grapes (and getting that nasty gunk off ’em!) Vinegar also makes for a fantastic part of a salad dressing and it’s a nice way to marinate some meat, but it’s a high-performer elsewhere in the house as well. That said, please note that […]

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How to Turn $5 Into an Hour of Peace & Quiet

With the school year drawing to a close, it also means my children will be home with me more…a lot more. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my little ones (97% of the time), but I’m a work-at-home mom with no nanny, no daycare, and no family help. To be frank – it […]

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Why You Need to Buy Future Presents for Your Kids

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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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 […]

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My Top 6 Gift Ideas for a WAHM

As a work-at-home mom, I don’t ask for much — just quiet children, a clutter-free work space, a muse that never shuts up…ya know, simple things. That said, I’ve been blessed with two VERY vocal children, a folding table shoved in the corner of our guest room, and a brain that thinks about sleep more […]

How to Create an Easy, Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Creating and sticking to a healthy meal plan can be tricky. We so often have the best of intentions: we develop a meal plan(ish), buy our groceries, fist pump when we’re $16 under budget, and then suddenly your two year old is screaming, the baby has a rash, and making that Pinterest-worthy quiche for dinner […]