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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10 Tips for Romance All Year Long

As a parent, romance as a priority usually falls under the “meh” category – as in “If the kids are taken care of, I’ve had enough sleep, I’m not sick with yet another round of Pre-K germs, then ‘meh’ sure, romance me…” That said, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a great […]

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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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Mother Daughter Date Ideas for the Winter

Looking for free mommy/daughter date ideas? You’ve come to the right place! And fortunately many of these ideas will also work for Father/Daughter dates, Mommy/Son dates, or for whole family fun! As another year draws to close and winter fully sets in, it can be hard to want to get up and go. Trust me, […]

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 […]

Homeless Kits: How Helping Others Helps You, Too

Part of a thrifty lifestyle is saving and making money in efficient and sometimes unique ways. This might mean shaving $10 off your grocery bill, renegotiating your cable (or cutting the cord altogether), or starting up a side hustle walking dogs. These are all great things that will improve your bottom line, but at a […]

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 […]

From Busy Mom to Freelance Writer in 9 Easy Steps

Being a stay-at-home-mom is a rewarding job, but the pay is garbage! So what do you do when you want to remain at home with your children, but… the money is tight… the budget is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to the limit… couponing is getting you nowhere fast… and you just don’t have enough to go around…? You […]