christmas money saving tip

The #1 Way to Save Hundreds Every Christmas

Saving money during the holidays isn’t always easy, but with this little “trick” you can save your family hundreds of dollars (and no, it doesn’t involve buying gifts ahead of time or doing a savings plan all year long!) My Top Tip for Saving Money at Christmas This is actually something you can implement all […]

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Candy Free Trick-or-Treat Idea

Many children have food allergies so trick-or-treating can be…well, tricky. So this year why not skip the candy altogether and make something super fun for the kiddos? This is also a great project if you have children in school who need to bring in goodies for their class. Last year we made these for my […]

uses for vinegar

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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I’m Not Selfless Because I’m Good, I’m Terrible…

“You were a TERRIBLE baby!!!” I truly cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told this throughout my life, it’s pretty much my family’s motto. And it’s only now – at nearly 31 – that I’ve started to recognize how to be grateful for those angry words. My mom was only 20 years old […]

a mother without a village

A Mother Without a Village

They say “it takes a village” but what do you do when you’re a mother without one? When I was in college, I interned at New Salem State Park – an interactive historic area where interpreters (such as myself) would dress up as characters from the early 1800s: At certain times, it was quite literally […]

back to school savings tips

Five Essential Tips for Back-to-School Savings

Back-to-school season is one of several times during the year when you’ll find many people heading out to the mall or online to do some major shopping. Getting your kids prepped for another school year can seem like an expensive and overwhelming endeavor. Here are five tips we’ve put together to maximize the occasion while […]

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Should We Lose the “Step” in “Step Family”?

Step mothers are often seen as evil. Step children unwanted. Step fathers portrayed as overbearing brutes. But what if we stopped with the “step”? What if we recognize that family is family, whether it’s through blood, marriage, or choice? I don’t often do lifestyle posts like this, especially stream-of-consciousness ones, but it’s something that’s been […]