We are a family of five (plus a dog) in a house that is a little under 1,000 square feet. When we bought this house eleven years ago as a newlywed couple, we marveled at the three bedrooms and...
We have 3 piles of "outgoing" things in our home to donate.  They live in separate boxes on top of our dryer and are constantly being emptied and filled up again.  One is kids clothes to pass onto friends,...
Have you noticed that kids get outside less now than when we were growing up? I remember days spent outside, socializing with friends and neighbors, and it seems like such a stark contrast to what I see today. As...
  Have you ever read Confessions of A Shopaholic? It's one of my favorite books. It's not that Sophie Kinsella is some kind of literary genius, although well-written chick-lit is really hard to come by. I love it because the...
These days it seems like every week there’s a new meal delivery service or food delivery service aimed to cater to busy families. Those are great but sometimes kids are punks and want their favorite meals. In our home...
When I was born, the first thing my parents did was open a college savings account (529 plan). My mom jokes that my financial advisor father was really annoyed that you have to wait until a social security number...
Sometimes life gets really overwhelming and I find myself racking my brain for ways to save time (and my sanity) for the important things in life. As a working mom to a ferocious two-year-old, I’m constantly torn between the...
If you're anything like me, you were counting down the days this winter until you could open up the back door and let your kiddos run free in the yard. And then glorious spring arrived and during your first...
I had a bit of a meltdown the day of my daughter's first birthday pictures. I was looking for the grey bow and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Never mind that I had about seven bows in my hand;...
When I look back at my childhood I can’t help but wonder how my parents worked 40 hours a week, made it to every school event they could and still managed to get dinner on the table in a...

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