Menu Plan: Back to School + Shopping with JL

 

 

School started back up yesterday!

 

As I said yesterday, I was not thrilled about this. Nonetheless, change happens whether we’re ready for it or not and, when all was said and done, we all had great days. I was so, so excited to see their smiling faces climbing off the buses! Today [...]

A Little August Shopping with JL

 

 

 

It’s been awhile since I shared my grocery shopping! I did another “medium” shop this week, so I thought we’d take a look at that together. Sound like a plan? Here we go!

 

 

So, the first place I shopped this week was our tiny local market. You know, the kind [...]

(Where to Buy) Great, Affordable Clothes for Tall, Slim Boys

 

 

 

 

When A. was an infant, he had the biggest thighs you can imagine on a baby. You can get a peek at them here:

 

 

So big were his legs that we couldn’t zip regular blanket sleepers over them. We tried sleepers from Walmart, sleepers from Kohls. Sleepers from [...]

Packing Spices for Travel

 

 

I am a big lover of being able to prepare some of our own meals when we travel. Whether that’s having a mini-fridge and a microwave, a campfire, or a full-blown kitchen, I love to be able to help our budget while fixing some favorites.

 

I am not, however, a big fan [...]

June Grocery Shopping with JL

 

 

Well, hi there! You might be thinking, “Gee whiz, it’s been a long time since JL showed us a shopping trip pic!” You would be correct. But, to be totally honest, that is NOT because I started slacking off. (Promise!) It’s because I truly haven’t had any kind of significant shopping since that [...]

Hiking With Little People

 

 

 

If you had told me ten years ago that mine would be a hiking family, I probably would have hurt myself laughing. I was definitely more of an “indoor sport” unless we were talking about a moonlit beach or something.

 

Over the years, however, I’ve become a total convert and [...]

(More) Frugal, Outsourced Birthday Party Ideas

 

So, let’s just get this out of the way first– you don’t have to have a birthday party for your kid. That will, clearly, be your cheapest option.

 

Also, you can definitely host a party at your home and this may save you some cash (though not necessarily.)

 

I, for one, have [...]

End of the Month Soup

 

 

Around here, we operate on a “monthly budget” system. We allocate a certain number of dollars to certain categories and, then, that money is what we have for the month. Unlike some families, we don’t really “roll over” funds from one month to another– to be perfectly frank, while we’re sticklers for our [...]

Simple, Elegant Snowflake Wreath (for about a buck)

 

Holiday decor doesn’t have to bust the budget! You also don’t need to be super crafty. This simple, elegant wreath comes together in about 15 minutes and costs only a buck or two.

 

 

I am NOT crafty.

 

There, I said it.

 

I mean, I’m creative in the kitchen. And [...]

Turkey Ranch Pizza

A pizza crust can really serve as a base for all manner of flavor combinations! This ranch-y turkey pizza is a huge departure from plain old pepperoni, but the flavors are universally popular and well-received. (Plus, you work in lots of veggies!) Turkey Ranch Pizza Ingredients: 1 batch of pizza dough (your shopping list [...]

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