Transparency and Encouragement– the Capsule Wardrobe Bottomline



I told you from the start– I broke a Capsule Wardrobe “Rule” right away when I decided to do two-month capsules instead of three. Why? Well, because that worked better. And there are no real rules, anyway!


Several of you appreciated how I adapted this idea to make it work for my [...]

If the dress fits…



“Mike’s end-of-the-year work party is coming up, so I ordered a bunch of dresses from Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom’s, figuring I’d just have them delivered and return what I didn’t like. I think I got like a dozen of them. Mike may have raised a brow at the $2,500 charge (giggle), but [...]

A Peek in JL’s Shopping Cart



Well, hey there! Guess what? I was actually OFF yesterday from working in the school. It was a very deliberate move on my part and one I try to make, ideally, once a week. Working every day outside the home leaves me feeling frantic and behind in my house. Sooo… I try to [...]

Menu Plan: Gratefully Accepting Some Convenience



Let’s chat just a bit about things we can do ourselves to save a little cash.


Because our food budget is in no way unlimited, I have taken to doing a lot of things myself in order to save some money. I’ve opted to put in some effort and sacrifice some convenience [...]

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 [...]