Budgeting Lessons– the $5 Project

 

 

 

 

We’re off of school today– our “President’s Break” goes from Saturday to Tuesday every year, so this is the last day of laziness. And it seemed like the perfect time to continue my most important ongoing project– raising these little people to become savvy, productive members of society.

 

 

Right [...]

(How to Make) All-Purpose Healing Salve

 

 

 

No matter what all the pumpkin spice addicts try to tell me, I know there’s just about a full MONTH of summer left. Hooray! I love the lingering light of summer and really never want it to end.

 

With summer, however, come a lot of minor skin irritations. From too much [...]

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 [...]

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