A New School

 

 

Yesterday was my brother’s birthday and that reminded me of how, ten years before, I’d been four months pregnant with A. and had wound up hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum. I was released on my big bro’s bday and I can still remember weakly laying sprawled out on my kitchen floor in Virginia, calling [...]

(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 [...]

Quick Kid-Friendly Suppers

 

 

 

Around here, the “at-home date night” is a regular staple. How we pull this off is really rather simple. I prepare supper for the kids early on, we go through our regular evening/bedtime routine, and then we reconvene for a grown-up meal where we eat, sans kids. Sometimes we grab take-out 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 [...]

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 [...]

MYODN (Make-Your-Own-Date-Night)

 

 

Every couple of months, my husband and I have the pleasure of venturing out on the town, sans kids, for a date night OUT. For some of you, that seems sort of pathetic, as you manage to go out far more frequently. For others, it likely sounds like a dream come true since [...]

A Week of Preschool Lunches

 

 

I post my menu plans around here pretty regularly. After a bit of a hiatus (mainly because I became convinced it was no longer “cool” to blog about your meals), I came back and figured I didn’t much care if I was cool or not.

 

For those plans, I include a breakfast, [...]

How to Descale a Drip Coffeemaker

 

 

So, two weeks ago, my coffeemaker died.

 

I KNOW.

 

This was a borderline tragedy around here and, if it weren’t the generosity of my church school students and their gifts of Dunkin Donuts gift cards, I surely would have been weeping. I tried tea a couple mornings– I don’t care what [...]

(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 [...]

Shame, Value, and Skinniness

 

 

People make fun of my middle child for her size.

 

No, she’s not overweight. No, she’s not of Amazon height. No, she’s not the shortest kid in school.

 

She’s just… well, skinny.

 

 

(See? I’ve always fed her. Even when she stole my food when I was [...]

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