Saving Money On School Pictures

Maybe your school offers really great deals on portrait packages. Maybe they take multiple shots to ensure a great pic. Maybe you feel confident that your child’s hair is still going to look great by the time they get to her. If those things hold true for you… awesome. But they do not for me.


Ten Ridiculously Easy Ways to Delight Your Children This Week

We all want to delight our children… right? But, well, sometimes I see ideas for crafts that, while darling and impressive, just seem overwhelming for where I’m at on that particular day. And sometimes I read about amazing adventures people design for their children and I think, “Wow! What an awesome mom!” but… do I [...]

A Desk For Baby

I mentioned that my husband is a big fan of Doritos. I like them sometimes too. I also have a recipe or two that call for the chips.

We do one big, monthly Aldi shopping trip. It takes an hour and a half, total, to make the drive there, so we try to get everything [...]

All Grocery Budgets Are Not Created Equal

This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile now… and a recent Twitter conversation really got my wheels turning. All grocery budgets are not created equal. Do you read those blogs? The ones that post their weekly budgets every week and then list the deals they scored? Me too. I find them so inspirational! [...]

Saving Money On Fancy Cheese

When I shared my Baked Rotini recipe the other day, I mentioned how I had a chunk of provolone to use from a package of cheese ends I’d picked up from the deli. This is something I do fairly frequently. At one of my local grocery stores, they sell the scraps and leftover pieces of [...]

Where to Find Replacement Balls for the Playskool Busy Ball Popper

Long ago, I wrote about how much our family loves the Playskool Busy Ball Popper. Three babies have played with it so far and it is- by far- a favorite around here. Readers agreed! They didn’t much like chasing the balls down for their children (that’s what older siblings are for! ;)), but they loved [...]

Make a List, Check it Twice

Those of you who know me in real life know that I completely defy the Connecticut norm… I spend less on one month’s groceries for my family of five than many spend on one week’s. There are a lot of reasons for this. One of them is my commitment to try to use coupons and [...]

Customized Baby Gift

My baby girl turns one on Saturday. Sniff. We’ll be having a little family gathering and giving her some little gifts. I’ll be making some cake balls a la Bakerella because, while not a sweets lover, my littlest child loves them. Because she is my second daughter (and I have nieces), we do not need [...]

How To Write a Good Complaint Letter

I don’t want it to sound like I’m forever complaining to companies and businesses because I am not. Quite frankly, I’m not all that picky and I also don’t have oodles of extra time on my hands. However, there are certain things that are just unacceptable… like when the laundry detergent stained a whole mess [...]

A Tale of Customer Service…

I drive an hour and a half (total trip) to do most of my grocery shopping. Sound crazy? I don’t think it is. We make the trek three towns over to Aldi once a month where I stock up for the next four weeks of meals. It’s worth it for us. It helps me stay [...]