Give the Kids Chores to Save Your Sanity

Do your kids have regular chores they do around the house?  If you’re a work at home parent or both parents work out of the home, assigning your children chores is essential to maintaining some order in your home.  (A stay-at-home parent can benefit, too.  There’s no reason the parent has to do everything.)  Besides […]

How to Declutter Your Home and Turn Your Trash into Cash

Most people are pack rats by nature. They hoard away all sorts of useless junk until their closets, basements, attics, and garages are ready to burst at the seams. I still have things boxed away from when I moved into my house almost two years ago. I haven’t the slightest idea what’s in them but there can’t […]

Frugal Ways to Find Kids Winter Gear

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If you live in an area of the country that gets cold and snowy in the winter, you’re likely experiencing a deep freeze right about now.  We have just received two feet of snow in one week thanks to two storms days apart, and we’re looking at a high of -14 one day this week.  […]

How to Keep Young Kids Entertained Without Spending a Penny

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The other day Alexa from Single Mom’s Income shared some of her favorite inexpensive ideas for keeping young children entertained.  Some of her suggestions include coloring books, board games, and family trips to the library.  Those are all great ideas, but what if you’re on the road or in a waiting room where you don’t […]

This New Year, Consider Setting Goals as a Family

People set a lot of goals for the new year, everything from eating healthier, to exercising, to improving their finances and everything in between.  If you’re single, accomplishing your goals rests entirely on your shoulders.  You’re the one who decides to make a healthy dinner at night or go through the fast food drive thru.  […]

My Goals for 2014

Well another year has bitten the dust.  My family was pretty busy in 2013 and that’s nothing new.  We continued settling into our new home (while I got used to a much longer commute) and everyone is adjusting well.  We’ve made some really great friends and the kids love their new school.  The girls are […]

Top 10 TV Christmas Specials


One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is cuddling up on the couch with my kids and watching our favorite Christmas specials.  There’s just something special about watching holiday shows and movies by the light of the Christmas tree.  But there’s so many classic Christmas specials to choose from…which should you watch first? Well […]

Is Your Smartphone Ruining Your Life?

Technology is a funny thing.  You live your life just fine without the latest upgrades.  But then you decide to buy the latest gadget, and suddenly you can’t live without it. Twenty years ago, cell phones were limited to use by businessmen.  Then, within 10 years, cell phones became more common place.  Now almost everyone […]

Deep Fried Turkey – The Only Way to Cook Your Bird


Deep Fried Turkey Made Easy Do you want to learn how to make a deep fried turkey that will amaze your family and friends?  I’ve been making our Thanksgiving bird like this for the last few years (not this year though, my sister is hosting at her house) and I promise you’ve never tasted anything […]

6 Tips for Traveling with Young Children

In just a few short weeks, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be upon us and with them, for many of us, comes travel to visit friends and family.  According to AAA (American Automobile Association), in 2010, “42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving weekend” ( If you’ll be […]

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