Goodbye Mom



I’ve been a bit less active in the blogosphere than usual lately but I had a very good reason…my Mom was dying. My mother has been battling several serious health issues over the last few years and she had deteriorated significantly in recent months.  She was no longer able to live on her own (even […]

My SitterCity Review – How to Find a Babysitter



My review of SitterCity and how we used it to find a reliable babysitter quickly and easily. A few months ago my wife and I decided we needed to find a reliable babysitter.  In the past we’ve always relied on my sister watch our kids, or we traded babysitting services with friends who also had […]

Develop an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child This Summer



If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 12, chances are that they enjoy earning money, but there aren’t many opportunities for them to earn as much money as they would like.  This summer, help them utilize their time off to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Of course, we have all heard of […]

Getting Dinner on the Table on Busy Week Nights



There is an image of the 1950s housewife, complete with her red and white ruffle apron, presenting her husband a nice roast fresh from the oven after he has returned from work and had time to read the paper. Obviously, we are now far from those days; in many families both parents work and the […]

Setting Mom Up in Long Term Care



The last few months have been very difficult for my family.  My mom’s health is in serious decline and we’ve had to deal with a whole slew of unpleasant situations.  We’re going through the Medicaid approval process, we pre-paid funeral expenses for when the inevitable occurs, and we’re working on getting her house up for […]

How to Have an Organic Garden Even If You Rent



If you are a renter, you may think gardening is not possible for you.  After all, if you do have a yard, it is not yours to dig up and create a garden.  Often, you may not even have room to garden.  However, there are other ways you can garden even if you are a […]

7 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Guarantee You’ll Spend the Night on the Couch



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Give your wife any of these crappy Mother’s Day gifts and you’ll be looking for a new place to sleep. Guys are not exactly known for their ability to pick out the perfect gift.  And with Mother’s Day just a few days away there is bound to be a lot of last minute scrambling to […]

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



kids winter gear

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.  […]

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