That baby the Doctor said to get rid of…

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  Here's a recent photo of that baby the Neonatologist encouraged me to "terminate". Guess I made the right call. … [Continue reading]

Frugal Summer Fun


This summer my family is working on a goal: we're saving up a down payment for a home. So I've been flexing my old frugal muscles and trying to minimize expenses everywhere. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't plan on having fun this summer. Summers are made for relaxing, especially when you … [Continue reading]

Five Frugal Things


Joining up with frugal and fabulous bloggers The Frugal Girl and The Non-Consumer Advocate to share Five Frugal Things I've done recently. 1) … [Continue reading]

Recent Reads, perimenopause version


It's going to look like I did very little reading this month, when the truth is I did a ton. To be fair, I mostly skimmed several books on the … [Continue reading]

Scam week at the Willard house


It's an odd coincidence that after my last post about finances, the scammers decided to target our family. My husband called in the middle of a … [Continue reading]

shame of the middle class (and why teach kids about money)

By now you may have read either the original Atlantic article on The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, or read a response to it. The article … [Continue reading]

Um, this is cooler than I thought.

I was digging around at the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle site yesterday, downloading more of my goodies, when I noticed something I missed before: The … [Continue reading]

Large family logistics: it’s all about systems

large family logistics: systems

I've been thinking a lot lately about systems, and how implementing them is the answer to solving so many problems, especially in a large … [Continue reading]

Recent reads

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit - quick reviews of books recently read. All You Need to be Impossibly French by Helena Frith … [Continue reading]

Having one of those days? Watch this

I'll never forget an experience I had shortly after my first child was born. Just a few weeks old, I had dressed him up to go to our place of worship. … [Continue reading]