Birthday Cake Round-Up & A Dave Ramsey Cake

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Today is the day! Time to share what fun and creative cakes you’ve made for your family. Thank you to the ladies who sent me photos of their family birthday cakes. How fun! Many sent in more than one cake, but in the name of space, I’ve just been able to post one per person. […]

Family Feasts and Once a Month Cooking: A Guest Post


Mary Ostyn is my hero. Well, one of them anyway. I haven’t read her blog, Owlhaven, for long, but I’ve read both her books over the last year. Reading A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family came at a time when I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the immensities of my “life as […]

$5 Dinners and Freezer Cooking: A Guest Post

BarbMcMahon kitchen

Photo Source: Barb McMahon Today’s post is brought to you by fellow mom and foodie, Erin Chase, also known as the $5 Dinner Mom. Erin recently wrote a book called The $5 Dinner Cookbook, a great complement to your arsenal of tools for crafting  good eats that fit the budget. Here Erin shares how her […]

Going My Way? Travel Tips for the Old and Young


Photo source: kthread I’m in the midst of planning my first trip without my family. Ever. Ever. Did I say ever? Oh, I was supposed to fly to see my sister after she had her first baby, but I got the Flu from Hell and stayed home, dying a slow painful death. And I have […]

Pantry Challenge: How We Did

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This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

Grocery Geek Presents: $35 Left!

{the camera went MIA yesterday afternoon while I was at the store. Pretend you see a photo of my groceries here.} I think we’re going to make it, folks. I’ve got $35 left in my grocery envelope and we’re set on milk, cheese, produce, etc until Wednesday when I make my OAMC Shopping trip. I’m […]

Frugal Friday: Be Willing to Be Weird

Last weekend, I went to a grocery store in a rather upscale neighborhood where I don’t normally shop. It was on our route and so it was convenient. I was getting three items, two of which were going to be free with coupons. When I handed the two coupons to the checker, she was dumbfounded. […]

Why I Want to Live Debt Free

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Pay Off Debt

Almost three years ago my husband and I were convicted to stop using credit and to pay off our debts. Thanks to God, Dave Ramsey, and some hard work, we were able to do just that. Today we don’t spend money we don’t have and except for a mortgage on a rental property, we have […]