50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Five

Motherhood is not without its challenges. You know this. There are many demands on your time. And you just can’t do it all. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. But, what you can do is simplify and adjust. Make changes that allow peacefulness to reign in your heart, mind, and home. […]

Frugal Friday: Free or Almost Free Hand Soap

Yes, back in the old days, Gramma placed a bar of soap at the sink and we called it good. But, somewhere in my childhood some wise chemist developed soft or liquid soap. And our lives were changed. And as the years passed, mothers everywhere became addicted to soft soap. It reduced the mess at […]

Modifications Permissible

From The Mommy Manual: Keep in mind that modifying your standards is not always a sign of laziness but sometimes of intelligent decision making. When we lower our standards because circumstances defeat us or we feel weak, we don’t feel good about the result. But when we evaluate the demands on our time, our children’s […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Four

This is what my life feels like somedays. Messy and disorganized. Like the breakfast dishes that could have been rinsed and put in the dishwasher right away, but weren’t, things can start to pile up. There’s goo lurking in that pile that I probably don’t want to touch. But, the only solution is to slip […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week, once I get the car unloaded and the laundry washed, the kids and I are going out back to take dominion of the flower beds currently overrun with weeds. It’s our hope to get some tomatoes and basil planted as well as a few other herbs and veggies. If you’re thinking of doing […]

Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

The Farmer’s Market – A Fine Thing!

Visiting Farmers’ Market is something that our family has done for almost fifteen years now in two countries and four different cities. Nowadays, it’s more about the experience than it is about the good deals. Usually, we find some fun snacks and go home with a few goodies. The kids and I went to a […]

Cheese Enchiladas (URS: Meatless Main Dishes)

This week we’re swapping Main Dish recipes that don’t include meat. As I mentioned earlier this week, occasionally opting out of meat can be great for your budget as well as lessen wear and tear on the environment. I started doing this years ago when we went to one income. I had read Miserly Moms […]