Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

From Envy to Admiration: When She’s Got What You Want

image from Allposters This post was originally published November 5, 2008. She’s got a nicer house than you. She’s skinnier after having a baby than you were before you ever got pregnant. She’s better organized. She’s got a great job, and you’re “just” ________________. (fill in the blank.) And on and on and on. Chances […]

The Wingfeather Saga: Books You Can’t Put Down!

It’s been a long time since I read a book that kept me up late at night reading and that kept me up even later, contemplating the storyline while lying in bed in the dark. Over the last few weeks my boys and I have been reading through the first two books in the Wingfeather […]

Send-Them-Off to College Gifts

This week 19 years ago, my dad dropped me off at college. I was 18 and ready to take the world by storm. Back then I did my writing on a word processor/typewriter and had never heard the word email. I bought my books at a bookstore (remember those?) and mail order was done with […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? – I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]

Why We Keep The Friends We Keep

I met Stephanie in third grade Sunday school. We’ve known each other for almost thirty years {gasp}. We took all the same classes in junior high and high school. We were on homecoming court together. She was at my wedding and my first baby shower. Now we walk through motherhood together. Just a few months […]

Mornin’, Monday!

It’s Monday morning and the last thing you probably want to hear is me talking about Back to School and all that. Yeah, my kids feel the same way. So while we’re slaving away at Spelling this morning, I thought I’d let you do the talking — to me. I’m curious what my readers like […]

Ten Dollar Dinners – What Fun!

Did you catch the season premiere of Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D’Arabian? I reviewed it over at Good (& Cheap) Eats. I think we’re in for a treat in the coming months — frugal food from a mom who knows how to cook!