What To Get Him for Valentine’s Day?

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Wondering what to get him for Valentine’s Day? OK, so a true Valentines idea for him would be skipping the holiday altogether (or participating in an activity that isn’t suitable to mention on a family-friendly blog *snark snark*), but since us girls aren’t going to let them get away with that, we can at least give our […]

“I just don’t have time”

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This phrase has crept its way into my speech and thoughts more and more over the last five months. My favorite variant is the sarcastic “Oh I should do that in my spare time.” I’m trying to eradicate this attitude. It reeks of martyrdom and the truth is we all pretty much have the time […]

Crochet Longies

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After my success with crocheting a diaper soaker, I wanted to attempt a pair of longies for Sweet T to run around the house in this winter. Ok, so she’s not exactly running around at 5 months old (more like sitting around and whining for me to take her to “see what she can see” […]

Make Your Own Fire Starters for free!

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Now that we have a woodburning stove, we try to burn it as much as possible to help with our heating bill. While Hubs has no problem starting a fire with kindling, newspaper, and a match, I need a little extra help. We have been buying fire starters, but I hate to spend money on […]

I’m a Perfectionist (but I suck at it)

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A T-shirt with that emblazoned on the front is what I’m asking for next Christmas. Making peace with imperfection is a tall order for the perfectionist at heart, but it’s an essential tool in order to enjoy a simple, contented life. As human beings it’s impossible to achieve perfection so why do we spend massive […]

9 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

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Ways to Save Money on Laundry 1. Wash certain items less often – Depending on your lifestyle, jeans, bath towels, and sheets are probably things that you’re washing too often. Washing jeans more often than after 3-4 wears can cause them to wear out prematurely. Washing sheets once per week is considered the norm, but if […]

Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese

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What was for dinner last night? Pepper Jack Mac! So it’s not the healthiest thing in the world, but it sure is cheap, easy, and tasty. Hubs compliments me every time I serve it. Considering I get little more than a “meh” over more expensive and labor intensive-dishes, guess what I’ll be making more of? […]

Cracker Barrel Scavenger Hunt

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This will work at any Cracker Barrel so use it for a birthday, Thanksgiving, or Christmas and surprise your loved ones with a little something different. If you don’t have a Cracker Barrel in your area….well…bless your heart! Clue#1 Hidden in recipient(s) napkin Congrats [family surname] Crew! You found the very first clue, Talk to […]

DIY Cloth Wipe Solution

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When I first started cloth diapering I used disposable wipes. This only lasted a few days before I realized this method was more trouble that it was worth since after a diaper change the wipe had to go in the garbage while the cloth diaper went in the pail. Now, I’m even more hooked on […]

The Zen of Cloth Diapering

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Frugality has a stiff competitor in most areas of my life. Laziness too often trumps attempts to penny pinch, but with our new attitude toward simplicity and self-sufficiency in place we decided to give cloth diapering a go. Prior to Sweet T’s birth I viewed our future as cloth diaperers with dread. Who can honestly […]