Can husbands be right about parenting?

Can husbands be right about parenting?

I took my son to the YMCA yesterday.  We have a membership there which will forever be in the budget because at $70 a month, it includes two hours a day of free child care, and James loves it because it’s stuffed with building toys like train tracks, giant blocks, and a big puzzle mat.  I’ll admit that I sometimes drop James off at the Kid’s Club and sit in the lobby for an hour drinking the free coffee and relaxing.  Hey, a…

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Minimalist living.

Minimalist living.

Right now we’re renting an apartment in Cherry Creek, CO.  It has been great living within walking distance of my mom and we will take full advantage of that for the next four and a half months.  But when our lease is up, it will be time to move on and find a simpler, more affordable, living arrangement.  So, in preparation, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we want to live.  Where we live will depend a lot on how our job…

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The busy boycott.

The busy boycott.

Do you ever have moments where everything seems to come together?  Have you ever noticed when those moments happen?  For me, they happen when I step back and allow them to happen.  When I take a break from the craziness that we call a life.  When I take the time to reflect on who I am and what I want to do with the short time I have here on earth.  And as my thirties race by, I’m starting to…

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Free entertainment for a 2 year old.

Free entertainment for a 2 year old.

Sometimes it can be challenging to keep a two year old entertained, especially mine.  James needs a lot of variety in his life to keep him from getting bored.  He likes to see different people, go different places, play with different toys, and eat different foods.  I hear about so many kids who just want to eat chicken nuggets every night.  Not mine.  He’ll eat them twice and then he’s done.  He tells me, “I’m sick for ticken wuggets!”  I’m like,…

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Another week of meals.

Another week of meals.

So, This post is going to be about how to eat for $180 a week.  Why?  Because that’s what it came out to this week and I was too tired to go back through the meals and find places to save money.  Plus, we are going to have Paleomg crockpot carne asada which calls for 1.5 lbs of flank steak which costs about $10 per lb. which is more than double what I usually pay for meat.  But it’s going…

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Impulse buying.

Impulse buying.

I just read this great post called 10 Frugal Tips for Simple Living and the author made a lot of great suggestions but the one I liked the most was about impulse buying.  For me, controlling impulse buying has been a natural side effect of tracking my spending and creating a budget.  I didn’t really even realize that I made a lot of impulse purchases until I stopped.  Have you ever walked out of Target $200 poorer and wondered to yourself,…

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Serenity prayer not just for alcoholics.

Serenity prayer not just for alcoholics.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” This is perhaps the most intelligent sentence ever written.  If you have no other form of guidance in your life, at least remind yourself of the serenity prayer once a day.  It’s especially great if you tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and tend to criticize those who don’t live up…

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Eating for $150 a week.

Eating for $150 a week.

So… We started our $150 a week meal plan and we haven’t quite managed to stay under $150 but we’re close and we have cut way down on our grocery bills.  It’s amazing how much you can save just by being organized and planning a week of meals in advance.  One reason why we’ve been coming in slightly over budget is milk.  Both my son and my husband are lactose intolerant and I like to buy organic milk because I…

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A dignified low income class for America.

A dignified low income class for America.

We are beginning our journey to a simpler life.  I’m making some changes.  Look out! I took a look at my finances to see what we’re spending and this is what January looked like… JANUARY SPENDING     Category Amount Gym Membership $74 Wine $11 Amazon Orders $56.96 Car Insurance $114.78 Child Care $446 Eating Out $111.76 Gas $30.48 Gifts $127.19 Groceries $983.60 Internet $35 Parking $10 Rent & Utilities $1,858 Uber $33.54 Total $3,89 This is what it costs…

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The beginning of simple.

The beginning of simple.

So, I’m a little crazy.  I know that.  And I’m fine with it.  It keeps life interesting.  I have a tendency to get these crazy ideas and put a lot of work into them, sometimes with little to no return.  But I’m okay with my craziness.  It’s just the way I figure life out.  I say this pretty often, but I think this idea is really good!  I’ve been thinking a lot about life and what’s important and what’s not…

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