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I am SO proud of this parenting hack, but sadly I can’t take credit, because it was my husband’s idea. This past weekend we broke out all our alphabet fridge magnets, and Teddy went nuts. The problem was that the kitchen is an off-limits zone that we’ve gated rather than baby/toddler-proofing, so we really don’t…

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Mother’s Day On A Budget

Along with the blooming flowers and blazing sunshine comes the plans for celebrating Mother’s Day. Our moms are always there for us, and now is when we show them how much we appreciate all they do. However, between flowers, gifts, and dining out, Mother’s Day costs can quickly add up. How do you keep within…

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Shopping at Target?

Did you know? Target has a simple system for all markdowns. When the last number of a price is an eight, that item’s price may later be reduced further. If the last digit of the price is a four, that’s the lowest it’ll go. So, if you see a must-have sweater on sale for $19.88, don’t…

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Chatbooks Lifehack

Ever judge other moms who seem to be excessively posting photos of their kids on Instagram and even worse, hashtagging their kids’ names ad nauseam? Guilty as charged. Well, it turns out they were actually WAY smarter than me (go figure) and may have simply been a Chatbooks subscriber. Have you heard of Chatbooks? The…

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Pinterest-Perfect Birthdays

Recently I’ve had a number of friends ask me what I did for Teddy’s first birthday party back in November. They know I’m crafty and like that kind of stuff, and have planned events for a living for the majority of my career. And a couple have even asked me why I never posted pictures…

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Another round of our free Financial Peace University classes is starting back up again at work (March 7 – May 2, and spots are still available!) and because the class had such a HUGE impact on me and my husband, I figured I’d share some of my experience. This is something I wrote back in the…

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Eat Poor, Live Rich.

When I was growing up, my dad was known for welcoming us home from school by announcing, “I have a pound of ground beef thawed, what do you want for dinner?” No one was particularly in to cooking in my family. It was really a chore and not so much a joy for anyone involved.…

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