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Frugal Friday

It's almost Christmas! I've been wrapping like crazy and still have a tiny dab of shopping to do for a few folks that I'm feeling clueless about, but I'm getting there. We also got another birthday celebrated -- hard to believe, but our oldest son is now 23.  Happy birthday, Jared! Here are some quick frugal highlights this week. I returned something that we've never … [Read More...]

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Royal Icing for Candy Houses

Royal Icing for Gingerbread Houses

Each December in our homeschool craft co-op we get together to make candy houses, which we put together using graham crackers and royal icing.  Once the houses are built, it's best to wait 5-10 minutes before adding candy-- regular frosting works … [Read More...]

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Book ideas for kids

We're down to the last full week before Christmas--does that seem crazy to you?  I'm getting close to done with my shopping, but have at least half a dozen more items to find. If you're in the same boat and are on the hunt for books for your kids, I … [Read More...]

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Join my spending challenge?

It’s Frugal Friday today, and  after rassling with the contents of my fridge, pantry and freezer this past week,  I decided it’s time to give myself another spending challenge. I usually spend around $700 on groceries in a month and during the month of September, I’m going to try to get by on $300. Honestly, […]

faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

Faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

John has been busy sheet-rocking in the boys bathroom, which is really exciting, because that means paint is coming soon.  One of the ideas we’re tossing around is doing a decorative finish on the wall with kind of a plaster-look finish.  This morning I found several different tutorials for adding a bit more texture to […]

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Just keep swimming

Oh my goodness, this is looking like a busy week. On the agenda, with probable additions as the week goes on: Two doctor’s checkups Our 18 year old daughter’s first days in the dental program at college Three soccer games More tomato picking and canning.  Ditto for cukes and plums. 6 drives to 3 soccer […]

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Frugal Friday

I’ve got almost nothing for you this week.  It was a very busy erranding/soccer practice/school prep kind of week which always results in eating fast food more often than is strictly necessary. One day when the fast food craving hit, we did go with McDonald’s instead of Jimmy John’s which would have been twice the […]

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End of summer

I always mourn the end of summer. This one was busier than usual with kids jobs and activities,  but it was still slower-paced than the school year.  I love sleeping in, having time to swim and camp, and just not feeling the press of school assignments. Our most recent camping trip included Jared’s girlfriend and […]

Free Online Resources for School

Free online resources for school

With school just getting underway, I thought I’d share some online learning resources that are out there for folks who don’t have a lot of money to spend.  Twenty websites, all free– what a beautiful thing!  If you know of other free online resources for homeschooling or for enrichment learning, please share them in comments, […]

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frugality this week

Time for frugal Friday again! We’ve had a busy week. One of my sons (Josh) started soccer practice this week and had two-a-day practices ALL week long, so I deliberately avoided most activities besides that, but I still had at least a couple days where I probably drove 80-100 miles in one day alone. Thankfully […]

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On suicide

In light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, so many people are writing on the topic of suicide, some with compassion and some with judgement.  Here are two excellent reads from friends of minds that illuminate the suffering soul and offer encouragement along that hard path.  Please, let’s be light-bearers, reminding each other of […]

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Storage ideas for tiny bathrooms

Our bathroom project is progressing really well.  We’ve got the toilet and shower in working order, are hard at work on sheetrock, and hope to have the sink functional within the next day or two. Of course then comes taping, mudding, texturing, painting, and trimming out.  (Yikes– there’s lots still to do!) One of the […]