Let Your Child Have Fun AND Learn About Money This Summer With Money Confident Kids

Bookworm is starting to earn more for his allowance, and at 9, he’s becoming more aware of saving for what he wants.  For instance, every spring, just a few weeks before the annual book fair, he’s suddenly much more interested in doing chores and finding extra work to earn money. We give him $10 to […]

Our Strawberry Picking Trip and What To Do with 66 Pounds of Strawberries

Last year, we headed down to Mulberry Lane Farm, the only farm in Illinois to offer u-pick organic strawberries and picked and bought 43.5 pounds of strawberries.  While we thought we had bought plenty, we ran out around January (though we did have some jars of jam left).  It was a sad few months without strawberry […]

2013 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

  I find it hard to believe, but my son has just 4 short weeks left of school.  If your kids are like mine, they look forward to summer break but also get bored.  Luckily for me, my son is a voracious reader, but I always like to give him added incentive to read even […]

K5 Learning: Math and Reading Program for Elementary Students – A Review

Bookworm is finishing 3rd grade, and his grades are coming back strong for reading and spelling. However, his math grades, specifically for multiplication, uh-hum, leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, Bookworm seems to take after me.  I always excelled at reading and writing and couldn’t keep my head out of a book. Math, on the […]

A Fun Spring Break Trip: Checking Out the New Farm Where We’ll Get Our Meat CSA

We’ve belonged to our current meat CSA for nearly a year, and unfortunately, since the drought last summer, the quality has decreased while the price has increased.  We are now getting cuts that we don’t mind once in a while like ham hocks and neck bones, but these items come fairly frequently.  Our last CSA […]

Trying a Pinterest Idea: Decorating Easter Eggs with Crayon Shavings

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but neon egg dye kinda freaks me out.  Instead, I went searching on Pinterest for a different way to decorate Easter eggs.  I came across Housing a Forest’s Melted Crayon Easter Eggs and decided it would make a fun craft to do with the kids. I’m not […]

ABCmouse.com: Preschool Learning at Home – A Review

My daughters are now almost 4.5 and 3 years old.  My older daughter, especially, is interested in learning.  Because she won’t go to Japanese school until we have the money saved, I felt it necessary to do something I hadn’t thought about doing before–homeschooling.  We’re finding that ABCmouse.com is the perfect preschool learning at home! […]

Low Cost Online Summer Math Enrichment Programs

Once again this year I have signed my son up for several reading programs, though he doesn’t need much motivation to read.  It is an extra benefit that he gets a free book or another reward for reading. However, math continues to be challenging for him.  While I want him to relax and have fun this summer, […]

The Great Pumpkin Is Coming Tonight

Last year we learned about The Great Pumpkin through reading Couponing to Disney, and we let the kids keep 10 pieces of Halloween candy, and the rest was left out for The Great Pumpkin.  In the morning, each of the kids gets a surprise from The Great Pumpkin in exchange. Now that two of our […]

A Frugal Trip to Washington D.C.

My husband will be travelling to Washington D.C. in a few weeks to go to a conference.  Luckily, his expenses will be reimbursed through a grant with the professor he is working for.  The kids and I decided to tag along, mostly because I think my 7 year old, budding history buff, would really enjoy […]