250 Best Beans, Lentils & Tofu Recipes – A Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

  UPDATE:  The winner is Heather [email protected]  Congratulations! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight or to save money (or maybe you want to do both), the new cookbook, 250 Best Beans, Lentils and Tofu Recipes published by Robert Rose is the perfect cookbook for you. This book begins by explaining […]

I Did It – I Officially Quit My Job

I created Mom’s Plans at the end of March, 2009.  At the time, my second child was 5 months old, I was on maternity leave, and I was on a mission to quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom.  Unfortunately, my husband was unable to graduate with his Ph.D. as we had planned, so […]

Finding Personal and Familial Fulfillment One Cheerio at a Time

I was watching a little boy of about two eating some Cheerios the other day.  He started out eating them one by one.  Then, two by two.  Shortly after, he was trying to grab as many as he could in his chubby hand; when he did that, about half made it to his mouth, and half […]

What Elizabeth Edwards Taught Me

From the time John Edwards entered the 2004 presidential race, I liked his wife, Elizabeth.  Maybe it was because she was a bit chubby, and I could relate to that.  (You can view my weight loss progress at my other blog, Reformed Chocoholic.)  Maybe it was because she looked like a great mom.  She just […]

Why We Have Not Purchased A Home–Yet

My husband and I moved to our current apartment 10 years ago. At the time, we naively thought we would be here for one year. Then my husband began his combined M.A./Ph.D. program, and a few years after that, we had our son. The years began to stretch out. My goal was to move closer […]

An Unexpected Financial and Personal Bonus

Back in February, before my daughter was born, my husband and I made the difficult decision that I would give up my income and be a stay at home mom as I have always wanted. My husband is finishing up his dissertation for his Ph.D., so the income he could bring in would be from […]

The Dining Out Challenge Blog

My husband and I love to eat out. It is our one true vice that keeps us from living as frugally as we would like. It is not unusual for us to spend $50 on dinner out. I conducted a poll on my blog a few weeks ago and asked how much my readers averaged […]

Deciding to Stay Home, Part II

In part I of this post, I outlined the long path through my husband’s educational career and my full-time career. You can read that post here. We have two choices—I can keep working and he can keep taking care of the kids. He probably won’t be able to graduate for another two years. Neither of […]