An Update on My Health


A few of you have asked what the status is with my health. Honestly, taking care of myself went on the backburner when we moved out to Arizona in late July.  When we were living in the vacation rental when we first moved out here, I found it hard … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Now that it's Advent, the kids and I decided to pause their regular school work (except Math and reading) to focus on an Advent curriculum I've pieced together.  I'm looking forward to the lighter school load and the chance to spend fun, quality time … [Continue reading]

Open a Capital One Account and Get Free Money!

Today is the last day.  Have you taken advantage of this offer yet?  It's the easiest way around to earn $100 or $200, depending on how many accounts you open. Note:  This post contains affiliate links.  If you use them, you won't be affected in … [Continue reading]

Deiss Dual Julienne & Vegetable Peeler Review

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing our food as does my husband in the mornings and on weekends.  We're happy to use any tool that makes our lives easier. We recently were given the opportunity to try the Deiss Dual Julienne & … [Continue reading]

Emmy’s Organics Review and Giveaway

  I love finding new, healthy, tasty foods.  I found just that when I sampled Emmy's Organics macaroons. About Emmy's Organics Emmy's Organics began in 2008 when Samantha met Ian in Ithaca, New York.  Both were interested in raw foods and … [Continue reading]

Frugal Things We Did Last Week


We were incredibly blessed to have my cousin and her family fly from snowy Michigan (where they encountered several delays and arrived 6 hours late--in the middle of the night) to Tucson to visit us this past week.  My husband and I loved seeing … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for November 22, 2014

Last week was busy, so I decided not to write up a menu plan. My husband had two grants due within three days.  One grant would help pay 1/2 his student loan balance over two years, and the other grant would fund his research for the upcoming year … [Continue reading]

Within Our Means: Why Americans Can’t Seem To Stick To A Budget


Budgets are a lot like diets. We have a vague sense that they are good for us. We commit to getting on one. We start them with great enthusiasm. They are forgotten in less than a month. We throw up our hands in defeat, feel bad about ourselves for a … [Continue reading]

Frugal Frozen Presents for Kids

My kids are obsessed with Frozen.  I hate to be a meanie, but I've heard "Let It Go" sung so many times in this house that I sometimes make them stop.  There is only so much Frozen I can take.  I do still let them watch the movie, but I need a week … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Snake Oil

Are you always searching for fun, creative games to play with your children?  We are. We recently got to try the game Snake Oil ($19.99) by Out of the Box Games, and we loved it! About Out of the Box Games I've heard of a few Out of the Box … [Continue reading]