Amy Puetz’s Countdown to Thanksgiving: A Review

Last year was our first year homeschooling, and I was busy just trying to adapt and thrive.  I was, I'll admit it, a bit (okay, a lot!) anal retentive.  I had a list, and I crossed everything off.  We did what we were supposed to do. This year, … [Continue reading]

Self-Employment Worries

86c3d5f31d444be8a2705aefcac36a80 (1)

The following is a post from staff writer Crystal Stemberger at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.  She writes about saving, spending, and budgeting in the fun stuff in between with income solely from self-employment. When I took the leap into … [Continue reading]

How We Saved Money Last Week


I stopped by several garage sales and found several great deals.  I bought: pink dress shoes for PB & J Girl for 50 cents, shorts for my husband, $1 a piece.  I bought him 4 pairs, binders for 50 cents each (I was going to go to the store … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for November 1, 2014

November 1st already.  I can hardly believe it! Our November is going to be a busy one, so I'm looking for simple meals and meals that I can double and stash in the freezer. Monday Lunch--leftover Tuna Noodle Casserole Dinner--Shredded … [Continue reading]

Easy Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free Chocolate Frosting


PB & J Girl turned 6 recently!  She wanted a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  The cake mix was easy enough to find. The frosting, not so much. PB & J Girl is intolerant to gluten, dairy, and corn, among other things.  I looked at … [Continue reading]

Weekly Goals for October 29, 2014, and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

I'm staying is survival mode this week thanks to a heavy workload, but I think some of the pressure should ease up after the month ends.  Meanwhile, I'm keeping my goals list very light. Here's what I accomplished last week: Last Week's … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: A March on London


Bookworm loves history.  He has a special interest in England and loves anything related to England. We were given the chance to review one Jim Hodges Productions audio book as well as accompanying study guide.  These audio books and guides are … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Clued in Kids

Even though it's October, some days here in Arizona have continued to be very warm, including a 95 degree day!  I love to have things to do for the kids when it's too hot to go outside, so I was happy to try out treasure hunts from Clued in … [Continue reading]

Menu Planning for October 26, 2014

I had to break down and buy a few things at the store this weekend so we could make it through until our next two week grocery trip this Friday.  Still, I think we're doing pretty good lowering our grocery bill and stocking the freezer.  (We have 14 … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Warriors of Honor

Bookworm and I are both history buffs.  Last year, Bookworm studied American history through the early 1800s.  Later this year, he's slated to study the Civil War. When I had the opportunity to review Warriors of Honor ($19.95) by New Liberty … [Continue reading]