Kindergarten Baseball Update

Christopher and I are both really enjoying baseball. I’m helping coach. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand by and watch. I lasted about 5 minutes at the first practice before I was out there helping. Ha. And Christopher is not taking it as seriously as I expected. Yay!  The kids huddled up before […]

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Saving money on books

I read a lot. 97 books last year. 41 books so far this year. It would cost a small fortune if I had bought all of those books, even the Kindle versions. So how do I keep from spending money on books? Aside from the more traditional method of borrowing books from friends, I have […]

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My YA Book Club, an origin story

Two years ago tonight was the first meeting of my Young Adult Book Club. I was inspired to start this group after reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In April 2013 I was feeling like I’d lost myself in motherhood. A couple days before my mother’s birthday, I told my husband that I wanted to […]

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My book review rating system

I love Goodreads. It helps me keep track of books I’ve already read. And more importantly, I can rate the books I’ve read, so I always have a list of books to recommend when someone asks. My memory is not what it once was. I got a case of baby brain when I was pregnant […]

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Who asks to do chores?!

About a month before Christopher’s 5th birthday, he asked if he could do chores. Umm…yeah! Sure! I told him we could start chores once he turned 5. I needed some time to think about what chores he could do, whether we’d pay him allowance, how much the allowance should be, etc. I stalled by saying […]

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A better approach to a monthly budget

I have Quicken for our personal finances, and I tried for many years to create a monthly budget and stick to it. I never had much success. Somehow I always found myself pulling small amounts of money out of savings to pay for something at the end of the month, usually our credit card bill. […]

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Machines do not make babies

When my son was 4 year old, he started talking about “the machines that made me” (him). Umm. What?! I didn’t really know how to respond to that statement. I wanted to set him straight but explaining where babies come from was a conversation I didn’t think I’d be having for many more years. Then […]

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