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Budgeting on a Limited Income

Budgeting on a Limited Income

Budgeting has always been a priority for my husband and I.  We graduated from college in 2008 and 2009. The economy was trashed. Finding a job, any job, was a miracle.  Keeping that job was even more impressive.  Both my husband and I have experienced bouts of unemployment in our early careers, and it has influenced […]

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USED CLOTHES

My Year Buying Only Used Clothes

It was time to shake things up. After several babies and the fluctuating sizes that go along with that, I wanted to make a renewed effort to dress well. I don’t mean fancy, after all I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t need to “dress to impress.” But I didn’t want to succumb to a […]

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design

Design for Children

“Hi, My name is Betsy, and I’m a design snob.” Moms (in unison): “Welcome, Betsy.” Well, thanks for the warm reception! You know, I haven’t always been this way. I owe it all to five intense years spent in architecture studio, which was more of a Zoolander-style brainwashing exercise than anything else. Let’s just say […]

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Every little boy AND girl needs this tee. Because obviously.

7 Tips for Out-of-the-Box Boy Fashion

In a past life, I dreamt of being a fashionista. Then, I got pregnant and found yoga pants and that dream was far-gone. When I became a mom of two boys I thought my visions of living out the rest of my fashionable days vicariously through them were sure to be crushed. The clothing within the “boys” […]

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Everyday tasks

All the Small Things: This is the Work That We Do

Pick up the toys, wash the dishes, restock the diaper bag, fold the clothes, pick up the toys again, fold the blankies and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. As moms, we’re often the back-office support that helps makes our households run smoother. While we do very essential tasks everyday like feed our children and pay […]

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10 Best Halloween Books for kids

10 Best Halloween Books for Kids

Is it just me or does having kids suddenly make you as giddy as, well, a kid, when it comes to Halloween? I’m that crazy mom that scours stores for the perfect skeleton pajamas, frequents the Target dollar spot to stock up on festive “necessities,” and brainstorms clever costume ideas while laying in bed at night. (They’re still considered clever if […]

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Horrors of Zulily

Horrors of Zulily

It’s no secret that I love shopping for kid’s clothes, and I love a good deal. Have you ever heard of Zulily? It allegedly combines both of these things. But once you dig past the irresistible sales on Toms and Hanna Andersson, you will find some… alarming? terrifying? downright weird? trends. Let’s start with the […]

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side table

Secondhand Shopping for Beginners

Before becoming a mom, I liked buying new furniture, new clothes, and new books with those crisp, clean pages. But now, my budget is tighter, my clothes are more well-loved, and the furniture in my home is working harder than before. So, I’ve started purchasing more items secondhand – and I love it! Secondhand shopping […]

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Shop Like a Chef

Shop Like a Chef

One thing that being a being a mom has taught me, is that I have to have a plan… for everything. Gone are the carefree days where an extra trip to the store was a 10-minute affair, now including the meltdown on the way in and the foodstuffs opened in the grocery store aisle any […]

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