The growing trend of stay-at-home moms

In my region of New York State (120 miles north of NYC), we have seen a fairly steady job market and it's not uncommon to have one working spouse and a stay-at-home mom or dad. I belong to a hiking group and honestly, I am one of the very few moms who works out side … Continue reading The growing trend of stay-at-home moms

Why remote work & working from home makes cent$

For a while now my employer has been bringing up the remote work policy. Rumors fly every year that management wants to take it away, kill the policy. This bothers me, not because I personally work remotely, but because driving to an office 5 days a week for 8 hours a day is an antiquated … Continue reading Why remote work & working from home makes cent$

Community Consignment Sales and Buying Kids Clothes for Less

Lets face it. Nothing is better than a bag full of decent hand-me-downs. When it comes to babies, toddlers, and fast growing kids, clothing costs for brand new items at regular store prices would break the bank. Even Carters are upward of $24 for a cute outfit these days. Don't get me started on children's … Continue reading Community Consignment Sales and Buying Kids Clothes for Less

Staying engaged with your kids when the days seem long

This past weekend was a gift. Thursday, Friday and Saturday seemed to stretch out their golden hours and allow our family to enjoy the days. I got around to doing some crafty science with the girls. We also lucked out and had a day of 50 degrees with sunshine that allowed us to get outside … Continue reading Staying engaged with your kids when the days seem long

A budget that works! How to allocate every single dollar.

I have always used a very unsophisticated budget. It was based on the 1st and 15th of every month and the due date of the bills. Bills were paid from either the paycheck from the first of the month or from the second check. For years I would have maybe $50 or maybe $200 left … Continue reading A budget that works! How to allocate every single dollar.

The second time is sweeter

Oh the second baby. After the ravage of childbirth, the year of 'firsts', surviving sleep deprivation, and finally getting the hang of it, along comes the desire to have another baby. With the exception of 'one and done' families and the 'whoops! I didn't really plan that one', there comes a time when baby fever … Continue reading The second time is sweeter