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11 cheap (and free!) toys for young children

This post was originally published on August 18, 2008. The price of toys these days is disheartening. They can also be loud, obnoxious, and cheaply-made. I stand firmly in the camp of having fewer, but high-quality toys than having a thousand pieces of plastic to trip over, pick up, and lose. Plus, the less toys (read more…)

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The art of negotiating – a crucial skill for a frugal lifestyle

The thing I love most about the frugal approach to life is that it forces me to get creative. The more I challenge myself, the more fun it gets. Small efforts and small returns add to big changes in life and big savings overall. More than anything, it makes me feel better for trying, all (read more…)

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What kids need most – cool parents

Last month we explored putting yourself first for a healthy marriage. This time, we’re going to explore where you are in relation to your kids. The greatest thing you can do for your kids is learn to focus on yourself. Let me repeat – the greatest thing you can do for your kids is learn (read more…)

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The importance of music in the lives of kids: take notes

Music education has molded many kids into successful adults, even if their success has come from a vein of society having no relation to music. Public schools are having to fight to keep music and the arts funded adequately in order for the students to thrive, and I think this is a shame. The point (read more…)

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Putting first things first—where are you on the list?

When I picture today’s mom, I see a woman juggling while riding a bicycle on a high-wire. Add the role of being a wife, and picture this same image, but with the high-wire suspended over a lion’s cage. Motherhood today is anything but simple. I doubt I need to tell you that marriage is the (read more…)

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