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Enjoy your coffee, but save your money

Our family is days away from fully funding our six month emergency fund.  We never thought we’d be here, but we can look back on this financial journey and say with satisfaction that it honestly wasn’t as hard to save this money as we once thought. When it comes to saving money, the little things (read more…)

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An introduction to making jam

My first attempt at making jam was memorable, for all the right reasons. I was a newlywed, eager to wear the old-fashioned housewife hat, and making my own jam seemed like something I would enjoy, more so than, say sewing curtains or darning socks. I had my flat of strawberries and set to work in (read more…)

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What to do with kids’ artwork

Every child is a prodigious Picasso. As parents, we have a difficult time knowing what to do with the plethora of masterpieces crafted by our children. If we toss them, we feel guilty, If we display them all, we might as well wallpaper our refrigerator. Kids have no shortage of inspiration and creativity, and if (read more…)

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Weekend links (and winners)

Photo by Ellen Munro A Tale of Two Gardens :: Keeper of the Home (be sure to read both part 1 and part 2) Being Content with our Homes :: Simple Nest (again, be sure to read both part 1 and part 2) Organizing Your Children’s Clothes Storage :: Small Notebook When I Grow Up (read more…)

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The hope of heaven

Photo from sxc.hu Today I’m over at (in)courage. Here’s an excerpt from the post: To be honest, I wasn’t totally surprised. This pregnancy was strange, not anything like my other two. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew it wasn’t…. normal. At five weeks, my doctor said that we’ll just wait to (read more…)

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