Archive for July, 2013


Save time and stay organized taking “Notes”

I’ve always been a note taker and a list maker. It’s just who I am. I did well in school by taking good notes, and I stay organized by making lists. But, the notes I’m talking about today are not in a three-ring binder (written in purple ink) like they were in high school, and […]

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The perfect child (does not exist)

I have often said (and written) that Avery was the perfect child until she turned two. She never cried, slept 12 hours without a peep and smiled nonstop. Clay never tried to fool us into thinking he was perfect, but he was pretty darn good. More recently I’ve joked that if I could combine my […]

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Buy only what you need

I don’t love shopping, so I’ve never really gone on a shopping spree. Instead, I tend to spend money a little at a time. $50 here, $40 here. The most I’ve ever spent (not counting furniture) in one place is probably $200. When I was working full-time, those small purchases were fine. In fact, they […]

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Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five items that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized. 1. Ziploc snack size bags to store bulk snacks Before I left my job, I was more than wiling to pay for convenience. Now, I’m a bit more frugal, and I’ve realized that […]

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Feeding your kids and why I love Drew Barrymore

I was waiting in a client’s office this morning, and I picked up Bon Appetit magazine. An odd choice  for me since I am hardly a chef, but I do like to eat and drink, so it’s always good eye candy. I also like Drew Barrymore, who was interviewed in the magazine about her new […]

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Time management: use note cards!

All parents are busy, and time management does not come naturally to most people. As my kids have gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to find time for your work, your kids, your spouse and yourself. But, how do you find it? And more importantly, how do you make sure everything you need […]

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Re-gifting gift bags

There is a lot of controversy around re-gifting, so much so that the Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets have written articles about it. Where you stand on the re-gifting issue is a personal choice, but one aspect of it that I’m totally for, is re-gifting not the gift, but the gift bag […]

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Friday Five: save time and money

The “Friday Five” series shows five items that could save you time or money. I hope you enjoy this week’s list!  1. Booze at Target Well, it’s almost the weekend, so why not start the list off with a way to save money on alcohol? Target’s regular prices on alcohol are similar to the grocery […]

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Assistant swim coach

I wrote a post at this time last year wondering if Clay would ever learn to swim, then a few weeks later, he did. Avery started lessons yesterday, and the instructor told us she’ll be swimming in no time. To be fair, she is a lot more confident in the water (and less cautious in general) […]

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