Extreme Couponing: Don't Be Scared of the Stockpile

I swore I wouldn't become one of those weird stockpilers when I started my extreme couponing experiment but here I am, three months later, with a nice little stockpile that I'm not only happy with but proud of. ...more

Our stockpiles are a little different here. We don't buy a lot of pre-made things, but rather ... more

Reusable Pads: Get Green, Period

I use washable cloth menstrual pads. (Ha! How's that for just jumping into things without any preamble?) Squeamish people, this post is filled with details about something that comes out of my girly bits every month. If you’re a girl, then there’s a pretty good chance that stuff comes out of your girly bits every month too. Or it used to. Or it will someday. So if you’re bothered by talk of menstruation...skip on by this post....more

I've been using cloth since 2006 and I would never - ever - consider going back to disposables. ... more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more

I read your answer only after I wrote mine... I agree!

It's about the flow of money. ... more

Parenting Decisions, Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom

I have a few memories of being a little girl. In one, I am clinging to my mother's leg as she tries to leave me at daycare. I'm hysterical, and all I want is her softness, the smell of her hair in my hands. ...more

A provocative post! Thank you!

I've rewritten my answer too many times to count now, an ... more

Embracing My Flakiness

As a flaky person, I say stupid stuff, forget things too often and -- most embarrassing for some reason -- miss freeway exits on a weekly basis. And my heart sinks with self-hatred deep into my stomach each time I realize I've driven too far. If a friend told me she responded this way to something as silly as missing a freeway exit, I'd be horrified. ...more

This is a really good post. I think we do need to take ourselves more seriously. If we don't, ... more

Maiden, Mother, Crone: My Body and My Spirituality

Loving, supportive friends are not unlike mothers in some ways, and by being a loving and supportive friend, you are mothering someone, and effectively learning how to treat yourself in the process. Mothering my children and being mothered by my friends has taught me how to mother myself, and that has helped me grow so that I can help others. ...more

I've been following you since you first created Shape of a Mother all those years ago. You're an ... more

How Dangerous Are Over-The-Counter Painkillers? Are You at Risk?

It has become second nature for most of us to self medicate our headaches, joint pain, and athletic injuries with over-the-counter pain medications. Many of us may have even been directed to do so by a physician. But how safe are over-the-counter painkillers? ...more

Nope, I never take more than I should. I hate to medicate period and only do so if absolutely, ... more

A Year Without Spending: How Much Can You Save?

The tough economy has forced many Americans to cut back, but signs of improved consumer spending have started to creep back in. Even for those of us on a budget, we probably have areas that we can eliminate our spending, if we truly wanted to: restaurant meals, clothing, cable, cell phone data plans, even cars. This might sound draconian, but imagine the potential savings. How much can you save if you went a year without spending on anything other than the barest of necessities? ...more

I've been living on a spending fast for years now out of necessity. My family has never once ... more

The meaning of philanthropy

One of my goals for 2011 is to live more philanthropically (and figure out what this means in the process). I even made it part of my new motto / slogan....more

I read an article last week in my local newspaper about a dire need for English -speaking foster ... more

I wonder if it's insanity to consider making fudge without a candy thermometer....

I wonder if it's insanity to consider making fudge without a candy thermometer.... ...more

What's a candy thermometer? lol more