The Hidden Costs of Private Preschools

I am familiar with meltdowns in Target. I have two small children, after all, so I expect to leave Target in a blur of tears, whining, crying, and threats to never, ever return. When I got an unexpected opportunity to go to Target by myself, however, I wasn’t prepared for the meltdown that ensued....more
This post is so spot on!  We had to re-work our budget to include the birthday gifts, and I ...more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
Reality_Jane That's funny. I grew up in a similar situation, but had the opposite response. I ...more

Coming Clean About Spending With My Husband

I will not spend needlessly in Nordstrom Rack.Thankfully, this was not one of my wedding vows. Because it would have been a lie....more
It's great that you're recognizing that there is a problem and you're willing to talk about it ...more