Kiwis, by Lisey, Sonia, and Zoe.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. Lisey’s history book touched on New Zealand recently, and the book suggested that she make a little kiwi bird out of kiwifruits. I’m not sure exactly how valuable this project is from an educational standpoint, but Lisey is always up for making cute things, so I bought her some kiwifruits ....more

Fourteen. (and you can get the DIY Bundle for 48 hours only)

These two things don’t really go together, but oh well. I feel like I’ve taken this picture three times so far this year. (I kind of have....more

I’ve certainly done better.

Well, hi. It’s Food Waste Friday, and this is definitely not my best one ever....more

Are 99 Cent Razors any good? Surprisingly, yes!

Recently, several of you have written in to ask for my thoughts about saving on shaving (ha!) and also to ask if there is a less trash-tastic way to remove bodily hair. (The razors you buy in a store almost always come with tons of plastic packaging, presumably to reduce theft rates, as razors are a hot item to steal.) Like magic, at nearly the same time, I got an email from a 99 Cent Razor, a company that offers deep discounts on razors that rival the expensive ones in stores. (I personally am still working thru a stash of free razors that I got from my couponing days years ago ....more

The Blogs I Read (2015 edition)

A reader (Hi, Karen!) wrote asking what blogs I read. I wrote a post about this quite some time ago, but I figured it could use some updating. So, here are some of the most-read blogs in my feed ....more


I apologize for the low quality of this image. Its very difficult taking pictures in a dark cave with a point and shoot camera, lol. Oh well, I hope you enjoy ....more

If You Give a Kristen a $5 Coupon…

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. …she’ll go straight to the clearance section and find something that’s as close to $5 as possible. I’m positive that, at least in the family of FG readers, I’m not the only one who does this ....more

My Top 5 Smartphone Apps

I’ve had my smartphone for a little over a year now, and I have to say, I really do love it. Because of my Ting wireless plan, I feel like I have all the upsides of a smartphone and none of the downsides: I have a low bill (usually $12/month) and no contract with Ting, and because of the way the Ting plan operates (You pay for what you use), I am not prone to using my phone when out and about. Since I’m trying to be mindful of my smartphone habits, I don’t use a whole lot of apps ....more

Shoot Better | 2 Tips for Organizing Digital Photos

This post is part of a new weekly-ish photography series....more

One more sign…

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. In the winter, the air in our bedroom gets super dry and it takes near constant running of the humidifier to keep the air moist enough for comfy breathing. But oh, happy happiness, the weather has turned, and even though the heat does still kick on, it’s not enough to suck all the moisture out of the air ....more