The Thrift Store: Books for My Three Year Old

My oldest son loves to read. I packed a book in my hospital bag and began reading to him on the very day he was born. Every day, even when he was quite small, we read together ....more

Book Review: Lola’s Money

Book Description: Lola French is stunned when she wins millions on the Lottery, and she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. However, right from the start, before she even claims her winnings, things begin to change and she separates abruptly and acrimoniously from the man she has been living with. Lola’s colleagues are initially pleased for her, but eventually begin to resent her new status ....more

How to Prepare for Vacation: Saving Money on Food

Over the years I’ve perfected the art of packing and preparing for vacation. I can load the...more

Things I Stopped Buying

I’ve spent a lot of money on home renovations lately, but other than big ticket items like mortgages, utilities and bi-weekly groceries I just don’t open my wallet up much these days. There are a lot of things I no longer buy. Here are just a few that top that list: Nail Polish – I never spent a ton of money on this, but I do have a large box full of bottles sitting in my closet ....more

Book Review: No Poverty Between the Sheets

Book Description: This book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. When the author poses the question to her Irish Granny, “If you were so poor why did you have ten children?” Says she, “To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!” This sassy saga of a large family that is half Irish and half French Canadian captures hilarious voices and comical antics of a vibrant family that is cloaked in love. A horse theme and song lyrics are neatly knitted throughout the layers of generations ....more

Most People are Good

After my last post I received a bunch of emails from long time readers asking about our desire to provide items to guests. “Why would you fill your house with nice things?,” one reader asked. As I mentioned before we try to provide a happy, fun, easy atmosphere for our guests ....more


This year was not a stellar rental season for us. We received five bookings rather than the ten to twelve we’ve come to expect each summer. The rental company provided a bunch of excuses for the lack of bookings ....more

Are Those Family Heirlooms Worth Anything at All?

At my previous job I was offered a gift after five years of employment. What was five years worth? $200 seemed the going rate as each gift in the selected catalog was roughly equivalent to that amount ....more

The Differences Between One Baby and Two

I cannot believe my little baby is just shy of five months. Time seems to move so much faster this time around. The adjustment from one to two took a little longer than I expected, but as the nap schedule begins to normalize things are definitely getting easier ....more

Consignment a Good Deal? (Trip #2)

I recently carved out a small space in the corner of my closet where I can stack three plastic boxes. The baby is growing like crazy so every time I find he’s outgrown another article of clothing I assess its ability to sell. If it has any value I throw it in the sale bin otherwise it lands in the donation pile ....more