Book Review: How To Be Alive

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Saving Pennies and Dimes

Thoughts on my compulsion to save: My husband keeps telling me to look at the big picture and stop saving pennies and dimes. I hear him, (even though he thinks I am ignoring his words), but I have a hard time actually foll0wing through on that. When diapers are on sale at the local drug store I feel compelled to clip my coupons, circle the ads and head to the store to save ....more

Homes and Possessions

Random thoughts on a snowy day: I have extremely mixed feelings about moving a few years from now. After a long fifteen years in our current house it finally feels like home to me. I don’t love the layout of our kitchen or the fact that the bedrooms can fit little more than a queen sized bed, but I have many happy memories of raising my children within that house and I will be sad to say goodbye to the place where I’ve spent the majority of my adulthood ....more

Questions about Flying with Kids?

A few thoughts/questions about travel on this snowing evening: We plan to fly out west next month and I am unbelievably concerned about a four hour flight with an eleven month old. We opted NOT to buy a seat for the little guy and I am a bit terrified that he’ll fuss the entire time as he tries to climb on and off our laps. My husband isn’t great with crying babies let alone the other passengers on the plane ....more

What is Your Monthly Mortgage Payment?

$8510.00 I kid you not!?!?! ...more

Book Review: Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction

Book Description: “Our celebrity captivation seems out of proportion,” says Michael S. Levy, PhD, addiction expert and author of CELEBRITY & ENTERTAINMENT OBSESSION: Understanding Our Addiction Dr. Levy wrote CELEBRITY & ENTERTAINMENT OBSESSION to shed light on why we as a society are obsessed with people who work in the entertainment field—movies and television in particular—but singers, musicians sports figures and people on reality TV as well ....more

Pocket Money: The 2015 Tally

In 2015 I brought in a grand total of $5,702.15 from online endeavors and various other side gigs. Here is the breakdown by category: Category 2015 Ads $2039.07 Book Review $40.00 Book Sales $210.50 Consignment $269.59 eBay Sales $357.19 Focus Group $125.00 Prizes from Giveaways $1,085.00 Goods Received $208.97 Rebates $189.89 Recovered Expenses $245.95 Reward Programs $99.99 Surveys $660.00 Other $171.00 TOTAL $5,702.15 The total is $928.33 more than last year, but still nearly $1,000 below the money I earned in 2013. My advertising revenue was down for the second year in a row ....more

Tricks to Spending Less on Christmas Gifts

I managed to limit Christmas spending this year through a variety of techniques. First, I took advantage of Kohl’s Veteran’s Day sale. The store offered $10 off a $50 toy purchase plus $10 off a $25 purchase and an additional 20% off ....more

Book Review: I Love My Pet Elephant

Book Description: A colorful tale of friendship and fun between a little girl and her best friend – her pet elephant! I Love My Pet Elephant is a delightful medley of reality and fantasy, with shenanigans and adventures brought to life through vibrant illustration and simple rhyming text. Meet the author: Lauren Micchelli is a newly published author, having penned her first book in 2014 ....more

Book Review: The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse

Book Description (The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse – in Canada) : PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help. Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world-discovering exciting new places and people along the way! Come join PJ on his first adventure across Canada as he hikes on a glacier in the Rockies, finds a salt lake in the prairies, and walks on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia ....more