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Embracing Average

I’ve really cornered the market on average. I’m married, with a three bedroom, two bath house, two kids and one dog. I work in education, my husband works in IT, and we make a decent living for our family. It’s basically dead center of your average life. I’m moderate in most of my beliefs as […]

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How to be a Savvy Secondhand Shopper

How to be a Savvy Secondhand Shopper: Thrifting Tips from a Self-Proclaimed Professional

The week before I started kindergarten, I had one outfit to my name. ONE. My father had been laid off from his job, and whatever hand-me-downs I had from my older brother, no longer fit. Somewhat miraculously, my mother discovered a thrift store that had recently opened in the basement of someone’s home, and she […]

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Why I Could Never Be a Minimalist

I Could Never Be a Minimalist

Minimalism: according to the first few hits of a google search, “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.” Also, “…at its core, […]

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2017 — Live Generously

Welcome, 2017. I’ve been waiting for you. Your arrival fills me with hope for what’s to come, and I can’t wait to delve into the new opportunities you will bring. You allow us all the chance to have a fresh start, and as I approach the starting line, I’m re-energized for the journey ahead. The new […]

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Buying for Baby Without Breaking the Budget: How to Do This Mom Thing Cheaply

Over a decade ago, I met a young woman in Ukraine literally due at any minute with her first baby. Her parents and husband bubbled over with enthusiasm for the forthcoming child. She asked if I wanted to see ‘the room,’ so I followed her up the stairs, where she showed me a small bassinet […]

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