Our yard and garden – five year update

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Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of moving into our house and getting our dog back (best day ever!)  This place has certainly come a long way in half a decade.  We finished the basement, which has been a huge improvement.  And the yard has gone from being a field of weeds to being a place [...]

I cut my own hair!

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And I really like how it turned out For years, my husband has been cutting his own hair.  Most of the time, he just shaves it all the way off using the closest setting on the clippers, and then waits a few months and does it again.  Sometimes I’ll give him a snazzy haircut that [...]

Our little grill is just fine

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I hope all my northern hemisphere readers are having a great spring!  Summer is trying its best to get here, and that makes us think about grilling.  So I have to tell you about our grill: Here she is on the inside: You can see how big she is in relation to the little propane [...]

Our New Washing Machine

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Five years ago, when we bought our house, we got a great deal on a second hand washing machine.  That machine served us well ever since, but it started to fritz out a couple months ago.  It wasn’t spinning the clothes out, and would sometimes just stop in the middle of a cycle.  We live [...]

Life… It doesn’t have to be as expensive as people think it is

Hello friends!  I know it’s been a long time, but work and family keep me busy constantly.  I’m still here though!  We’re just finishing up spring break – it certainly flew by.  We spent the first few days visiting my in-laws in Arizona, and then we’ve spent the last few days recovering from our vacation [...]

You Can Avoid The News And Still Be A Good Citizen Of The World

Last December, I stopped reading the news.  (I did the same thing a few years ago, but ended up going back to reading the news after a few months – this time, I’ve been much better at sticking to it).  For the last ten months, I’ve focused on news that’s related to healthcare reform (my [...]

Easy DIY Mouse-Proofing

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Don’t you love it when you open your silverware drawer and a mouse jumps off the forks and scurries to the back of the drawer?  Yeah, me neither. And the next two hours spent cleaning everything in the kitchen drawers and under the sink aren’t much fun either.  Seriously, mice, why do you have to [...]

Updates From Our Frugal Abode

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Good morning!  Long time, no blog – I know.  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind around here for the past several weeks, but I haven’t forgotten my little corner of the internet here. Our son has been in kindergarten for a month now, and he loves it.  I don’t love the 6:40am wake-up, but [...]

Every Day Can Be An Awesome Day, Plus A Tightwad Gazette Winner

Happy Monday!  I hope you’ve all had a good weekend.  I just used Random.org to pick a winner for the Tightwad Gazette give-away, and Lara is the lucky one (comment number 6).  Congratulations Lara!  I’ve emailed you to get your address, and I’ll get your book in the mail to you right away. I wanted [...]

Thrifted LEGO Storage And An Update On Our Cell Phone Plan

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When we moved our boys’ toys downstairs to our new playroom, we tried to make sure that everything was organized, easy to find, and easy to put away.  Our older son loves LEGO, and can spend hours building all sort of stuff with it.  His collection is a combination of gifts from Grandma and stuff [...]

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