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I finally made my own sunscreen!

May 13, 2014

And I’m pretty darn excited about it I’ve been reading posts on other blogs about making sunscreen (this one was really helpful), and I decided to make my own.  I now have this lovely little jar of whipped sunscreen in the fridge: Storing it in the fridge keeps it nice and fresh, but it also […]

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Our New Washing Machine

April 6, 2014

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 […]

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Decluttering Made Easy – Enter To Win A Subscription!

April 18, 2013

For the last few years, I’ve been writing about getting rid of clutter and our efforts to have “just enough” stuff.  It’s an ongoing process, because clutter always seems to make its way back in.  But we’ve got a pretty good habit of “out with the old, in with the new” (secondhand new, of course!) […]

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A Frugal Curtain

November 17, 2012

Last night I made a curtain to go between our downstairs bathroom and the under-stairs storage area behind it.  The whole thing cost about three dollars, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. This is an old sheet (leftover from when I bought fabric to make diapers for our first son five years […]

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Healthy Living eBook Sale – The Best I’ve Ever Seen!

October 29, 2012

I haven’t been this excited about an ebook bundle in a very long time.  This one is so awesome, and it’s a perfect fit for my blog.  It’s all about healthy living, which is one of my favorite topics.  You get 34 healthy living ebooks for $29! (valued at over $300 if you bought them all […]

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Made My First Cough Syrup

September 19, 2012

Have you all discovered Frugally Sustainable yet?  I had browsed around over there off and on in the past, but I’ve started reading more posts lately and loving it.  If you subscribe to the blog, you get a free copy of Andrea’s e-book “Herbal Rescue:  Your Guide To Creating A Homemade Herbal First Aid Kit” […]

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Another Free E-book! 321 Stop Is Free Through August 30th.

August 29, 2012

Lorilee Lippincott of Loving Simple Living is offering her new e-book – 321 Stop – for free until tomorrow night.  You can go here and then click on the “buy now” link and it will take you to the Amazon page where you’ll be able to download the book for free.  I just got my […]

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A Free Organizing E-Book (only through August 29th!)

August 28, 2012

I love a good organizing book and/or blog.  There’s something about reading a book or website all about organizing and decluttering that lights a fire under me to get up and organize or declutter an area that is needing attention.  Anyone else?  I know there are plenty of you who love those books and blogs […]

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Progress On Our Projects And Some Good Links

May 14, 2012

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Our was spent working on the rough wiring in our basement, with a lot of help from my parents.  I have a circuit map that I’ve been drawing onto a blank floor plan, adding x’s and o’s for all the outlets and lights.  The whole basement map […]

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Freezer-To-Crockpot e-Cookbook – aka Kitchen Magic!

May 8, 2012

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about the brilliant idea of freezer-to-crockpot cooking that I discovered thanks to Stephanie at Mama And Baby Love?  It’s become a mainstay in my kitchen, and I can’t imagine not having bags of crockpot-ready food in the freezer.  Every few weeks I prep several bags of our […]

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Starting A Business With $100 – Resources To Help You Do It

April 30, 2012

Over the last couple years, I’ve participated in getting the word out about Only72 sales (they last for 72 hours – hence the name) run by Adam Baker and Karol Gadja.  There have been a few other similar sales in that time (like the one about simplifying your family life earlier this month), but Baker […]

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Simplify Your Family Life e-Book Sale – $29 for $375 Worth of eBooks!

April 16, 2012

Every once in a while, numerous authors band together to offer a large collection of e-books at a steeply discounted price.  Today marks the start of an awesome new e-book sale put together by Corey from Simple Marriage and Mandy from Life Your Way.  It’s a collection of 38 e-books covering all sorts of family-related […]

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Negativity Gets Us Nowhere

March 19, 2012

A few days ago I saw an article about people who had retired early, with a few details about each person’s situation.  The retirement age of the people profiled in the article ranged from 33 (Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme – who isn’t actually retired anymore) to 52, and most of them have been retired for […]

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A New Look And Some Great Links

March 9, 2012

My little blog got a facelift today, thanks to my awesome husband.  It was time for a change, and I love the clean new look.  Both the boys are in bed and my husband is down in his basement office working late tonight, so I’ve had some time to just browse around online.  Well, and […]

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Too Much Inspiration

January 18, 2012

EDIT – just discovered the fitness and food sections on Pinterest.  I might have to up my time limit from five minutes to fifteen. I have been purposely avoiding Pinterest for quite some time.  From what I had heard, I knew that it could be the sort of site that could suck me in and […]

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Kitchen Decluttering

January 5, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve done a lot of decluttering over the past couple years.  I’ve taken numerous carloads of stuff to Goodwill, and have (except for last month when I was on a mission to find stuff for our son’s play kitchen) mostly stopped going in […]

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Focus On What Matters And You’ll Be Supermom

November 3, 2011

Over the last several years – ever since my husband and I decided to have children – I’ve read lots of books and articles about the idea of giving up the supermom ideal and getting over the fact that we can’t “do it all” if we want to do any of it well.   The […]

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Awesome Recycled Artwork

September 14, 2011

I just came across a blog post that has me wishing that I still lived just around the corner from a big thrift store.  I rarely go browsing around the thrift store anymore.  In an effort to keep from cluttering up our house, these days I try to just stop at the donation door, drop […]

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The ABCs of Me

September 9, 2011

One of my favorite bloggers – Gena from Choosing Raw – recently posted an “ABCs of Me” post.  Those are always fun and a good way to share a little bit more with my  readers in a concise way.  So here are the ABCs of Frugal Babe. A – Age.  I’m 33 B – Bed […]

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Fitting Children Into A Life We Love

September 7, 2011

I got the following email from Connie in response to my post asking you what you wanted me to write about: It feels like many of the decisions you have made came about as a result of both your values and preparing yourselves and your home for children. How might your decisions have changed if […]

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Awesome Veggie Burgers And A Call For Questions

August 19, 2011

I’m thrilled to announce that I have found the perfect veggie burger!  I’ve probably tried about 20 different recipes over the years (plus several kinds of packaged veggie burgers, which are way too expensive to have on a regular basis).  Earlier this week, I wrote about the excellent burger buns that I made, and how […]

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Raising Happy Children In A Hyper-Competitive World (and some good links!)

May 12, 2011

Happy Thursday!  I feel like sharing some great links with you all today.  First of all, my current favorite workout site.  I love the fact that everything on Bodyrock TV can be done at home with very little equipment, and pretty much all of the workouts are 30 minutes or less.  But they’re intense, and […]

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Simplify Your Family Life – Awesome E-Book Sale

March 21, 2011

We finished transforming our backyard shed into an office today!  And yes, pictures will be coming soon.  We still have to paint the exterior and put a porch on it (because of course you can’t have a backyard shed/office without a cute little porch!) but the inside is finished.  One giant project that can now […]

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Container Gardening

February 22, 2011

It’s nearly the end of February, which means we’re starting to think about gardens around here.  I’m sure we still have quite a bit of cold and snow ahead of us, but it’s been warm and sunny lately, which has me thinking of spring.  With a new baby due to arrive in early April, we’re […]

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February 1, 2011

This article on Minimalist Mom yesterday was particularly interesting, and got even more so in the comments section.  Rachel’s life is quite similar to my own – she’s a stay at home mom who also works part time from home, and has a husband who is an entrepreneur.  She manages the bulk of the household […]

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Neighbors Can Be Frugal Together

January 26, 2011

The following is a guest post from Kristen Cavaliere.  Not only does it fit in well with the concept of frugality, but it also works perfectly for people who are trying to simplify their lives, own fewer possessions, and build strong bonds within their communities.  Hopefully you’ll find some good ideas here, and be inspired […]

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On Not Being Busy

January 12, 2011

For as long as I can remember, I have thrived on being busy.  In the four years I was in college, I completed something like 170 credits (120 was needed for a degree), and also worked between 15 and 35 hours a week for the final three years of college.  After my time in the […]

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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!  I hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday season.  Right now, we’re really enjoying the fact that our holiday decorations were limited to a little Christmas bear hanging on our wall clock, an evergreen bough on top of our kitchen cabinets, and a homemade reindeer ornament that our son’s cousin made for […]

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Non-Extreme Minimalism

November 24, 2010

This post from Minimalist Mom really resonated with me today.  It perfectly describes my kind of minimalism, and I agree with Rachel that it’s much more likely to be embraced by a lot of people than extreme minimalism.  I have no desire to live out of a backpack or move somewhere new every few months. […]

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Thank You, And A Winner Of The E-book Giveaway

October 22, 2010

Thank you all for the kind words you left on my post from Wednesday!  I’m about four months along, and Frugal Baby is due in early April.  We’re all very excited, and I’m looking forward to sharing our frugal adventures as a family of four.  So far, we have only purchased a car seat.  We […]

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An Amazing Three Day Minimalist Book Sale

October 4, 2010

Over the last few months, I’ve recommended several great e-books from authors who are teaching people how to live happy, fulfilling lives without a lot of possessions or money.  But I’ve just found out about an amazing project put together by Karol Gajda.  For three days only (until Thursday, October 7 at 10am EST), he’s offering […]

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Turning Clutter Into Cash

September 27, 2010

For quite a while now, I’ve been a fan of Adam Baker’s blog, Man Vs Debt.  Adam and his wife Courtney got themselves off the work-spend-work treadmill, paid off $18,000 in consumer debt, and dramatically improved their lives.  They’re able to travel the world with their toddler, living out of backpacks with just a few […]

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A New Website Worth Checking Out

September 24, 2010

I found a great website this week, and wanted to share it with you all.  Minimalist Moms is a source of down-to-earth inspiration for people with children who want to simplify their lives, reduce their clutter, and not be ruled by their attachment to stuff.  It’s a brand new blog, but so far, the posts […]

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Meet Smalltopia Author Tammy Strobel

August 31, 2010

Tammy Strobel was featured recently in a NY Times article about how stuff doesn’t make us happy.  The article went on to explain that Tammy and her husband live very well (and are even able to contribute to family members’ college savings accounts) on $24,000/year.  I find that particularly inspiring.  There are lots of websites […]

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Inside-Out Simplicity

July 30, 2010

It’s very rare for me to purchase a book, but I was inspired to buy Joshua Becker’s new e-book, Inside-Out Simplicity, and I just finished reading it this morning.  In so many ways, it echoes my sentiments exactly. Minimalism and simplicity have become quite trendy lately, but quite often the people who are attracted to […]

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The Luxury Of Frugal Thinking

July 8, 2010

I don’t know the exact demographics of our town, but it’s definitely a lower-income area than the city where we used to live.  There is only one grocery store in town, and it’s not stocked with organic produce and ten dollar jars of coconut butter.  Houses here are lot less expensive than they were in […]

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Avoiding Nestle Without Even Trying

July 4, 2010

I was aware from a very young age that my parents didn’t buy any Nestle products.  They explained the reasons for the boycott, and it made perfect sense to me.  After spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, those reasons made even more sense.  I don’t knowingly buy Nestle products, but the boycott […]

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Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation Helped Us Buy Our New Furnace

June 24, 2010

Well the new furnace is now installed, and I’ve submitted all of the rebate forms for processing.  I’ll have to wait until next year when we file our taxes to get the federal tax credit, but everything else should be coming by check over the next month or two.  It feels good to have such […]

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Can You Make Money With A Blog?

June 21, 2010

Well, yes, you can… there are lots of bloggers who do just that, and some who have even been able to quit their day jobs to focus on blogging full time (or part time!).  But there are many more bloggers who make very little or no money from blogging.  Some prefer it that way, and […]

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Do You Want Your Own Business?

June 14, 2010

Because of the little business that we started when we first got married, my husband and I have been able to move to a better location where we can pursue our dream of growing our own food, without having to be tied to a particular location for work.  We’ve kept up with advances in technology […]

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