Planning and Preparing for Work Travel as a Working Mom

November 8, 2017 Careers Family Household 17

    Life as a working mom is never dull.  And when work travel is added to an already busy-bordering on hectic schedule, I find great opportunities to flex my planning and efficiency muscles.   I am fortunate to have a job that does not require an incredible amount of travel.  That being said, in the… Read more

The Flora and the Fauna: A Lesson in Responsibility

November 3, 2017 Household Living Simple Living Well 30

  This past month marks one year in our Craigslist home.  As I look around our house, around our property, and at our son, I am amazed at how much has changed in just one year.  Fitted with our (mostly free or used) furniture, the walls adorned with paintings and pictures and familiar piles of… Read more

The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Grocery Shopping Online

October 28, 2017 Frugality Household 13

(This post may contain affiliate/referral links. For more info, please read our disclosure.)     I have been primarily grocery shopping online for over 6 months now.  Whether I am loading up my Costco cart on GoogleExpress, placing a Meijer order on Shipt or confirming my Amazon Subscribe and Save items, I relish in the… Read more

All About the Cost of Rabbit Ownership

October 24, 2017 Adventures Family Frugality Household Personal Finance 18

(This post may contain affiliate/referral links. For more info, please read our disclosure.)   Last Monday at 7:02 am, I posted an article titled Furry Additions to the Adventure Rich Household.  In this article, introduced the Adventure Rabbits as two does (female rabbits).   At 7:52 am as I was driving AR Jr. to daycare,… Read more

Emergency Preparation Up North

October 18, 2017 Family Household 34

  Recently, many Americans faced unexpected emergencies in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, and forest fires.  Some of the outcomes of these natural disasters were just that… disastrous.   One such disaster struck near and dear to the personal finance community.  The blogger behind Dads Dollars Debts and his family lost their home to the… Read more

Furry Additions to the Adventure Rich Household

October 16, 2017 Adventures Family Household 21

  I warned him, I really did.  I gave Mr. Adventure Rich full advance notice that if he let me go into the “Bunny Barn” at our local Northwestern Michigan Fair, we would welcome a fuzzy friend home with us within the next few months.   The County Fair   The following is an adaptation… Read more

September “Spaving” Challenge Recap

October 6, 2017 Frugality Household Personal Finance Saving 14

  Spaving– a totally made up word to reflect savings gathered while spending. (spending + saving = spaving)     My Month of “Spaving” Led by the illustrious Lady in the Black, I (along with several other bloggers) participated in a month-long challenge throughout September called the “September Savings Challenge”.   The Challenge The Spaving… Read more

How our Dream Home measures up to our “Dream Home”

September 1, 2017 Household Living Simple Living Well 36

  It was a year ago this weekend when we drove down a long, paved driveway and first set eyes on what would soon be our new home.  It was Labor Day weekend 2016 and we were eager to see the house we found in a Craigslist ad. Dream Home…? I’ll be honest, from the… Read more

Working Remotely: Key Components for Success

August 30, 2017 Careers Household 30

  On August 15th, I celebrated my first full year of working full time remotely for my company.  I am not a freelancer, entrepreneur, solopreneur or gig worker… I work remotely full time for a Fortune 40 company supporting various business units in end to end strategic sourcing events.  This is my first job out… Read more

My “No Grocery Shopping” Hack Just Got Cheaper

August 25, 2017 Frugality Household Living Simple Living Well Saving 26

(This post may contain affiliate/referral links. For more info, please read our disclosure.)   I woke up on Wednesday morning to a surprise in my email inbox.  I received a nice little note from Google Express informing me that they were discontinuing memberships. My Thought:  “Crap!  Don’t you know that I rely on Google Express… Read more