Thrifty Mom's Two Cents

In February, the adoption community was abuzz with discussion about this Yahoo! Shine article, which shared the experiences of adoptive mom Kim Kelley-Wagner and her daughters, currently ages 7 and 13. Kelley-Wagner created a Facebook photo series showing her daughters holding whiteboard signs ...

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It seems like only yesterday that you were painting the nursery and preparing for your little one's arrival. And somehow, the months have flashed by, and your baby has grown-up to the point where she is already trying to climb out of the crib! Your toddler is speaking to you in short sentences (who knew ...

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Maybe it’s the school teacher in me, but from the time my kids were small I tried to ‘sneak in’ learning activities. I knew they would truly learn in pre-K and beyond. I knew I wanted them to play and be kids until that time. But I also knew from years of teaching the importance of building and reinforcing educational ...

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With six young kids in the home, I know how hard it can be to stay dedicated to preparing healthy meals for the family. When that dreaded 5 o'clock "witching hour" hits, it is far easier to get on the phone and order a pizza or throw a couple of frozen dinners into the oven ...

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Clutter is not just the paperwork that comes into your home, but also the emails that come into your inbox. This post will show you how to create folders, unsubscribe from lists, and use a "deal with it once and move on" approach to email. The goal here is an empty inbox at the end ...

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Where is your money going? Does your job offer some kind of retirement plan?

My husband’s previous employer worked with a financial planner who offered his services to any employee interested in building a retirement fund; so, for years, a portion of my husband’s paycheck automatically - before taxes - got safely stashed away for ...

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This time of the year children often spend time thinking about what they want. They make lists about the things they want, they write notes to a man who they hope will bring them items, and they wake Christmas morning excited about what they are going to find under the tree.

With all of this gift-getting, it’s easy for kids to think ...

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How many of you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year? (Raises hand). I actually love this holiday — it's all about cooking and baking and eating and relaxing in front of the TV, watching football with a fire roaring in the fireplace. There's no pressure to buy and wrap presents, and ...

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As a Mom, is there any job that you hate more than cleaning the kids' bathroom? The dried blobs of toothpaste that are near-permanently glued to not only the sides and bottom of the sink, but also to the counter top, the fronts of the cabinets and sometimes even the floor? And please don't even ...

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Halloween classroom parties are an absolute highlight of the school year for kids, no matter if they are in preschool or elementary school. But if you are in charge of planning the event and pulling together the food, crafts, and activities, it can seem like a daunting task! So here are 15 fun and easy ...

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