Dutch Tulip Fever — It’s a Pandemic!

I’ve written before about...more

Five Frugal Things

My former coworker brought zucchini to work for me, and my family has since feasted on zucchini pizza, zucchini brownies and straightforward sautéed zucchini. (My 16-year-old son was extremely doubtful about the brownies, and even yelled out to his father to “watch out, it’s a trap!” when I tried to get my husband to unknowingly try a brownie.) I saw a dollar bill on the ground at the grocery store today and asked the women standing over it if she’d dropped the money. She answered that she knew it wasn’t hers and handed it to me to keep ....more

Help A Reader — Baby Shower Ideas

My coworker Allison...more

Non-Consumer Mish-Mash

It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. BPA-Free is Not Enough I don’t like drinking from plastic, even when it’s BPA-Free, and...more

Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to The Mall

American families are in the thick of back-to-school season. With page long school supply lists and an expectation from retailers to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the kids. Why? ...more


Summertime Laundry...more

Let’s Go Shopping at The Habitat For Humanity ReStore!

I know you’re probably sick to death of reading about my $20 campaign dresser project, but that’s too bad because...more

Today I Am . . .

Today I Am ...more

What Would You Do With an Extra $100, $1000, $10,000?

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! I had the privilege of taking my aunt Anne out for breakfast today ....more

Five Things That Make Me Happy & One Thing That’s Pissing Me Off

Five Things That Make Me Happy: My 14-year-old nephew is visiting us from New York for the next two weeks. Not only does he have two sets of Portland grandparents, but he’s one of my younger son’s best friends. I anticipate much fun and many shenanigans ....more