Category: Family

In Frugalness and Wealth, ‘Til Death Do Us

The sun was setting as we were out on a walk during a warm summer evening. We were discussing our future financial goals when Chris turned to me and said, “When can we buy more TVs? I wish we had more TVs.”

My reaction was an awkward laugh. More TVs? Really? Bingo. That’s why we’re saving up money to be debt-free and eventually retire early. So, we can buy more television sets! Of course. Why didn’t I think of that? Continue reading…

Enjoy Life Now

Today marks nine years since my Dad moved on from this world. Five years ago, this day I brought Monkey home for the first time on a 70 degree sunny day with my Dad shining down.

This day signifies quite a bit in my life, and how fitting for today, March 14th, to be a day all of us are at home together playing on a “snow day” that has been all rained out.

Enjoy life now!

Each day as I set out to run or walk from our house, about two blocks away I come across this sign planted in an adopted piece of land. It is such a beautiful use of the space and a great reminder to release the tension and enjoy life now. Right now. This minute. Continue reading…

Do Children’s Birthday Parties Need to Be Expensive?

I think not.

We’ve been to many a children’s birthday party now that Monkey is in his second year of preschool, outside of family birthday parties for years. Each one is unique and fun, but when I look into what it might cost to host a similar party I am always in sticker shock. Most parties tend to cost around $30 or more per child who attends, not including food, decorations, and cake. Some parties require a minimum of $300 or 10 children before they’ll even consider your request. Sigh. That’s just out of our budget; a $500 party or more. Continue reading…