Category: Family

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…

Gluten Free Bread #Fail

Today is officially Monkey’s 5th birthday. I cannot believe where I was 5 years ago and what was going through my mind overnight and into the wee hours of the morning. I am still amazed at how quickly, yet slowly, this time has gone. He’s grown into an amazingly hilarious little man who’ll always be my baby guy.

Monkey has found my new gluten-free status to be interesting. We talk often about it. We discuss what might or might not have gluten in it, and he jabs at me with jokes on the regular about what I can and cannot eat. “Mommy, you can have this chocolate piece here, but not this cupcake, okay?”

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February 2017 Frugal Momster Expense Report: A Forced Day Without the Car

February was filled with a lot of excitement. It included some fun for Valentine’s day, in which we don’t really celebrate much. Since I was on the elimination diet, it became even more of a non-celebration for Chris and I and a fun little treat for Monkey and Crab.

Monkey loves working with tools, so I couldn’t pass up this set of tool chocolates! It’s taken Monkey over four weeks to make his way through the tools. It was fun when he’d say, “Could I have my plier chocolate tonight for dessert?” It was worth the few extra dollars for that cuteness! The Crab received chocolate pudding he devoured. Continue reading…

January 2017 Frugal Momster Expense Report

Crab is streamlining his cooking skills.

I mentioned last month that I streamlined our finances to organize our income and expense reports better each month. In doing so, I made putting together these expense reports even easier!

By combining categories, and eliminating others, I’ve simplified an already pretty simple budget and expense recording process. I’m somewhat shocked at how much easier this month’s report was to create.

In other financial news, I’ve taken a free course on travel hacking credit cards. As I explore travel hacking, I’ll share our experience.

So far, it is very enlightening, and I’ve realized how many bonuses we’ve left off the table in the past several years since our financial turnaround. Several significant renovations could’ve covered some excellent travel we’ve been missing.

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