Lifelong Learning Podcast Host and Frugal Mom$ter

Quietly Closing Kate Nesi Photography

Over seven and a half years ago, I started a website and opened up my first business, Kate Nesi Photography. I started out confident in my skills, full of excitement, and open to meeting new people and seeing if I could recoup my investment. That very first year I invested...

The Effect of 30 Days Without Social Media

Over thirty days now since I decided to walk away from social media entirely; mainly disabling my Instagram (IG) account and locking up my Twitter account. Those were the only spaces I engaged on social media since I deactivated Facebook (FB) over five years ago, and after I deactivated my...

Does Cycling to the Food Store Save Money?

One of the reasons we chose where we live is the proximity to local activities within biking or walking distance. This past summer, Chris and I ended up replacing our bikes. I bought a new bike in June when my old bike of 8 years fell apart and Chris ended...

My Recent Paint Nite Experience

At the end of the summer, my friend Steph sent me a sale email for the latest craze: Paint Nite (or insert any variety of company who hosts these). We had been hoping to meetup for one of these silly events for the past year. The nights are normally around $45 for...

My mind thinks I’m a runner…

…but my body has other thoughts. I was running rather well for about 6 weeks before I came down with a cold 3 weeks ago and have since slacked off. Between leaving social media, where I felt motivated and shared a TON of my workouts, to winning that head cold lottery,...

My favorite new blender: Vitamix

Just call me the Spendy Mom$ter! Being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap, it means you focus your spending on areas that are most important to you and leave aside other areas that aren’t so important. For me, over time, frugality has meant focusing on quality and lasting items vs. sales...

No New Clothes: September Edition

It’s been 10 months since I started the Year of No New Clothes inspired by Mrs. Frugalwoods. Let’s see how far I’ve come… I didn’t purchase any new clothing items for myself, nor the family, but there’s a little more to the month’s story than that. While we were in the...

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not so sure. My mom called me a “jack of all trades, master of none” quite often growing up and still does to this day. I used to think it was an awfully bad thing. I grew up wishing to find a calling where I felt like “this is...

A week without social media.

This is the first time since I joined social media that I’ve gone completely without any such service for any length of time. It’s only been a week, but already I’ve noticed some changes in my habits and behaviors; some positive and some negative. The first few days after leaving...