How (and Why) We Became a One-Car Family

How to become a one-car family

Last year, we decided to give back our leased car and become a one-car family. We often get questions about how we “get by” with only one car, especially as a busy family of four. Here’s why we decided to go this route, and how we do it. Continue reading

2017 – A Year of Intentional Living

2017 - A year of intentional living

As my husband and I sat down to brainstorm and prioritize our goals for 2017, a theme came up over and over – to live intentionally.

The definition of intentional is simple – “done on purpose; deliberate.”

In all areas of our life, we aim to be thoughtful and deliberate, rather than falling back on old habits. To slow down a bit. To think in the big picture. To be flexible, but focused.

Here is how we aim to live intentionally this year, and how it is shaping our goals for the year ahead. Continue reading

Ditching Paper Towels for Good

How to ditch paper towels for good!

A few months ago, I was shopping at Costco for our large monthly grocery haul. Paper towels were on the list, and as I stared at the mega box our family would blow through, I thought, “Do I really want to spend $20 on paper towels?” The answer was no. Instead,  I bought a dozen white dish towels for $10. Without giving it much preemptive thought, operation ditch paper towels had begun. Continue reading

Teaching Elementary Age Kids About Money

14 Easy Money Lessons for Elementary Age Kids

Teaching elementary age kids about money is a lot of fun! They are developing more advanced math and logical thinking skills and, as such, they can grasp more complex financial concepts. Elementary age kids are also starting to understand the social ramifications of money – which can lead to important conversations about money and peer pressure.

So, how do you teach elementary age children about money? Here are 14 easy ideas on how to teach your kids about money.

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Creating A Meaningful Christmas on a Budget

Christmas Doesn't Have to Break the Bank - Creating a meaningful Christmas on a budget

Growing up, my most vivid memories involve the magic of Christmas. Visiting Santa, shopping and wrapping gifts, performing in the Christmas pageant, enjoying a special family dinner, and eagerly waking up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. Continue reading

Simple Money Lessons for Preschoolers


Wondering when you can start teaching your kids about money? Older toddlers and preschoolers are starting to learn numbers, counting, and basic math. As such, it’s a great time to introduce basics money concepts. What are simple money lessons you can teach to preschoolers? Here are ten easy ideas.

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6 Awesome Money Lessons Kids Learn from Monopoly


Kid money lessons come in many shapes and forms, though hands-on activities and games are one of our family’s favorite way to teach our kids about money. Recently, we started playing Monopoly with our first grader. It is so much fun to see him learn about math, money, and financial strategy. Here’s why I love using the board game Monopoly to teach kids about money. Continue reading