Extreme Couponing was my addiction.

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I first read about extreme couponing in the Boston Globe sometime in 2011. The front page featured Kathy Spencer, author of How to Shop For Free: Shopping Secrets for Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing. Her minuscule grocery budget inspired me, to say the least, and I immediately jumped on the extreme couponing bandwagon.

We had a new baby, a boatload of student debt, and one income. I committed to being a stay at home mom out of deep conviction, but I itched to contribute financially. Like any good drug, extreme couponing filled a void, and I convinced myself that saving money was my most valuable contribution to our family.

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On Quitting Babywise: Parenting Reflections Four Kids Later

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I like steps. I love plans. And I really love control. And sleep, did I mention sleep?

Babywise parenting seemed to fit my personality like a glove. I bought the book On Becoming Babywise, prepared to follow its advice with precision.  What could go wrong?

Only that babies could care less what book you read about feeding and sleep training.  

They just want you to figure out what they need and give it to them.

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Bullet Journaling: Take What You Need, Leave the Rest

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I used to be A-type. I adored planners and scoured the stores for the best one each December.

Then I became a mom. With each successive child, I used my planner less and less. Instead, I turned to sticky notes, random sheets of paper, spiral notebooks, and google calendar.

These systems were less than ideal for obvious reasons. The sticky notes inevitably got lost under a fresh stack of mail. The spiral notebooks? Uninspiring, to say the least (don’t we all buy planners for their inspiring covers and layouts?).

And I had nowhere to write down long-term ideas and lists: books I wanted to read, curriculum I wanted to explore down the road, or little things I needed for the house (have you ever finally found time to go shopping only to arrive home without the one thing you actually needed?).

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Save Money: Skip the Play Kitchen (The Power of Simplicity Parenting)

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Creating an environment that encourages pretend play can feel daunting in our screen-filled world.  Many parents who want to foster their child’s imagination think a play kitchen is an essential toy for encouraging creative play.  In fact, play kitchens are now commonplace, found in most homes with young children.

I fell for it too – believing a play kitchen to be absolutely necessary for my kids to play pretend.  

As my daughter approached three years old, I started looking for the perfect play kitchen.  Home aesthetics are important to me, so I prioritized the ones I could handle looking at every day in our small apartment.  

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The House That Cleans Itself: How to Choose Storage Solutions that Actually Work

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Have you ever spent hours rearranging and organizing your home only to have it be a disaster the very next day? 

You think angrily to yourself, our house could be clean and orderly if everyone else would just get on board.

Perfect Storage Solutions…For Your Habits

That perfect IKEA storage case with drawers – one for each LEGO® color? One child always empties every drawer onto the floor to find what he wants, and they need to be resorted all the time.

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Developing Your Philosophy of Education (Before You Homeschool)

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“Why do we do this anyways?” Her brows furrowed with confusion.

I felt for my new friend who had been homeschooling for over a year now. I never stopped to ask the question myself until four months into homeschooling…when all the methods I thought would work just didn’t.

And without a good answer to that question, most people quit.

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