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Financial Perspective...

It's Tuesday, which means I'm balancing the checkbook and getting tabs on our financial situation for the week. No, I'm not going to freak out like my post a couple weeks ago that sent my mom and several of my friends into a whirlwind of worry about the stability of my mental health. (No, this is not a statement of denial, I really am ok.) Instead, even though it's only 3 weeks later and things are not any better, I thought I'd share one of the things that has helped me shift my attitude as of late...

Unfortunately our financial situation is not unique these days. Many young families are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet. And obviously middle class families aren't the only one's finding ourselves in a pinch. It seems that those big corporate giants on Wall Street aren't much better at balancing their budgets. I guess at least our situation doesn't require a $700 BILLION bailout plan to find our footing again. We could make do with SEVERAL fewer zeros.



My Most Read Thoughts


Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.