Birthday gifts:: How I managed to cut back on what we spend

If your kids are at least preschool age, you know the reality of the birthday party scene. For the next many years, you will spend a fair amount of Saturdays sitting next to a bouncy castle, eating carrot sticks – I mean Olaf noses and making small talk to people you’ve just met. And all these parties will require a trip to the store where you’ll try to guess which princess or super hero the birthday kid is into, gawk at how much toys cost, then realize you need to spend $8 more on a card, bag and tissue paper. Geez, did I really just spend $30 on a present for a child we barely know? … More Birthday gifts:: How I managed to cut back on what we spend

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Morning Chores :: How I managed to get my kids moving in the morning on their own

We’ve seen lots of charts and plans come and go, but the morning chores are still going strong. So I thought I’d write about it, in case this idea can be helpful to any of you. … More Morning Chores :: How I managed to get my kids moving in the morning on their own