What To Do If (And When) The Tooth Fairy Forgets Your House

What To Do If (And When) The Tooth Fairy Forgets Your House

We blew it.  La Grande lost a tooth this weekend and we blew our tooth fairy duty.  We totally forgot to do the one thing that makes losing a tooth less traumatic.  We’ve weaved a complicated and  magical web of lies and one slip up, no matter how slight, can bring her childhood and trust in us crumbling to the ground.  First it’s the tooth fairy and then it’s Santa, the Easter Bunny…what have we done!!!

Luckily, I’m good at lying to my kids…oh wait…uh, that did not come out right.  Let’s just get to the story.

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Life Insurance and the Stay At Home Spouse

Life Insurance and the Stay At Home Spouse

A couple of years ago, I realized that I am not allowed to die.  Seriously.  Heaven forbid (not that I’m presuming I’ve earned my place beyond the pearly whites yet), something were to happen to me, I don’t think my spouse would be able to go on.  Not in the completely inconsolable way (which he would be, I mean, I’m worth missing), but in the “where do the forks go” sense of going on.  We’ve been married 8 years, and to this day, this preeminent military professional doesn’t know where we keep the toilet paper.

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Think You Can’t Afford To Save?  Think again!

Think You Can’t Afford To Save? Think again!

Today you can find me over at the Military Saves Blog sharing my tips on how you can save money on a limited budget.  Military Saves Week kicks off on Monday, Febrauary 25  and goes through March 1.  Join them on their Facebook page and on Twitter to get connected to an amazing week full of information, tips, and tricks to help your military family save money and secure your financial future!

You Can Afford To Save…And Here’s How To Do it!

“I don’t have/earn/make enough money to save.”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this line as a financial counselor.  It always stops me in my tracks, no matter who it’s coming from.  I’ve heard it from clients when I worked in personal financial management in Airman and Family Readiness. I’ve heard it working with clients facing the decision whether or not to file bankruptcy. And any time I hear it, my first thought is, “Yes, you do.  You can save.  It’s all a matter of choice and perspective.”

Continue reading my guest post at the Military Saves Blog!

 

Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty training day one was, well, a wash.  Literally.  I scrubbed the carpet four times, La Rubia went through 5 outfits and 5 pairs of underwear, we lost one pair of bedsheets, and Homeskillet’s resolve was starting to waiver.  After missing potty-palooza 2008, due to a deployment, he had no idea what he was facing.  The disappointment, the patience, the frustration, the boredom, all the pee-pee…he was caught a bit off guard.

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Potty Training: The Show Down

Potty Training: The Show Down

Today is the day that we chose to start La Rubia with potty training.  Honestly, I haven’t seen any signs from the heavens that she’s ready…we get the occasional disappearing pooper and the announcements of “I pee pee,” I poop,” and “I stink…gross,” but nothing truly concrete.

From day 1 La Rubia has been a different little cookie.  Totally different than La Grande.  La Grande is quiet, compliant, and independent.  La Rubia is loud, defiant, and a cuddler.  I love each of them for their difference.  I love the “rule regulator” I have in La Grande and the “woo girl” I have in La Rubia.

Our parenting style has been mostly consistent, particularly when it comes to routine and acceptable behavior, but our approaches to yield the results we desire are like night and day. I expect that potty training won’t be any different.

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Keep Your Hands Off Your Child’s Homework

Keep Your Hands Off Your Child’s Homework

A friend of mine just posted on Facebook about feeling like a “mean mom” because she’s taking a hands off approach to her child’s school assignment requiring him to make a Valentine’s mailbox.  I immediately responded to her, 100% supporting her decision to not over-help her child with the project.  And then I realized that maybe it is time for a PSA about overly zealous parents.

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Saving Time Means Saving Money

Saving Time Means Saving Money

That old adage “time is money” isn’t just advice for business owners or financiers…it’s great advice for us busy women, too.  One of the most time consuming part of my day revolves around meal preps.  I plan these elaborate meals and I burn myself out.  I’ll get on this awesome kick and then…boom.  I’m toast.  I start talking crazy like “let’s order out” or “let’s go out to eat.”  And there goes the money.

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NextGen MilSpouse: Working for Me Full Time

NextGen MilSpouse: Working for Me Full Time

Oh boy.  I did it.  I’m resigning from my steady, predictable part-time job and jumping full force into my latest project, NextGen MilSpouse.  For those of you who totally missed my shameless plugs for our January 2013 launch, NextGen MilSpouse is an online magazine geared towards empowering and connecting our diverse military spouse community that puts a fresh spin on what it means to be a military spouse today.  The tagline is, perhaps, one of the coolest, if not THE coolest things that has ever hatched out of my brain: Because the last thing you are is dependent.

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Make the Post 9/11 GI Bill Part of Your College Planning

Make the Post 9/11 GI Bill Part of Your College Planning

If you’re a military family, I hope that you’re making the Post 9/11 GI Bill a part of your college saving plan, whether you’re saving for yourself or for your children. When you talk about getting the biggest bang for your buck with college savings plans, nothing holds a candle to the higher education opportunities provided by the GI Bill.

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Cereal Sticker Shock No More

Cereal Sticker Shock No More

Have I ever told you how much I love shopping at the Commissary? For my non-military readers, that’s what we call the grocery store located on base/post.  Sometimes, I don’t even realize the savings until it slaps me in the face.  To make matters worse, I’m a horrible coupon clipper, so you wouldn’t imagine my delight at being contacted to share a special program brought to you by General Mills to help military families save even more at the Commissary! [Read more...]

Saving Money For Your Munchkins: College Edition

Saving Money For Your Munchkins: College Edition

Parenting is a lot like investing.  Think about it. Your kids are like little bank accounts.   You regularly deposit your time and love into them and watch your investment grow and mature.  Sometimes, you have to reassess your investment strategy…maybe you need to diversify your portfolio by targeting piano lessons or hiring a tutor (awesome metaphor, no?  <takes a bow>).  And as important as it is to nurture our kids, sometimes, we want to give them something a little more liquid than love and support…like…well…money.

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The 52 Week Savings Challenge

The 52 Week Savings Challenge

When a good friend of mine tagged me with the now viral 52 Week Money Challenge, I got so excited, I knew I had to share this with everyone (thanks, Dawn O.)!  According to my bloggy friend, 4HatsAndFrugal (go check her out), the 52 Week Money Challenge originated via a facebook group called “Kassondra’s 52 Week Money Challenge“.  This ridiculously easy savings schedule is the perfect way to set aside money…like $1378… for just about anything you can imagine.  [Read more...]

Look Like A Crafty Mama With Rudolph Candy Canes!

Look Like A Crafty Mama With Rudolph Candy Canes!

I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel more crafty than wielding a hot glue gun.  I’m not a crafty mama, but sometimes I do like to look like one.  These cute and easy-to-make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer candy canes are just the ticket to make you the crafty-mom you’ve always wanted to be…or am I the only one with crafty-mom envy?  I didn’t think so.

 

 

Supply List for Rudolph Candy Canes:

  • Candy Canes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pompoms
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
2013 BAH Rates Are Here!  Now What?

2013 BAH Rates Are Here! Now What?

It’s that time of year again!  2013 BAH rates finally published and some of you might be dancing around thinking about how you’ll spend that extra cash, if you were lucky enough to see an increase.  Maybe you’re thinking about moving or finally grabbing that premium cable, or maybe you’re considering saving the extra cash for a rainy day (my vote).

Oh, and don’t worry.  If BAH for your area decreased for the area you’re already residing in, never fear.  You’ll continue to receive your same rate…phew!  Regardless, this is a great time to reevaluate your housing expenses and make sure you’ve got your budget in check! [Read more...]

A Culture Of Violence

I am seeing it everywhere….so many of my friends don’t feel safe after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary.  And right now, half-baked, reactionary measures that always emerge after a tragedy are cropping up, like “let’s arm teachers” or “let’s outlaw firearms”…because we all know that when tragedy strikes…the pendulum begins to swing.  We start trying to cling to whatever illusion of safety we believe we can create.

The recent unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook me to my core.  As a mom, my heart immediately cried out for my own school-aged daughter.  I couldn’t wait to scoop her up from school and smother her in hugs and kisses.  And when Monday came, and it was time to return to school, somehow, I sent her off to school with hugs, and kisses, and a reminder to be safe…as I always do.  But I didn’t send her off in new-found fear. [Read more...]