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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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...]

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

This is not one of those posts where I lament the challenges of being a military family or where I shake an angry fist at Uncle Sam for keeping me a bazillion miles away from my family at Christmas, no siree.  This post is all about how our military travels have opened us up to new and exciting Christmas traditions from around the world.

One of the coolest things about being part of a military family is that you get the rare opportunity to see, first hand, how other countries and cultures celebrate life through their holiday traditions. [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Appetizer That’s So Good, You’ll Slap Yo’ Mama

A Thanksgiving Appetizer That’s So Good, You’ll Slap Yo’ Mama

I know I opted out of the whole Thanksgiving Dinner smorgasbord, but I know many of you are getting ready to unleash your inner Iron Chef this week.  I rarely share recipes, but heck, I’m so grateful to have so many fabulous readers, I couldn’t keep this recipe to myself.  I’m giving you my all-time favorite, most requested, slam-dunk recipe.  It’s so good you’ll wanna slap your mama.  [Read more...]

Black Friday Cometh…Is Your Budget Prepared?

Black Friday Cometh…Is Your Budget Prepared?

As the official family tightwad, Black Friday represents all that is evil and unholy and spend thrifty.  But, in true Shakespearian form, “I am fortune’s fool” because I’m married to the number one, Black-Friday shopping ninja, who laughs in the face of a midnight kick-off for rock bottom prices  Yes.  My husband, the love of my life, packs heat in the form of  5-hour Energy shots to make sure he misses nothing.

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Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

As a mom and a decently healthy eater, I am constantly on the hunt for tasty and healthful snack options.  From our many exchanges on Facebook and Twitter, I know you are too!  Sometimes it’s really challenging to find a snack that hits all the trifecta of awesomeness: healthy, tasty to adults, and, most importantly, tasty to kids!  My new healthy snack fave? Way Better Snacks sprouted ingredient chips.  Oh, and you can win some by entering the giveaway at the end of the post!

Way Better Snacks goes above and beyond the awesome-snack trifecta.  Their sprouted ingredient chips are more than delicious, they’re gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Well, you could and then you’d have crumbs and you’d be so sad. [Read more...]

Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

My Christmas tree is decked out.  The house is in full Noel mode.  It looks like we took a page out of consumer America’s book and skipped over Thanksgiving.  No turkey.  No trimmings.  No pie.  No baking.  No stuffing.  No belt loosening.  No football.  No houseful of guests.  No traveling to family.  And best of all, NO BLACK FRIDAY!  <insert sound of shoppers screaming everywhere>  Would you ever consider skipping Thanksgiving?  I am not considering it.  I’m doing it. [Read more...]

Quality Time And Halloween Cookies

Quality Time And Halloween Cookies

It’s confession time again.  I seem to have a lot of guilt sitting on my plate, but I’m finding it cathartic to share my shortcomings with all of you.  This time it wasn’t necessarily something that I did wrong.  It’s actually something I can’t seem to remember.   I get really caught up in the momentum of the relentless to-do list that is my life.  It’s an endless mental tape of tasks, reminders, appointments, chores, personal notes….it’s like a thief hellbent on stealing every waking and, sometimes sleeping, moment from me, and most importantly, my family.  Thank God for Halloween Cookies. [Read more...]

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

I will not have spoiled children.  I will not have entitled children.   My love?  They can have it all.  They can have  it all and a bag of potato chips.  They can have the sky, the moon, the sun, they can have every ounce of my love and devotion.  But I’ll be damned if I inadvertently cripple them by lavishing them with stuff. [Read more...]

Desperate for Cake

Thanks to Pinterest and the recipe from Prudent Baby…I was able to keep the munchies at bay and eat some cake!

Mission First: Why Our MilFam Set A Dinner Hour

Mission First: Why Our MilFam Set A Dinner Hour

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Dinner is Hell. I cannot tell you how much Homeskillet’s (read: my hubby) schedule has sucked from day one in the fabulous United States Air Force.  Eight years in and it just gets more and more ridiculous and less and less predictable. They weren’t joking when they said mission first and all that jazz.  We’ve lost a Saturday or Sunday, or a Saturday and Sunday, or a Christmas Morning (yes…a Christmas Morning), and then there was the ever awesome deployment that was supposed to be three months out that wound up being three days into a vacation.  You know, the usual. [Read more...]

Cool Stuff You Gotta Try

Cool Stuff You Gotta Try

As you all know, I attended Type-A Parent Conference in June 2012 and had an amazing time connecting with other geeky, bloggy. cool-mo-dee moms and dads.  Not only did I connect with fabulous bloggers, I connected with some killer brands with products and services I know you will love.  Here’s my Type-A faves list, in no particular order: [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Set A Budget!

Christmas in July: Set A Budget!

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You wouldn’t believe what holiday is coming in T-minus 5 months…CHRISTMAS!  The consumer driven, debt inducing holiday season that drives us all to forget the true reason for the season.  <steps off soapbox>

Even though it’s way too early for me to get in the holiday spirit, it’s not to early for me to start sounding the debt warning alarm.  Between all the gift giving, baking, entertaining, card mailing, and general merriment that comes along with decking the halls…it’s very easy to overspend.  Here are some tips to keep your holiday merry and your bank account bright. [Read more...]

Hallmark Card Moment…Prepare Yourself

Hallmark Card Moment…Prepare Yourself

Money Chicas and Money Chicos, I’m ba-ack with a brand new bag!  I’ve been away beefing up my blogger know-how at Type-A Parent Conference 2012, enjoying some pampering at Mom and Dad’s house (you guys are the best!), and preparing myself to come back to you fully rested and ready to provide you with the very best my grey matter can generate.

As we’ve journeyed together these past four months, I’ve really found myself through blogging.  Yeah, like the mid-life crisis kind of found myself.  I have battled with myself professionally and personally for…well…I’ll say a relatively long time.  I feel a little bit like Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar where he’s kicking his own rear-end.  I have beat myself up about everything….having a job, not having a job, staying at home, not staying at home, going to back to school, not going back to school…and drove myself (and hubby) a little crazy in the process. [Read more...]

Save Money, Drink Water

Save Money, Drink Water

When I goest out to eat, you are the sole beverage that is free

 Thy transparent nature keeps headaches at bay

Thou art even more fun on a summer’s day

Move over Shakespeare, La Chica’s poetic muse is at play!  I kid.  But I am not kidding when I say you MUST find a way to make water a huge part of your day.  Besides, who turns down free drinks?

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