Round-up: More clothes, links, etc.

I got another Stitch Fix shipment yesterday. I liked this one better than some previous ones. I got a black and white polka dot sleeveless blouse, a pair of “boyfriend” jeans (I guess that means rolled up/distressed?), and a blue-and-white striped summer dress. I also got a white blouse with studs on it, which is perhaps a bit more cowboy than I&#… read more »

Old laundry bags, frugality, and nice stuff

When should we splurge, and when should we save?
Money Saving Mom recently ran a guest post from Abby at Mother on a Mission about how she’d wanted to buy a nice laundry hamper years ago. But she realized it was a want, not a need, and she’s survived just fine with her husband’s old dorm-style laundry bag. It’s a standard frugal story, though as Abby answe… read more »

Letting ‘em all sleep together

When my 2-year-old climbed out of her crib a few months ago, we took off the “foot” side. Now she can get in or out safely on her own. However, it’s pretty clear that she’s old enough for a big girl bed.
We have a bed that’s a perfect size: the trundle bed in our 4-year-old’s room. One solution would be to move that trundle out of his room and into our daugh… read more »

My salad days

In my quest to eat better — including more veggies — I’ve been trying to incorporate lunch salads into the mix. I like the southwestern steak salad I occasionally throw together (with leftover steak, peppers, corn, and chipotle ranch dressing). Other ideas seem more boring. But then during my week alone I started visiting a salad shop that ma… read more »

The Overwhelmed Review

My review of Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed, ran over at City Journal’s website this past weekend. The gist is that this is a perfectly sensible Big Idea book, written by a very good reporter. The problem is that Schulte spends too much time making this a book about herself. We’re supposed to believe her life is a mess, which it really i… read more »