Silly things we do to save money (by spending time)

I have been perusing personal finance websites lately, and came across a fascinating post on Wisebread about making your own mustard. Blogger Marla Walters tried it after experiencing sticker shock when confronted with a recipe that called for whole-grain mustard, retailing at $5.50 for a 6-oz jar. The process took three attempts before she made a batch t… read more »

Live Chat at The Motherhood, 1pm EST

What could be more productive than spending an hour discussing productivity? Ok, that’s a bit facetious, but it’s always a good idea to sharpen the saw, and you need a lunch break anyway. So come join me at The Motherhood at 1pm for an hour-long live chat about 168 Hours, time management, and organizing our lives. As a bonus, you’ll meet my 8… read more »

Do you need a clean office to work?

There are many upsides to working at home. But one of the downsides is that generalized house clutter quickly becomes workspace clutter. With small children, there is just no avoiding a certain amount of messiness. I took a few minutes yesterday evening to put all the books back on the shelves in my boys’ room, only to come back 10 minutes later to find th… read more »

Jasper's flash cards

(cross-posted at Gifted Exchange)
My 3-year-old, Jasper, attends a full-day preschool program. From my observations, preschool seems to have experienced an academic upgrade since my days of hanging out in my church in Raleigh, NC eating graham crackers. When I started kindergarten, our first set of reading words included “cat,” “d… read more »

Just a hunch (the trouble with what everyone "knows")

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while know that what one “can” and “can’t” do during pregnancy is one of my favorite topics. Much of this is based on nothing that resembles scientific evidence; the old prescriptions about exercise during pregnancy were, in some cases, based on small studies of pregna… read more »