I Heart Baby Veg: An Ode to Gardening

I have no clue what this is!

I have no clue what this is!

I haven’t been shy about the fact that our first attempt at gardening hasn’t gone as planned.  First of all, we did approximately zero research on which plants would work in our climate, which wouldn’t, and which fruits and vegetables require special care. [Read more...]

How Do You Like to Be Paid?

do some workWhen I was in my early 20′s, I did all kinds of jobs.  Good jobs.  Shitty jobsJobs I loved.  Jobs I endured.  My least favorite job was at a group home for intellectually-challenged adults…..but it’s not what you think!  I actually loved the residents who lived there and learned a lot from them. [Read more...]

Do You Feel Comfortable Sharing Your Income?

oprahI had a lot of awkward conversations when I was pregnant, but there is one I simply cannot forget.  Let’s start with the back story, shall we? 

It was 2009, and I was 7 or 8 months pregnant and working as the Family Services Director at the locally-owned funeral home. We weren’t living a life of luxury by any means, but we were happy, healthy, and extremely excited about having our first child.  We were also bringing in about $90,000 per year, which is a huge chunk of cash for a small family living in the rural Midwest. [Read more...]

Want to see Europe for FREE? Do This.

milanThere are so many places I want to see in the world, and – as a travel writer - I’m always scheming different ways to get there.  I could pay with real money, of course, but who wants to do that?

Psshhhhtttt….. [Read more...]

Club Thrifty July Budget Breakdown


My friend took in a rescue horse….and it wanted my margarita!

I just sat down to write this blog posts and realized that my daughter starts kindergarten in three weeks.  Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday she was my baby, and now she’s my little girl.  So basically, I feel old.

On the other hand, I can’t wait for her to get started in school.  She is so excited for the new adventure, and I can only hope I have adequately prepared her for the challenge.  Fingers crossed!  I’ll be sure to post an update and picture of her on her first day of school. [Read more...]

One Lifetime Won’t Be Enough For Us

holly greg chicagoTen years ago today, I took a chance and drove to Chicago to meet you for the very first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew it was something I had to do. We had been talking for five years by then, and I knew that I would only have the chance for so long.

So I went with an open heart and an open mind.  I still remember how I felt when I opened the door to my hotel room and saw you face-to-face.  It was one of those moments you only read about in romance novels. [Read more...]