40 Books That Teach Kids About Money

Teaching your kids about money is one of the most important things that a parent can teach a child, but it is quite often overlooked. It seems to me that a lot of parents simply expect their kids to automatically know how to create a budget or how to build an emergency fund. It's … [Read more...]

Camping with Kids – 10 Tips for an Awesome Family Camping Trip

I love the summer months for one big reason. Camping. Our family loves getting out in the woods and camping. No RV for us, we're rural campers meaning we use a tent with no power other than solar power and so on. There's just something about planning a hiking trip, planning a … [Read more...]

27 Creative and Useful Chore Charts for Tweens

My Emma might be 11 but she still needs guidance when it comes to doing her chores. She loves having a list in front of her and a way to mark it off. That got me thinking one night that she might do well with a chore chart. Unfortunately all of the ones that I could find for the … [Read more...]

In Five Years She Will Be Sixteen

I snuggled down beside by husband in bed three nights ago warm and safe chatting quietly with him about our plans for the next few years. The conversation bounced between business plans and plans for our personal life and especially my Emma. My plans for her schooling over the … [Read more...]

How to Pay for College Without Student Loans

Call me silly but I am of the opinion that debt often spells financial death for a lot of families. Because of that belief, I don't think that young people (oh my...I sound like my Dad now) should start their adult lives off with mounds of debt from student loans that they … [Read more...]

25 Kids Rainbow Crafts & Activities for Rainy Day Boredom Busters

My Emma is a tomboy to her core, but sometimes? She goes all girly on me. That's totally fine with me, but it can take me by surprise if I'm not paying attention. One of the ways that she does it is that she goes all girly when it comes to rainbows. She loves them and I love the … [Read more...]

Teaching Your Kids Want vs. Needs

    As parents, it is our jobs to teach our kids what they need to know in life and as much as some of us might hate it, a lot of those lessons are financial related. If you were to ask your kids what they want to know about money, one of the things you would … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keep Your Tweens Safe Online

Moms? Let's face it. Even though we may not want to admit it, our babies grow up. I'm still in shock that in a few weeks, my Emma will be celebrating her 11th birthday. She's growing fast and while I'm totally not okay with that, I've grown to accept it over the last 11 years. … [Read more...]

Can Cloth Diapers Really Save Me Money?

I don't have a tiny one anymore, but looking back, I wish I had taken the leap and used cloth diapers with my Emma. There are a ton of reasons that a new mom might want to cloth diaper including reducing waste in landfills, limiting chemicals our babies are exposed to and of … [Read more...]

When is My Teen Ready for a Checking Account?

As the mom of a tween, I am struck quite often by the fact that my baby girl is growing up. On her 9th birthday, I cried. Why? Because at 9 that meant I only had 9 years until she would likely leave me for college. On her 10th birthday I cried again. Why? Double digits ya'll. … [Read more...]