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    BOB Books Reading Levels (NEW Lexile levels)

    bob books beginning readers set 1 & 2 Level Our family is using bob books photo books to help our daughter learn to read.  After finishing Set 1, I thought I’d like to flip through our children’s book library to find some other books that she would be able to tackle next.  I found that […] More

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    Use Toothpaste to Remove Cell Phone Screen Scratches?

    Remove scratches from plastic screen So, I knew that I’d be opening a can of worms when I started posting videos to YouTube.  One of the unforeseen consequences has been watching a lot of videos and getting crazy ideas that I would never come up with on my own. Case in point: smearing toothpaste on […] More

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    The Fjallaven Kanken Maxi Backpack

    Today I received my new Fjallraven Kanken Maxi Backpack in the mail and I’m super excited! I had been looking for a new bag for a couple of months.  My old backpack was about 15 years old and was shedding the waterproofing on everything I put in there so I was reluctant to actually use […] More

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    How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (queen)

    How fold fitted sheet The last time I folded a fitted sheet in front of someone I heard “Wow!  Right there!  What was that trick?”  So, I decided to make a video about how to fold a fitted sheet The same as you now, it was a mystery for me once too. I couldn’t do […] More

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    5 Things We Learned Becoming Airbnb Hosts

    Airbnb host experiences :5 things we learn! 5 Things We Learned Becoming Airbnb Hosts One month ago we started hosting guests in our upstairs apartment on Airbnb. We already had an extra bed and TV, so all we’d need would be a couch and maybe a table.  We thought it would be an easy way […] More

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    Why Do You Want a Budget?

    The holidays are over and now ‘this is the season for many to make the annual effort to improve their finances. When you’re used to spending as you please, suddenly having to stick to a budget can seem frustrating and discouraging. Maybe you’re used to shopping for pleasure or meeting friends for dinner.  Now those […] More

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    Real Estate Is Exhausting

    Almost three months ago, I asked the question: “Is Family Worth $400,000?” After an hour of discussions and spreadsheet preparation, today I can say that the answer for us is “absolutely”. We will be moving into our new super expensive house in less than two weeks.  This will be a huge change for our family […] More

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    Spending the Long Weekend at Home

    Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with the people you love.  They are also a time filled with traditions and expectations.  I love celebrating my favourite traditions every year and creating new traditions for our family (that’s why I opted for Bilbo, the Engagement Cat instead of a diamond). Traditionally we would travel on […] More

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    Grocery Shopping on a Budget of $200: 6 Lessons Learned

    In January we decided to stop eating out and our grocery bill ski-rocketed as we transitioned off fast food. Our usual budget for groceries for our family of three is $303/month (that’s $70/week). Because of our overspending in January, we’d be grocery shopping on a budget of $214 in February. We decided our best course […] More

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    Selling on Etsy: Getting Past the Learning Curve

    I was pleasantly surprised when I logged into Etsy on the weekend and noticed that I had a pile of free listings. After a minute I realized that it meant that a few of you have found my referral links down at the bottom of my page and used them to start your own store! […] More

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    Clothes Pins Make Me So Happy

    Back in the fall, we realized that we weren’t as energy efficient as I thought we were and made big some big changes to drop our usage. We ended up dropping our energy usage by over 70% that first month from the year before. Pretty exciting stuff. But we weren’t finished yet. Brimming with confidence, […] More

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    Living on a Budget: February Edition

    So I’ve been telling you all about how you should set a budget and track every penny. But, do WE actually do it? Well, ya, we do. That’s not to say that we’re always under budget. How much of a challenge would that be? But we do live on a budget and track our spending […] More

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