Holiday Drawing THIS Saturday!

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holiday give-away

Every year I put together gift baskets for my family full of local goodies. Beings we had a TON of cash back this year (thank you credit cards!), I am going to mail one out to one of my email subscribers. (Which is much easier and less creepy than tracking down a reader from a […]

Toy Gift Guide

toys that parents and kids will love

Sometimes you have to buy toys. There is just no way around it. And it’s especially hard to find the right gift for someones elses kid! We focus most of our gift giving on great experiences. We do pool parties, and trips to fun kids places. Museums, theme parks, and camping with pools.  At the […]

Our St. Nicholas Tradition

Ushering in the meaning of the season

We started celebrating Saint Nicholas day while we lived in Germany. On the night of December 5th all the German kids put a shoe outside of their doors so that St. Nicholas can put a few treats in them. We have co opted this tradition to help start our holidays with more gratitude and generosity.

German St Nick traditions

Going Back to Work after a Gap Year

what's next for us?

We took a year off to give some space for our biggest dreams. The dreams that are hard to squeeze around a 9-5. We wanted to travel more, renovate, write, adventure, and transition. We weren’t really sure how all of that would look or where it might take us. We wanted family life to look […]

Gap Year Budget

2016 Income and Expense Report

  How can a person afford to take a year off? Gap years seem to make sense for a 20 year old unsure about their life direction. But what about a 33 year old unsure about what the next season should hold? One with 5 little kids, 3 houses and a dog? Well the process […]

Answers from Taking a Gap Year

learning as we go

Our Gap year provided answers to our list of questions, answers to questions we didn’t even think about asking and more questions. If you have considered taking some time off or retiring early you might have had a few of these questions. Here is what the year off has taught us so far. I wrote […]

Early Retirement Experiment

dealing with the unknowns

We went into this Gap year with more questions than answers. Some people enter early retirement full of confidence in their carefully laid plans. They have no doubts, just “mountaintop shouting declarations” of what this next season will bring. Not us. We had questions, doubts, and unknowns. We went into our year off with an […]

New: Reader Guest Post!

easy, affordable and healthy meals

I’m am very excited to kick off our very first reader guest post! I post Monday and Wednesday, but every now and again we will do something fun on Friday! I opened this reader guest post up to all the lovely folks on my email list (get on there for all the cool backstage stuff!) […]

3 Kinds of Side Hustle

There is a lot of chatter out there about “The Side Hustle.” But not all hustles are created the same. Depending on your season in life and goals, there are 3 kinds to consider. The Quick Cash, Profitable MultiTasking or Professional Growth. If you know the difference between the 3, you can find the right hustle […]