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Health

When I was pregnant with Judah, I planned to be a 100% stay-at-home mom, so I didn’t invest in an expensive breast pump. It turned out I didn’t need one. I only pumped a handful of times, so a $300 pump would have been overkill. However, for full-time working moms who want to breastfeed, an […]

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Potty training in 3 days

by Karen on May 28, 2013

Judah has been showing interest in the potty for a couple months now, but mostly never did anything when we took him in there. Just a couple weeks ago he finally started acknowledging when he needed a new diaper, so I set a goal to start the process this month after my extended maternity leave […]

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Why I’m done with New Year’s resolutions

by Karen on January 8, 2013

Every year on New Year’s Day I feel anxious for a fresh start. “This is the year,” I tell myself. And I really mean it. I really believe that opening a fresh new calendar will give me the motivation I need to make all the changes I failed to make the previous year. Unfortunately, I […]

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Resolutions for 2012

by Karen on January 1, 2012

My standard resolution for, oh, 10 years or so has been “eat healthier and lose weight.” So far I’ve only stuck with that resolution for 1 out of 10 years. Pfft. I suck. I’m not giving up on that resolution. Lord knows I have more weight than ever to lose this year. But starting last […]

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The most unpleasant topic in personal finance

by Karen on November 14, 2011

I am embarrassed to admit that our son is almost a year old, and we’ve put this off until now, but right now we’ve begun the process of reevaluating our life insurance needs and writing our wills. Ugh, it’s the worst. The truth is, applying for life insurance is a complicated process, and every time […]

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I’ve raved about inexpensive prefold diapers in the past, and I still think they’re a great entry into cloth diapering. They don’t require a huge financial investment, they’re easy to use, durable, and a snap to keep clean. However. As many of you seasoned cloth diapering moms warned me, prefolds have become cumbersome as Judah […]

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Homemade baby food 101

by Karen on June 3, 2011

All-natural, organic whole food is all the rage these days. If you’re introducing your baby to solid foods, you’ve probably wondered how you can avoid feeding him pricey, pre-packaged, preservative-laden baby food. Well, I’m going to tell you. Here’s what you need: Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables A food processor, food mill, or blender to […]

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I grew up in northern Indiana, where tornado warnings rarely mean business. Tornadoes touched down in our area a handful of times when I lived there, but they were always weak storms that caused superficial damage at most. Now we’re living in southern Indiana, which is on the outer rim of tornado alley. The deadly […]

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A mouse in the house

by Karen on May 23, 2011

I’ve made no secret about my struggles with anxiety. I worry. Constantly. Less than two weeks after moving into our new home, and I’ve come to the conclusion that homeownership, while wonderful, has extended my list of worries by about a mile. At the top of my list? A MOUSE. In my kitchen. At least […]

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