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How To Simplify Bill Payment and Your Life!

For parents, it can be a challenge to juggle multiple things in a day. The demands for our time is constant. One area that my family does not have to worry about is paying bills. This is because we implemented two simple changes to manage bill payments easier. First, we pay all purchases with a … Continue reading

Baby Yoga or Child Abuse?

Do babies need yoga? An article in the DailyMail shows baby yoga being practiced in Egypt. Parents are signing up for a 12-day seminar where babies are being hurled around. The article reports that some babies start crying seconds into the routine with one vomiting mid-air. Watching the pictures and video on YouTube is quite … Continue reading

How To Save Money on Monthly Bills

Last month, we implemented some cost cutting measures to save money. I’m looking forward to seeing the next month’s bills to see how much savings we made overall. If you want ideas on how to save money, here are the items we cut back on: 1. Cancelled cable TV – it was costing us $50 … Continue reading

Cheap Lunch Idea: Turkey Sandwich

I had a habit of eating out for lunch. I’m frugal in most expenses but eating out was not one of them. At a cost of $5-10 per lunch, I could have saved $1,300 to $2,600 per year. This year, as part of our leaner budget, I made a goal to brown bag it daily. … Continue reading

Book Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block

The first few months of your baby’s life is the longest and shortest period for a parent. Like most babies, we had sleep challenges. I read the popular books on the baby sleep methods to study and compare- hoping that one of them will have the magic recipe. The Happiest Baby on the Block by … Continue reading

Citrus Trees From Our Garden

I love Southern California weather. Most of the year can be spent outdoors. I also love the fact that I can grow citrus trees. Our garden has a variety of citrus plants that are handy year round. It’s convenient and helps save money. Family and friends love to pick fruits the trees. It’s organic and … Continue reading

Dave Ramsey on Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey is the author of The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. He also hosts a radio talk show on personal finance. The show can be downloaded on iTunes twice a week. I enjoy listening to the podcasts. I start my week listening to him on my Monday drive to work … Continue reading

Why I Love Co-sleeping

We knew early on that the crib will reside in our bedroom but having our son co-sleep in our bed was somewhat accidental. We didn’t plan it. It became a habit around 8-10 months as it was easier to nurse him. Prior to that, he slept in his crib. When he started sleeping with us, … Continue reading

The Nanny Tax

We are fortunate to have my mother in law help take care of our son while we work. We give her a monthly stipend for the trouble (and mostly joy of taking care of her grandson) which really only pays for her gas money. She comes to our house daily, takes care of A, helps … Continue reading

Book Review: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years

I’ve recently read What’s Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Lifeby Lise Eliot, a neuroscientist and a mother of two. I wanted to know how I can help my son maximize his capacity to learn and this book had glowing reviews on Amazon. From … Continue reading