A is for artwork, which Cakes produces in great quantity. If your child is also a prolific artist, here are some ideas for how to organize and display his or her creations.
B is for book sling, which I saw in Family Fun, and hope to make for Bee, so that I won’t have to remove 36 (!!!) books and magazines from her top bunk in order to change her sheets.
C is for coupons, one of many money-saving strategies that I employ, but not in an “extreme” way. Please see this post for my thoughts on couponing.
D is for debt which, contrary to popular belief, does not have to be an inevitable part of American life. To read about how we freed ourselves from the chains of debt, please see Our Path to Debt Freedom, and Our Total Money Makeover.
E is for Easter lamb cake, which I make every year for my children. It’s so cute, it almost seems mean to eat it.
F is for frugal food, recipes for which you can find on my recipe blog, Economical Eats.
G is for garage sales, where we purchase the vast majority of our clothing, household supplies, books, and toys. To learn more about our method of power garage sale shopping, please see this post.
H is for hair, which I stopped coloring 4 months ago. At age almost-38, I’ve decided to wear my gray (which I have earned, believe me) proudly, because God says, "Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life." ~ Proverbs 16:31. To follow my transformation, please see My Aging with Grace Project.
I is for IVF, without which I would not have my 3 adorable, hilarious children, who bring so much happiness and fun to our lives. If you’re interested in learning more about IVF, please see, How Our Babies Came to Be, and IVF Explained.
J is for Jesus, whose grace made this blessed and abundant life possible. He is the reason for all that I do.
K is for kids, who make our lives so busy and fun and exhausting, and sometimes drive me completely mad with frustration.
L is for label maker, which I got for free (after rebate) at Staples. I used it to create an organized filing system, which helps me save time, energy, and money, and insures that my bills are always paid on time, which protects our good credit.
M is for meat, which Americans consume too much of, and it can really eat into your grocery budget. See this post to read more about my “less meat” meal planning philosophy.
O is for organized packrattery which, when approached properly, can save you many hundreds of dollars every year.
P is for price book, which is how I keep track of prices for items that I purchase regularly. If you’re interested in making a price book for yourself, please see this post for more information.
Q is for quilt rack, which I made on a very small budget for DJ’s room, after pricing standard wooden quilt racks, and nearly dying of sticker shock.
R is for random facts about me, 100 of which can be found here.
S is for savory roasted chicken breasts, which we had for dinner last night, along with fresh mashed sweet potatoes, steamed green beans, biscuits, and strawberry ice cream pie.
T is for Thrift Culture Now, which featured an excellent article about this blog last summer.
U is for unfortunate events, a series of which I wrote about last year, and continue to revisit on days like today, when I need a good laugh because everything has gone to hell in a hand basket.
X is for eX-borrowers, which we are, and hope to be for life.
Y is for yeast bread, which can be challenging to make, but homemade bread is healthier, tastier, and cheaper than store-bought, so it’s a skill worth mastering. See this post for some helpful tips.
We’re in the last week of the Gerber Generation Photo Search contest, so please don’t forget to vote for my sweetie boy today!