No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

No Longer Buried: How Our Family Minimized Half of Our Possessions and Reclaimed Our Home

+J.M.J.+ A year and a half ago, Ethan and I got rid of over half of our stuff, and we have never looked back. This is the story of our family reclaiming our home, and at the end a list of action steps if you need help starting a similar process. So. Much. Stuff. Despite [...]

My Best Tips for Weekend Getaways on a Small Budget

My Best Tips for Weekend Getaways on a Small Budget

+J.M.J.+Last week I shared my best tips for traveling with kids in this post here, and today I wanted to share how we plan little weekend getaways on a small budget. Consider the Location We tend to make trips in a 2 - 3.5 hour range away for weekends. This is close enough that Ethan [...]

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

+J.M.J.+ We have paid off $23,031.00 of student loan debt in two years on an income less than the national average. It was our only debt and it is a relief like no other to have this gone. Ethan graduated with his bachelors degree debt free - this was from a post graduate program. We [...]

42 Tips to Eat Real Food on a Tight Budget

42 Tips to Eat Real Food on a Tight Budget

+J.M.J.+ Nourishing food and tight budgets are really hard to reconcile. I know, because I'm constantly balancing what we're eating with our small income all of the time. People often times want a magical solution to feed their families a beautiful, organic, locally grown diet for "cheap". While my tips below and other ideas out [...]

Quick All Saints Day Costume Ideas

Quick All Saints Day Costume Ideas

+J.M.J.+ The feast of All Saints can be panic-inducing for parents needing to hurriedly put together a saint costume for their kids. Here are a few quick ideas and links for some costumes that you might be able to throw together easily and with little expense! Girl Ideas St. Joan of Arc Philomena was St. [...]

$65 4 Year Old Girl Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

$65 4 Year Old Girl Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

+J.M.J.+ A few weeks ago I went consignment sale shopping for Philomena's Fall/Winter wardrobe. I got her some items not shown here like snow pants, snow boots, and a winter hat. She also has pajamas and a couple sweaters from a spring sale or hand-me-downs that will work well this winter. I'm just sharing her [...]

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads 101

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads 101

+J.M.J.+ I haven't bought disposable menstrual pads for 2.5 years now (well, aside from one package to use while traveling without access to laundry). I asked on social media for your questions on reusable pads, and I'm ready to answer them and give you the 4-11 on this super easy to care for, better for [...]

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

$60 Capsule Wardrobe for a 4 Year Old – Spring/Summer Edition

+J.M.J.+ We just had a children's clothing resale last week and I was excited to check it out and buy Philomena's wardrobe for this spring and summer. (Read about how I shop resales here) She will be four in June and wears a mix of 4t and 5t clothes right now. Not pictured are a couple [...]

My Cloth Diaper Stash

My Cloth Diaper Stash

+J.M.J.+ I'm back from my cloth diapering FAQ post earlier this week  to answer all of the questions asked specifically about our diaper stash itself... you know: what brand I use, how many I have, how I store them, what accessories we use, and that big decision: snaps or velcro closures! Let's jump in! We [...]