Fashion philosophy (or how to be cheap & still look professional)

When I was 24 and had just started my first “corporate” job the women used to ask me why I never wore makeup. I used to laugh it off and say “I have to be making at least… Read More

Transitioning back into a two-job family

Well that was surprising – they offered me the job. Of course, I have yet to sign the piece of paper so until I do I will be wary but barring any HR issues, I will be heading… Read More

Thirty-minute ginger-miso soup

Foggy fall mornings waiting for the school bus I know there are a ton of WINTER IS COMING jokes floating on the internet but right now the reality that it *really* is coming is settling in. It’s time… Read More

Lessons learned & a little life update after a crazy month

Sure, it’s pretty but it also means winter isn’t far behind… Well I haven’t written anything over the past 30 days mostly because I was busy just surviving. It’s been a heck of a merry-go-round here in Bungalowville… Read More

Save time and money with the Gift Repository

This morning we were leisurely having a coffee and reading books when the reality hit me. “OH GOD BEAN, YOU HAVE TO BE AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY IN AN HOUR!” I threw some cereal on the table and… Read More

I’ve been lazy but I have been given a reprise!

So 2-for-20 officially started June 1st because I miscalculated the end of the school year. For some strange reason I thought that the school year ended three days earlier than it does. As it turns out, I had… Read More

2-for-20

One of the things I found overwhelming was just how much had to be done around the house after the winter. With two full-time jobs, two kids and a plethora of extra-curriculars for all of us, so many… Read More

Two organizational tasks that keep me sane

Life is a constant attempt at staying organized but it’s even more important when the two adults in our household are working. Life is completely chaotic all the time and it always feels like you are running to… Read More

Is enough ever enough? (part I)

My father is retiring this month. Instead of looking forward to the time off after working so hard his whole life, he is panicking. He is panicking because despite a) having his house paid off, b) having low-cost… Read More

Baking your way to quick lunch snacks

I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination. I like cooking but because I don’t have a sweet tooth, I rarely consider whipping up some cinnamon buns or scones unless I have a coffee or… Read More

A week of food posts: pre-planning meals

Yesterday I signed a new letter of offer for my current position. They are extending me for another month so my last day here will be June 13th. Incidentally, it’s also the last day I have daycare for… Read More

Brainstorming: nosce te ipsum

Why do you want to work part-time? Is it so you will have more time for friends and family? More time for a creative pursuit? Do you need time to explore volunteer options for a career change? Do… Read More

The permanent work pack (PWP)

The nature of my work is that I am on the move a lot and that all my contracts are in a standard office environment. Last year alone I worked at three different places so I was never… Read More