Want to save money? Be more like children

Alright, you’ve probably already tuned out because it’s that kind of inspirational porn that is rampant over social media: all talk, no action. OF COURSE little children are carefree; what’s your point, Tucker? Ok, hear me out, people!… Read More

Happy Easter (musings on living in a great community)

It’s a long weekend here in the Great White North and while I get both Friday and Monday off, Mr. Tucker works for an American company so he’s working both days. It’s interesting to have a family who… Read More

Tablets, and e-readers, & TV…oh my!

As a follow up to my post Monday about us adults weaning ourselves off the internet, I thought it would be good post about our kid device philosophy. For a really long time I will admit Mr. Tucker… Read More

A tale of three Halloween choices

This is Halloween, this is Halloween! One interesting thing about living in the social media age is you get a window into other people’s choices. I am always particularly fascinated to see the way people entertain themselves because… Read More

Why I don’t side hustle

Short answer: kids and a husband. Long answer: I know that there is a lot of emphasis on side hustles in the FIRE community and I completely understand that. What is better than retiring early? Retiring even earlier!… Read More

School’s out for summer

Summer in Canada – cottage edition If anyone has learned a lesson this year from school, it’s me. Specifically, I have learned to SAVE FOR SUMMER CAMPS (or make arrangements). Historically I have been home during the summer… Read More

Happy Halloween, here comes the dark

The eldest’s vampire pumpkin in action So yesterday was Halloween. As parents, Mr. Tucker and I put a LOT of effort into making holidays special for the kids. Since we also don’t want to spend a lot of… Read More

Let’s talk about Jesus camp

Despite being home in the summer every year I sign the kids up for two summer camps run in our community. They are inexpensive at $15 and $72 per kid, per week and the kids love it because… Read More

The importance of free play

After I posted my last blog post I came across this article Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School. It sums up my philosophy as well as the benefits of a lazy summer where you set the stage… Read More

Your kids don’t need novelty and neither do you

Hey look everyone, it’s the free in-ground pool! A couple of years ago a friend from primary school posted to facebook that she was off work for a week but didn’t know how to fill the time with… Read More

Canada Day

Rocking some fine tattoos Living in Ottawa growing up you get used the fanfare and the madness that happens every year on July 1st. The entire city is pretty much closed down as throngs of people litter the… Read More

How to have a fun, low-cost, low-key summer

On facebook recently I came across this great tongue-in-cheek article: 10 ways to give your kids an honest-to-goodness 70s summer. I laughed at how similar it was to my own childhood but it also reminded me of a… Read More

Summertime, and the living is easy

For many years we used to spend two weeks in the summer heading to Maine. We had a great, inexpensive place mere blocks from the beach and we loved the fresh sea air & the time away. The… Read More