Articles by " Elayne"
Turning Yard Sale Items Into Store Credit
By     |    Jul 25, 2009
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Turning Yard Sale Items Into Store Credit

I spent the last couple of hours of tonight working on a dragon costume for Benjamin (it’s even more bizarre than you think…he wanted a Chinese dragon costume–technically a Chinese lion dance costume–not an easy thing to whip together) so I need to write about something that won’t fry my brain any further than it is. I’ll write a separate post about the costume (and will include pictures, as they […]

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No Spend Month Continues
By     |    Jul 22, 2009
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No Spend Month Continues

We are nearing the home stretch and I’m shocked (and proud) to say it looks like we will meet our goal, knock on wood! We have spent $55.99 in gas, which wasn’t actually that bad, and our Jetta tank is still on “full”. (Yay for the diesel Jetta!) In fact, after accounting for grocery spending, some small gifts we bought various people at Target, some burn-aid medical supplies from a […]

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By     |    Jul 20, 2009
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These are a few of my favorite things

I was watching the 30 Rock where Tina Fey “meets Oprah” (don’t want to be a spoiler here so I’ll say no more about that…other than, as always, hilarious!) and I thought, dang it, why does Oprah have a monopoly on favorite things? Here are some of mine. I’m a blogger now, right? Kid’s book: I think one of my all-time favorite children’s book is one that I had when […]

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Potter Envy
By     |    Jul 16, 2009
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Potter Envy

As a member of a Weasley-esque family of redheads, it is only natural for me to be totally enamored with the Harry Potter series. I really got into the books (yeah, I know, me and four billion others) but I think what I enjoyed most about them wasn’t their amazing, jaw-dropping imaginativeness, but rather the detail. Details that are mentioned in the first few books that become important in the […]

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By     |    Jul 14, 2009
Posted in: Food     |    5 Comments

Now I’m cooking!

This will be a huge shock to those who know me best. I have been cooking this month…a lot! Okay, well, a lot for me. Maybe it’s the influence of the trailer for Julie and Julia (which looks awesome…LOVE Meryl Streep as Julia Child), or maybe its No Spend Month’s siren call to make the best of what we’ve already got, or maybe I’m just finally learning some things by […]

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By     |    Jul 13, 2009
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Lord Byron’s Poetry is Total B*llshit

There, I’ve said it. What an a**hole this guy was. After reading more and more about his background, it is clear that he was a horrible human being, likely totally incapable of any of the feelings his beautifully composed poetry portrays. Did you know, for example, that he severly neglected his illigitimate child, Allegra (who he routinely referred to as a bastard because, you know, it’s a term of endearment), […]

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Slightly Worn Jane Austin Novel for a Quarter? Done.
By     |    Jul 10, 2009
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Slightly Worn Jane Austin Novel for a Quarter? Done.

One of the hardest things about No Spend Month is how it cuts into one of our family’s most cherished activities, Saturday morning yard sale mania. In theory, these outings shouldn’t be affected by limited spending, since they are already so cheap by nature. But the problem is that we don’t want cheap stuff for even cheaper prices. We aren’t the type to snatch up the bagful-of-pulp-novels for a quarter, or […]

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Kicking Off “No Spend Month”
By     |    Jul 10, 2009
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Kicking Off “No Spend Month”

This year my family started an annual tradition known as No Spend Month after reading about the concept from its creator over at Small Notebook. We chose February for our experiment since it was such a short month and we didn’t know how it was going to go. How it went Actually, it went really, really well. We gave ourselves a budget of $450 (which still high, we admit, but […]

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By     |    Jul 8, 2009
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Airstream and its Silvery Goodness

Though I only set up this blog an hour ago, I already have a muse. In fact, I’ve had it for many years at this point. What material possession I would like more than diamonds, more than a new kitchen (trust me, I’ll do another post on our kitchen, this is really saying something)…is an Airstream trailer. Vintage or new, I don’t care. They are all shiny, silver and LOOK […]

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