Everything in me is screaming, “Yay! Summer vacation!” I love having the kids home. I love exploring the awesome summer fun in Indianapolis. I love 3 months off from carpool, packing lunches, and homework. But here’s a summer math problem for you: 2 work at home parents + 4 kids on summer break = 0 MORE »
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Heather Sokol is the married mother of three beautiful, active girls who have created in her a Montessori mom, Scout mom, allergy mom and avid coupon clipper. Heather is a frugal, gluten free, chocoholic, bubble bath connoisseur.
She’s a little bit crunchy, always opinionated and sometimes speaks geek, but not fluently. As a lover of niche sites, Heather creates entirely new blogs instead of adding categories, writing on a variety of topics from dating the hubby to girls’ night to family fun, and everything in between. She blogs for Babble's The New Home Ec.
This is our first full week of summer vacation. It’s going to take some serious creativity and planning to get past the bickering, tattling, and whining to make it our best summer ever! With our new adoption placement, we’re already well on our way to an epic summer. But, I want it to be more MORE »
This is a great weekend for bargain hunters. You'll find plenty of yard sales and Memorial Day sales to satisfy the deal chaser in you. Here are 8 things you'll find on sale this weekend, only on Babble!
Did you know May is National Foster Care Month? There are over 400,000 kids in the U.S. foster care system — and in most areas there just aren't enough good foster parents to give them the life they deserve. Here are 10 ways you can help kids in foster care and the parents who open their home — and hearts — to raise them:
Each year on Mother’s Day, I give my kids the same gift ideas that I offer at every birthday and Christmas. As the mother of three girls, there are just two things I really, really want for any given holiday. A clean house and well-behaved children.
We haven’t updated our bedroom since we were married. More than 15 years ago. I recently mentioned the decor we have to a friend. “That sounds like something I would have picked in college.” When it comes to our own bedroom, it’s easy to let it go. There are just too many other things to spend money on with a growing family. But as we’ve made our marriage a priority, it’s clear we need to take the same care with our space. The problem is figuring out how to completely redecorate an entire room on a meager budget.
Date night is incredibly important to us, but we're keeping a tight rein on our finances these days. Being a little more creative and flexible helps us keep our marriage a priority, without spending a lot of money.
Yeah, I’m the Mom on the iPhone, and I refuse to feel guilty about it. I use my iPhone at home. I use my iPhone in the carpool lane. I use my iPhone when my kids are occupied and ignoring me. And, okay, sometimes when they’re not. Maybe I just need a minute to myself in the midst of our chaotic family now and then. That iPhone? It makes me a better mom.
I have a finely tuned system when I go to the grocery store. I don't even think about it anymore; I just have it down to a science. It's mostly about discipline and routine, but I've narrowed it down to a few specific habits that you can replicate when you shop.
I was near Costco last week with a few minutes to spare, so I made a quick trip in for the essentials. Yes, I can do that. I’ve gotten it down to a science, with a list of must-haves for each warehouse trip. Most of my purchases revolve around the girls — easy breakfast options, MORE »