Spring in Maine

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Spring has finally hit here in Maine! As I type this we are even having an unseasonably warm day in the 70s! What a lot of people outside of Maine don't realize is that Maine looks very different in every part of the state. Everyone thinks of us as the coast but that is a very, very small part of our state. For me, this is what early spring in Maine looks like. Collecting maple sap to make syrup   Lots of late nights, sitting up by the evaporator, making maple syrup. You can read more … [Read more...]

Word of the Year 2015: Update

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We're about a quarter of the way through the year so I thought it was time for an update on my word of the year. My word to live this year is peace. I'm going to be honest. I don't feel like I have much of an update. After last year's word (grace) where I feel like so many of the situations in my life kept pointing to grace and teaching me more, I don't really know what I've learned about peace. But maybe that means I've learned more than I know. Peace tends to be one of those gentle, under … [Read more...]

Limited Time: Free Freezer Inventory Sheet

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As a "thank you" to you, my lovely readers, I am offering a free printable Freezer Inventory Sheet to all my current and new subscribers. New subscribers will also get my e-book, The Frugal Kitchen. This is for a limited time only, today (4/13) through 4/20. After that time, it will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop. As you know, I'm a bit of a freak about keeping my freezer organized. It is one of my biggest ways to save money. I wanted to be able to help you keep better track of … [Read more...]

Current Happenings- April

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First off, I'm not entirely sure that it really is April. Is it just me or was it just January? Doesn't help that as I'm typing this, we have about an inch of freshly fallen snow out there. If you're new here at Logger's Wife, today is Current Happenings day. The second Thursday of every month I give you a glimpse into what I'm currently loving, doing, etc. I always love when you leave me a comment letting me know what you are currently loving and going too! :) Watching  I'm trying to … [Read more...]

Frugality with Toy Rotation

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I'm sure most of you have heard of toy rotation. Basically it is keeping some toys stored away and every so often, rotating what toys your children have out available for them to use. It was something we did a lot at day care. It was great to help keep the kids engaged. But did you also know that it can help save you money? Kids get bored with toys after awhile. It is tempting to just buy some new toys or activities. But why do that when you can just rotate your kids' toys instead? There are … [Read more...]

Book Review: After a Fashion

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I'm finally caught up on book reviews! Yay! Jan Turano is a new author for me but the publisher's description for After a Fashion sounded intriguing to me. Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet … [Read more...]

How Organizing Saves Money

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This past Friday I did something that is making me so annoyed at myself. I forgot to check if I had any hand-me-down shoes in the next size up for Abby. You see, as I was putting on her sneakers to go grocery shopping, I realized her shoes were too small. So we just picked up a pair of sneakers and a pair of dress shoes at Walmart while we were there. She had some birthday money to spend anyway Then the next day I had to spend some time in our basement. Our basement is the bane of my … [Read more...]

Ways I Saved- March

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At the end of every month I like to share with you some ways that I saved money and lived frugally over that month. Sometimes those ways are with coupons or sales, sometimes it's from not shopping, sometimes it's by using our garden. Every month is a little different.  Here are some money saving things I did this March. 1- Matt needed new snowshoes for collecting sap. We purchased a pair that were on sale for $99 (saved $40), used up a gift card ($47), and received a $10 bonus gift card for … [Read more...]

Book Review: Beyond All Dreams

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I have to confess. I read Beyond All Dreams back in January. Then with surgery, etc. I completely forgot about it. Until I was cleaning up for Abby's birthday party. Then I found it on my desk, almost falling off the back and hiding behind some other books. But, better late than never! :) Here is the description from the back cover. Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship … [Read more...]