Author Archives: jensumner

3 cheers for cloth diapers

When it comes to babies and saving money, it can feel a bit daunting considering how much stuff is touted as essential.  Having a three month old and a four year old, the sheer magnitude of “stuff” could easily be … Continue reading

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Homemade vanilla creamer

In our attempt to transition to more of a whole foods diet, there was one thing (among a few others) that I have not been able to give up: vanilla creamer in my earl gray tea first thing in the … Continue reading

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My bug named Ginger

Ever since I gave up drinking soda pop I have felt great.  It was a little hard in the beginning, but I kept telling myself that it just wasn’t worth the energy swings, heart palpitations, and extra cost, so I … Continue reading

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Ode to the public library

Public library, how I love thee. Let me count the ways… Books to check out, for free, all the time Still just 25 cents per book per day if I’m overdue Automated phone message reminding me if I’m overdue so … Continue reading

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Bread in the oven

I can’t think of a more comforting aroma to fill a home than that of bread baking in the oven.  The end result being warm slices of heaven, slathered with butter (or not) to start or end the day on … Continue reading

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How we cut the cable cord

I used to work for the cable company.  Cable is awesome and Dish is icky.  When I stopped working for the cable company I got a rude awakening to retail cable prices, and suddenly cable lost a bit of its … Continue reading

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What to do with K-cups

A couple years ago, we must have been feeling super rich and decided to get a Keurig coffee maker from Costco.  I don’t even drink coffee, so all the better that my hubby can make one cup at a time … Continue reading

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Whip it good

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at homemade bath and body products for a while (homemade cleaning products are next), and I heard that coconut oil is great for a lot of things other than just cooking.  The idea of slathering myself … Continue reading

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Homemade bagels

There are times when making things from scratch is totally worth it, and times when it’s not.  In my book, bread products are always better when made with love at home, and these bagels are no exception.  Yes, it takes … Continue reading

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Generosity amidst hardship

It’s really easy, during any transition, to go into hunker-down mode.  Almost instinctively we try to save, build reserves, and (dare I say) hoard to make sure we’re protected from storms that could be on the horizon or just around … Continue reading

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