Author: Doris Butler

Why I Don’t Post Pictures of My Kids

I’ve had this blog for a little while now, and I know that there’s a pretty solid readership out there (hey, girls). One of you recently reached out to pick my brain about something I’d never really considered—posting pictures of our kids on the internet. I spend a lot of time talking about my kids […]

Continue reading

Teaching Your Partner About Financial Health

While my husband is currently the breadwinner of our house, he is not the most financially savvy person. In fact, while I was working full-time, I balanced my finances, the finances of my clients, and my husband’s money—all without making a single error. Now that I manage our home, financial management and security falls to me, and […]

Continue reading

Creating a Household Budget

Everyone has a preferred way to handle personal finances. Some of us spend what we’re comfortable with and look at the bank account at the end of the month. Others of us meticulously track every single cent that leaves the wallet, then create a detailed personal spending analysis at the end of the month. Can […]

Continue reading

Real Estate Commissions and Why They Suck

I’ve lived in my current home for almost ten years—a third of the way through our thirty-year mortgage. It’s a lovely home in a fantastic area of our town, and my husband and I have been able to create a wonderful place for our kids to grow up. The home sale happened so long ago […]

Continue reading

First Day of School: How to Deal

Separation anxiety is very, very real—I have it, my friends have it, and you, dear reader, probably have it. Your kids, up until this point, have had a series of first. They’ve started walking, they’ve started talking, they may have even learned an expletive or two. This, however, is the first ‘first’ that takes them […]

Continue reading

Natural Ingredients for DIY Cleaners

If you’re anything like me, you pay a lot of attention to the ingredients of your housekeeping supplies. When I’m not taking care of the kids, I’m working on projects around the house—small repairs, organizing, and cleaning. My cleaning kit is like a second spouse—some weeks, I spend more time with that thing than I […]

Continue reading

Managing your Mortgage

Managing your mortgage is the first step to maintaining a successful and organized household. Whether you are a new homeowner just getting the hang of payments or amount to pay off your house completely, it is imperative to understand how your mortgage works. As the head of my household, mortgage payments and financing fall to […]

Continue reading

Your Kid Brought Home Lice… Now What?

Headlice are every mom’s nightmare. Gross and blood-sucking, they can jump (literally!) onto your linens, clothes, and rugs, living in and infecting nearly every area of your home. I know what you’re thinking: How much insurance do we have? If I burnt down the house, would it cover the cost of a new one? Headlice […]

Continue reading

The Easiest DIY Project to Re-Decorate Your Life

Maybe you’re bored with the way your home looks. Maybe your teenager wants a “room makeover” but you have more important crap to buy. Maybe you’re entering or exiting your mid-life crisis and want to mark the occasion with a spontaneously decorated new door or wall or… whatever. If you’re looking to bring a new […]

Continue reading

Don’t Want a Kid? That’s OK!

Being a parent is the best, most important job in the world. You’ll never experience love like you will after having a child. Your life becomes meaningful and fulfilling the first time you hold your baby in your arms. You’ll feel a sense of regret and discontent if you don’t have a kid. We’ve heard […]

Continue reading