Decluttering my cosmetics collection

Makeup

I admit that I’m a beauty product junkie. If it promises to plump, lashify, de-wrinkle, and de-puff in all the right places, I’m on it. Thanks to this vulnerability to shiny tubes and bottles, I’ve accumulated a mega collection of makeup, products, and product samples over the years–from worthless snake oils to stuff that really […]

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Cottage Food Laws: Bake and Sell from Home

I recently made my first attempt at baking macarons, the Parisian delicacy that’s hard to come by in the U.S. and notorious for being finicky to make. As I waited for the crispy cookie shells to bake in the oven, I took in the almond flour scent and imagined a blissful life running a macaron […]

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My Experience with Baby Wise: A Controversial Sleep Method Explained

Guest author Ashley Thomas became a mother in December of 2011. Prior to mommy duty, she worked in childcare for five years and has helped raise children from infants to nine years of age.  Babies have very basic needs: hunger, hygiene, love and attention, and sleep. Sleep is arguably most important (outside of feeding, of […]

Wedding Dress

Why Do Wedding Dresses Cost So Much?

Have you ever wondered what goes into the cost of a wedding dress? In a video by NPR’s Planet Money out earlier this week, reporter Caitlin Kenney sets out to determine just that. To investigate, she first takes her dress to the owner of a wholesale fabric company, who estimates that the fabric in her […]

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Baby’s College Fund: 529 Plans vs. Gerber Life College Plan

“How am I going to pay for this kid’s college education?” Every parent stresses about this, especially when considering average tuition at public colleges rose 8.3 percent to $8,244 in 2011. Private colleges rose 4.3 percent, and now cost about $42,224 including room and board. Scholarships and grants can take the edge off, but if you […]

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