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Millionaire Women Next Door Parents

Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen has a list of attributes, habits and characteristics that highly successful women's parents share. Looked at another way, parents can use this list to increase…

TGR Launch Contest #8 - Problogger Book

I know lots of my readers are bloggers or internet marketers trying to make their websites work for them. That's why I asked Ellen Gerstein from Wiley Publishing and the very popular Confessions of an IT Girl if I could give way  3 copies…
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TGR Launch Contest #6 - Packaging Girlhood

Packaging Girlhood, written by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown, two board members of consumer advocacy group Shaping Youth, is about how "girlhood" has been co-opted by marketers. Packaging Girlhood guides parents through attempts to claim…

Best Christmas Ever

Due to previous years of party exhaustion we have instituted Extended Family Christmas on Christmas Eve. We did stockings and presents for the children. My mother-in-law - always beautifully sentimental - handed down her mother, grandmother's…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #11

Santa's cookies are made . . . So let's talk about stuff. Presents. Gifts under the tree. Santa is bringing Mp3 players. Ainsley is getting an ipod Shuffle. New. She's getting the one from the Product (Red) Campaign so part of the proceeds…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #10

If you find Christmas depressing you are not doing it right. (You spent money you don't have on people you don't like - stop that.) Make spreading JOY your Christmas Tradition and you will find yourself and your family feeling . . . well, Joyous. Don't…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #9

Ainsley's two grandmothers, eh hem I mean two sets of grandparents, pooled their Christmas dollar to get Ainsley a real American Girl Doll. Doesn't Kit Kittridge look just like her? It might just be an absurd amount of money to spend on a doll.…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #8

Your community has free Christmas stuff. I've never lived in a community that didn't. Do it. Participate. Don't grumble. Put a smile on your face and sing Jingle Bells while doing it. Ainsley was in the parade with her Brownie troop - we watched.…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #7

Deck the Halls. Make a family day of it. We went out for Chinese Food after Church, hit Walmart for the tree, had a hop on Santa's lap (bye bye memory of Mall Santa - Santa's at Walmart now and gives you a free photo in an hour). It's always…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #6

Advent Calendars build anticipation. Once you buy one you can bring it out for 20 years and fill it with Halloween Candy (if you have that kind of discipline - we don't).We filled it with my mother's caramels. Yum. One for each child in every…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #5

A Holiday Tradition is something you recreate year after year. Repetition of a similar event culminates into one big happy memory for children and adults alike. A really huge, expensive gift - say an electric Barbi car or Jeep Grand Cherokee…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #4

Allow me to juxtapose two parenting positions here. There is parenting from a sense of lack.Parenting from a sense of lack would be to hang on to and maybe even hoard clothing or toys your child doesn't use.To over-indulge children with the…