Mad Hatter Tea Party

Mad Hatter Tea Party, fun ideas for both girls and boys! With free downloads for decor and invites! Great for a special party or to jazz up some one on one time with a precious child. Who doesn’t love a good cuppa with a twist of Tim Burton?

A very merry unbirthday, to you.

Yes you.

Let’s all congratulate us, with another cup of tea.

A very merry unbirthday, tah-oooo you!


Consider this your invitation to throw your own Mad Hatter Tea Party. We threw one this last Saturday, and it was a blast. So fun in fact, that we’re looking at doing it again in the near future. I even had the presence of mind to create all of our supplies in a downloadable format! Yay! The next one will be a snap!

About a month ago Sunny asked if we could do a tea party with some of her friends. She must have caught me in a good mood or something, because not only was I crazy enough to say yes, but I suggested we make it a Halloween one as well. I’m so glad I did, because it inspired me to put a Tim Burton twist on the whole thing. (more…)

Creativity Transforms Limitations into Opportunities (Part 1)

Transforming limitations into opportunites

Is there some evil time stealing goblin hiding out in our crawl space? Or a dollar guzzling ghoul up in the attic?

When school got out this last summer I was celebrating my break from taxi driving- 2hours back in my day guys-2 hours! I loved being home, with no plans, and enjoying my little ones. Yet, I still couldn’t get near enough done in my day. In fact, I was getting less done, than when I was driving everyone around for school. What was wrong with me?

I mean who doesn’t wish they had more time or money? Apparently I could use a double dose of each. Buuuuut…what if limited resources are what drive us to be better? (more…)

Living on $13,000 or Less: Work Hard Play Hard

The Cheap Date list: Compiled from a year that this family lived on less than $13,000-including rent.

How our family lived on $13,000 during graduate school-without food stamps, medicare, or subsidized housing.

This is part 16 of the Living on $13,000 or Less series. Click through if you missed earlier posts.


I learned early in my marriage that the best way to start a new habit was to bribe myself. Yup, I totally bribed myself left and right. I needed to start doing dishes more often-by hand I might add. So I got ice cream if I stayed on top of it the whole week. I had to do 5 loads of laundry at the laundromat? Cookies were my game.

I was a reeeeaaaaallly great housekeeper at the beginning of our marriage-ah hem ah hem. But I’ve come a long way. It wasn’t always food, those were the cheap ones we could afford at that time. Having something fun really motivates me.

Just like those new habits, chronic frugal living can totally burn you out. It takes a lot of time, effort, and discipline to do it. So you need to throw some fun in there and if you’re like me, some bribes.

I do need to add in here that fun is not an extra thing, it is not a waste of time to fit in when convenient. It is a necessity! Our brains, bodies, and spirits need some down time in our days and weeks. If we go, go, go, we’ll eventually break, break, break. It’s counter intuitive but relaxation is a crucial part of productivity.


So here’s our productivity enhancer list—A.K.A. Our Cheap Date List (more…)