10 Tips for a Great Family Game Night

Posted by idawrites on January 22, 2009 in Children, Family, Food, Frugal Tips |

We love to have Family Game Night. It’s a great chance for us to laugh, talk, and reconnect with our kids. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about having a successful, fun family game night. Invite any local family and friends who would be fun participants. The more friends and family who participate, […]


5 Indoor Family Activities to Keep You Sane

Posted by idawrites on January 15, 2009 in Children, Cooking, Family, Frugal Tips |

In case you didn’t get the memo, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter. Even in the Deep South of Atlanta, it’s COLD! I dare not suggest that the children go “out there” for at least a month or two. So, what am I going to do to keep them from driving me nuts? I’m […]


What happens to your relationships when you make major life changes?

Posted by idawrites on January 7, 2009 in Children, Family, Frugal, Money |

Since starting this blog in its initial incarnation “Tales From The Road Less Traveled”, my life has made many major shifts. Our income has dropped by 65%. We’ve started a company… considered folding a company… and got our footing with the company again. Half of our child support obligations ended when Heather turned 18. My paycheck […]


8 Things To Do In Atlanta This Christmas

Posted by idawrites on December 19, 2008 in Children, Family, Frugal Tips |

Mark and I will be spending the holidays without children. Since we usually make a big fuss over family outings during this time of year, I decided to look around and see what mischief we can get into together. While some of these ideas aren’t really for a couple of un-chaperoned adults, I thought I’d […]


Frugality – Ur Doin It Rite

Posted by idawrites on December 12, 2008 in Family, Finance, Frugal Tips, Money |

When I’m with my family and friends, I talk a lot about coupons, shopping strategies, stuff I get for free or insanely cheap, and money saving tips. It’s a big part of my daily life, so it tends to creep into my conversations. I’ve stopped counting the times someone has been in my house and […]


The Dirty Laundry Edition – AND MY 200TH POST

Posted by idawrites on November 24, 2008 in Budgeting, Emergency Fund, Family, Finance, Money, Planning |

I’ve been avoiding posts of any real substance lately. I’ve been putting this milestone post off for days as well. This is my 200th post, and I can assure you that I didn’t expect to still be writing this blog as long as I have. Any of you who have been reading this blog for very […]


We’re NOT Enablers!

Posted by idawrites on November 7, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Family, Money |

As parents, we have a lifetime of moments to, not only live our beliefs, but to teach them to our children. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we succeed. Other times, we succeed BY failing. Last week was just one of those moments. Brittany called Mark from college. As all college aged offspring (not children, because they’re grown) […]


Fast Cheap and Easy Food

Posted by idawrites on October 14, 2008 in Family, Food, Frugal |

Sometimes, food just has to be convenient. Taco Bell has their Family Pack of 10 tacos or bean burritos, in any combination you prefer, for $7.90. Arby’s often runs their 5 for $5.95 deal, which means that each of us could get 1 roast beef sandwich and 1 order of curly fries for $11.90. Still […]


Can Good Parenting Save Money?

Posted by idawrites on October 6, 2008 in Children, Family, Money |

I’ve gotten caught up in this trap of wanting to provide more, better, and bigger to my kids. I look back at my childhood and think about all the things and experiences my brothers and I didn’t have, and want things to be different for our children. I’ve never met a parent who hasn’t expressed […]


GLBL Made Me Cry

Posted by idawrites on October 1, 2008 in Children, Family, Poverty |

This morning, the first entry I read from my feed reader was Gather Little By Little’s post Do You Appreciate What You Have? It made me mist up a little. It also reminded me of my own moment of gratitude this past week. When I was in high school…. I lived in a homeless shelter […]

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