Writer, Teacher, Mom, Wife.
(Not necessarily in that order)
I wear a lot of different hats these days. My mission in life — one that I’m finally able to articulate at age 43 — is to make the most of what I have. Whether that’s money in the bank, time with my family, or the sunshine that God so graciously bestows on southern California, I want to make the most of it!
This is the driving force of what I write, whether it’s about food or family. Let’s take our limited resources — because, yes, they are always limited — and enjoy them to the fullest.
My husband and I and our six kids live on a budget — debt-free — so that we can live a life of freedom. It’s opened a number of opportunities, including taking our kids to France for a month last fall.
We homeschool our children so that we don’t miss a day of meaningful experiences and conversations. I’m pleased to report that I like all my kids, as well as love them. And I think they might even say the same about me.
Parenting six kids ranging from 6 to 18 provides me with lots of humorous and instructive material. I enjoy writing about a number of topics, including parenting, homekeeping, cooking, and family fun.
My work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox, and NBC and has been published in over 90 regional parenting publications as well as on the web. You can find my online writings at The Kitchn, The Art of Simple, $5 Dinners, and Money Saving Mom.
I’ve also written a bunch of books because what else would I do with my free time? Take a bubble bath?