3 Facts About Kids That Will Save You Tons of Money

Allow me to save you some money by giving you the benefit of my financial wisdom after having 2 children.  Believe me, I’ve made the mistakes (some of them twice) and my wallet is empty.  Here are some ways you can avoid the same mistakes and keep your money for things they’ll actually need.

3 facts about having kids that will save you tons of money - Toulouse & Tonic1.  Kids do not like to play with toys.  Correction, they like to play with other kids’ toys and they want to play with toys they do not have.   [Read more...]

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17 Songs to Lift Your Mood NOW

17 Songs to Lift Your Mood NOW

I don’t know about you but since I became a mother (and a stay at home one at that), I find that my moods shift so much more than they did pre-kids. And I don’t have time for self-help books or therapy with a family to take care of, so when I’m feeling down I need a quick way to inject some immediate joy into my life. My way? Putting on a playlist of songs that ALWAYS lift my mood.

Lift your mood in 3 minutes flat - toulouse and tonicHere’s my list: [Read more...]

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17 Facts about Johnny Appleseed

In honor of Johnny Appleseed‘s upcoming birthday, here is a really funny (and possibly informative) list of facts my son taught me last year when he came home from a day at kindergarten. Tell me, which fact stands out in your mind?

Apparently, September 26 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday.  I wouldn’t know that if it weren’t for my kindergartner because, although I’ve seen a lot of obscure occasions marked on calendars, that’s one that doesn’t quite make the cut.

In fact, I know almost nothing about the man except that he supposedly scattered apple seeds all over the continent.  And he played a pipe and children followed him around.  Or maybe I’m confusing that with a scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Cut to this evening when I asked Asher what he learned about in school today.  My usually reticent kindergartner began to spew forth information about Johnny Appleseed.  And I have to say, I thought his recall was pretty terrific considering he’d also never heard of the man before today.

Then again, there’s a distinct possibility he confused a few of the facts.  I’ll let you decide.

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1.  Johnny Appleseed wore a pot hat. [Read more...]

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Why You Should Go To The Movies Alone

Well into my adulthood, I’d never once been to the movies alone – nor even out to dinner by myself.  I thought it would be weird and that I’d feel creepy, lonely and maybe the worst – that people would think I was a friendless loser.

But last night, I went to see Boyhood (by Richard Linklater) all by myself (while my husband watched the kids) and it reminded me what a joy it is to go to the movies all alone.

I discovered this when I got married and moved far away to a town where I knew no one.  I really had no choice but to stay home by myself all the time or go out and do things alone (hubs was very busy).  Eventually getting out of the house won out.  And I discovered how awesome it is to stretch yourself by doing something you’re scared of.  I’ve taken this philosophy to much scarier places (zip lining even though I’m TERRIFIED of heights) now but seeing movies alone is a good start.

Why you should go to the movies alone - toulouse and tonicHere are some advantages to seeing a movie by yourself. [Read more...]

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