Frugal Living Contributing Writers

AleaAlea Milham has been married for 24 years to an amazing man, who has the unique ability to fix everything she breaks. They have three children, whom she has forsaken a traditional career to homeschool. Alea shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home at Premeditated Leftovers. She shares the latest deals and coupons at Saving in Nevada. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully, and eat well, while spending less.

ConnieConnie is a former public school teacher turned homeschool mom of 8. She and her husband of 28 years live, love, and laugh in the country with their goats, ducks, chickens, and children. They strive to live a joy-filled life in the noisiest house on their road. That is, they strive for the joy-filled part. The noisy part requires no striving whatsoever. Connie has blogged daily at since 2007. There she writes about frugal living, homeschooling, parenting, large family life, recipes, crafts, and more, all with a healthy dose of humor.

DawnDawn lives  just outside of a small-doesn’t-even-describe-it-town in rural Georgia on a family farm surrounded by various farm animals and a variety of birds. She spends her days homeschooling her two boys, cooking traditional foods, and snapping pictures. Her blog, tractors and tire swings, serves as just one creative outlet where she journals real life experiences in living simply, cooking from scratch, and homeschooling.

LauraLaura is a thrifty, multi-tasking mom of two living just outside of our nation’s capital. Her love for garage sales and scouting out freebies and restaurant deals led her to starting up her blog, Beltway Bargain Mom, where she shares local deals, events and her family’s own frugal adventures. Although Laura has always enjoyed finding a good deal, she hasn’t always been as frugally-minded as she is now. Her 8th Grade Budget Project, in which she budgeted more for clothes than food in one month’s time, is a great example of how far she’s come since middle school! Now, Laura teaches coupon & money-saving workshops in the Washington, DC area and helps other busy moms keep their budgets under control.

Cooking Contributing Writers

Andrea has been married to Pete for 20 years, and together they have two teenage daughters.  Struggling with the reality that her girls will soon be out on their own, she started vlogging at 101 Life Lessons. Each week she videos a life lesson for her girls hoping someday they will watch them and realize what she tried to create was a love letter of sorts. In addition to 101 Life Lessons, her pursuit of a green lifestyle led to her site The Greenbacks Gal where she posts organic deals, green steals and real food meals. If you were to run into her, you’d find she is never far from a steaming cup of hot tea.  Read Andrea’s Posts

DawnDawn lives  just outside of a small-doesn’t-even-describe-it-town in rural Georgia on a family farm surrounded by various farm animals and a variety of birds. She spends her days homeschooling her two boys, cooking traditional foods, and snapping pictures. Her blog, tractors and tire swings, serves as just one creative outlet where she journals real life experiences in living simply, cooking from scratch, and homeschooling. Read Dawn’s Posts

Kristia writes about family finances, frugal living, and food at Family Balance Sheet. She spends her offline time raising her two young daughters, helping her husband run their small business, and training for her next half-marathon. Read Kristia’s Posts

LynnLynn loves to cook and bake, and it is a good thing, because her family loves to eat. She is always trying new recipes and experimenting with different foods, but her time is limited. She wishes she had all day to spend in the kitchen, but she is a busy mom. With her three kids and her husband, she lives on 43 acres in Northeastern Oklahoma. She is constantly on the go like most of you, so her site, Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures, is full of quick and easy, family and budget friendly recipes, tips, and ideas. Read Lynn’s Posts

SnoWhiteSnoWhite met & married Frog Prince while they were graduate students living in the middle of the mitten state.  Being far away from home, newly married and surrounded by food products that declared “may contain tree nuts”, SnoWhite and Frog Prince embarked on an adventure – an adventure to cook nearly everything they eat from scratch.  At first, this choice was out of necessity, but as they started making bread, crackers and ice cream, they found the JOY that only God can provide in their tiny apartment kitchen, of all places!  Their recipes are chronicled on Finding Joy in My Kitchen. By day, SnoWhite is an assistant professor, teaching college students about the ins and outs of biology and researching how students learn biology.  One of her favorite courses to teach is of course, all about food – from how we grow it, to how we prepare it! Read SnoWhite’s Posts

TessaTessa is a busy mom to three kids in the Pacific Northwest. When her third child was born with severe food allergies, her love of cooking had to take a whole new turn! In the last three years she has learned a wealth of information on food allergies and how to prepare real, wholesome foods free of most allergens. She started her blog, Tessa the Domestic Diva, as a way to help other overwhelmed families facing food allergies of their own. Besides being a devout home-cook, you can find her doing her other passions when a free moment arises: dancing, music, hiking, gardening, and organizing.

Home Management Contributing Writers

Angie Angie is a university trained teacher turned homeschooling Mom to her three children. She writes at her blog, Many Little Blessings, about the things that happen in life between all those loads of laundry. Angie has a heart for relationships and community, so she founded (and is a contributing writer and editor at) The Homeschool Classroom and Catholic Mothers Online. Angie also not-so-secretly dreams of being an artist and has an Etsy shop called Just a Tiny Owl, as well as a design/consulting business, Tiny Owl. Angie is also a Home Management contributing writer. Read Angie’s Posts

Jackie Jackie is a former elementary teacher who has been home for nearly 10 years.  She has been married for 16 years to her wonderful husband JT.  They have five children, 2 girls and 3 boys, ranging in age from 12 to nearly 1.  When she isn’t wrangling kids or climbing out from under a mountain of laundry, you can find her crafting, cooking, reading, or whatever else is floating her boat at the time.  Jackie writes about her daily life, craft projects, and how God has blessed her at Blessings Overflowing. Read Jackie’s Posts

Jasmine is a Christian, an Air Force wife, and homeschooling mother to six blessings. In her not so spare time, she loves to quilt, make soap, and learn more about herbs. You can find her at Ponder the Path where she shares tutorials, recipes, and her love of home. Read Jasmine’s Posts

KristenHello My name is Kristen! I am from the Chicago area, but currently reside in Iowa with my husband and baby boy, who was born in October of 2011.  When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy being creative, working out, reading Jane Austen, watching Law and Order, traveling, learning about other cultures, and running my blog, Make the best of everything!. I am very excited to be a contributer to “The Happy Housewife!” Read Kristen’s Posts

LanaMy name is Lana (like banana).  I’m married happily to David, who is the ultimate DIYer and also loves to reconcile bank statements.  We are in our 15th year of marriage bliss.  We have quite the love story that most consider odd. We have five children that we currently educate at home.  They constantly prove that we have so much to learn and our lives are seasoned with God’s Grace - daily.  Thankfully most days we have more laughter than tears.  We are constantly remodeling our ENTIRE HOMEfinding cheap ways to update an old look,  Square Foot Gardeningbuilding something out of old fence, and traveling to The World’s Largest everything.  Our blog is about loving Jesus, loving kids, loving others, loving food, loving DIY projects, loving travel and just loving life! Read Lana’s Posts

Homeschool Contributing Writers

Colleen is a Catholic wife, homeschooling mama of three {soon to be four}, blogger, and author. She is passionate about family and hands-on education, and loves to learn alongside her children as they experiment, explore, and play in their world each day. Visit her at Raising Lifelong Learners where she chronicles the adventures {and messes} involved when homeschooling gifted children with sensory difficulties. You can learn more about her books, including her latest Free Resources for Elementary Teachers, on her website. Read Colleen’s Posts

LaurenLauren Hill  is the homeschooling mama of 4 fabulous little people, ages 6 and under.  In  her free time (haha!) she blogs about all things laundry at Mama’s Laundry Talk and creates printable worksheets for the pre-K to 2nd grade crowd at Mama’s Learning Corner. Read Lauren’s Posts

Marci has been married to her best friend for 16 years. They have an 11 year old figure skater and a 7 year old hockey player. Before children, she worked in various areas of scientific research and development for corporations and universities.  However, Marci counts home educating her children as her most challenging and rewarding research project to date. When not at the ice rink, you can find her blogging, experimenting, cooking, coaching softball, or attempting to organize her life. Read more from Marci at The Homeschool Scientist or Overcoming Busy. Read Marci’s Posts

StefStef considers herself a relaxed homeschooling mom to two energetic superheroes.  She believes in interest led learning and therefore is enjoying her second education.  Married to a busy traveling man, they have taken their homeschool on the road and enjoy many field trips.  Stef is the author of  Educating Laytons . Read Stef’s Posts

 TabithaTabitha is wife to Tom for 18 years, and a stay at home, homeschooling mom to 10 children ages almost 17 to “on the way.” We love to learn together as a family, and every day is a new adventure. We now live in Kansas City, Missouri after living in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Utah, and Pennsylvania. We’ve been homeschooling (or learning about homeschooling) ever since we found out we were expecting our first child over 17 years ago. We have made it a goal to learn something new everyday, and we share what we learn with others! Read Tabitha’s Posts

Contributing Writers Editor

LindaLinda Etherton is the wife of a witty, do-it-yourself husband and mother of three wonderful young men, ages 21, 19, and 16.  She has homeschooled for over 15 years. She blogs about recipes, kitchen tips, and the gluten free diet at  Many of her dinner recipes do not require special gluten-free ingredients and can be made and enjoyed by all.

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