Charlotte is mom to two-year-old Jack and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works part time, sells vintage wares on Etsy, and also maintains a personal blog, Living Well on the Cheap, where she writes about creating a full, rich life and a beautiful home without living beyond her means. Decorating, blogging, and thrifting were the creative outlets that helped her cope with the emotional demands of her career as a social worker, and they still serve her well now that she spends most of her time caring for her son. She and her husband, Nick, both grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, but met at LSU in 2006 and never had the heart to leave Baton Rouge. She is happy to call the Red Stick home and loves connecting with other moms.

Making the Move to a Big Bed

I was really in no hurry to move my son out of the crib. I liked knowing that he was safe and secure and planned to keep him there as long as I could. As...

Sippy Cup and Kid Dish Storage

As our kids grow up, they seem to accumulate more and more stuff. But I'm not just talking about toys and clothes.  All those little extras that our kids use and need everyday can...

Meal Planning Tip: Create a Restaurant-Style Menu for Your Kitchen

Late last fall, I got the idea to make a list of all the things I like to cook to make it easier to plan our meals. Seeing as I’m the type to sometimes...

How to Thrift for New-to-You Clothing

If you’ve spent much time in thrift stores (or sorting through donations for nonprofits or following a disaster), you know that our society is absolutely overrun with clothes. It’s a burden. It’s kind of...

Be Selfish : Treat Yourself on YOUR Birthday

The older I get, the less I crave material things. And I've noticed that for the past several years the only things I can think to ask for at my birthday are actually for...