It’s Marla Jo. Will you help me out?

No, I’m not stranded in a foreign country and asking you to wire me money. But, close. If you read the Orange County Register, please help me out and take this survey about the features section. They ask, among other things, if you read my column and my Cheapo Travel column. If you read them, […]

Great train journeys my kids have slept through

I think I’m going to start a blog, “Great train journeys my kids have slept through,” because whenever I take them on great train trips of the world, they usually sleep through them. Here they are, sleeping on the Chepe train through Copper Canyon, Mexico in April 2014, one of the most scenic rail rides […]

Birthday gifts for kids whose parents you don’t like

When my son, Cheetah Boy, was little, our friend, Frank, gave him a gift he had ever-so-thoughtfully collected from many visits to garage sales: A used toolbox filled with all sorts of useful items like a hammer, screwdriver, chisel, et al. Frank never had a son, only a daughter. I took one horrified look at […]

Welcome to my website

Hi, kids, here we go. My first post of my first website for the Frumpy Middle-age Mom and the Deals Diva. Welcome and enjoy. I hope we can all have some fun on here, especially me, because it really is all about me. Meanwhile, if you think it’s all about you, feel free to call […]

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