July wooden calendar


We try to teach economics 101 to the four future taxpayers living here at the farm.

Dollars and cents.

Supply and demand.

The Laffer curve.

Why money doesn’t grow on trees.


Red and Turquoise Playroom


So it was a proud moment when my nine-year-old announced, “Mom….I’ve paid off my mortgage.”


She had been playing Animal Crossing.

If you haven’t heard of Animal Crossing….it’s a video game in a pretend town with a pretend general store and a pretend hair salon and a pretend coffee bar and a pretend museum. And it’s full of pretend animals who live in pretend houses.

And it’s all run by an economic genius fox named Tom Nook.


pink turquoise bird


Tom, who is a fox, has a monopoly on the town.

Somehow…..he owns the houses and the furniture and the shovels and the fishing poles and all the groceries.

And an occasional flying saucer.

You play the game by fishing and picking fruit and digging up an odd assortment of vegetables.

And selling them to Tom Nook.

Who then turns around and takes all your profits when he sells you wallpaper and flooring and lamps and radios for your house.

Genius, right?


turquoise red poof in playroom


So when my nine-year-old told me she had paid off her mortgage.

I was so happy.

I thought….to myself…..she actually outsmarted Tom Nook.


She was content in her starter home with her fishing pole and shovel.

She had learned the first lesson in Economics 101.

Be happy with the simple things in life.


pattern pillow with felt bird


So it was with great pride that I turned to my little entrepreneur and asked, “What are you going to do now that your house is paid off?”

“Are you going to donate your fish to the museum?”

“Are you going to pick apples for your sister to help pay off her house?”

“Are you going to help pull weeds in the neighborhood?”

She stared at me.

“What?” she asked….confused.

As if I asked a silly question.

As if the answer were already a foregone conclusion…..one that obviously eluded people who didn’t play Animal Crossing and live in the world of Tom Nook and friends.


“I’m going to buy a bigger house, of course,” she said proudly.




Obviously…..the American Dream is still alive and well at Animal Crossing 🙂


PS  This post is brought to you by the colors red, white and turquoise.

It’s time for a linky party!

Andrea and Karah and Kelly and Linda and I want to see what color inspires you!

All About Color

Tuesday, July 31

Hope to see you there!



  1. Image for Pippa Griffin Pippa Griffin

    Loved hearing about your economics class! Where did you get those wonderful red containers for art supplies? Would love to get those for my studio!!!

  2. Image for Karah @ thespacebetweenblog Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    I remember being at the store with my mom when I was a kid and when I asked if we could buy something and my mom said we didn't have the money for it I said 'just write a check'. Duh! You can always just write a check, right?!?!

  3. Image for HRH Sarah HRH Sarah

    My daughter used to ask me if we could use the "money card". Had to start carrying cash... though I haven't done that for a while, hmmm. Love the pictures, especially the happy lil' birdy! Oh, and I just love Red, White and Turquoise!

  4. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    I am all too familiar with Animal Crossing! My girls can pick apples with the best of them. They are fifes to the great and powerful and omnipotent Mr. Nook! Maybe we can create a new game that will sweep the nation - Roth IRA Crossing! Kelly

  5. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    *sigh* I fear Animal Crossing and the evil Mr. Nook is only teaching our kids that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence ... and yet Animal Crossing is new to me. My kids are all about the Minecraft ... and I don't know if there is an evil slumlord Lording over the kingdom ... :) Looking forward to our colorful party! me

  6. Image for Rochelle Rochelle

    Glad to know my farm kids aren't the only ones who enjoy the occasional video game ;) With Animal Crossing, my now 13 year old daughter really took off with reading back when she was 6. I could only sit and help her read the dialogue for so long so when I moved on, she figured it out on her own and now she'd rather read than nearly anything else. She still loves that game.

  7. Image for Kelly @ JAX does design Kelly @ JAX does design

    Love your colourful pictures :-) I guess we learn at a young age to upgrade to bigger & better everything! Although I have to say, after watching the two HUMUNGOUS houses being built on our street over the last few months, I'm over the whole bigger is better thing. My next house is going to be small and cozy :-)

  8. Image for Lisa@budgetdesigngirl.blogspot.com Lisa@budgetdesigngirl.blogspot.com

    That's funny stuff! Be sure and tell her the bad news about owning a bigger house...more square feet to keep clean. I mean how many bathrooms can one person scrub in a week? Unless of course, the house comes with a staff? ;-) Love your photos! xo-Lisa p.s. my american dream is for a small cozy old house with character, but one with his and her bathrooms to keep my marriage happy! ;-) Oh, and an organic garden out back.

  9. Image for Tahra Tahra

    Any chance know where I can get one of those date plaques that have the month, day, and week on it? I love, love, love that and would be thrilled to get one for my daughter! Tahra

  10. Image for bethany bethany

    I've never heard of this game before but I love the concept! My oldest is only two but I'll have to remember this for him when he's older. Also, are these pictures from your house? I love how organized everything looks and all the cute labels you have!

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