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The Weekly Ramble

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. I am paid a small amount in advertising fees when you make a purchase through affiliate links in this post. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it.

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This week flew by in a flash. I know, I say that every week. Why can’t time stand still?

It was a pretty mellow week, started by my day of rest. Did I mention this already? I am reading through the Bible via a chronological reading plan from YouVersion. A month or two ago, the day’s reading was the 10 Commandments. When I got to the part about working on six days and resting on the 7th, I was convicted. Not in the Little House on the Prairie, don’t-do-anything-fun-on-Sundays-kind-of-way, but in the what does this passage say kind of way?

So, since then, I’ve been trying to be deliberate about resting. Getting an autoimmune disease diagnosis kinda clinched it, you know? Over the last 5 years I wrote four cookbooks (all while schooling six kids and writing two blogs), and I’m tired and worn out.  Continue Reading »

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Enjoying Summer in September

Summer weather lasts far past Labor Day. Are you tooled up to enjoy summer in September? Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the last bits of warmth.

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own.

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I suppose that some folks see Labor Day (this weekend!) as the end of the summer. Others might look at September 23rd as the passage of summer into fall. But, really, in lots of places sunshine and warm weather will be with us for awhile.

Our California heat wave/drought feels like it will never end. It was 94 degrees. In my house last week. Believe it or not, it’s cooler outside!

The best way to beat the heat is to enjoy it! While the warm weather still lingers, consider these ways that you can enjoy summer in September: Continue Reading »

30 Minute Meals, aka My New Cookbook

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My 30 minute meals cookbook is here! Grab your copy of Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less. I promise it will earn its keep. Writing a cookbook has always been a family affair. Not only does my family need to adjust to my new time investment, but they also have to eat […]

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School Supplies List for Homeschool

School Supplies List

There are so many different doodahs and gadgets out in the world, it’s hard to know what you really need. I’ve narrowed this school supplies list to include our favorites for homeschool. It’s hard to believe that we just finished our fifth week of school. Crazy to think about when some years we don’t even […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. That is this Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash that I’ve been devouring by the bucket loads. And I don’t even like Zucchini! The sweetness of the sweet potato balances with the bitterness of the zucchini. It’s so good! Anyway…. just thought you should know. Thank you […]

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Living on One Income and Living Well

Living on One Income and Living Well

Living on one income is not as easy as it was in the last century. It requires hard work and determination — and some of these strategies. Fifty years ago it was commonplace for just one parent (usually dad) to work. One income was sufficient to pay the family’s bill. Today, there might be a number […]

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Home Cooked Meals & How to Make Them Easily

Home Cooked Meals

Home cooked meals can be some of our favorites, but they can also be a lot of work. How can you make it easier to cook at home? I think it’s pretty common knowledge among us parents that feeding our families home cooked meals is better for kids nutritionally and developmentally as well as easier on the budget […]

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Big Plans for Summer: Deferred

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Summer has come to a close. Did you have big plans for summer? Life as MOM contributor Deanna did. Today she shares some big news as well how summer plans can often be deferred. I had big plans for this summer. It would be Addison’s last summer before full-time kindergarten and Carter starting part-time preschool, so we […]

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