A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

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A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker | Review from Life as MOM

Slow cookers are one of my favorite gadgets in the kitchen. I love how I can throw together some of our favorite meals in a matter of minutes and then just walk away.

I actually own three different sizes slow cookers. They are all the standard, three-setting, removable crock models. I’ve been super pleased with them and reluctant to make any changes.

Recently, however, I was offered the opportunity to try out one of the latest Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker models. Are you wondering how they could improve on the classic version? Well, me, too.

This new one, the Crock-Pot ® Smart Slow Cooker, however, goes beyond what I would have expected. You can turn it on, or turn it down, or turn it off, via an app on your phone! Really? It’s like a Jane Jetson-style slow cooker.

I gave it a whirl while cooking chili one day. Things have been busy, and I needed to work that Saturday morning. I have tons of writing to do before I take a month’s vacation later this fall.

So, I plunked all the ingredients in the cooker and spent a few minutes fiddling with the app on my phone. For someone who doesn’t read directions very often, it was remarkably easy. You can watch a video about it, too. [Continue reading...]

How Not to Let Social Media Sharing Pull You Down

Has social media sharing become too much “keeping up with the Joneses”? (Sorry, Jones family.) Consider these tips from Life as MOM contributor Prerna to help you keep your virtual social in check.

How Not to Let Social Media Sharing Get You Down - Has social media sharing become too much "keeping up with the Joneses"? (Sorry, Jones family.) Consider these tips from Life as MOM contributor to help you keep your virtual social in check.

It’s happened to all of us.

We’re there on Facebook and we see a bunch of photos of a friend we’ve not seen since college looking radiant and slim with her toddler, next to their brand-new 2nd car and all of a sudden, you feel crappy inside.

Or you’re on Pinterest killing time at the dentist’s when you see all these photos of gorgeous homes or in my case, lunchboxes and crafts that make you feel as if you’re not doing enough for your own home or kids.

Yes, social media sharing and viewing can affect us just like “over-the-fence” chats probably affected our parents.

The “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses” just got digital and more dangerous because it’s so there, right in your face.

So, what does one do?

As someone whose “job” is social media, it’s hard, even impossible for me to switch off and not be on Facebook or Pinterest. So, here’s what I found works and if it can work for me, I’m hopeful it would work for you too: [Continue reading...]

Where in the World is Good Cheap Eats?!

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We’re gonna play a little game. I really hope you’ll join in! Also, before I forget, thank you for your purchase of Good Cheap Eats! Your support helps keep this show on the road. Did you get your copy of Good Cheap Eats? I hope it arrived safe and sound, or that it’s on your wish […]

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Improve Your Routines for School Days

Improve Your Routines for School Days | LifeasMOM.com - Getting up and at

Getting up and at ‘em for school days can be challenging after the lazy summer season. How can we improve the daily routine for the good of everyone? Our first week of school went really well. I was like a machine, moving folks through their paces. The second week, not so much. By week three, […]

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Driven

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Are you driven? Which direction are you headed? photo credit: Thomas Anderson used by license I remember when my eldest was little. My husband was the sole bread winner. We lived on 2-acres in Paso Robles wine country. It sounds pretty, but ours was 2-acres of weeds. For awhile it was just me and FishBoy. Due […]

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The Weekly Ramble

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. As I type, I am dealing with the worst stomach/GI upset I’ve had since Easter. Remember how I spent Easter Day in bed in pain. Yep, a possible flare of IBS is back. And I am not a happy camper. I was awake all night in […]

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Reviews & Giveaways of the Good Cheap Eats Cookbook

What Folks Are Saying About the Good Cheap Eats Cookbook - Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways.

Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly […]

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How to Pay Off Debts

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Ready to pay off those debts? Well, you might have to bulldog it. photo source: Sabianmaggy, used by license We’ve been talking these last few weeks about getting our finances in better order. Some people naturally know how to do this. Others of us need to learn, sometimes the hard way. Ahem. We dug ourselves a big […]

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