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Time for Mom: Enjoy Your Peeps!

2008-October-036

I’m off for a weekend with my family. Being away from home can be a lot of work. I have a lot of the same responsibilities in terms of childcare and family management, but without the comforts of home. But, the other side of the coin is that I have fewer household duties because I’m […]

Grocery Geek Presents: Costco and Then Some

2009-June-315

Knowing that we’d be gone all weekend and that I wouldn’t have time for bigtime shopping, I made a trip to Costco to stock up on some basics. Costco has great deals, if you stick to the basics: romaine lettuce $2.79/6 headsorganic spring mix $3.79/large tubbaby carrots $4.49/5#olive oil $18.99/2 large bottlesginormous can of tomato […]

Frugal Friday: Catch a Flick For Free – Or Close To

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I have wonderful memories of the movies. The first in my recollection was going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see Star Wars. I was five. And it was a really. big. deal. As a teenager, a night at the movies with my girlfriends was a regular weekend affair, complete with those nuclear cheese nachos, a […]

Recipe for a Fun Friday Night

2009-June-148

Ice Cream Sundaes! (Or Ice Cream Fridays, as the case may be.) Now’s the time for ice cream sales. I’ve purchased it as low as $2 a (almost) half-gallon in recent weeks. Raid the baking cupboard to see what kind of mix-in’s you’ve got available. Children – of all ages – will love piling on […]

42 Days of Summer Vacation

2009-June-154

Even though we invested in cable this past fall, we tend not to watch it too often. For us the occasional forays into football, the Stanley Cup finals, Roland Garros (the French Open), Food Network, and the Disney Channel justify the expense for our family. It’s cheaper than taking everyone to the movies. One of […]

Happy Birthday, Big Guy!

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Today’s my momiversary. Twelve years ago at 3:33 am, after 24 hours of labor, my first child was born. I was more than a tad shell-shocked that A) It had been so darn painful.B) That he was a boy, not a girl.C) That I had no clue what I was doing, despite all the books […]

Links of Love: The Coffee Edition

2009-June-289

You know that I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself-ness. While I love to have someone else do the work for me, my budget says, “What?” So, over the years I’ve learned to make things myself – or find less expensive ways to get the full-service experience. And since coffee is almost as necessary as water […]

SeaLife Aquarium

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Are you a homeschooler planning a trip to San Diego in June? You can still take advantage of Legoland Homeschool Days by visiting the SeaLife Aquarium that is next door to Legoland. Tickets are discounted to $9 per person for home educating families. Information can be found here. **This is for the SeaLife Aquarium, not […]