The Week in Review

chess at the mall

Usually, summer times have been my chance to catch up on writing projects. And for many, many years it was super easy to do this with the kids all home. In fact, I think it was easier with toddlers because most of my kids had similar needs: playtime and meal time. Now that they range […]

The Week in Review

fishboy and lucie

Fun week here! Janel and her two girls came to stay for a few days. All eight of our family’s cousins were in one household. It was fun to see how they mingled. This is me and my youngest sister Janel. Yes, the only picture of us — bed head and all. I can post […]

The Week in Review

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Where did the week go? I dunno about you, but it went by really quickly around here. Some of the highlights? freezing my tootsies off waiting for fireworks touring one of the California Missions with my parents watching Despicable Me 2 at the theater. (Great film!) Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM: […]

June’s Good Cheap Eats

Need some good cheap eats? I gotcha covered. I have no idea how it happened. But, July is here. Say what? It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far. We’ve made two road trips, done the beach a few times, and worked at doing more cooperative kitchen work. That means kids are cooking, papas […]

The Week in Review


Last weekend we celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday. It was a lovely day at the park with lots of good food and plenty of faces I hadn’t seen in 20 years! It was really fun. We got to see Janel and Brett, visiting from Virginia. The cousins got to play together for the first time […]

The Week in Review


It’s been another full week for the FishFam. I’m so thankful to be able to share my life with these sweet people. We spent the early part of the week in the Santa Ynez Valley with the grandparents. Sleeping in on Sunday morning was a highlight. Being spoiled by the grandparents ranked high, too. Trying […]

Summer Survival Guide – Five Bucks This Weekend Only (EXPIRED)

SSG sale

Want some help this summer? The Summer Survival Guide provides you with the tools you need to make it the best summer ever with your kids. Normally priced at $9, it’s on sale this weekend only for FIVE BUCKS.  Get the book here. This price will disappear on Sunday night at 8pm PST. Grab it […]

Let’s Chat: Freezer Cooking & Good Cheap Eats


Summertime twitter chats continue. This week Tricia @onceamonthmom and Stephanie @mamaandbabylove and I are going to be talking about freezer cooking. It behooves* you to make ahead and freeze. Not only will it make dinnertimes easier, but it will also save you money. Follow the conversation through the #goodcheapeats hashtag on Thursday at 1pm PST. Hope […]