Frugal Friday: Tips for a Smooth and Frugal Move

If you’ve read LifeasMOM for any length of time, you’ll know that my “life as MOM” is in constant flux, particularly over the last year. We’ve had a baby, moved cross country, and adapted to the new seasons of development that each of our kids has entered at ages 12, 8, 7, 5, 2, and […]

Preparing for Fall: Switching Out and Stocking Up!

Once school starts up again and the days shorten, my mind just starts to think about Fall and preparing for winter. Though I come from pioneer stock, I certainly don’t live on a farm, nor do I harvest anything from my own backyard. In fact, living again in Southern California, I don’t get to experience […]

Got Bugs?

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. — Proverbs 6:6 I’ve had lots of opportunity to meditate on that Scripture over the last month. With the dry weather we had in late August and early September, our home was virtually overrun by ants. I’m not talking a trail or two. […]

Embracing the Mess? Not a Chance!

I must confess, I don’t have the tidiest house on the block. I wish. There just aren’t enough hours in my day. But, over the years, I’ve learned that enlisting the aid of my children is my only hope for survival. I’ve come up with a few tricks to helping my kids keep their rooms […]

Meal Planning: Embracing Reality — And Feeding Hobbits

The FishBoys and their uncles JJ and Jace It’s been so refreshing to have my “baby” brother, Jace, move in with us. He’s 23 and finishing his last semester in college this year. There’s a fairly large age difference between us. I did change his diapers, after all. He was our ringbearer when he was […]

Household Notebook: Getting My Game On

Dishes, laundry, errands, grocery shopping. There are lots of plays in this game of motherhood. Some days the action on the court goes well. You know that “she-shoots, she-scores,” kind of day when you feel like you’re an all star mom or at least on the starting string. And other days? Well, you wonder why […]

Get Organized!

Home Organization

If you haven’t figured it out already, your “life as MOM” will go much more smoothly if you’re organized. There are wonderful resources out there to help you get your act together. One of those is I’m an Organizing Junkie. Laura not only hosts Menu Plan Monday, but she also regularly posts great ideas for […]

One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]