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Three Email Tools To Help My Life as MOM

I love mail, whether digital or real, I love receiving notes and messages via mail. A full mailbox or a little envelope with a 10+ blinking make me smile. However, I don’t like to open said mailboxes to find them full of junk. Ick. I am not as techy as some. In fact, some of […]

Thinking Ahead to a Holiday Wardrobe

I confess, I am no fashionista. My sister, Jamie, has always been the one with style, while I have been the one with the frump. I am probably the last person who should be writing about wardrobes. That said, I like to know that my family has nice clothes for special occasions. I like to […]

Meal Planning: Short and Sweet

Having a month-long meal plan is really helping me out this week. I’ve been so busy cleaning and stressing, stressing and cleaning, it was nice not to have to think. The meals that we missed over the last two weeks for various reasons got plugged into the spaces left by things we ate for lunches […]

Our (Little) Garden

Many moons ago we lived in the country on two acres on the Central Coast of California. I won’t get too nostalgic except to say that we had quite the large vegetable garden each summer. And, truth be told, while I don’t miss gravel roads, well water, and septic tanks, I do miss that garden. […]

Freezer Cooking Plan for July

As you may know, freezer cooking has become a way of life for me. I started the practice of “once-a-month cooking” when I was pregnant with FishBoy13. And over the last thirteen years it has served our family well. I didn’t always do 30 meals every time, but having meals in the freezer has always […]

One Clever Potty Seat

So far we’ve had five out of six children go through potty training. (Graduates shown above.) After some trial and error, we’ve found the toilet seat insert to be the most useful tool. Coupled with a stool to climb on, the toilet seat insert has proven to be the gear our kids needed to get on […]

Sock Matching and the Mystery of the Lost Socks

Where, oh where could their socks have gone? Where, oh where can they be? Singing the Sock Matching Blues Are you singing this song while you do laundry? I am. It’s an occupational hazard in “life as MOM.” Socks will go AWOL. I have this childhood memory of a huge duffle bag bulging with mismatched […]

July’s Monthly Meal Planning

July is already here! How did that happen? The summer is just flying. This past weekend I spent about thirty minutes planning our meals for the month. I’ve found that taking the long view of things really helps me save time and money and a few brain cells. I know what we have, I make […]