10 Books that Are Necessary to Life

Photo source: takomabibelot / CC BY 2.0 This time of year has me thinking about resetting the clock, getting a fresh start. With the new year beginning in just a few weeks, my mind moves toward new ideas, new habbits, and new resolutions for my mind. Part of that process for me is reading or […]

Review and Giveaway: Family Feasts for $75 a Week – NOW CLOSED

Congrats to Abby! Every once in a while you come across a book that just “covers it all” on the topic at hand. It’s a book that prompts you to think, This is all I need to know. Now, I realize that is perhaps a slight exaggeration. We can’t know everything about everything. But, I […]

FishBoys’ Gift Guide for Boys Ages 5-12

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Wondering what to buy the young boys in your life this Christmas? Stumped by the difference between a Lego and a Playmobil? Can’t understand all the hooplah over a video game? You are not alone. I am one of those rare beings to be a prissy girl only to become the mother of four boys […]

Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Fun Kids Gift: Muffin-Tin Crayons

Muffin tin crayons are so easy to make, even a kid can do it. In fact, FishChick3 and FishBoy9 were my assistants on this project last week, though I think they could have done it themselves. These are great crayons for toddlers to grab hold of, but even my big boys thought they were cool and […]

4 Books That Teach

We are book fiends at our house. My dad used to complain that I always had my “nose in a book.” Thankfully, my kids are no different. They all love to read. Little Man (FishBoy5) is just starting to read and you wouldn’t believe how happy he is to tell someone that he read a […]

"Planning" for the Last Minute Will Keep a Smile on Your Face

I love the Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared. It really should be the MOM motto. If you’re prepared, there’s nothing you can’t tackle. You don’t need to know what to be prepared for. Experience has already shown you that the unlikely or the unwanted will — and does — happen. Kids get sick, dogs eat […]