Back to School Shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx (Giveaway CLOSED)

T.J.Maxx Save the Children Quilt

Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids.This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner: nbhendricks@ Even though we’re […]

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New Family Movies on DVD


Check out new movie releases now available on DVD/Blu-Ray.  photo source: Disney’s Robin Hood This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. As I look back on my kids’ childhood era, there are so many family movies […]

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Fill the Freezer to Save Money (Frugal Friday)

freezer cooking groceries

Fill the freezer with premade meals in order to save money on groceries as well as time and effort throughout the month. I’ve been cooking like a madwoman this week. Well, Monday and Tuesday, anyway. Last month during the Pantry Challenge, I emptied much of our reserve food storage. The deep freeze was emptied and […]

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Using the Produce Box Tomatoes


Garden-grown tomatoes or those from your farmer are so much better than store bought. Here’s how to use up the produce box tomatoes. Tomatoes are a fun fruit to grow. (Yes, they are a fruit.) Depending on what kind of tomato plants you grow, you can have an abundance of cherry tomatoes, romas, beefsteak, and […]

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Donate a Photo for a Charitable Cause (Giveaway CLOSED)

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The following content is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: carmen99@ Most of us are snapping photos right and left, aren’t we? I mean, I could easily take fifty photos of “every day life” every day. No longer do we think twice about shooting a photo now that […]

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Eat Well, Spend Less with Healthy Snacks

apples in a basket

Looking for healthy recipes that won’t break the budget? Try out these healthy snacks ideas for the new school year. Our family is not yet ready to go “back” to school. Well, I’m not. I’ve ordered all the school books, made the obligatory trip through the school supplies aisle, and am otherwise in denial that […]

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Getting Children Back on Track for the School Year

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Take a few simple steps toward reorienting yourselves for school days. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh explains how: Been enjoying some long, lazy days? Has the lingering daylight meant bedtimes got pushed steadily later and later until they’re no longer anywhere close to where they were during the school year? Has eating taken on a […]

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Summer Fun: S’mores Fudge

summer fun smores fudge

Homemade candy is such a treat to make with your kids. Try this recipe for fudge that evokes the taste of s’mores without all the smoke. The first time I tried to make fudge, I was in first grade. I had a crush on a boy whose name I do not remember. I wanted to […]

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