Why I’m Not Striving for Balance This Summer

kids sand pit

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.Wondering how to get it all together this summer? Life as MOM […]

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Meal Planning Can Save Your Bacon

bacon salad

Why should you meal plan? It can help you eat healthier on a budget, that’s why! I first started meal planning when I was a teenager. As the oldest of five kids with working parents and a love of cooking, I decided I wanted to make dinners throughout the week. I would find recipes, write […]

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The Week in Review

kids at the garden

It was a mellow week as week’s go. No one threw up. That, in itself, is cause for celebrating. And we did, actually, on Monday. FishChick6 reported that she had “pooped logs”. If you’re a mother whose child has ever had diarrhea for a week, you know that this is indeed, worthy of celebrating. We […]

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How We Save on Haircuts (Frugal Friday)


This probably isn’t earth-shattering, money-saving advice, but I do believe it saves us at least $420/year, so here we go. I am the barber around here. Yep. Really. I suppose I could say I’m a stylist, but that would be stretching things. A lot. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I ever set […]

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Support a Ride for the Wounded

evan and fishboys

Nathan, Daniel, and the FishBoys – 2003 Years ago, and I do mean, YEARS ago, before the six kids, before the miscarriages, FishPapa, FishBaby, (now FishBoy15), and I moved to the smallish town of Paso Robles, CA. There I made two great friends: Christina and Julie, who walked with me through many hard times, pregnancies, […]

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Take a Deep Breath, Mama

girls in wonderland

The last few days have seemed amazingly full. My to do list has continual scratchings and carry overs to the next day. I can’t seem to catch up. At the same time, I’ve done things that I wouldn’t normally do under these swampish conditions, namely take my kids on outings. On Tuesday we met FishPapa […]

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5 Places to Look for Summer Enrichment


Keep your kids skills sharp and their minds and bodies engaged over the summer. Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh suggests five great places to look for summer enrichment. Summer break is upon us! Or, at the very least, it’s right around the corner. No more rushing to catch the bus and struggling to juggle […]

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How to Use Your Produce Box

produce box

Getting a produce box each week throughout the summer is a great way to eat healthy and local. But, it can be challenge to use it all up. This new series is here to help. A few years ago, I signed up for a local CSA. I had heard for years that participating in community-supported […]

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