Get into the Ring & Spar for the Spurtle

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Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Make a 4 x 7 Meal Plan for the Summer Daze

Make a 4 x 7 Meal Plan for the Summer Daze

Mom, I’m hungry? Is there anything I can have for a snack? When’s lunch? What are we having for dinner? What’s for breakfast tomorrow? Summer offers more leisure time for kids and adults alike. That means there’s more time to be hungry. I have no idea what the connection is, but it’s true. My children […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. As I type, this is basically what we are doing: resting and relaxing. We drove up to Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for the weekend. It’s a whirlwind trip, just brief visits with friends and the grandparents. But, it’s been so good. I’ve unplugged for the […]

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Britax Frontier 90 Review & A Giveaway

Britax Frontier 90 Review & A Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Britax: I’ve been installing car seats and latching and unlatching kids into their seats for the last 17 years. Holy smokes! We’re not quite at the end of it. California State Law requires “children to ride in the back seat in a properly secured child passenger safety restraint until they […]

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You Can Get Out of Debt

You Can Get Out of Debt

Photo credit: Daniel Oines by license As a college freshman, I was able to get a credit card in about five minutes. How ironic that ten years earlier, my mom, a college instructor with a Master’s Degree, couldn’t get one because she didn’t have a full-time job. What a switch that a bank was willing to […]

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How to Make the School Year Less Stressful

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Summer can fly by in a flash and you might find yourself scrambling to get ready for the new year. Life as Mom contributor Jessie Leigh offers some great tips to help you make the start of school less stressful and make the most of back to school sales.   It’s July! Strangely enough, this […]

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Year-Round Home School & Our Summer Session

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Homeschool doesn’t have to fit a traditional schedule. We’re schooling year-round with a summer session. We’ve just completed our 12th year of homeschooling. That is pretty remarkable to me. I’m pleased to say the experiment is working. Yet, a successful homeschool doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of worry, wasting of money, and freaking […]

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Make Family Travel Fun, Easy, & Affordable

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Taking kids on vacations and road trips is not a walk in the park. In fact, sometimes a walk in the park isn’t really that easy, either. But, hitting the trail with your peeps is worth it. Somewhere between my honeymoon — when we talked about visiting France every year — and when the sixth […]

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