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Free Printable Baking Ingredients Checklist

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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.What do you need to do your holiday baking? Download a free […]

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Plan Now for a Simpler Season

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Buy the book here. Just in case you were wondering, there are …. 10 days until Thanksgiving 37 days until Christmas 44 days until New Year’s That means that the next six weeks have the potential for great good — as well as great evil. No, you can’t fool me. It’s not all fun and […]

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Our European Vacation: Normandy with Kids

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We just got back from a month abroad where we visited London, Paris, and a handful of cities in Western France. We explored, rested, and learned a ton about ourselves and the world. This is the third installment of our European adventure. Go to the beginning here. Years ago, FishPapa and I traveled through western France. We retraced […]

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A Meal Plan Can Help You This Week

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Having a meal plan can help you shop, help you save money, and help you eat well all week long. Oh yeah, and feed the kids, too. Chicken and Wild Rice Bake I’m a little late in creating my meal plan for the week. I’m working on another $70 or Less weekly meal plan to […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. I’m a little late posting this wrap up of the week. My parents and my sister’s family have been here this weekend to celebrate FishChick8. We’ve had a great day, but that means I’ve stayed off the computer and relished in real life. Here’s what’s been […]

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A Cheat Sheet for Freezing Holiday Baked Goods

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Ready to get baking for the holidays? Here’s a cheat sheet for freezing your holiday baked goods. Make them now and enjoy them later. Ever pull something out of the freezer and find that it’s covered in a thin crust of ice? Ever thaw a loaf of banana bread to find that it’s gone mushy and weird? […]

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How a Security Camera Saved Me 25 Bucks {Frugal Friday}

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photo source: Jeepers Media So a couple weeks ago I was in Walmart, purchasing a gift card for our neighbor who kept an eye on our house while we were away. I had kids with me; we bought various items; confusion reigned. The next day no one could tell me where the gift card was. […]

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5 Holiday Travel Tips for Families

5 Holiday Travel Tips for Families - Tips from a seasoned mom and traveler on how to make the best trip with kids.

As the holiday season approaches, consider how you can make family travel more fun and less stressful. I love November and December. They are probably two of my favorite months on the calendar, namely because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The holidays can be such fun! Now that my sister Janel has moved back […]

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