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Freezer Cooking Plan for July

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As you may know, freezer cooking has become a way of life for me. I started the practice of “once-a-month cooking” when I was pregnant with FishBoy13. And over the last thirteen years it has served our family well. I didn’t always do 30 meals every time, but having meals in the freezer has always […]

One Clever Potty Seat

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So far we’ve had five out of six children go through potty training. (Graduates shown above.) After some trial and error, we’ve found the toilet seat insert to be the most useful tool. Coupled with a stool to climb on, the toilet seat insert has proven to be the gear our kids needed to get on […]

Sock Matching and the Mystery of the Lost Socks

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Where, oh where could their socks have gone? Where, oh where can they be? Singing the Sock Matching Blues Are you singing this song while you do laundry? I am. It’s an occupational hazard in “life as MOM.” Socks will go AWOL. I have this childhood memory of a huge duffle bag bulging with mismatched […]

July’s Monthly Meal Planning

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July is already here! How did that happen? The summer is just flying. This past weekend I spent about thirty minutes planning our meals for the month. I’ve found that taking the long view of things really helps me save time and money and a few brain cells. I know what we have, I make […]

Newly Pregnant? Prepare for The First Trimester – A Guest Post

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Photo Source: LoveJanine Now, before you start congratulating me, no, I am not pregnant. But, my friend Lauren is. She recently found out that she and her husband were expecting their fourth child. What fun! For those of you who experience morning sickness and an otherwise rough first trimester, “what fun” might not be the […]

Hanging Out the Wash

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For the last month, I’ve been participating in an experiment called Project Laundry Line. Sponsored by Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent and My Blog Spark, this challenge has prompted me to wash all our clothes in cold and line dry them for a month’s time. Do they know how many loads of laundry a mom of […]

Laundry Experiment: Cold Water and Line Drying

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Recently I was invited by Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark to participate in Project Laundry Line. The challenge? Wash your clothes in cold water and dry them on the line for 30 days. Hmmm…. me thinks, I can handle that. In fact, I was already washing our clothes in cold water and I had some experience […]

How to Fold a Bath Towel

Back by popular demand, another homemaking vlog. This time: how to fold a bath towel, according to my dear Aunt Cass.