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Frugal Friday: Planning for Christmas on a Budget

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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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Tradition, Decor, and Thankfulness

Today at The Homespun Heart, Monica continues our series of Thanksgiving on a Budget. She’s sharing ideas for decorations, traditions, and thankfulness. Pop over there and be inpired to make your holiday a little more meaningful.

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Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving)

T Minus 7 Days and Counting…. Are you ready for Turkey Day? Thankfully, I will not be cooking this year — unless I want to. We’re heading to my in-laws where we usually get spoiled rotten. So, I’m looking forward to less cooking than on a normal Thanksgiving. However, I have made many a feast […]

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Frugal Foodie Gift: If You Give a Mom a Muffin Kit

You’ve probably read the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin or its predecessor, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If so, you’ll love the poem, “If You Give a Mom a Muffin.” It tells the tale of how a mother can get (way too easily) sidetracked in her life as mom. It’s […]

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Presentation Counts!

Last year I was both pleasantly surprised and a little dismayed when a popular foodie magazine featured an $80 Thanksgiving Menu. Having read this particularly publication for years and years, I knew that for most of its readership, this was, indeed, a “bargain meal.” But having tracked prices for so long, I knew that they […]

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Legoland, Bob the Builder, Bionicles, and Tinkerbell: The FishKids’ Birthday Review

For better or worse, my kids’ birthdays come lumped together. Three in late May/early June and two in November. Yes, FishBaby is all by her lonesome in August, but that’s okay. These two “birthday seasons” are full enough. Last week FishBoy9 and FishChick3 celebrated their birthdays. Or should I say we celebrated FishBoy9 and FishChick3? […]

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Bob the Builder Birthday Cake

We love Bob the Builder around here. We really do. You would think that now that the toddlers in the vicinity are girls that we’d have moved on to My Little Pony or something. But, no. FishChick loves Bob. It may be that we just have more Bob the Builder movies than any other character or […]

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Very Make-Ahead Turkey

You know that to make the most of your cooked turkey and stretch your budget further, it’s best to make stock from the leftovers. However, who wants to mess with that after a full day of cooking? I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you see this next installment of Thanksgiving on a Budget. […]

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