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Meal Planning: Meal Components and Freezer Cooking

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. A couple weeks ago I spent a couple days pre-prepping a […]

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So Thankful for My Family Man, My Sweet Valentine

As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

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Grocery Geek Rides Again!

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You know that I love to save money on groceries by using coupons. And after six weeks of subsistence grocery shopping, I’m getting back in the saddle again. I haven’t really clipped a coupon or snagged a major grocery deal since before Christmas! What’s going on here? Well, we ate from the pantry in January […]

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How We Saved Money on a New Washer and Dryer

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See this? This is HALF the laundry that was generated in my household in the last week since the dryer broke. The washer and dryer were on their last legs and decided to die in my absence. Right on their heels went the radiator and thermostat in our van. And the cam sensor. Whatever THAT is. My […]

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Frugal Friday: Shoe Repair Will Save Money and Your Soles

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Back in the old days, clothing and shoes were items that people wore for a long time. In fact, if an article of clothing became torn or worn, it was repaired, or even remade to present a freshened look. If they couldn’t make the adjustments themselves, women took their family’s clothing to seamstresses and tailors […]

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Heart Shaped Brownies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

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I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child. My mother, whose “love language” is most definitely gifts and words of encouragement, always had a little something special for us to open. Recently, I came across a box full of gold heart charms, a collection that she began for me many years ago. What […]

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Easy Homemade Valentine: Wrapped Chocolate Bars

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I well remember the days of cheap white envelopes, tear-apart cardstock valentines and dusty conversation hearts. Painstakingly I would copy my class list onto the envelopes, hoping I wasn’t forgetting anyone and hoping that I wouldn’t be forgotten. I think those cheap white envelopes are still in circulation, but I’ve […]

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Bookin’ It: The Total Money Makeover

Read any good books lately? I hope so. We’re on a mission to read more in 2010. If you haven’t thought up some good books to read, now’s a great time to make some reading goals for the year. It’s never too late to start bookin’ it. This past month has been a busy one […]

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