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FishBoys’ Gift Guide for Boys Ages 5-12

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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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I’d Like to Thank the Academy….

This is probably as close as I’ll ever get to an acceptance speech of a prestigious award. I wanted to thank all of you who voted for me in the Homeschool Blog Awards. LifeasMOM was chosen “Best Live-What-You-Believe” Homeschool Blog. I am not sure about the “best” part, I was up against some very fine […]

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O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

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Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small children. But, it can be full of mishaps because small children are, well, small. They’re inquisitive. They want to explore their world. They want to get into stuff. And boy, is that Christmas tree an enticing thing to explore. As parents we can fight […]

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Christmas Tour of My Home

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

This year as with all years previous I envisioned an immaculate, perfectly decorated home at Christmas. Beautiful wreaths, wonderfully arranged tchotchkes (def#2), chestnuts roasting on the open fire; Jack frost nipping at my nose; you know the story…. And then I woke up and smelled the coffee. There are just a few things to get in […]

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Meal Planning: Making the Mundane Work for You

Busting out of the same old, same old this week. I’m featuring someone else’s meal plan! Amy from The Finer Things in Life has graciously provided me with her meal plan for the week as well as some tips for you. It’s so nice to get a perspective other than mine, is it not? If you’re […]

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Bah HumBudget?!

Photo source: kevindooley Presents? Big dinners? Holiday events? Bah Humbug! In an economy such as ours, it can be tempting to be as miserly as Ebenezer Scrooge. Money’s tight, and the last thing we need is to spend a lot of money on stuff we don’t need or on things that will be broken by […]

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Mom Deals: 13 Days and Counting

I confess. I felt a little pressure yesterday afternoon. I had spent time online Christmas shopping and then braved the rain to price comparison at my local Walmart. Then hoofed it back home to get my Amazon order in. The FishKids are officially shopped for, as are my parents and siblings. Well, sorta. There are […]

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Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

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