Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week

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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MOM Deals You Can Cheer About

While I wish weekends were for rest and relaxation, in reality they are my chance to catch up and try, try, try to get ahead on the upcoming week. Usually that involves meal planning, errand running, and grocery shopping. Since I get my CVS ad on Friday afternoon, I’m able to strategize for those sales […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Finances, Illness, and A Few Good Deal

Looking At FinancesI mentioned earlier that it’s good to take a financial snapshot to know where you are in relationship to your goals. This past week I balanced checking accounts and ran reports on Quicken. To be honest, I was a little nervous, but as it turns out we did okay. We spent less than […]

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One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]

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Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

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Isn’t She Lovely?

Since I didn’t have access to these shots when I posted about her birthday, I thought I’d share these recent photos of FishBaby. It would seem that the highchair is the only place she’ll sit long enough to pose. Someday when I can get my sister for a weekend to help me, the poor child […]

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A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)

There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant. Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I […]

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Have You Tried Good (& Cheap) Eats?

You might not know about this well-kept secret. But, I’ve been posting all our family’s fun and yummy recipes over at my food blog, Good (& Cheap) Eats. While I’d been publishing recipes here for about a year, I wanted a way to index them by food type to make it easier to find the […]

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