Frugal Friday: Making My Own Instant Oatmeal

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Thanks for visiting Life as Mom. I’m Jessica, and I’m here to help, walk alongside you, and share my mistakes so you don’t have to make them. Read more about me and this blog here. Last week I mentioned how I love breakfast in a box. It makes our mornings go so much more smoothly […]

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Celebrate St Patrick with An Irish Feast!

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Photo source: Tracy Hunter We love food at our house. My kids are all gluttons, I mean, foodies, like myself. One of their favorite hobbies is sampling exotic foods at the grocery store or club market chain. Recently, I was asked to return to the back of the store after our shopping was done so […]

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Not Mushy Oatmeal (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Whole Grains)


Children learn what they live. My mom had that on a plaque at our house growing up. And I’m finding it very true in many instances of life, particularly in food choices. You see, my parents did not like oatmeal as children. Or liver. As a result, those are two foods I was never required […]

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How to Survive a Shopping Trip with Children in Tow

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Last week I decided that we needed to get out of the house — all of us. Normally I go shopping by myself. But, it had been off and on raining, and I, personally, was suffering from cabin fever. Plus, I had quizzed everyone on the way to church one Sunday about all the clothes […]

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Bookin’ It in 2010: The March Update


Reading is a way to gain knowledge, to travel to distant times and places, to exercise your reason or your imagination. Reading moves us – to action or to tears. Reading is a means of growing and learning. In fact, reading is a way of life. Words matter and they are everywhere we turn. And […]

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Got a Picky Eater?

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The doctor said to feed the baby salsa. My eyes popped out, and my husband’s ears perked up. What?! Her reasoning was that babies adopt the tastes of their families. Since their tastes develop most in the first 18 months of life, she continued, that was the time to expose them to as many tastes […]

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My Household Planner Revealed (& a Few Free Downloads)

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What do you put inside a household planner to help you manage the day to day without going crazy? Here are the planning pages that make a great household notebook. In 2010, I shared this post which includes some free printables that I used at the time. Those pages have been updated and are available […]

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Meal Planning: Homemade Convenience Foods

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Basic Homemade Pizza All  of a sudden, life seems to have imploded on me. My trip early last month took a week of planning and a week of recovery, and I’ve been racing to catch up ever since. But, time waits for no mom. Life continues: laundry piles up, schoolwork needs to be assigned and […]

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