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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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Grocery Geek Presents: Buy the Whole Box of Apples

It took me awhile to figure this out. I would see apples at a loss leader price and buy a bag or two. And then we’d eat them in a few days, and the sale would be gone. Now? I buy a lot. A few months ago it was five or six bags. But, thanks […]

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Frugal Friday: Planning for Christmas on a Budget

Yes, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I know. I cringed, too, when I saw the Walmart staff frantically stocking Christmas items on October 31st. The rush is on. Retailers are all too eager to grab hold of your hard-earned cash. But, if you aren’t already planning for Christmas, you will pay too much because […]

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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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