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Frugal Friday: Treat Your Coupons Like Cash

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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Chicken Noodle Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soup)

Our recent move has brought us just two miles from the ocean. Amazing what a climate change a few miles can make. Ocean breezes and smells, a little morning fog, and cooler temps. Perfect timing for fall. Some nights have definitely been appropriate for soup. I could eat soup everyday, but the FishKids? Not so […]

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Homeschool Help: Managing Multiple Schedules

While I’m busily uppacking my homeschool, I’ve turned to Connie from Smockity Frocks to share how she manages the fine art of teaching many children at once. Her posts have made me laugh, so hop on over and browse her archives if you’re in need of a chuckle. Managing multiple homeschool schedules can be tricky […]

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Crazy Busy

As you can imagine, when you pack up three adults, six children, and a 3000+ square foot house, things are a little, well, busy. We started our school year early enough that I could feel good about taking 2 weeks off. The past week has been spent haphazardly packing. One night, surrounded by boxes and […]

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Frugal Friday: Tips for a Smooth and Frugal Move

If you’ve read LifeasMOM for any length of time, you’ll know that my “life as MOM” is in constant flux, particularly over the last year. We’ve had a baby, moved cross country, and adapted to the new seasons of development that each of our kids has entered at ages 12, 8, 7, 5, 2, and […]

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Homemade Pie Crust – A Finer Thing

Some members of the FishFam have distinctly different tastes than I do. Many prefer cake to pie. But, me? Mmmm. I’ll take pie anyday, savory like Chicken Pot Pie or sweet, like Cherry Pie. It seemed appropriate to give you the low-down on homemade pie crust, for several reasons: 1. It tastes better than store […]

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Chicken Pot Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Favorite Fall Foods)

This URS is the special Fall-Festival edition. If you haven’t already, check out some great gatherings of autumn inspiration: How do you Feather your Nest for Fall? What does your family do for fun during Fall? Share a special Fall tradition. Each hostess is offering a great giveaway in conjunction with her theme. And it’s […]

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Fall Traditions: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Probably my very favorite part about fall (besides Thanksgiving) is the apples. There’s nothing like a cold, crisp, sweet, juicy apple to sink your teeth into. Yum! Years ago when I was a svelte, young mother of one, we lived on the Central Coast of California, close to the beach, yet cool enough in winter […]

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