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Links of Love: Things That Made Me Go, "Hmmm…"

My girl is walking! Can you believe it. Just shy of 14 months this week she took her first “real” steps. And boy is she proud of herself! She has also grown tall enough to pull things down from counters and tables. It’s only a matter of days before her brothers have her swinging from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preparing for Fall: Switching Out and Stocking Up!

Once school starts up again and the days shorten, my mind just starts to think about Fall and preparing for winter. Though I come from pioneer stock, I certainly don’t live on a farm, nor do I harvest anything from my own backyard. In fact, living again in Southern California, I don’t get to experience […]

Got Bugs?

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. — Proverbs 6:6 I’ve had lots of opportunity to meditate on that Scripture over the last month. With the dry weather we had in late August and early September, our home was virtually overrun by ants. I’m not talking a trail or two. […]

Embracing the Mess? Not a Chance!

I must confess, I don’t have the tidiest house on the block. I wish. There just aren’t enough hours in my day. But, over the years, I’ve learned that enlisting the aid of my children is my only hope for survival. I’ve come up with a few tricks to helping my kids keep their rooms […]

Meal Planning: Embracing Reality — And Feeding Hobbits

The FishBoys and their uncles JJ and Jace It’s been so refreshing to have my “baby” brother, Jace, move in with us. He’s 23 and finishing his last semester in college this year. There’s a fairly large age difference between us. I did change his diapers, after all. He was our ringbearer when he was […]

Home Management & Meal Times

I’m slowly learning that the bulk of my time is often spent in the kitchen. And not always with pleasure. I love to cook. But, cooking for nine can take its toll. As a result, there has been at least one night a week in the past few weeks when we’ve resorted to take-out because […]