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O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small […]

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Christmas Tour of My Home

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This year as with all years previous I envisioned an immaculate, perfectly decorated home at Christmas. Beautiful wreaths, wonderfully arranged tchotchkes (def#2), chestnuts roasting on the open fire; Jack frost nipping at my nose; you know the story…. And then I woke up and smelled the coffee. There are just a few things to get in […]

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Meal Planning: Making the Mundane Work for You

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Busting out of the same old, same old this week. I’m featuring someone else’s meal plan! Amy from The Finer Things in Life has graciously provided me with her meal plan for the week as well as some tips for you. It’s so nice to get a perspective other than mine, is it not? If you’re […]

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Bah HumBudget?!

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Photo source: kevindooley Presents? Big dinners? Holiday events? Bah Humbug! In an economy such as ours, it can be tempting to be as miserly as Ebenezer Scrooge. Money’s tight, and the last thing we need is to spend a lot of money on stuff we don’t need or on things that will be broken by […]

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Mom Deals: 13 Days and Counting

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I confess. I felt a little pressure yesterday afternoon. I had spent time online Christmas shopping and then braved the rain to price comparison at my local Walmart. Then hoofed it back home to get my Amazon order in. The FishKids are officially shopped for, as are my parents and siblings. Well, sorta. There are […]

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Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: What’s a Loss Leader?

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The term loss leader is one that is thrown about quite often and it’s one you want to know. Especially if you want to save money at the grocery store. Loss leaders are the items that a store sells at a loss. See pears advertised for $.20/pound? Well, the store is not making a profit […]

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Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

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Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

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