Frugal Friday: Be Willing to Be Weird

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 weekend, I went to a grocery store in a rather upscale neighborhood where I don’t normally shop. It was […]

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Tortilla Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pantry Inspiration)

Tortilla Soup

I’ve actually been quite surprised at some of the fun meals and snacks that have come from the pantry, fridge, and freezer. There has been some fails, like the absolutely gross tamale pie that I invented or the buttermilk scones that I made without buttermilk. But, there have been some truly yummy lunches and dinners […]

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Stock Rotation and Pantry Organization: A Guest Post


One of the beauties of the blog world is the friendships that are to be had. I’m so amazed at today’s guest post. Lynn from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures was one of the first readers and commenters of this blog, almost two years ago. Today we have a long-distance friendship. Here Lynn shares a great tip […]

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Recovering the Lost Art of Hand Dishwashing (Tips for When Your Dishwasher is Broken)

dishwashing gloves

In case you hadn’t heard, our dishwasher broke three weeks ago. I didn’t realize what a vital member of the household it was until it broke. I know, a dishwasher is a luxury. Our pioneer mothers lived quite productive lives without them. Our sisters in other countries regularly experience dishpan hands. I didn’t know how […]

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Pantry Must-Have: Maseca


A must-have for my pantry is a bag of Maseca. It’s the go-to ingredient for making homemade corn tortillas. Check out my tutorial and see how easy it is to make these yourself. And don’t forget to come to Ultimate Recipe Swap on Thursday and share your favorite recipe based on Pantry Staples.

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Why I Want to Live Debt Free

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Pay Off Debt

Almost three years ago my husband and I were convicted to stop using credit and to pay off our debts. Thanks to God, Dave Ramsey, and some hard work, we were able to do just that. Today we don’t spend money we don’t have and except for a mortgage on a rental property, we have […]

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Pantry Challenge Updates: How are You Doing?

pantry challenge

Today marks the end of the third week for some who are “eating from the pantry.” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how this would go for the FishFam. I knew Crystal could pull it off because she’s way smarter than me. But, I had my doubts about myself. My kids eat a lot; […]

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FishMama’s Birthday Cake Challenge: You Get to Vote!

bob the builder

Today’s the day that voting begins. I’m a little scared to tell you the truth. Some of these cake topics would be pretty tricky to pull off. Scroll down to choose one. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to see the results or not. Blogger is different than WordPress, and so I had to […]

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