Getting Free Stuff at CVS

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: A Quiet Week

One of the beauties of stockpiling and shopping from the sales is that some weeks I don’t need to go shopping. The sales have been really good over the past weeks, so this week I didn’t get too freaked out about shopping. My brother, otherwise known as Charles in Charge, picked up a few basics […]

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Ingredients for a Fun Friday Night: A Little Mocktail Party

Tonight’s pizza night is taking a slight twist from the usual. My friend Jessika is visiting this weekend with her two kiddos while her husband is on a sailing trip. Oh what fun we’re having! This morning we visited the first of the California Missions, Mission de San Diego de Alcala. FishPapa’s coworkers sent home […]

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Frugal Friday: When in Debt, Let Dave Help You

This past week I was filling out an application for a housing rental. There was a part of the application that gave me pause: creditors. I had to think for a minute. Aside from the mortgage on the rental property we own in Kansas City, there was nothing to list! No car loans, no credit […]

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Creamy Layers Gelatin (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cool Food)

It’s the dog days of summer. And though we’re already talking about papers, books, and Teacher’s dirty looks, it’s still the good ole summertime. And cool cooking is a welcome relief. I love to have salads and sandwiches for dinner in the warmer months, they are a nice way to avoid heating the kitchen. And […]

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Salsa Verde Beef

Sometimes my experiments in the kitchen go awry. I think up a good idea, but then upon execution, it hops off the track and the train wreck of a meal results in a trip to McDonalds or PB&J all around. Ugh, I say. However, sometimes that doesn’t happen and we’re all so suprised and happy. […]

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The Wingfeather Saga: Books You Can’t Put Down!

It’s been a long time since I read a book that kept me up late at night reading and that kept me up even later, contemplating the storyline while lying in bed in the dark. Over the last few weeks my boys and I have been reading through the first two books in the Wingfeather […]

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Send-Them-Off to College Gifts

This week 19 years ago, my dad dropped me off at college. I was 18 and ready to take the world by storm. Back then I did my writing on a word processor/typewriter and had never heard the word email. I bought my books at a bookstore (remember those?) and mail order was done with […]

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