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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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Pretty Cool Cake: Make a Pirate Cake

Special birthday cakes are near and dear to my heart. I love the challenge of putting my kids’ latest interests atop a cake. The looks on their faces are just priceless. And being challenged by my readers is almost as much fun. I’ve even written an e-book with all sorts of creative, easy, and inexpensive […]

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Meal Planning: Reaping the Fruit of My OAMC Labor

‘Member last week how I cooked up a whole mess of stuff to freeze? Well, this week, it’s time to put my feet up. It’s not that dinnertime will be completely devoid of work. I’ll still need to heat up main dishes and prepare sides, but the bulk of the cooking is already done for […]

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Nothing is Forever

So this past week when I walked into my new-to-me, neighborhood Albertsons, I was taken back immediately to this day in my life: This Albertsons has the exact same floor plan as the store that I worked in when I was sixteen years old. Who knew when I was this “bag girl” so many years ago […]

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Help Me Help You Make a Great Meal

So, about a year and a half ago, I started writing an e-book about make ahead meals. Then life happened. I had a baby, we moved, my mother-in-law passed away, we moved again. Now, over the last week or so, prompted by my own cooking ahead adventures, I’ve dusted off that manuscript and am looking […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Find a Coupon Buddy

I admit, it can be cumbersome to go (bargain) hunting alone. Not to mention, well, lonely. When I first started clipping coupons and shopping the sales, I didn’t really know anyone who did it. I remember having heard an acquaintance scorn the idea of “cherry picking.” (That is, just shopping for the best deals at […]

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TGIF: Be a CopyCat

Growing up my favorite place to eat was a local pizza restaurant that made the best Italian salad. It’s too far and too expensive to go there often, so I’ve found a way to copy it at home. Love it! It goes great with our Friday Pizza Night. A wonderful way to celebrate the weekend. […]

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Frugal Friday: Beating Debt with An Emergency Fund

Unbelievable, but it’s been two months since I started recounting Our Get-Out-Of-Debt Story. If you missed it, start at the beginning. Special thanks go to The Happy Housewife and Freebies4Mom for guest posting these last two weeks. It was wonderful to have them share their money-saving wisdom. Now, where was I? Ok, you’re in debt? […]

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