How to Refill the Pantry after a Pantry Challenge

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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.Doing a Pantry Challenge is a great way to save money and prevent food waste. But, if you’re left with an […]

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Goal Setting: Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same


That’s me – the list maker. Each year come the last week of December, I think about the past year and how life has changed and how my family and I have grown. And then I plan for the next one and try to anticipate how life will change and hope for how my family […]

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URS: New Year’s Meals and Munchies

It wouldn’t be a celebration without some good eats. And you know how we like those around here. New Year’s Eve just invites you to have some yummy munchies! We’re especially excited to ring in the new year with the Paine family who arrived yesterday for a visit. So happy to include them in our […]

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New Year’s Traditions: Sweet Days at the Beach


For everything there is a season. Like when do the seals camp out on the beach? When do the whales migrate? When are oranges and avocados and lemons in season? Um, I think that would be winter. And, winter holds special memories in family life, too. For us, now back in California, winter means that most of […]

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My Pantry Looks Different than Yours


If you’ve been following along with Crystal and I regarding the Eat-from-the-Pantry-Challenge, you may be wondering what in the world we’re talking about. I had a great conversation yesterday with a friend who had lots of questions. It really helped me see that there are a number of perspectives on this. You may have a […]

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New Year’s Traditions: Watch the Rose Parade


Photo Source: Bethany Baird Being the Southern California Girl that I am, watching the Rose Parade was always a “must-do” on New Year’s Day when I was a kid. My friends went to the parade in person, often camping out overnight to get a good seat. But, we watched the action on the TV. My […]

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Food Traditions and Holiday Memories


Isn’t it funny how important food, and specifically holiday recipes, can be to our memories of special events? On Sunday, we headed to my parents’ for a small family reunion. Lil’ smokies and See’s candy were present! Good thing as they are so much a part of our family’s traditions. Another key figure at our […]

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Eat from the Pantry Challenge – Join Us!


For the last couple months, my friend Crystal and I have been “cooking up a storm” at the beginning of each month and storing what we’ve made in the freezer to use throughout the coming weeks. This “once-a-month” cooking venture has saved us loads of time and money. It has been fantastic to go to […]

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