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Meal Planning: Double Batch Cooking

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: Places to Shop for Great Deals

Back in the “old days,” I shopped at SuperWalmart, spending about $200 a week and price-matching with the local grocery stores for the best prices on “loss leaders.” Usually, Walmart was able to beat those prices if I bought generic. I was content with that. Our monthly spending of $800 was well below the USDA […]

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TGIF: Have a Pow-Wow (& Some Moving Misc.)

I don’t know where I first read about having a “pow-wow” with your kids. But, it stuck with me. And though it’s a little corny, it helps to open lines of communication. Ever since the first FishBoy could talk, our bedtime routine has involved discussing the best and worst parts of his day. You probably […]

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Frugal Friday: Treat Your Coupons Like Cash

I’m still working on getting order into my new home. I tackled over twenty boxes yesterday in my efforts to get it all done sooner rather than later. But, I’ve many mountains (of boxes) left to go. I’m thankful that my friend Heather from Freebies4Mom was willing to guest post for Frugal Friday today. Heather […]

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Chicken Noodle Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soup)

Our recent move has brought us just two miles from the ocean. Amazing what a climate change a few miles can make. Ocean breezes and smells, a little morning fog, and cooler temps. Perfect timing for fall. Some nights have definitely been appropriate for soup. I could eat soup everyday, but the FishKids? Not so […]

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Homeschool Help: Managing Multiple Schedules

While I’m busily uppacking my homeschool, I’ve turned to Connie from Smockity Frocks to share how she manages the fine art of teaching many children at once. Her posts have made me laugh, so hop on over and browse her archives if you’re in need of a chuckle. Managing multiple homeschool schedules can be tricky […]

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Crazy Busy

As you can imagine, when you pack up three adults, six children, and a 3000+ square foot house, things are a little, well, busy. We started our school year early enough that I could feel good about taking 2 weeks off. The past week has been spent haphazardly packing. One night, surrounded by boxes and […]

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Frugal Friday: Tips for a Smooth and Frugal Move

If you’ve read LifeasMOM for any length of time, you’ll know that my “life as MOM” is in constant flux, particularly over the last year. We’ve had a baby, moved cross country, and adapted to the new seasons of development that each of our kids has entered at ages 12, 8, 7, 5, 2, and […]

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