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From the Mailbag, Readers Ask

Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. How did you meet your husband?We met in a trailer park […]

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Meal Planning: Cook Once, Eat Thrice

Thank you to everyone who took my Help Me Help You Make a Great Meal survey. You all asked such great questions about ways to feed a family. One recurring comment was in regards to making several recipes (either ahead or throughout a week) that use common ingredients so that you can reduce prep time […]

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Where Joyful and Motherhood Intersect

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The corner of Joyful and Motherhood is a beautiful place to be! Ever find that “joyful” and “motherhood” are going in two different directions? Crabby moms? Say it ain’t so! But, reality is that sometimes it is difficult to do all you need to do AND keep a smile on your face. Recently I came […]

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Links of Love: Things That Made Me Go, "Hmmm…"

My girl is walking! Can you believe it. Just shy of 14 months this week she took her first “real” steps. And boy is she proud of herself! She has also grown tall enough to pull things down from counters and tables. It’s only a matter of days before her brothers have her swinging from […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Albertsons is My Besty

Grocery Geeks start early around here. This is FishBaby helping me unload the other night. I’ve gone a little crazy with the shopping and cooking ahead. But, according to Quicken, I’ve only spent $360 so far for the month. Often I find an error in my data entry, but here’s hoping not. My freezers still […]

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Frugal Friday: Get That SnowBall Rolling

If you’re just tuning in, this is part of the continuing saga of how my husband and I got out of debt. You can go back to the beginning if you missed something. As I recount our story, please remember that this is how we did it. I believe that this will work for many […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Killer Catalina Deal at Albertsons

I normally don’t post too many “deals,” but this is a great one for my So Cal readers, good at Albertsons in California. Buy $25 participating General Mills products, get $10 catalina (Limit 1 per customer) This means that you’re getting 40% back, so factor that into your final purchase cost. I don’t think I’ve […]

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Adventures with Evaporated Milk

Ever substituted evaporated milk for fresh? I tried that recently — with my little helpers here — and share my experience in this review.

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