Thanksgiving on a Budget: Presentation Counts!


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. Last year I was both pleasantly surprised and a little dismayed when a popular foodie magazine featured an $80 Thanksgiving […]

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Legoland, Bob the Builder, Bionicles, and Tinkerbell: The FishKids’ Birthday Review


For better or worse, my kids’ birthdays come lumped together. Three in late May/early June and two in November. Yes, FishBaby is all by her lonesome in August, but that’s okay. These two “birthday seasons” are full enough. Last week FishBoy9 and FishChick3 celebrated their birthdays. Or should I say we celebrated FishBoy9 and FishChick3? […]

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Bob the Builder Birthday Cake


We love Bob the Builder around here. We really do. You would think that now that the toddlers in the vicinity are girls that we’d have moved on to My Little Pony or something. But, no. FishChick loves Bob. It may be that we just have more Bob the Builder movies than any other character or […]

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Very Make-Ahead Turkey


You know that to make the most of your cooked turkey and stretch your budget further, it’s best to make stock from the leftovers. However, who wants to mess with that after a full day of cooking? I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you see this next installment of Thanksgiving on a Budget. […]

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Lego Bionicle Thornax Birthday Cake


Remember this? It’s the Lego Bionicle “thing” my son wanted his birthday cake to look like. You know I’m always up for a birthday cake challenge, right? (Just for the record, it’s called a Thornax.) Well, I’m pleased to report that I came, I saw, I baked that cake! The frosting job wasn’t the best, […]

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Get a Good Habit Going: Ask for Help


Today starts the third week of the Get a Good Habit Going Challenge. You’re invited to share your progress on how you’re improving on one new and good habit this month. (It’s never too late to join in. Just catch up on reading week one and week two.) I’ve been working on getting routines going […]

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WebPrinter Review


Pop over to my review page and see what I saw today.

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: Celebrating and Saving

Thanksgiving on a Budget

I’ve known people, in fact, I’ve been one of them, who spent upward of $200 on one meal – Thanksgiving Dinner. Unbelievable when I think about it, really. To spend one third of our current monthly food budget on one dinner. Yikes! Usually this happens due to poor planning or too many “we gotta haves” […]

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