Another Indiana Jones Birthday Cake!

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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Camp Wannalaffalotta: Stay Tuned for Summer Fun

Did you know that there are 16 Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day? I was stunned when I consulted the calendar. That’s a lot of weeks of potentially bored children begging you for something to do. Over the years I’ve found that if I have a plan, I can keep boredom at bay. And […]

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Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)

Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

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Happy Birthday, My Little Man

My baby boy turns five today. Oh my! Even though he’s the fourth out of six children, he’s my last boy. So, in some ways that makes him my baby. (Shh! Don’t tell him I said that.) But, he is. He’s my baby, well, at least my baby boy. It’s amazing to see how much […]

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13 Ways to Stay Safer on the Streets

A year ago today, car and street safety was heavy on my mind. We had watched the movie Bella the same week that Maria Chapman passed away in a tragic auto accident. Talk about a sobering week. Counting six little heads when we’re out and about is my habit, but all the more so when […]

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I Think We’re Set, Don’t You?

After a winter bereft of cereal, I was more than a little jazzed to see such great cereal coupons lately. Most were $1 off. Over the last month, I’ve slowly built up a stockpile. We now have 30 boxes! Oh my! With five kids eating cereal, it probably won’t last long. I’m hoping to limit […]

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From Their Perspective

Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera. With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400″ camera. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a […]

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This Week on URS

Thank you for all the anniversary well-wishes last week. We enjoyed a great recreation of our wedding supper with the kids. So fun. I even made a pretzel-chocolate-raspberry cheesecake. Yummy! Thanks as well to everyone who submitted romantic recipes in last week’s swap. Can’t wait for my next at-home date night to surprise my hubby […]

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