Happy Birthday, My Little Man

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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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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Adventures in Couponing: 8 Great Ways to Find Coupons

I’ve mentioned before what a boon couponing has been to our household budget. Now that I’ve been clipping for the last year, I have figured out some ways to make it work best for our family. Although we moved cross-country into a higher priced community (Kansas City to San Diego), we’ve still been able to […]

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Queso Fundido

I can’t believe I’ve not yet posted this recipe. It’s so easy and it does really well as a freezer meal. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious. Bon Appetit magazine published a recipe for it 10+ years ago, and I’ve tweaked it. Updated 8:41 pm: If you read this this morning, you know I was going to […]

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To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live

The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his […]

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