Avocado Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Anything Goes)


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. In my neck of the woods avocados have been on killer sales recently for as low as 3/$1. That’s a […]

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Gotta Love It! Being Goofy, Magical Capris, and Twitter


If you follow me or a few of my friends on twitter, you may be wondering, “What is all this talk about #magicalcapris? What are these mothers getting so silly about?” Here is the post to dispell the rumors, lies, and plain ol’ confusion about the #magicalcapris. The magicalcapris are a pair of camouflage capri […]

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Kids, Chores, and Routines – A Simple, Yet Crucial Part of Family Management

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Photo Source: Pink Sherbet Photography No matter the size of your family, whether you have one child or ten, there will always be work to do. Dishes to wash and put away, laundry to fold, meals to prepare — those things don’t go away. In fact, depending on what interests your teens exhibit as they […]

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This Week on URS, Giveaway Winners

If you’ve got a great recipe to share, bring it this week to Ultimate Recipe Swap. It’s Anything Goes this week. So bring any type of recipe you’d like. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!Thanks to everybody who shared such great baking recipes last week. Yummy! Can’t wait to try them all. Congrats to […]

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From the Mailbag, Readers Ask


How did you meet your husband?We met in a trailer park in Carpinteria, CA. He had long hair and an earring and rode a Harley. Ok, seriously. It was at a home group for our church that met in a very nice mobile home park. He did have long hair and an earring — but he […]

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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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