How Does Your Garden Grow?

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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Weekend Trip: The Tour of Missions

Last time we saw Grammy and Grampa, we visited the King of the Missions, San Luis Rey. This past weekend we visited another of the California Missions, La Purisima. While San Luis Rey is located within a large city, La Purisima is in the boondocks. Walking the fully restored grounds gave us a more realistic […]

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What’s Cookin’ This Week

If you read my little story the other day, you know that I cheated a little on my Eat-From-the-Pantry Challenge. Just for the record, I did NOT go over budget. On the contrary, midway through the month, I challenged myself not to do major shopping, but to allow myself milk and produce while we used […]

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If You Give a Mom a Good Deal

If you give a mom a good deal on avocados,it will make her think of guacamole.And if she thinks of guacamole, she’s going to want to make some.Wanting to make some will remind her that she’s out of chips.The best place to buy chips is the store down the road.So she will load up all […]

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Heading Out!

Despite sniffles and minor coughs, we’re heading out of town this weekend. We haven’t been to our old stomping grounds in quite some time – four years, to be exact. So, we’re going North to visit family and see the sights. Do you know what a feat it is to get eight people packed and […]

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Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

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Giveaways, Giveaways

Saturday night is the closing time for all my green giveaways. Don’t miss a chance to win: – a reusable shopping bag from Envirosax – soymilk from 8th Continent – a $20 gift certificate to Better World Books – a backyard fruit book – organic bug spray

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The Farmer’s Market – A Fine Thing!

Visiting Farmers’ Market is something that our family has done for almost fifteen years now in two countries and four different cities. Nowadays, it’s more about the experience than it is about the good deals. Usually, we find some fun snacks and go home with a few goodies. The kids and I went to a […]

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