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Creative Birthday Cake Idea: A Garden of Cupcakes

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. Despite the fact that she’s oblivious to much going on in […]

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Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week

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I was talking with someone last week and the question came up how many people I cooked for on a regular basis. When I said 9, the other said, “Wow. We had a company dinner last week and there were 10 of us total. That’s a full table!” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought […]

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MOM Deals You Can Cheer About

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While I wish weekends were for rest and relaxation, in reality they are my chance to catch up and try, try, try to get ahead on the upcoming week. Usually that involves meal planning, errand running, and grocery shopping. Since I get my CVS ad on Friday afternoon, I’m able to strategize for those sales […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Finances, Illness, and A Few Good Deal

2009-August-179

Looking At FinancesI mentioned earlier that it’s good to take a financial snapshot to know where you are in relationship to your goals. This past week I balanced checking accounts and ran reports on Quicken. To be honest, I was a little nervous, but as it turns out we did okay. We spent less than […]

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One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

2009-August-314

Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]

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Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

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A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

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Isn’t She Lovely?

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Since I didn’t have access to these shots when I posted about her birthday, I thought I’d share these recent photos of FishBaby. It would seem that the highchair is the only place she’ll sit long enough to pose. Someday when I can get my sister for a weekend to help me, the poor child […]

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A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)

2009-August-276

There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant. Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I […]

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