Need a Last-Minute Gift for Dad?

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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Grocery Geek Presents: Fruit Loot

This week I only went to one store. But, I took ALL SIX KIDS. So, I think I get extra points for that. Don’t you? The kids did great. It helped that I made my expectations of their behavior very clear as well as the consequences. Losing your half hour of computer time can be […]

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Coming Clean, Day Four: The Schoolroom – Mission Accomplished

Oh my! That was an ordeal. Three days to get this room shipshape. I literally spent all day in this room. FishBoy12 made lunch. I think I went to the bathroom once. I sat and nursed the baby a few times. FishPapa whisked the kids away for an hour or so to relieve me of […]

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Frugal Friday: Dad Was Right

This is another one of those weeks when I have to give my dad a little more credit for a great money saving idea. My dad was uber-frugal when I was growing up. Back then I thought he was just cheap. But now that I have six children of my own, I’m seeing the wisdom […]

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Coming Clean: It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Day Three hasn’t progressed as well as I had hoped. I got a late start — that darn twitter. And I’m exhausted now at 11:05. I had about 5 hours sleep last night because I stayed up too late yesterday. Plus, allergies have got me wiped. So, enough is enough. I’m almost done with dejunking […]

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Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)

Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]

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Gonna Learn Our Multiplication Tables – Or Else

While I’m digging out the clean surfaces in the schoolroom, the boys are enjoying some free time. Sure, I’m putting them to work on chores, and we’ve caught a free flick this week, grocery shopped, and picnicked at the park, but they have plenty of time to read or play outside. They generally don’t get […]

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Coming Clean, Day Two: The School Room

In Simple Mom‘s ebook, Spring Cleaning for Normal People, she recommends a basic plan of action for decluttering and cleaning your entire home. It takes about two weeks, depending on the size of your house and the quantity of your junk possessions. Day One, as I explained yesterday, is a quick clean sweep: putting things […]

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