I Think We’re Set, Don’t You?

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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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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I Got My Meals Planned….

(Big yawn and stretch) I am coming off the heels of a big week (drs, dentists, and dermatologists – oh my!) and a bigger weekend. My parents, my four siblings, my nieces, our eight, and my great aunt (on my mom’s side, all the way from Winona, Minnesota) were all together this weekend to celebrate […]

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Summer’s Coming….

Are you ready for summer? Schools will be breaking soon and you’re gonna have some bored kids if you don’t plan ahead. Trust me. Years ago, our family hosted a weekly summer camp — at home. It was a great time for friends and neighbors to come over on a set day of the week […]

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