On the Bright Side

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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How to Plan a Meal

I like to think of myself as a happy-go-lucky, spontaneous kind of MOM. I have never been one to schedule naps or stick to rigid time frames. I like to go with the flow. However, as our family has grown, I’ve had to learn to embrace structure. The children do better. I do better if […]

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Time for MOM: Spend Your Time Wisely

(This conversation about becoming a woman you can count on started here.) In my efforts to grow as a wife and as a mother, I desire to manage my time better. As I mentioned last week, I feel woefully swamped. There are NOT enough hours in my day to do all that I want to, […]

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CVS Primer – March 15 thru 17

Please note: the ECB deal for the body wash expires on Tuesday, March 17th. So, this primer is only good until then. A year ago I walked into CVS for the first time, quaking in my boots. I had read several different bloggers that talked about the great deals and steals they had nabbed there. […]

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Frugal Friday: Mind Over Money

When I was growing up, my parents were always very careful with money. Neither of their families had had a lot of money when they were children, and so they knew how to save. It took a long time for me to appreciate this. I remember scrunching down in the backseat of the car when […]

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Irish Stew (URS: St Patrick’s Day Feasts)

One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: What $107 Buys You in Southern California

It can be done. I was worried that it couldn’t. But I think it can. I think it can. Living frugally in Southern California is within reach. I entered 2009 thinking I might reduce my couponing efforts, but going over budget early on made me rethink that idea. With the start of March I decided […]

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Family Fun: A Game We Play

One of the simplest games that we play involves no pieces, no small chokable parts. It is highly portable and can be played anywhere, though we usually play it at restaurants and on car rides. It’s 20 Questions: the Movie Version. The rules are simple. It has to be a movie that the Mama has […]

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