50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Three

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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Hot Deals for The Week Ahead

Here are some things to think about as you consider how to spend that hard-earned cash this week: * Check Taylortown Preview to see if tomorrow’s coupons make it worth it for you to buy the paper. * Easter items are drastically marked down by this point. I intend to get some plastic eggs if […]

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CVS Primer for April 19-25

A little over a year ago, I discovered the beauty of shopping at CVS. Really. Truly. Up until that point I had paid a very pretty penny on toiletries and pharmaceutical products. Never again, I say. If you watch sales, clip a few coupons, and have just a tiny bit of storage space, you can […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: A CVS Week

Since I decided to avoid the grocery store for the remainder of the month, this week I made a concerted effort “to CVS.” I haven’t done much of it since we have such a nice stockpile. However, since there were some freebies and I wasn’t going to do any other shopping, I figured now was […]

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Frugal Friday: Reusable Baking Mats

This week we’ve been baking up a storm around here. The kids and I spent Tuesday in the kitchen preparing all sorts of homebaked snacks. With four strapping young men around here, I need all the help I can get when it comes to KP. And that includes helpful gadgets and tools — not just […]

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Homemade Baguettes – One of the Finer Things in Life

During my junior year in college, I lived and studied in Bordeaux, France. As a French Literature major, it was really necessary to know what I was talking about – literally. It was an experience of a lifetime. I rented a small studio apartment, cooked all my own meals, shopped daily in quaint little shops, […]

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Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies (URS: The Cookie Throwdown)

This week flour flew in my kitchen as the kids and I baked up a veritable storm. Wow! And we lived to tell about it. We also filled the freezer with calzone dough, apple pies, french bread, quick breads, chocolate-zucchini cake, and cookies. One of the highlights this week was a Chocolate Chip Cookie throwdown […]

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Baking with Children: 4 Great Read Alouds

One thing that I’ve loved to do since my oldest was a toddler is to read books that follow some kind of theme. This has carried over into our homeschooling as well. The books that we read in any given week all fit some overarching theme. I’ve found that this helps reinforce concepts and ideas […]

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