Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Recipe Swap: Lunchbox Love)

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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Have a Cup – It’s On Me

The excitement just never ends — there are all sorts of fun and prizes around here. And more coming up. In recent weeks I’ve given up the bingo cage and drawing names out of a hat. Instead, winners have been chosen randomly by Random.Org. If you see your name as a winner, please contact me […]

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Recipe Swap Tomorrow: Lunchbox Love

Come tomorrow with your favorite recipe to put in a bagged/boxed lunch. There are several ways to participate:1. Post it on your blog and bring the link.2. Leave a comment in the comments section. Though I do not allow anonymous comments, it is very easy to set up an account in order to leave a […]

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Birthday Cakes, Aprons, and Oven Mitts – Oh My!

Thank you so much for making the Birthday Cake Round Up a screaming success. I appreciate how you all participated and spread the word to friends and family. I hope that you are freshly inspired and encouraged to bake your own the next time a celebration rolls around. For your bday cake participation ShoestringHome sponsored […]

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Chores: Sometimes You Gotta Spell It Out

I’ve mentioned before that each of our children above four years of age has regular chores to perform around the house. The quality of their performance ebbs and flows with the seasons, their attitudes, and my follow through. Recently, we were struggling with one job and his ability, or lack thereof, to clean the living […]

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Reclaim the Romance! The (At-Home) Date Night

Date Night. Those words have quite a ring to them. But, for parents, sometimes a romantic evening out can seem more like a distant fairy tale. Maybe the budget doesn’t really allow room for a carriage ride and an elegant dinner out. Perhaps fairy godmothers, I mean, babysitters are hard to come by or too […]

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YOU are the Queen of Your Castle

Updated: This contest is now closed. 2/11/09 No matter where you spend your days, you are the queen of your castle. And as such, it behooves you to know what you can do to make your home a happy, healthy, welcoming place to be. One way is to have a good attitude. And this book, […]

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Time Saving Tip: Make Lunch the Night Before

I’m guessing that for most families whose kids attend traditional schools making lunch the night before is a pretty common practice. Since my children “do school” at home, it might not seem all that necessary. We’re home most of the day, so why do we need to do that? But, oh what a help it […]

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