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Mom Motivation: Monkey See, Monkey Do

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Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. See her? She’s my girl. Well, my big girl, anyway. She’ll be […]

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Creative Birthday Cake Idea: A Garden of Cupcakes

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Despite the fact that she’s oblivious to much going on in her world, I couldn’t let my BABY’s first birthday go by without a creative birthday cake. She may not have a scrapbook, but she’ll have a picture of a special cake, by golly. Since I knew I wanted to give her her own little […]

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Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week

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I was talking with someone last week and the question came up how many people I cooked for on a regular basis. When I said 9, the other said, “Wow. We had a company dinner last week and there were 10 of us total. That’s a full table!” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought […]

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MOM Deals You Can Cheer About

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While I wish weekends were for rest and relaxation, in reality they are my chance to catch up and try, try, try to get ahead on the upcoming week. Usually that involves meal planning, errand running, and grocery shopping. Since I get my CVS ad on Friday afternoon, I’m able to strategize for those sales […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Finances, Illness, and A Few Good Deal

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Looking At FinancesI mentioned earlier that it’s good to take a financial snapshot to know where you are in relationship to your goals. This past week I balanced checking accounts and ran reports on Quicken. To be honest, I was a little nervous, but as it turns out we did okay. We spent less than […]

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One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

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Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]

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Frugal Friday: Take a Financial Snapshot and Dream a Debt-Free Dream

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A few weeks ago I started recounting our Get Out of Debt Story. Over the last two years FishPapa and I paid off about $18,000 in debt. Today our only liability is a rental property we own in Kansas City. We have no other debts. And it feels good. I don’t share our story to […]

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Isn’t She Lovely?

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Since I didn’t have access to these shots when I posted about her birthday, I thought I’d share these recent photos of FishBaby. It would seem that the highchair is the only place she’ll sit long enough to pose. Someday when I can get my sister for a weekend to help me, the poor child […]

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