Budget Living: Giving Bisquick & Other Mixes a Boost

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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Easiest Mac and Cheese (Recipe Swap: Comfort Food)

Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one […]

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Don’t Forget!

Recipe Swap tomorrow. The topic is Comfort Foods. What is a favorite recipe in your family that brings you and your kids comfort? Post it on your blog and then bring the link back here. Share the wealth!

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She’s So Fancy, That Nancy

Not too long ago, I asked readers to challenge me with a birthday cake theme. There were some very clever suggestions, the top two in a readers’ poll being “Breakfast” and Fancy Nancy. Breakfast I know, but being that my children who speak in complete sentences are all boys, I had no clue who or […]

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Finding a Wardrobe that Works

I have never pretended to be a fashionista. Back in high school, I had many things: good grades, lots of younger siblings, and a clunker of a 1979 Ford Thunderbird to drive. Neither natural fashion sense nor a sense of rhythm were things that I possessed. I am sure that is why I didn’t make […]

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Thankful for For Where I’m At

OK, I’ll try not to rub it in too much. But we spent yesterday at the seaside! We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather here in San Diego so the temps were in the 70s; the skies were a clear blue; and I was “overdressed” in jeans and a tshirt. Oh my! Toto, I don’t think […]

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5 Dinner Time Savers

One of the ways that I’m trying to become a Mom You Can Count On is to manage my time a little better. If I don’t make a list each morning of what I need to do, I am like a sailor out at sea without a compass. And if I don’t stay on my […]

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Ready to Celebrate Simply?

Recently I read about parents who spend thousands of dollars on their children’s birthday parties. Llamas, helicopter rides, visits from sports celebrities, or other extreme celebrations are things that neither I nor my bank account can muster. With five kids, we’d be in the poor house pretty quickly. And then, what would they expect for […]

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