My Husband – He’s Mighty Fine

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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Budget Living: There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (or Dinner)

Last night FishPapa and I went on a long-anticipated date. We’d been waiting until we could swing a free sitter. Thankfully, one of my kid brothers was available. It was nice to get out of the house and spend some time together. Dinner at Red Robin was fantastic! My favorite is their Bleu Ribbon Burger. […]

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Recipe Swap: Lunchbox Love)

When I was in high school, I was allowed $5 per week for lunch money. No, I didn’t live during the Depression. Let’s just say frugality runs in my veins. Take it up with my dad. Due to my limited budget, I learned to compensate by packing a lunch. Pops didn’t mind springing for groceries. […]

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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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