MOM Deals This Week


This week was a fun one for deals and freebies. –I received a free Food Network cookbook in the mail which I won from a Psst sweepstakes. I had no recollection of entering or anything. — Picked up a ton of produce for great prices. Read about my fruit loot here. — The kids and […]

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Need a Last-Minute Gift for Dad?


The pressure can be something fierce when Father’s Day roll around. The purpose is to honor the dads in your life, but it can become this, “Oh-my-I-better-get-him-something-good” frenzy. And “something good” can often be translated into “something expensive.” But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can honor Dad and still respect the wallet. […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Fruit Loot


This week I only went to one store. But, I took ALL SIX KIDS. So, I think I get extra points for that. Don’t you? The kids did great. It helped that I made my expectations of their behavior very clear as well as the consequences. Losing your half hour of computer time can be […]

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Coming Clean, Day Four: The Schoolroom – Mission Accomplished


Oh my! That was an ordeal. Three days to get this room shipshape. I literally spent all day in this room. FishBoy12 made lunch. I think I went to the bathroom once. I sat and nursed the baby a few times. FishPapa whisked the kids away for an hour or so to relieve me of […]

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Frugal Friday: Dad Was Right


This is another one of those weeks when I have to give my dad a little more credit for a great money saving idea. My dad was uber-frugal when I was growing up. Back then I thought he was just cheap. But now that I have six children of my own, I’m seeing the wisdom […]

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Coming Clean: It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better


Day Three hasn’t progressed as well as I had hoped. I got a late start — that darn twitter. And I’m exhausted now at 11:05. I had about 5 hours sleep last night because I stayed up too late yesterday. Plus, allergies have got me wiped. So, enough is enough. I’m almost done with dejunking […]

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Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)


Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]

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Gonna Learn Our Multiplication Tables – Or Else


While I’m digging out the clean surfaces in the schoolroom, the boys are enjoying some free time. Sure, I’m putting them to work on chores, and we’ve caught a free flick this week, grocery shopped, and picnicked at the park, but they have plenty of time to read or play outside. They generally don’t get […]

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