Milk – It Does a Body Good.

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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Making a Meal Plan – It’s Elementary

Last week on our way to the beach, I quizzed my men about their favorite meals. Shrimp was high on the list. So was steak. I saw that I had to modify my line of questioning, “What’s your favorite cheap meal?” Then I got answers like, “Costco Pizza” — from the Big Man. And, of […]

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MOM Deals This Week

While I love to shop, I can often feel really anxious, particularly if I’m not sure how much time or money I have left to spend. Experience tells me two things: 1. Pay cash. If I go out with a predetermined amount of real, green money, I have a natural limit to what I can […]

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Time for Mom: A Road Map for 2009

If you’ve read more than three blogs this past week, you’ve for sure landed on some posts that talk about setting goals or making resolutions for the New Year. It seems that everyone, including me, loves this opportunity for a fresh start. By the time December arrives, the year has become messy and cluttered. Oh! […]

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Goals for Growing in 2009

1. Read more. Simple Mom’s Book club. Bible reading.2. Go green. Recycle. Reuse grocery bags. Grow a garden. Compost.3. Clean and Organize. Room by room makeover. Declutter. Help kids learn their chores and be consistent on the follow through.4. Eat better. More whole foods. Less sugar. Less junk food in general.5. Exercise. Start a work-out […]

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A CVS Primer for January

Months ago I prepared this primer for the benefit of my two younger brothers at college. Neither one of them took advantage of their big sister’s advice. (Yeah, I can’t believe it either.) But, since I posted it to the blog, several moms have benefitted from it. Now that I live a mere two blocks […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Our Grocery Plan for 2009

FishPapa and I are finding that our household (and me, in particular) is less stressful if I’m not doing a lot of running around. Before FishBaby came it wasn’t too hard to run to six different stores each week and pick up all the good deals each one had to offer. Now? Well, now it’s […]

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Budget Living: It’s Not a Race

Children, at least mine, are competitive by nature. Often, someone will say, “Let’s see who can ———- first.” It doesn’t matter what it is; it could be who makes his bed the fastest or who gets his seat belt on first. Everything is a potential competition. If the “opponent” is not prepared, he will object, […]

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