13 Ways to Stay Safer on the Streets


A year ago today, car and street safety was heavy on my mind. We had watched the movie Bella the same week that Maria Chapman passed away in a tragic auto accident. Talk about a sobering week. Counting six little heads when we’re out and about is my habit, but all the more so when […]

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I Think We’re Set, Don’t You?


After a winter bereft of cereal, I was more than a little jazzed to see such great cereal coupons lately. Most were $1 off. Over the last month, I’ve slowly built up a stockpile. We now have 30 boxes! Oh my! With five kids eating cereal, it probably won’t last long. I’m hoping to limit […]

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From Their Perspective


Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera. With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400” camera. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a […]

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This Week on URS

Thank you for all the anniversary well-wishes last week. We enjoyed a great recreation of our wedding supper with the kids. So fun. I even made a pretzel-chocolate-raspberry cheesecake. Yummy! Thanks as well to everyone who submitted romantic recipes in last week’s swap. Can’t wait for my next at-home date night to surprise my hubby […]

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Adventures in Couponing: 8 Great Ways to Find Coupons


I’ve mentioned before what a boon couponing has been to our household budget. Now that I’ve been clipping for the last year, I have figured out some ways to make it work best for our family. Although we moved cross-country into a higher priced community (Kansas City to San Diego), we’ve still been able to […]

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Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido Recipe

Queso Fundido is a delicious dish of spicy sausage and melted cheese. It can be served as an appetizer, but we love this recipe as a main dish with plenty of homemade corn tortillas. I can’t believe I’ve not yet posted this recipe. It’s so easy and it does really well as a freezer meal. […]

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To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live


The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his […]

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I Got My Meals Planned….


(Big yawn and stretch) I am coming off the heels of a big week (drs, dentists, and dermatologists – oh my!) and a bigger weekend. My parents, my four siblings, my nieces, our eight, and my great aunt (on my mom’s side, all the way from Winona, Minnesota) were all together this weekend to celebrate […]

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