MOM Deals This Week


This past week, we scored some great freebies, or almost freebies, including lots of almost free cereal. But, the highlight for the kids was probably when we “tasted the fire” and ate lunch for free from El Pollo Loco. It was the kids’ idea. Really. You don’t think I’m crazy enough to take SIX kids […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Cereal, Pasta, and Breads – Oh My!


I love the idea of the Eat-from-the-Pantry Challenge. And I think that if push came to shove, I could have made it through without setting foot into a store before May 1. However, I found that as the month progressed, it wasn’t benefitting my family as it should. Once the freezer, frig, and cupboard started […]

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Frugal Friday: The FishBoy Edition


Regular readers here will be familiar with the term FishBoy. It’s an affectionate moniker that we have used for our sons for quite some time. Awhile back the boys coined another term, the FishBoy Alliance, or FBA for short. This is their little club. And since I had four boys before I ever had a […]

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Great Giveaway at GoodLife {eats}


If you’ve popped in over the last week, you know that LifeasMOM got a makeover. Designer extraordinaire, Katie from GoodLife {eats} put together a great new look for me. I love it! Have you checked out her blog? It’s beautiful! And not only that, she features some great recipes and food photos. I always enjoy […]

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FishMama’s Got a New Blog!

You know that I am a total glutton foodie. It tends to come out in my writing. talking. breathing. But, since this is a blog about motherhood, and not just food, I decided to consolidate my food writing in one place. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be posting recipes here. No ma’am. But, I’ll […]

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Mexican Rice

mexican rice LAM

Mexican rice is a delicious and easy side dish to accompany tacos, fill burritos, or otherwise enhance your Mexican style meal. Mexican food is a cuisine near and dear to my heart. Growing up in Southern California, my family loved, loved, LOVED to visit Downtown Los Angeles and the historic Olvera Street. The original neighborhood […]

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Just Wondering….

House Wall Under Construction ca. 1999

I so enjoy your comments, questions, and emails. They are a fantastic reminder to me that I am not talking to myself. If that were the case, I might as well go get that laundry done! I gain so much from those who read and offer feedback, and I’m really enjoying the friendships I’m building […]

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Weekend Trip: An Eating Tour of Santa Barbara


We spent the weekend away, back in our old stomping grounds. What a walk down memory lane! FishPapa grew up in Santa Barbara. I went to college there. We met and married there. FishBoy 11 was born there. The place is full of memories. That is for sure. If you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, […]

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