I Got My Meals Planned….


Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. (Big yawn and stretch) I am coming off the heels of a […]

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Summer’s Coming….


Are you ready for summer? Schools will be breaking soon and you’re gonna have some bored kids if you don’t plan ahead. Trust me. Years ago, our family hosted a weekly summer camp — at home. It was a great time for friends and neighbors to come over on a set day of the week […]

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Frugal Friday: How to Economize When Getting Hitched


This week my husband and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage. I think it’s now official – we’re no longer newlyweds. It was so fun to go through the wedding pictures this week. A flood of memories came back. And with it came thankfulness for two most important men in my life. My husband, obviously, […]

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Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)


Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

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Just a Mom


Me and My Mom, 1973 This past weekend the local paper featured a story about “working” mothers who’ve been forced to leave the workplace and their stay-at-home counterparts who’ve been forced to join the workforce, both due to the economy. One mom commented that she has a hard time now being “just a mom.” The […]

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This Week on URS


Join us on Thursday for Ultimate Recipe Swap. Since FishPapa and I will be celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary, the theme is Romantic Meals and Recipes You know that it’s almost always more frugal to make it yourself. And if you can farm out the kids for the evening, you may have the makings for […]

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Winners of Last Week’s Giveaways

Check the giveaway posts to see if you won. Please email me at with your mailing address as soon as possible. Thanks! — a Peace Love MOM tshirt and notepad — WomenHeart’s All Heart Family Cookbook — Chicken Soup for the Soul books devoted to mothers — Complete Idiot Guide books for new moms: […]

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Tips for Visiting Legoland

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Anyone in your house crazy for Legos? Check out these tips for visiting Legoland California.

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