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Baking Up a Storm!

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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. One of the things we love around here are baked goods. From […]

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What’s on the Menu This Week

We’re coming off a fun weekend with friends, so I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of “real life.” This week we have a family field trip planned as well as dermotology and dental appointments to attend to so planning is the key. In fact, one of our funny little sayings is, “Pre-planning […]

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Time for Mom: What’s Your Plan?

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(This post is part of an ongoing discussion about how to become “a woman you can count on.” You can start at the beginning or just jump in here.) Successful time management is essential to a well-run home and a sane family life. There are plenty of books out there that address this topic. But, […]

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MOM Deals This Week

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Looking for ways to save a buck and not have to break the bank just to “do life?” Here are some options to save money or earn free stuff. Sign up with Swagbucks and use the SwagCode: LIFEASMOM for extra points at registration! Swagbucks are redeemable for all sorts of prizing, including Amazon $. Details […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: $126.61

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I confess that I’m still struggling to find the right budget point for our groceries. (By groceries, I mean food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, medicines, and diaper supplies. So, it’s a pretty broad category. Since I track everything in Quicken, it is just easier to make sure purchases made at CVS, Walgreens, and grocery stores just […]

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Frugal Friday: Frozen Assets

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This is part of an extensive series on Freezer Cooking. Be sure to read the archives here and on my food blog Good Cheap Eats for the complete 411 on how to save money by “make-ahead and freeze” tactics. Or just buy my book. Without a doubt, convenience food items are well, convenient. They make “life as MOM” a little bit […]

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Try It, You Will Like It: SwagBucks

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Have you signed up with SwagBucks yet? I admit I was skeptical when I first heard about this “search and win” business. But, since signing up, our family has enjoyed free Starbucks and free books and gifts from Amazon. It’s really easy to win. Just sign up and use SwagBucks as your search engine. In […]

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Boules de Picolat, Catalan Meatballs

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Boules de Picolat, also known as Catalan Meatballs, are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make and super freezer-friendly. There’s no question that not having to cook dinner is a good thing – any night of the week. And while take-out or eating out are certainly fun prospects, they’re not always doable. […]

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