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How to CVS with Big Store Coupons

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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Happy Birthday, FishBoy!

Today one of my boys turns 8! You can read some of his story here. He is our second child, one that we waited a long time to welcome. And what a blessing he is! J is tender-hearted and compassionate. He is our peacemaker and the one who avoids conflict at all costs. He is […]

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MOM Deals This Week

Attention Fellow CPOs!* There are only 47 days until Christmas! Wow! Time is flying. Don’t get stuck in the malls on Christmas Eve — unless that is something you really enjoy. Instead, think through your shopping trips this week and see what holiday treats you can pick up on your regular outings. * For instance, […]

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Time for Mom: Journal

Women (and men) have kept diaries or journals for centuries. They are a wonderful way to keep a record of your life and those around you. We can learn a lot about the past by reading old journals. But another great result of journaling is that it can help you focus, help you learn about […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Seasonal Stocking Up

I mentioned that we are trying to stock up more on the basics at Costco. However, there were such good seasonal sales this week on things that I don’t buy at Costco, that I had to venture out. I had to. Honest. I hope this doesn’t mean I am addicted to grocery shopping. Yesterday I […]

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TGIF: Park It!

One of the things that we enjoy as a family, that is also a frugal entertainment, is to go to the park. Thankfully, we have one just across the street. With a playground, a sand pit, and a large grassy expanse, it is a great place for the whole family. The littles dig in the […]

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When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part Two)

The conversation started here. I so appreciated the comments generated a few weeks ago from this post. How amazing to see how God has worked in each of our lives. Thank you to all those who shared their stories! Making Assumptions about Another’s Fertility One thing that I was struck by was how much we […]

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Budget Living: Price Matching

As CPO (Chief Procurement Officer) of a family of 8, I get to do a lot of shopping. There are so many choices out there as it pertains to kids’ clothing, household items, cleaners, toiletries, and food that it meets my “feminine need” to shop without filling my closet with fifty pairs of shoes and […]

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