And That’s a Wrap! (And Winners!)

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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Grocery Geek Presents: Everything’s Relative

Everything is relative when it comes to economics. For instance, when gasoline has been up to $4.16/gallon here on the Kansas side, FishPapa’s recent sighting of $3.86 in Missouri sounded cheap! (C’mon people, it was two bucks two years ago! Hello!) The grocery store sales have been so bad lately, it makes CVS’ mediocre deals […]

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TGIF: Decorating Cookies

One of the FishKids very, very, very, very favorite things to do at Christmas time is to decorate cookies. This is an inherited trait, I believe, because my siblings and I all loved the same thing. Part of it is due to my oh-so-clever-kindergarten-teacher-mother’s method. This idea is a keeper. So pay attention: Make up […]

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Behold the Lamb of God!

FishPapa is a musician. He would say that he only plays guitar, but, in actuality, he comes from at least three generations of men who can play piano magnificently without any training. I don’t understand it. He, his dad, and his grandfather can all sit at the ivories and make them sing, “by ear.” I’m […]

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Christmas in July: Planning to Give

One of the things that can get squeezed aside during holiday time is the idea of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Sure, we can have good intentions to put together a package for Angel Tree or a shoebox of goodies for Samaritan’s Purse. But, c’mon, truth be told, if you have a ton […]

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Winner! Susan Branch Christmas From the Heart of the Home

Oh my goodness! Am I starving now that I’ve compiled our list of cookie recipes! Wow! You now have 24 different cookie recipes to try out before Christmas rolls around. What a great resource. Many of these recipes took me down Memory Lane. I remember making Christmas Wreaths and Snickerdoodles and Russian Tea Cakes when […]

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Frugal Tip: Christmas Stockpiling – Don’t Go Overboard

This week we’ve talked a lot about planning ahead, buying ahead, and cooking ahead for the holidays. Just giving a few thoughts to Christmas now will help us be a little more organized (and joyful?) when the season really rolls around. But, there can be too much of a good thing. One of the things […]

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Making Gifts

I mentioned how last Christmas our budget was fairly limited. We made a very conscious decision not to spend more than we had. Since we were making an aggressive effort to pay down debt and NOT use credit cards AT ALL and keep a balanced budget, there was no room to go crazy on gifts […]

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