Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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 Reporting In

Years ago when I was anticipating our move to one income I came across the book Miserly Moms. What an eye-opener! That was a fundamental book in changing some of my food budget habits. Remember I was spending $250/wk to feed two people! Author Jonni McCoy’s recommendations include shopping sales and keeping track of prices […]

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TGIF: Movie Night

Movies

One of our favorite ways to relax on a Friday night is to watch a fun movie together. Since we don’t watch tv except for 2 hours of qubo each week — and the occasional sporting event that FishPapa and the boys can’t miss — turning on the set to watch a movie is a […]

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Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition

incredibles robot pinata

If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]

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Preschool Play: Story Stretchers

Since my mother is a college professor, a specialist in Early Childhood Education, a former kindergarten teacher, and a Child Psychology major, you can bet that my growing up years were filled with all sorts of “developmentally appropriate” activities. (And yet, I still turned out kinda wierd. Anyway….) One of the great things about having […]

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To Do or To Die

to do list

I mentioned before that successful home management is organizing your responsibilities in a way that fits your family’s needs and personalities most blesses your family and those around you and ultimately brings glory to God One of the best ways to organize these responsibilities is to have a daily to-do list. For some just a […]

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Music to Soothe the Savage Beast

The other day, I mentioned how much I love my iPod as one of the special tools in my bag of tricks. I listen with ear buds while I clean toilets, fold laundry, wash dishes. It helps my motivation immensely. Yesterday, Shari commented how much music helps her be joyful in this journey through motherhood. […]

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Birthday Traditions

8th birthday

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]

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