Three Cheers for the FBA!

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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Black Bean and Cheese Pie

Several readers commented on wanting to know about the Black Bean Pie I was making for my OAMC bash. It’s not anything too fancy. The South Beach/Zone people would probably tell me it’s high in carbs. Blah, blah, blah. I think there’s a fair amount of protein, and I don’t see how it’s terribly different […]

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Preschool Play: Monkey Treats

Years ago when the first FishBoy was a toddler, we met Monkey. I think it started on car rides home, trying to keep FishBoy awake until naptime. You know, when you want the kid to have a good, 2-hour nap in his bed and not a 10-minutes’ catnap in the car? You’ll do anything to […]

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Christmas is Coming….

And my giveaway pile’s gettin’ fat! That’s right. I’ve been scheming this last couple weeks to put together some very cool, Christmas-in-July giveaways. Corporations and individuals have been so generous, that I will be able to give away something fantastic everyday next week and several more as the holiday season gets closer. Christmas? That is […]

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Surfer Beach Cake

Some frosting, some candy, and a few toys make for an easy birthday cake that any surfer or beach bum would love. Hosting a Summer-themed birthday party? Want a little beachtime fun? Have I got the cake for you! Last month one of the FishBoys chose “ocean” for his birthday theme. We made an ocean […]

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(My Brood) Works for Me

I mentioned earlier in the week that my kiddos are now of the age that they can take on some household responsibilities. We are firm believers that all children, no matter sex or age, participate in the workings of the household. We don’t know what the future holds for each of them, but we want […]

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Links of Love: Clean, Clean, Clean

Some interesting tidbits I stumbled upon recently: Cleaning Myths RoundUp at Blissfully Domestic The Psychology of Clutter at Tales from The Clean Team Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist from Organized Home How to Make “My First Cleaning Kit” for Toddlers at Family Fun Magazine A wealth of Homemade Household Cleaners at The Family Homestead Also related: […]

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Boys Will Be Boys

Over the years as God kept adding boy after boy after boy after boy to my brood, I came to identify with the rough and tumble nature of our home. I was a prissy girl, so I had a lot to learn. But, I found that God early on blessed me with an appreciation for […]

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