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Budget Living: Find Frugal Friends

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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. There’s something to be said about the old saying, “Be careful who […]

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TGIF: Take a Family Field Trip

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My parents were both teachers. So, basically that meant that all of life was “educational.” We, my four siblings and I, were their guinea pigs for teaching techniques, projects, and yes, even tests. I think Dad even paid us to take his tests to see that they were effective. We had lots of educational vacations: […]

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Red Sauce with Meats

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This delicious red sauce cooks quickly and deliciously. The meatballs or sausage poach in the sauce, adding to the sauce as well as absorbing flavor from it. Thank God that Marco Polo had the foresight to bring some noodles back to Europe when he travelled the Silk Road. The Italians took those noodles and have […]

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Coming Up on URS

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Tomorrow: share your favorite Pasta recipe on your blog and bring the link back here. March 12 – Saint Patrick’s Day Menu ItemsMarch 19 – Hot and Spicy DishesMarch 26 – Freezer-friendly Recipes

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The Phone Call You Dread

The phone rings. You answer. A surreptitious, male voice asks, “Did you want them long or extra long?” “Long.” “Thin or ultra thin?” “Ultra.” “OK, but I can’t find the ones with wings.” If you’ve ever wondered how to spare your husband the inevitable phone call from the feminine products aisle, check out my recent […]

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Three Great Read Aloud Handbooks

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Are you looking for some good books to read with your children? Are you getting a little worn out from reading Good Night Moon twelve times a day? Eager to expand their literary horizons as well as yours? It is easy to fall into the same old, same old reading habits with young children. My […]

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Try It, You’ll Like It! Pop Pals

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A few months ago I heard about this new product called Pop Pals. They were billed as holders for ice pops to prevent children from having cold hands. I confess I was a little skeptical about their usefulness. Cold hands has never been a problem for my children. Drips and messes are. And trying to […]

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Supersize Your Suppertime!

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If you have kids, you know that behavior tends to plummet with their blood sugar. Though it is not an excuse for grouchiness, hunger can certainly contribute to a lack of self-control – yours and the kids. How about when you’re stuck in the grocery check stand line at 6:00 pm, and your baby is […]

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