TGIF: Get on Board!

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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Frugal Tip: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Due to his profession as a contractor, FishPapa spends more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot than the average man. The plus side of this is that it isn’t a place that I have to worry about us getting “lost” in. We go in, we go out. It’s part of the job, rather than a […]

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What Do YOU Think?

So, I’ve added a poll to the sidebar. I’d like to know your opinion: Do you enjoy the Toolin’ Up Tuesday posts? Are they helpful to you? Will you participate if I continue to do them? Is there a way that you would modify or improve them? Please give your input in the comments section. […]

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How Do You Do It? What Helps Your Body Get Through the Day?

One of the things that helps me get through the day are little energy boosters. Productivity enhancers, if you will. A series of good nights of sleep is a great start. When I have no dietary or budgetary restrictions, I might take advantage of a Vanilla Coke, over crushed ice with a straw; a good […]

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Officially Nutsy

Yes, I think the verdict is in…. we are one pair of crazy FishPeople! five, almost six children homeschooling on the road to living debt-free (no car payments, no credit cards) and now, we are headed West, folks! No vacation for us. We are moving! FishPapa got final word on a job that he applied […]

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Thank You! Thank You!

A quick shout out to all of you who responded to my call for interview contacts as well as those who’ve written me great, encouraging emails and comments. It’s so refreshing to know I’m not talking to myself! Keep ‘em coming! Thank you so very much! All of a sudden, my life is quickly picking […]

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Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

Sauerkraut and Pork in the Crockpot

One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]

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Links of Love: Gotta Get Back, Back, Back to School Again

Well, are you ready? Whoa! Whoa! I gotta go….back to school again. I grew up in (what was then) a small Southern California town that offered “year-round” school before its time. Heading back to school at the end of July was the norm for me. It wasn’t until junior high that I experienced the bliss […]

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