Reclaim the Romance! The (At-Home) Date Night


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. Date Night. Those words have quite a ring to them. But, for […]

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YOU are the Queen of Your Castle


Updated: This contest is now closed. 2/11/09 No matter where you spend your days, you are the queen of your castle. And as such, it behooves you to know what you can do to make your home a happy, healthy, welcoming place to be. One way is to have a good attitude. And this book, […]

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Time Saving Tip: Make Lunch the Night Before

Cherry Tomato on Sandwich

I’m guessing that for most families whose kids attend traditional schools making lunch the night before is a pretty common practice. Since my children “do school” at home, it might not seem all that necessary. We’re home most of the day, so why do we need to do that? But, oh what a help it […]

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Upcoming Recipe Swaps

May 1998 --- Red Carnations in the Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Birthday Cake Round Up. I enjoyed seeing all your cool cakes. If you missed it, you can still link up until Tuesday night, midnight, PST. Winner of the Sally Russell apron to be announced on Wednesday. Here are the upcoming themes for Recipes Swap Thursdays. February 5 – […]

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Milk: It’s Not Just for Drinking


Saturday I had a MOM’s morning out. My friend Erin and I met at Panera for an early lunch. FishBaby accompanied us and attracted the attention of everyone nearby -she’s so cute! But, otherwise, it was a kid-free time. I’m not one to run from my children every chance I get, but it was nice […]

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7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Thinking Housework is Fun

ca. 2002 --- Flowers at Bathroom Sink --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

A few months ago I reviewed this great book called Queen of the Castle. I remember thinking at the time how much it resonated with me. I felt like I had found a kindred spirit of sorts. So how happy am I that Lynn Bowen Walker is guest posting today?! Today you’ll get to hear […]

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How We’re Rolling This Week


The days are just full, aren’t they? My baby is already five months old. Can you believe that? How did that happen? She rolled over last week for the first time. So fun! This weekend we had a great time visiting with friends and eating all sorts of fun food. The days just flew. Now […]

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Challenges, Challenges

Woman Stretching Before Workout ca. 2002

There are quite a few blogs out there hosting challenges of some sort. Many are to encourage you to develop good, new habits. Others are to encourage you to encourage others. Either way, sounds like a good plan to me. Here are a few I’ve seen: No Spend Month from Mom Advice Earn a Vacation […]

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