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Links of Love: The Honest Mama Edition

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids.This week has been one of feeling like a major loser as […]

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Ice Cubes and Christmas Trees – They Work For Me!

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I distinctly remember the day in a college course when the instructor brought up the topic of holiday traditions. I don’t remember why we were discussing it. But, I do recall that day being one of the first times I realized that not everyone fed their Christmas tree ice cubes. Yeah, we do. Growing up […]

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Great Stuff — for Free!

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A few months ago when I started following a bunch of frugal blogs, I landed on Freebies4Mom. There Heather introduced me to the wealth of free samples that are to be had out there. Wow! Pictured is what I received in my mailbox in one day! Samples are a great way to try a product […]

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Great Boy Gifts

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As the mother of four boys, I like to think of myself as a pseudo-expert on all things “boyish.” If we had stopped at four children, testosterone would be all I knew. And since my girlies are still so small, our lives are still very masculine around here. As a result, I know all about […]

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Stocking Stuffers and a Giveaway

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Stockings have always been a well-loved tradition in my family. They are the first thing that we go to on Christmas morning. Even me. (FishPapa does a great job selecting all sorts of treats for me.) As the years have passed and my children have grown and established ideas in their heads of “how we […]

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Progresso Winners

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Congratulations to Richelle, wiss, and Mommy2davin! Please send me your address to lifeasmom at sbcglobal dot net. Thanks for playing, everyone. I have another great giveaway starting tonight, so come back and throw your name into the hat!

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What’s Cookin’

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While I’ve approached meal planning in a number of ways in the past (here, here, and here), lately I am enjoying this plan out a whole month at a time. You can see my December Meal Plan here. I brainstorm all the different meals that I could make with what’s in the cupboard or what […]

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MOM Deals This Week: More for Christmas

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The Christmas Shopping Season continues. But, how overwhelming it can be! To be honest, I’m thankful that our budget is tight these days. In a way, it lets me off the hook from too much gift giving, gift making, and general running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I can tend to […]

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