We Love Chocolate, Yes, We Do!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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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What’s There To Eat, Mama?

Vegetable Kabobs 3

That is a question I hear a lot around here. We are a family of gluttons, er, I mean, foodies. I have one child who inquires at bedtime every night, “What’s for Breakfast?” Let’s just say we enjoy our food. One great tip that I read on Organized Home is to make up a box […]

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Mom Deals at CVS This Week

About three months ago in an effort to curb our grocery spending, I started investigating The Grocery Game and then stumbled upon Money Saving Mom and a whole host of frugal blogs. Wow! Have I learned a lot! Where have I been all these years? At about that time, I walked into CVS for the […]

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Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going. One […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting In

Years ago when I was anticipating our move to one income I came across the book Miserly Moms. What an eye-opener! That was a fundamental book in changing some of my food budget habits. Remember I was spending $250/wk to feed two people! Author Jonni McCoy’s recommendations include shopping sales and keeping track of prices […]

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TGIF: Movie Night

Movies

One of our favorite ways to relax on a Friday night is to watch a fun movie together. Since we don’t watch tv except for 2 hours of qubo each week — and the occasional sporting event that FishPapa and the boys can’t miss — turning on the set to watch a movie is a […]

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Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition

incredibles robot pinata

If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]

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Preschool Play: Story Stretchers

Since my mother is a college professor, a specialist in Early Childhood Education, a former kindergarten teacher, and a Child Psychology major, you can bet that my growing up years were filled with all sorts of “developmentally appropriate” activities. (And yet, I still turned out kinda wierd. Anyway….) One of the great things about having […]

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