What Makes You Joyful?

snow fishmama

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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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: iPod Nano + iTunes

ipod

A few Christmases ago, my husband surprised me with an iPod Nano. This was a very special gift, especially as he really wanted one also. But he made sure that I got mine first. (Isn’t he sweet?) Since then it has become a really valuable tool in my bag of tricks. My particular model does […]

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Good, Cheap Eats This Week

Snacky Lunch

In my efforts to curb our grocery spending, I have had to simplify my cooking habits. I came of age in Santa Barbara, CA where fancy restaurants and gourmet food abound. Since I have always been a glutton, er, I mean, foodie, this was a fun place to enter adulthood. The families at church and […]

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June CVS Primer

extra care key card

As queen of my castle, I am responsible for procuring all the necessary supplies and provisions to keep my palace and the royal family in good health . One of the things that helps me do this and stay within our budget is to shop at CVS. Their customer loyalty program is one of the […]

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Time for Mom: A Cup of ….

Love cup

your favorite tea with honey and lemon your preferred soda pop over crushed ice with a straw (Vanilla Coke, please) strong, brewed coffee with lots of cream and sugar freshly squeezed, organic, orange juice cool water with a slice of lemon Whatever you enjoy to drink is a good mom break. Even if you just […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting

My Grocery Game This week the sales were a little bleak at my local grocery stores. Since I stocked up on so many processed foods last week, I felt it was time to load up on more basic ingredients, like beans, pasta, and canned tomatoes. Those items are very expensive at the local grocery store […]

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TGIF: Create Great Art!

Friday nights are a great time to do something relaxing and creative with the family. Sometimes you might choose to veg in front of a movie, but a planned craft or art project can be really fun as well. If you are a mom of young children and haven’t seen the Little Hands series of […]

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Birthdays on the Cheap

Birthday

Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so it was okay not to do up the anniversary real big. Lord willing, there […]

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