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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. ** Getting Back on Track When Life Gets Derailed ** Planning […]

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Debt-Proof the Holidays – Winner

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Great suggestions for how to be frugal this season. Thanks for playing, everyone! Our winner is Melissa, who said, I have started planning the menus for our meals and cooking more ‘home-cooked-meals’ . . . and clipping coupons and then ACTUALLY taking them with me, list in hand, to the store when shopping. Melissa, please […]

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What’s Cookin’

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I’ve been a little overzealous in my grocery shopping lately. I didn’t mention that I went grossly over budget last month, did I? Yeah, well, pride goes before the fall. It was all good deals, really. And a few splurges on Brie cheese and baguette that greatly helped my disposition. And we were starting from […]

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Time for Mom: Indulge Yourself

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While I know a few moms who make themselves first in all things, the general MOM population that I am acquainted with tends to follow the martyr route. Mom attends to everyone else’s needs before her own. Myself included. It’s not uncommon that while my peeps are watching a movie or playing video games, I’m […]

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Grocery Geek Presents:Ways I Saved This Week

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Here’s a peek at some of the ways we saved money on food and home supplies this week. — Returned to Ralphs for more of the Mega Mix and Match Sale. I ended up with lots of free things like dish sponges, lint rollers and evaporated milk. I also loaded up on apples when I […]

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Food for Thought

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TGIF: Le Gouter

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My sister and her girls are here for the weekend. We just got home from a fun “park day” afternoon with our local homeschool support group. So nice to come home to a cool house. It was 92 degrees here! Now as the boys fire up their video games, Janel and I are enjoying le […]

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Escalloped Corn and Corn Souffle (Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Vegetables)

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My dad and I in our backyard corn patch. Thanksgiving is rife with tradition. Everyone has his own “must-have” dish. Obviously, most families serve turkey and mashed potatoes. But, when it comes to the fixin’s, that’s where we see family traditions and uniqueness emerge. And while it’s hard to see the vegetables for the carbs, […]

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