To Do or To Die

to do list

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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Music to Soothe the Savage Beast

The other day, I mentioned how much I love my iPod as one of the special tools in my bag of tricks. I listen with ear buds while I clean toilets, fold laundry, wash dishes. It helps my motivation immensely. Yesterday, Shari commented how much music helps her be joyful in this journey through motherhood. […]

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Birthday Traditions

8th birthday

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]

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What Makes You Joyful?

snow fishmama

I’ve been thinking about this idea of “Joyful Motherhood.” I want my kids to remember me as being cheerful and not nagging. Patient instead of crabby. Pleasant rather than grouchy. I want to be able to keep it together when there’s paint on the floor — and the table — and the baby. one to […]

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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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