Climbin’ on the Birthday Express

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 Cookin’ At Our House This Week

Valentine Oatmeal

Last week I talked about the basics of meal planning. You have to have a plan or you will get fat on Big Macs or waste money and gas running to StuffMart everyday. This is not the road to Joyful Motherhood. Spending a few minutes thinking through your week and glancing at what’s already in […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting: This Week’s Deals at CVS and Walgreens

Personally, I don’t think the sales are that exciting this week, but I could change my mind as I check out the coupons in today’s paper and as other needs arise. But they don’t have Indiana Jones cereal, so I’m not dashing out. I cashed in my RRs from last week at Walgreens in exchange […]

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To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

heart scones

I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found: I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He […]

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Time for Mom

white flowers

When my first child was born, I heard from several different sources, “You have to make sure you take time for yourself.” Well, I loved being with my little boy. What I did, he did. When I scrapbooked, he learned to cut and paste. When I went shopping, it was an adventure for the both […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting In

In January our food budget for 7 people rose to $800/month. I thought this was reasonable since I matched it to USDA food cost data. However, at the end of February I discovered this hard-core couponing/money saving/stockpiling/CVS/Walgreens lifestyle. After a few months of learning the ropes at my old budget, I decided to attempt the […]

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I Want My Two Dollars

Back in the 80s there was this John Cusack movie whose name I have long forgotten. It was kinda wierd. But, it had one of those classic lines that you would find yourself repeating, particularly around kids who’d seen the movie. John Cusack played a teenage boy in a strange family. The paper boy always […]

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TGIF: I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Make Some Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

Around our house, Friday evening is the time for relaxing and having fun. The FishBoys play their allotment of GameCube that they’ve been waiting for all week (30 min. per kid). And often we do pizza and soda pop as a treat. Or a movie and popcorn. Another activity that my kids like is sugar. […]

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