Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Magic Bullet

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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Birthday Cake Round-Up

indiana jones temple cake

I’m doing double duty on bday cakes this week for our final days of Birthday Season. The kids think I’ve outdone myself. They claim today’s was even better than the Indiana Jonescake! How blessed I am that they are so easy to please. Have you recently decorated a cool cake to share with the rest […]

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Book It! Queen of the Castle

Recently the book, Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker, fell into my hands. It is aptly subtitled, “52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker.” Well, what mom doesn’t need encouragement, inspiration, domestic training or a shot in the arm? (Really, SuperMom does not exist, and we […]

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We Love Chocolate, Yes, We Do!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Chocolate Party this weekend! I have my fingers crossed that I passed last week’s glucose tolerance test so that I can start indulging in some of these new great recipes. Since I love pecans, Angela’s Addictive Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars sound right up my alley. My […]

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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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