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Christmas is Coming….

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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Surfer Beach Cake

Some frosting, some candy, and a few toys make for an easy birthday cake that any surfer or beach bum would love. Hosting a Summer-themed birthday party? Want a little beachtime fun? Have I got the cake for you! Last month one of the FishBoys chose “ocean” for his birthday theme. We made an ocean […]

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(My Brood) Works for Me

I mentioned earlier in the week that my kiddos are now of the age that they can take on some household responsibilities. We are firm believers that all children, no matter sex or age, participate in the workings of the household. We don’t know what the future holds for each of them, but we want […]

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Links of Love: Clean, Clean, Clean

Some interesting tidbits I stumbled upon recently: Cleaning Myths RoundUp at Blissfully Domestic The Psychology of Clutter at Tales from The Clean Team Summer Cleaning Chore Checklist from Organized Home How to Make “My First Cleaning Kit” for Toddlers at Family Fun Magazine A wealth of Homemade Household Cleaners at The Family Homestead Also related: […]

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Boys Will Be Boys

Over the years as God kept adding boy after boy after boy after boy to my brood, I came to identify with the rough and tumble nature of our home. I was a prissy girl, so I had a lot to learn. But, I found that God early on blessed me with an appreciation for […]

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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Swiffer Wetjet

For Clean Sweep week, I thought I’d share one of our favorite cleaning tools: the Swiffer Wetjet. Love it! Love it! It’s basically a mop with a self-contained dispenser of floor cleaner. It has a wonderful button that you push that automatically shoots cleaner where you need it. But, I must admit that we’ve “doctored” […]

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Laundry Room Overhaul

Oh I can be so ambitious. I sure thought when I posted my goals for today, that I would actually get them all done?? Puhlease! To be honest, I didn’t crack a closet. There was just too much going on. But, I did get the banking done and check the status of our finances. It […]

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Black Bean Lasagna

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is winding up her frugal food series this week, featuring Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice. I thought I would share our Black Bean Lasagna recipe. These directions are made for freezing. If you’re going to eat it the day you prepare it, skip the steps between the asterisks. Black Bean LasagnaMakes 1 9×13-inch pan […]

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