Budget Living: Price Matching

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As CPO (Chief Procurement Officer) of a family of 8, I get to do a lot of shopping. There are so many choices out there as it pertains to kids’ clothing, household items, cleaners, toiletries, and food that it meets my “feminine need” to shop without filling my closet with fifty pairs of shoes and […]

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Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Appetizers


I love Thanksgiving! I mean what other holiday has eating as its sole purpose? That’s my kind of holiday. When I was growing up, we didn’t have family nearby, but, instead adopted neighbors from down the street to celebrate the big winter holidays with. We alternated; one year we had Thanksgiving and the Griffiths had […]

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Links of Love

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I have been trying to curb the amount of “surfing” I do these days. (More on that later.) But, here are some good things I found this past week or so.— Love this gift idea from Danielle about making coasters. (Danielle is an artist – love her stuff!) If you bought bigger tiles, you could […]

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I Love My Life

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Meal Prep Shortcuts


As a self-proclaimed food snob, I love food! And, I really do love to cook. It’s something that helps me relax (the cooking, but especially the eating.) Unfortunately, I don’t have two hours to make dinner every night like I did six children ago. While cooking has been a very welcome activity for me this […]

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What’s Cookin’ This Week At LifeasMOM


Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Appetizers When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families, part two Meal Prep Shortcuts From Envy to Admiration: When You Want What She’s Got Getting Back on Track When Life Seems Derailed

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Christmas is Coming…..

Christmas Cookies Cooling on Cookie Sheet ca. 2003

The goose is getting fat.Please put a penny in the old man’s hat. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. They made us sing that every year in my elementary school’s Christmas program. The song plays in my head every time I hear the words, “Christmas is coming.” Christmas is, indeed, on its way. We just saw someone […]

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What’s Cookin’ This Week

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Recently I’ve been battling a fair degree of anxiety. Hormones, tight finances, a cross-country move, and managing a large family have all dealt a few blows to my nerves. One thing that helped this last week was cooking – for the fun of it. In recent months, I’ve looked at meal preparation as a means […]

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