Birthdays on the Cheap

Birthdays on the Cheap - How to economize and simplify at birthday time.

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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Summertime’s Coming! Plan to Have Fun

fishboys forest

Years ago a friend mentioned that she needed to sit down with the kids to make their “to-do” list for the summer. This wasn’t your ordinary “Honey Do” list. In fact, they sat and brainstormed all the FUN things they wanted to do during their summer vacation. What an amazing idea! She posted it on […]

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Street Safety

bike street

Lately, my concern over my children’s safety in and near automobiles has been heightened. We recently watched Bella, a beautiful movie, though tinged with the sadness and pain caused by an auto accident. That coupled with the tragic death of Maria Chapman, daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman, has tempted me to retreat into my little […]

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Meal Planning: 31 with 31

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

So, in order to avoid McDonalds and StuffMart everyday, we know it’s best to have a meal plan. I’ve mentioned how I’ve been doing it recently and how I (and multitudes of mothers) have done it in the past. Last year I devised a different method based on putting together a “staples ingredient” list to […]

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Trail Mix Cookies

I made a batch of these last night, without the chocolate chips. (I needed those for my birthday cheesecake. No scrimping there.) But since these are supposed to be a little healthy, I figured it was ok. FishBoys didn’t agree. Chocolate is necessary, they say. Well, they’ll live. Enjoy! 1 c. canola oil 3/4 c. […]

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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Fantabulous Cookie Scoop

I resisted getting one of these cookie scoops for a long time. I guess I thought they were too expensive or not useful or something. But, I bought a couple recently and am amazed at how cool they are. What was I thinking not to get one years ago? We love cookies at our house. […]

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Berry Me, Please (Three Berry Recipes: Scones, Smoothie, Coffeecake)

blueberries

Berry season is beginning throughout the country. In my old stomping grounds, the local berry favorite was the olallieberry. Unfortunately, those don’t grow in these here parts. But, blueberries do very well here on the Kansas-Missouri border. So, we’re learning to adapt. Here are three of our favorite recipes featuring blueberries: Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie You can […]

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A CVS Primer

This was originally posted on my old blog, and I thought I would move it here for better reference. I’m bumping it to the top. These deals are good through Saturday, May 31. The only coupon you need is the $3/$15 that is available in the Washington Post. However, you could still make these purchases […]

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