June CVS Primer

extra care key card

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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Time for Mom: A Cup of ….

Love cup

your favorite tea with honey and lemon your preferred soda pop over crushed ice with a straw (Vanilla Coke, please) strong, brewed coffee with lots of cream and sugar freshly squeezed, organic, orange juice cool water with a slice of lemon Whatever you enjoy to drink is a good mom break. Even if you just […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting

My Grocery Game This week the sales were a little bleak at my local grocery stores. Since I stocked up on so many processed foods last week, I felt it was time to load up on more basic ingredients, like beans, pasta, and canned tomatoes. Those items are very expensive at the local grocery store […]

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TGIF: Create Great Art!

Friday nights are a great time to do something relaxing and creative with the family. Sometimes you might choose to veg in front of a movie, but a planned craft or art project can be really fun as well. If you are a mom of young children and haven’t seen the Little Hands series of […]

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Birthdays on the Cheap

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

Wondering how to economize and simplify at birthday time? Here’s how we did it. Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so […]

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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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