This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less: Pretty Meaty

Pretty Meaty Meal Plan for $70 or Less: This meal plan is pretty meaty, can be shopped at Trader Joe’s (though you don’t have to) and comes in under $70.

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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If You Only Knew

If You Only Knew - Are you sure you know the whole story? How can we love one another and not condemn?

Are you sure you know the whole story? How can we love one another and not condemn? photo source: Sean MacEntee The other day we were late meeting friends at the beach, but I knew the contents of the gas tank would not get us there. I missed my turn for the gas station and […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So thanks! We  call this “Bored […]

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Happy Reading, Happy Summer Sale

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Tomorrow is the official first day of summer! Yay! It’s also my dad’s 71st birthday. Everybody say, “Happy Birthday, Grampa Jack!” Whichever occasion you’re celebrating, I say, it’s time to have a happy summer filled with good reads. Whether it’s for you or for your kids, reading is a great way to spend the summer […]

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Make Some Simple Summer Freezer Meals (Frugal Friday & a Free Printable Plan)

Simple Summer Freezer Meal Plan - Save time and money with this super simple and easy cooking plan. You really don

Ready to save money on food costs? Freezer cooking is one great way that you can save money as well as time. I’ve been talking a lot about quick fixes for summer meals this week. It’s been on my brain a lot. It may be because I’ve got deadlines looming. It could be that my […]

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Chores & Kids: What Can You Ask of Them?

Chores and Kids: What can you ask of them - Got kids? Are you including them in the workings of the household and teaching them important life skills?

Got kids? Are you including them in the workings of the household and teaching them important life skills? When I was a kid, chores were a part of life. We didn’t always do them. But, they were there, and our parents often asked us to do stuff around the house or yard. Washing dishes, pulling […]

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We All Have Different Stories

We all have different stories - Do you pass judgment on other moms for their parenting choices? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares her story and reminds us that we make choices based on where we are on our parenting journeys.

Do you pass judgment on other moms for their parenting choices? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares her story and reminds us that we make choices based on where we are on our parenting journeys. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I was kneeling in the church nursery in front of my […]

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Hyatt Place is Family Friendly

Hyatt Place is Family Friendly - Looking for summertime accommodations on the road? Give Hyatt Place a try.

Looking for summertime accommodations on the road? Give Hyatt Place a try. Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at Hyatt Place Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga. All opinions are mine. This past weekend half our family ventured north to the deserty city of Ontario for a homeschool convention. FishPapa and I took our two teenagers who are 13 […]

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