Frugal Friday: Budget Anniversary Celebrations

When a special occasions rolls around, it brings with it the temptation to “do it up big.” Usually that signifies “do it up expensive.” A few too many “special” occasions and you can find yourself in the poor house. Or at least with a few too many bills and too little money.

Real Food on a Real Budget: A Giveaway

If you’ve been reading here awhile, you know that I am currently on a mission to healthify my family’s diet as well as keep our grocery budget low. This is no small feat! We currently spend $500-600 a month to feed our family of 8. A lot of this is thanks to couponing and cooking […]

To Be More Joyful: Get a Reality Check

You’re frustrated. You want to be the best mom that you can be. You want to manage your home simply, economically, and efficiently. But somehow things, people, circumstances aren’t cooperating with your master plan. And it is robbing you of joy. You find yourself angry, impatient, and discontent. What do you do? Complacency and a feeble […]

By Grace Alone Necklace (A Giveaway from DaySpring)

I am convinced that I could not make it through a day of my “life as MOM” if were not for God and His Amazing Grace sustaining me and guiding me. In Him I find my courage to face the day.

Today’s giveaway is a beautiful reminder of that truth.

Happy Blogiversary!

Two years ago this weekend I was sitting in Panera having a Mom’s Morning Out. I’d been working on a project. Feeling somewhat impetuous because I had no idea what I was doing, I hit publish.

Life as MOM: The Blog was born.

To Be More Joyful

Motherhood. Home Management. Family Life. They comprise my life’s path. A path I love. A path I would gladly choose over and over again. A path that I thank God for the privelege of walking.

Yet, it’s not a path without its challenges. While I may think that I know the route ahead, bumps in the road surprise me. Twists and turns show me that motherhood — and life — don’t always go according to my plan.

Gift Idea: One Cool Bag

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you got something special lined up for the sweet moms in your life? My husband groaned when he remembered that the FishMama Trifecta begins this weekend. I reassured him that Disneyland could cover all three. But, if a trip to Disneyland doesn’t suit your purposes, try this one on […]

Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.