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Persimmon Muffins with Lemon and Cardamom (Falling for Fun)

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. Know what these are? These flat, orange globes have been plaguing […]

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Have a Better Road Trip

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The holiday season is getting in gear. Chances are you and your family might be hitting the road to visit with friends and family in the coming weeks. Vacations and road trips can run the gamut from fun adventures, to  experiences to be tolerated, to disasters of epic proportions. While you can’t control everything, you […]

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Where in the World (Wide Web) is FishMama?

Where in the World Wide Web is FishMama

When I started blogging five and a half years ago, Facebook was knee-high to a grasshopper. Twitter didn’t even exist — at least not in the minds of the general public — and instagram, pinterest? They were but a twinkle in the eye of a creative developer. In the years since, the internet has grown […]

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A Printable Thanksgiving Menu

A Printable Thanksgiving Menu Life as MOM

This week’s meal plan is a little bit different. Download a complete Thanksgiving Meal, complete with grocery list and make-ahead tricks. The Thanksgiving meal is arguably the largest and most expensive meal — not to mention time-consuming — that most Americans prepare in a year. I remember celebrating Christmas in France. I’d say the meal […]

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Enjoy the Fruit and Send Mom Guilt to the Compost Pile

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I struggle with Mom Guilt from time to time. Rarely do my life and my actions match up with my ideal. So if I know that my kids aren’t getting ———————- (fill in the blank), then I feel guilty that they are missing an opportunity or that they will be less than their best someday. […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The week really flew by for me. Last weekend was incredibly full with six hockey games, lots of out-of-town visitors, a birthday party, and I don’t know what else. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the beach on our Monday off of school and work. And then the rest of the week just ran away! […]

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12 Ways to Save on Household Expenses (Frugal Friday)

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Household expenses like cleaners, soaps, furniture, maintenance, and energy costs are all things that you can adjust with a little creative thinking. Five years ago, our lives were turned upside down. We finally faced the music of the consumer debt we had piled up. It amounted to over $16,000. We decided to get serious about […]

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10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Gifts to make for Kids

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]

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