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What’s Important This Week?

This post was originally written on December 21, 2008, just days after my mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer. I learned so much that year. I hope that these words encourage you this week as you figure out where to put your efforts and priorities.

Just a few days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready?

It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years past, I’d be feeling anxious by now.

I haven’t baked but one kind of cookie.
I haven’t driven around looking at Christmas lights with the fam.
I haven’t even addressed a single Christmas card.

But, this year. I’m not worried about it.

I read somewhere, can’t remember where, about how the holidays are a time when the pressure is on for women to be at their best and to show off. It struck a chord with me because I think many of my Christmases Past have been about just that, showing off. Continue Reading »

Is It Selfish to Take Care of YOU? Or is it Selfish Not To?

Is it selfish to take care of you? Or is it selfish NOT to? Let’s discuss this super important topic in the life of a mom.

Is It Selfish to Take Care of YOU? Life as Mom

In some ways I’ve always been an overachiever. My mom and I laugh that my blood type is A+ because that kinda reflects my personality and life goals as a young person. I wanted to be THE BEST at everything.

Becoming a mom didn’t change anything. I wanted to be THE BEST MOM. At one time that meant getting up early, staying up late, and sacrificing self-care in order “not to be selfish”. I was gonna give until everything was gone.

Seriously. I thought it was selfish to do something for yourself. When our third baby was born, just 19 months after our second, I refused to take naps if my toddler was awake. Even though my mom was there to care for him, I felt like I would be short-changing him if I didn’t spend those couple hours with him. Forget the fact that I was up more in the night with him than I was the newborn; I didn’t want him to have less than a perfect childhood.

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Quick & Dirty Guide to Planning a Big Dinner

Quick & Dirty Guide to Planning a Big Dinner | Life as Mom

The very thought of planning a big dinner can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple tricks and you’ll be the host with the most. Instant Holiday Brunch Kit Many of today’s adults don’t know the ins and outs of homemaking. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your […]

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How to Build Your Own Lego Table.

Got a Lego-maniac at your house? Instead of buying another set of bricks, build a Lego table to make building even more fun. This tutorial designed by Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy shows you how. This post was originally published on December 20, 2012. Recently, FishPapa crafted one for our youngest Lego fan, and so […]

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10 Great Book Series for Kids – Perfect for Read Alouds

Want to get reading with your kids? Here are ten books series for kids that have been FishFam-tested. They make great Christmas gifts!  Since I am a bookworm, it has always been really important to me that our kids love to read. FishPapa loves to read, so it sounded like an easy thing to swing. […]

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Mini Meatloaves for the Comfort Food Win

Talk about quick and cheap eats! Mini meatloaves full of flavor pair with made-from-scratch mac and cheese for filling comfort food that won’t disappoint. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it off easily. However, creating a fully-homemade-from-scratch dinner for less than […]

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12 Easy Freezer Cooking Plans

Did you preorder my newly revised freezer cookbook? I’ve got a thank you gift for you! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support! You and I both know that having a few meals stashed away in […]

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Double Chocolate Magic Bars

Know what’s better than those Magic Bars with the coconut and chocolate? Making Double Chocolate Magic Bars with chocolate cookie crumbs! I love Magic Bars. When I was pregnant with FishChick2, I ate half a pan all by myself — in one sitting. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too well that afternoon when I […]

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