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Chicken Gumbo Soup – Better Than the Can

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. Chicken Gumbo Soup, that childhood favorite from the red-labeled can is now […]

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Free Printable Gift Coupons for an Easy Last-Minute Gift

Are you looking for a last minute gift or some little extra to slip into a stocking? Grab these free printable gift coupons for a fun, creative gift. Okay, yeah. You forgot somebody. Or the shipping company lost your order. Or you just don’t have the cash today to do things up big. Whatever it […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Shop for These Fun Experience Gifts

Tis the season to give gifts! While it’s fun to give gag gifts or consumable items to be enjoyed on the spot, sometimes you want to give a gift that can last awhile. Consider these fun experience gifts. This post contains affiliate links which provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to […]

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Kenilworth Castle, The Cotswolds, Bath, and Avebury

Travel log: We traveled through Great Britain for almost five weeks this spring. Here’s how we spent week 4: in Kenilworth, Bath, and Avebury. When last we left off in our epic tale of our UK adventure, we had left our friends, the Finlaysons, at Blists Hill Victorian Village and headed off for our hotel. […]

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Clutter-free Stocking Stuffers for Christmas

Tired of giving gifts that become clutter six months later? Yeah, me, too. I’m on a mission to have clutter-free stocking stuffers for Christmas. This post contains affiliate links which provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon and other affiliate sites. Stocking stuffers are one of the highlights of our […]

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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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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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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