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To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

heart scones

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. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. […]

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Time for Mom

white flowers

When my first child was born, I heard from several different sources, “You have to make sure you take time for yourself.” Well, I loved being with my little boy. What I did, he did. When I scrapbooked, he learned to cut and paste. When I went shopping, it was an adventure for the both […]

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Grocery Geek Reporting In

In January our food budget for 7 people rose to $800/month. I thought this was reasonable since I matched it to USDA food cost data. However, at the end of February I discovered this hard-core couponing/money saving/stockpiling/CVS/Walgreens lifestyle. After a few months of learning the ropes at my old budget, I decided to attempt the […]

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I Want My Two Dollars

Back in the 80s there was this John Cusack movie whose name I have long forgotten. It was kinda wierd. But, it had one of those classic lines that you would find yourself repeating, particularly around kids who’d seen the movie. John Cusack played a teenage boy in a strange family. The paper boy always […]

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TGIF: I Scream, You Scream, Let’s Make Some Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

Around our house, Friday evening is the time for relaxing and having fun. The FishBoys play their allotment of GameCube that they’ve been waiting for all week (30 min. per kid). And often we do pizza and soda pop as a treat. Or a movie and popcorn. Another activity that my kids like is sugar. […]

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Whistle While You Work: Dinnertime Prep

little girl canning in her kitchen

I got the idea awhile back to make dinnertime prep a little more fun and relaxing. (Read it on a blog somewhere and then embellished it to fit me.) The suggestion was simple and very doable for anyone. Here it is with my tweaking. Feel free to tweak as you see fit. Regardless, I hope […]

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Oh My Goodness! Go Wash Your Hands

Check out this post about what germs are lurking in your washing machine. Hmm…..

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Meal Planning 101

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

So, we need to apply good principles to the management of our homes. One of those is to keep everyone well fed. As much as I enjoy a run through McDonald’s (or Chipotle or Taco Bell or Subway), making that a regular habit is not good for my family’s health or our budget. There’s no […]

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