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Hacking through the Jungle Together

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Today is my husband’s birthday. It’s also the day that he proposed to me. We got dressed up and went to the Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, presumably to celebrate his birthday. But since it was a little pricey for us, he had always said that we’d only go there on a special occasion, like […]

3 Baby Movies to Make You Laugh

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Art imitates life, as they say. Not always accurately, but often quite comically. And watching a movie about pregnancy or newborn days can help relieve tension and bring perspective. Laughter is always good medicine. The following are three baby movies that will make you laugh. I confess, I haven’t seen them in years, so I […]

Movie Surprises: Four Films We Loved

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Over the last six months, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some movies I’ve seen. I didn’t have huge expectations of these films, possibly because I did not research them heavily. Perhaps it helps not to know about the latest and greatest. Regardless, I was very pleasantly surprised. These films got two thumbs up and I […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Anniversary Celebrations

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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.

7 Fun Date Night Ideas

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When we were younger,  we hung this photograph in our little studio apartment. Visitors were sure to comment, “Cool picture. Who’s the guy kissing Jessica?” We were dumb-founded that they thought we’d display a photo of me and another man embracing! didn’t recognize my husband, despite the long hair and Napoleon Bonapart coat. would admire […]

So Thankful for My Family Man

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As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

Petit Dejeuner, Anyone?

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Who would have thought that bread and jam could hold so many memories for us? Here’s the scoop on one of our favorite breakfasts.

Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)

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Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]