Time for a Coffee Break

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I thought we’d do a little bloggy news update this afternoon. I’m so excited about all the great things coming up on this site. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s chat.

Coming Up on LifeasMOM

  • Camp Wannalaffalotta is back again. If you followed along last year, you know how fun it can be to read, craft, and play with your kids during the summer. I’ll be featuring several more themes this summer, so watch for them.
  • 14 Ways to Be More Joyful is well under way. In case you missed it, check out the introduction and the links to other parts of the series. It’s my hope and prayer that over the next few months we’ll each find more joy in motherhood.
  • What a ride it was to share the Build a Frugal Pantry series on my food blog, Good Cheap Eats. I’ve never pulled off a three-month series before. Thanks to all the great guest bloggers I had to help me. I hope that resource will be a blessing to you as you endeavor to feed your family without losing your mind or your money.
  • I started writing about how to live and vacation in California on a budget a few weeks ago and have several articles in the works. If you’ve got a question you’d like addressed, fill in this form.
  • Starting next week, I’ll be featuring a number of guest posts on “How We Do School.” Each of these moms has a unique story on how her family made their schooling choices: homeschool, public, or private. I hope we can each learn from and encourage one another as we hear how different moms walk out life.
  • Christmas in July is in the works. This will be my third year discussing ways to economize and maximize your holiday experiences this year. Let’s face it: Christmas is a big deal. It doesn’t feel like it right now at the start of summer, but a little forethought will save you some anxiety and a few pennies later. More details to come.
  • Booking It is next Monday. Come and let’s talk books!
  • Lastly, here’s the summer schedule for Ultimate Recipe Swap. Pop in every Thursday and share your favorite recipes.

    June 10: Anything Goes
    June 17: Birthday Cake RoundUp
    June 24: Summer Recipes
    July 1: Fourth of July Recipes
    July 8: Be Cool
    July 15: BBQ
    July 22: Picnic
    July 29: Grab and Go
    August 5: Freezer Friendly
    August 12: Crockpot
    August 19: Fresh Produce
    August 26: Camping
    September 2: Cooking for a Crowd

Wow, that was an eyeful, wasn’t it. If you’ve got something you’d like to see covered, let me know in the comments.

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  1. Just wanted to say how much a love your blog. I look forward to seeing what’s posted each morning! Such awesome tips, ideas, and encouragement!!

    God bless you!!

  2. I am really looking forward to your series on “Do School!” I just completed my first year of homeschooling and I loved every second of it. My daughter who is now out of Kindergarten said,” I am already looking forward to first grade with you as my teacher, Mommy.” Love it. I can’t wait to hear what others have to say on the subject and hopefully pick up a few things. My Mother in Law has 7 kids ( I married the oldest) and she is still homeschooling and has done it with all of them. I’ll be going to the Homeschooling Conference this month here in Portland, Oregon put on By Ocean. I can’t wait. My second year going and I know I’m going to learn a lot.

    Thank you so much for this blog. I look forward to reading all your posts daily! You’ve been a huge inspiration to me 🙂

  3. Love your site! I get so much inspiration from it for my family. Are you going to be doing Freezer Cooking Days this summer too? I like the once a month reports and plans to see what you’re doing and others too…I love it!

  4. Just a random question. Have you ever hosted or participated in a clothing swap with friends? I am thinking of planning one as all the schools where we live, public or private, require the same uniforms. I thought it would be ideal over the summer to arrange a swap meet of sorts so we can all save some bucks on our kids’ school clothes. Any suggestions?

    1. Since we homeschool, we don’t have “uniforms,” so I don’t have personal experience with it. But, I think it’s a great idea.

      1. @Momma Mindy, Thanks for the link, you’ve inspired me to give it a shot! So far I have 10 friends on board, we’ll see if I can round up a few more and save us all a bunch of money.

  5. Yeah! Look forward to “How we do School” and Christmas in July! I just found your blog less than a week ago and it has already blessed me so much. I live in the Pensacola, Florida area (where the oil is starting to wash up) and I home school my 2 young boys. The freezer cooking has already given me peace of mind and I think it will give me more time to enjoy my children..Looking forward to more of your blogs…thank you so much!

    1. Thanks, Gina. I am sorry to hear that you’re experiencing such a hard thing there in Pensacola. Hang in there. Freezer meals don’t fix it, but they help us stay calm, don’t they.

  6. Where is KS did you all live? I was born in raised (until after my Freshman year of college in 1999) in Wichita!!! Love this post! Hope to one day get my family to Disney! I went twice as a child and the memories are like yesterday!

    1. We lived in Olathe for five years, but we both grew up in Southern CA, so we’re home now.

  7. I love a girl with a plan! This looks awesome! I will be checking back all summer long!


    P.S. Thanks for the reminder to play and laugh with my kiddos!

  8. I love the round up. Gives me a sneak peek at what’s ahead and this type A gal needs that! 🙂