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How to Have a Worry-Free Christmas Eve

This is the year! (I totally hear Oprah when I say that to myself).  I am finally going to get it together, Friends. I am not building anything or doing any after-the-kids-are-in-bed projects this year. EVERYTHING will be done in advance so I can relax and enjoy it. I don’t know if any of this […]

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Saving Money On American Girl Doll Accessories

Got a great tip from a mom I was talking to at Girl Scouts the other day. She said instead of buying clothes and accessories directly from the American Girl Doll company, to buy doll clothes and accessories from Target’s line of 18″ dolls Apparently, a friend of hers had a daughter who wanted an […]

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I am a Turd of a Mother

You will find no evidence of supermom over here, bad decisions and sprained ankles abound. I take comfort in the fact that my kids will forget most of my mothering mistakes. And whatever is remembered is a gift for some future therapist session. Tell me about your mother… But, I am feeling super extra crappy […]

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A Message From Santa

Are you guys familiar with the Portable North Pole? It is a free service that sends your kids a custom video message from Santa.This is the third year we have done it, and my kids really enjoy it. You upload a couple of pictures and put in a few basic details and that’s it! I […]

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“Hey, Mom! Double-Bounce Me!”

Alright, I caved. Getting into the trampoline, I started to chase my kids around in circles making them scream and run. “Double-bounce me and make me fall down,” my seven year old said. “Pleeeease!” she begged. Cool mom that I wanna be, I double bounced her and made her fall. Only she landed funny and […]

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Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe (Mmmmmmm)

Need a good recipe for a breakfast casserole? Do I have one for you!  I have made several different breakfast casseroles over the years, but this one is my all-time favorite (and my kids will eat it). Two things to know about it. One, it’s kind of spicy because it has pepper-jack cheese in it, […]

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The Anniversary Ornament

Looking for a unique gift idea for someone who is getting married? Well, we got this Swarovski crystal ornament as a wedding gift, and every year I am so happy when I put it on the tree. It’s not something that comes to mind for a wedding gift, but every year I am reminded how […]

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Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Looking for a fast and easy vegetable beef soup recipe? We got this one from my husband’s aunt Charlotte (who also taught me to make the corn). Ingredients 1 lb ground chuck 1 large onion 1 or 2 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes 2 stalks of celery, diced 3 carrots, sliced 1/2 can pinto […]

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Adventures in Attic Insulation

I was standing in the back of a pickup truck in our driveway operating an insulation machine we rented from The Home Depot when I heard my husband yell “STOP!” from up in the attic.  I turned the noisy machine off, and he called me on my cell phone and said, “Come in here, Genius…” […]

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Reminders from Toys…

Sit up straight. I saved this as wallpaper on my computer as a reminder to sit up straight. Take a Bath My daughter loves to make mind maps. I am calling this one a Mom-map.  And there’s a hefty reminder in here for me. Starting at the top center they read: cool, “asome,” pretty, cute, […]

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