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birthday time

September grocery challenge, week 2

This week I went to the store twice, but didn't spend too much either time. Saturday I bought milk, butter, potatoes, onions, coffee creamer, and Kleenex for a grand total of $37. Sunday we had the family over for dinner to celebrate Lidya's 19th birthday.  We had barbecued hamburgers, salad, pickles, cucumbers, watermelon, jello ice cream, and two kinds of birthday cake, … [Read More...]

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Almond Butter

September spending challenge, update #1

After just 6 days of eating out of the pantry and freezer, I can already find things in the freezer SO much more easily. I hadn't realized how often I've been frustrated trying to find things in my overly crammed space. We're eating much more variety … [Read More...]

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When love isn't enough

Why it (sometimes) doesn’t matter how you feel about your kids

In the midst of the challenge of parenting many teens, inevitably there are moments where my kids see me as enemy number one, the  one thwarting their dearest-held wishes. Moments like these frustrate me as much as they frustrate them.  I want them … [Read More...]

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