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Kitties like pencils too.

Books, frugality, birthdays, and an awesome pencil sharpener (do these topics actually go together?)

Life has been nutty around here.  Wednesday alone I had three different interviews for Forever Mom.  By the end of the day both of my phones had dead batteries and I felt certain I had lost all ability to construct a complete sentence.  Whew!  What's really cool is that people are interested in Forever Mom--here's a review on adoption.com. (By the way, if you go read it, … [Read More...]

Featured Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup

Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup (GF)

Here's a great soup recipe that I found on Pinterest and then adapted quite a bit to suit my preferences.  I really, really love the bright flavors and pretty color added by the fresh tomato and cilantro. I've served it to a crowd twice, and each … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

'Tattoos'

releasing

  If you ask my teens how I am at releasing, they'd be quick to tell you it's not my forte.  The youngest three teens in the house are 16, and still I remind them to wear jackets in 35 degree weather, eat protein every meal,  turn off the … [Read More...]

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Books this year

What we’re reading

Today I finally got all my planning done for the school year, including who gets the computers at what time, when the teens will be taking their science tests, and which books all the kids will be reading this year.  Our three teens, all juniors, have just one book a month of assigned reading, which […]

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Join my spending challenge?

It’s Frugal Friday today, and  after rassling with the contents of my fridge, pantry and freezer this past week,  I decided it’s time to give myself another spending challenge. I usually spend around $700 on groceries in a month and during the month of September, I’m going to try to get by on $300. Honestly, […]

faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

Faux plaster or stone finishes for sheetrock

John has been busy sheet-rocking in the boys bathroom, which is really exciting, because that means paint is coming soon.  One of the ideas we’re tossing around is doing a decorative finish on the wall with kind of a plaster-look finish.  This morning I found several different tutorials for adding a bit more texture to […]

My 9 year old a LONG time ago!

Just keep swimming

Oh my goodness, this is looking like a busy week. On the agenda, with probable additions as the week goes on: Two doctor’s checkups Our 18 year old daughter’s first days in the dental program at college Three soccer games More tomato picking and canning.  Ditto for cukes and plums. 6 drives to 3 soccer […]

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Frugal Friday

I’ve got almost nothing for you this week.  It was a very busy erranding/soccer practice/school prep kind of week which always results in eating fast food more often than is strictly necessary. One day when the fast food craving hit, we did go with McDonald’s instead of Jimmy John’s which would have been twice the […]

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End of summer

I always mourn the end of summer. This one was busier than usual with kids jobs and activities,  but it was still slower-paced than the school year.  I love sleeping in, having time to swim and camp, and just not feeling the press of school assignments. Our most recent camping trip included Jared’s girlfriend and […]

Free Online Resources for School

Free online resources for school

With school just getting underway, I thought I’d share some online learning resources that are out there for folks who don’t have a lot of money to spend.  Twenty websites, all free– what a beautiful thing!  If you know of other free online resources for homeschooling or for enrichment learning, please share them in comments, […]

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soccer practice

frugality this week

Time for frugal Friday again! We’ve had a busy week. One of my sons (Josh) started soccer practice this week and had two-a-day practices ALL week long, so I deliberately avoided most activities besides that, but I still had at least a couple days where I probably drove 80-100 miles in one day alone. Thankfully […]

Blooming

On suicide

In light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, so many people are writing on the topic of suicide, some with compassion and some with judgement.  Here are two excellent reads from friends of minds that illuminate the suffering soul and offer encouragement along that hard path.  Please, let’s be light-bearers, reminding each other of […]