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Frugality this week

Here's what I did in the past week to save money: I found five pairs of shorts and several shirts at the thrift store for my kids instead of buying them new. When doing yard work this past weekend, instead of buying new wood to replace the rotted-out wood edging around our play area, I repurposed wood that we already had. When I wanted to add new mulch in the play area, … [Read More...]

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Molly’s 10-Minute Chicken

  Folks who haven't done menu planning before sometimes assume it has to be this big complicated thing. Here's how it most commonly looks at my house-- a simple list of meals in a spiral notebook. (If I'd known I was going to show this … [Read More...]

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Hairstyle ideas for curly hair

  I thought it might be fun to share some photos of hairstyles our girls have had over the years.  I've captioned each photo with a short description of the hairstyle.  It's definitely been a learning experience over the years, and some of my … [Read More...]

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frugality this week

I reused bags from the bulk-food grocery items I purchased.  Any bag I can use an extra time or two is a money savings. We used cloth napkins at most mealtimes in the past week or so. Bought oranges for 25 cents/lb.  They were the last from a big sale that the store had the [...]

Homeschooling Two-fers

Homeschooling Two-fers

As a momma who’s been homeschooling awhile, I’ve found quite a few ways to streamline things.  Here are some of the ways I make the most of the time I invest in teaching for everyone involved. Teach some subjects every few years You know how some college classes are only offered every other year?  We [...]

He is mighty to save

Let my words be life

(If you’d like to print the above verse, click on it, and you will be sent to the website of its creator.)

New bed!

My hubby’s project

Just had to share a link to my husband’s post about the new bed he made for us. Didn’t he do a great job?  He made the bed from walnut that he milled himself years ago.  Makes our bedroom look so upscale that I hardly recognize it. Also, for any of you curious about what [...]


What lies within

The other day my 9 yo brought me this picture and said she’d drawn it for me. I looked hard at it, trying to make sense of the face in the drawing and said, ‘Wow, she has long eyelashes.” Though I couldn’t figure out why my daughter had drawn the eyelashes only UNDER the eyes. [...]

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Weekend reading

I Am a Birth Mother Made better by good conversation Creating a supportive environment The Simple, Hard Part of Motherhood Made to worship Don’t give up The Way to Get You Here

The hair

The hair, and Stitch Fix!

First, as promised– the hair. I had to wash it today, and then went through all sorts of round brush/ wet hair/ blow-dryer clutziness trying to make it look like my miracle-working hair salon lady does.  I was in despair for awhile.  But it ended up looking somewhat similar to her results, and so I [...]

Week 3 eats (and a splurge)

Splurge day for me today!  I got my hair cut like the picture I showed you the other day, except shorter, and added some subtle red highlights.  I’ll get a photo in daylight tomorrow. Looks tons different– I can’t remember the last time my hair has been short enough to show the back of my [...]


6 Ways to Avoid Food Waste

Statistics say that the average family of 4 produces 840 pounds of food waste a year. After being so careful when purchasing my groceries, the last thing I want to do is end up throwing them away. Here are some ways that I keep our hard-earned food dollars from hitting the trash. ‘Soup’ any leftover [...]