Category Archives: Family

Ham and Cheese Pockets

There’s something wonderful about having a basic recipe memorized.  It gives freedom in cooking and opens up creativity.  It allows a woman to go into another home, discover a need, and whip up a delicious supper without running to the internet or a cook book.   My Basic pizza dough is a recipe like that. […]
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What Are all Those People in Line for?

Have you ever walked or driven by a huge line…and been all insecure? Like they know something awesome is going to happen and you don’t have a clue? That almost happened to me.  Ok, it happened this week but the good news is there are still 5 days for us to join in and we […]
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An important fact about Playdough

I was shopping for birthday gifts this week for a little boy that’s about to turn 3.  Is that even possible? This boy is particularly fond of playdough.  Sometimes I like to make my own, but this time I wanted him to have some with vivid bright colors and decided to splurge for the real […]
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How to Properly Use a Red Card

Ah Target. For all your personal flaws, I like your aisle style. I love that your red card includes a debit card option, gives me a 5% discount, donates a percentage of my purchases to my school, and gives me free shipping online. You have an ulterior motive though.  I can see through your niceness. […]
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What you need to know about your threshold

When I was 12 years old, I was 30 lbs overweight and miserable. That’s 12 year old me all the way over on the right. My dad’s entire family was obese and even though my dad was normal and my mom was tiny, I was convinced that I looked the way I did because of […]
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Buffet Before and After

I’m guesting over at DecorChick today, where we’re talking about cutting grocery budgets.   A few years ago I ordered this buffet from Home Decorators Collection from their clearance center.  The description read “antique white with a honey oak top.”  When it arrived it was puce green with an orange top.  Whenever I looked at it, […]
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The Character of Money

Trying to stay on a budget without a foundation of good character is like trying to stick to a weight loss plan without addressing the inner reasons why I’m fat to begin with.  I’ll end up sitting on the sofa in 3 days with an open bag of Doritos. When I’ve been out of control […]
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25 Ways to Raise Happy Kids

  A few weeks ago, I was sitting in church with a full heart.  We had been trading illness around our house for a few months and hadn’t been able to attend as a family for that long.  It felt so good to be there!  I had a lot of things on my mind…a special […]
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100 Years Old Today

This week’s blog theme is “loving our children” (last week’s was “loving our husbands.”)  I’m not an expert on children by any stretch, but I’ve noticed, children spell love T.I.M.E. It was the hundredth day of kindergarten today and by miracles my work schedule allowed me to go.  This is a huge treat for me, […]
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25 Ways to Date your Mate

My friends Stacy and Jenna have been joining me all week for a frugal date blog hop.  And now it’s my turn. The idea was for DH and I to take a super fun and creative date, photograph it and then post it here for inspiration.  Bwa ha ha.   We were able to sneak […]
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