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Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

First, I just want to say that part of the reason I love blogging is because I get to come up with goofy post titles. *grin* We started using technology tickets last school year to help keep track of how much “screen time” our kids were getting.  Today, I’m sharing how to make and use a technology ticket system over at my friend Rhonda’s Blog, Bramell, Party of Five. If you need to tame the technology … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guest Blogger, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to hear the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, speak.  On why he incorporated giving into his company, he said, “Giving feels really good. That in itself is a reason to do it.” This year I am featuring a series of posts about Gifts that Feel Good.   On Saturday morning I woke up to the smell of bacon and the sound of children laughing.  It made me immediately happy.  Petit Jean … Read entire article »

Filed under: Homemaking, Mommyhood, Not the Dishes, Product Reviews

Making Bad Things Good

Making Bad Things Good

As a mother, it’s my job to make bad things good for my kids.  Whether that’s pointing out the silver lining or life lesson in a tough situation, comforting them after a bad dream with some snuggles, fixing a broken toy, or healing up injuries and illness with some first aid or TLC. But, that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about sweet potatoes. And packing lunch. And chips. You see, my kids think that sweet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Frugal Fawn, Grocery Shopping, Homemaking, Mommyhood, Product Reviews

Back to School Prep

Back to School Prep

Today makes the start of the 7 day countdown til school starts!  I get just as excited about back to school as the kids do – I fully embrace the return to a set schedule and an increase in brain-expanding activities for everyone.  But, there’s much to be done before the big day comes.  I thought I would share my back-to-school to-do list here. Purchase and pack up school supplies – I live in Wal-Mart country, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Last-Minute Huevos Rancheros (Gluten-Free!)

Last-Minute Huevos Rancheros (Gluten-Free!)

Foodie Friday on Instead of the Dishes?!  Yes, my friends, old dogs can learn new tricks.  Earlier this week I had one of those days where I got home later than expected, everyone was tired and hungry, and I had forgotten to defrost and marinate the chicken for the recipe on the meal plan.  So, I scoured the fridge/freezer/pantry for inspiration, and here is the result! (serves 4) Ingredients 1 14.5oz can of black beans, drained and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Homemaking, Mommyhood

100 Days of Summertime Winners

100 Days of Summertime Winners

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Congrats to Sarah and Lenora, the winners of the 2013 100 Days of Summertime eBook planner giveaway – I’ve emailed both of you.  Hope to see you on the 100 Days of Summertime Facebook page! Don’t forget that you can download this handy resource for just $5. Just head over to the 100 Days of Summertime website and you’ll have it in a few clicks. There’s also a free downloadable excerpt if you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Booklists, Health & Fitness, Homemaking, Mommyhood, Product Reviews