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Back to School: Our New Backpack Station

Back to School: Our New Backpack Station

I’ll be the first to admit that mornings were quite rough on us last school year.  Callen is generally a happy morning person, but Carina and I are not.  Many mornings looked like this: Mix a relatively early departure time with major procrastination (me, not the kids) and you have the perfect recipe for chaos.  I have vowed to avoid that this year.  I was given a magical miracle to help me with this – our … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Getting Ready for Back to School!

Getting Ready for Back to School!

It’s been a long, hot summer.  We’ve had tons of fun swimming, riding bikes, and doing a bit of travel, but I think our entire family is ready to welcome the structure that our school year schedule brings.  Much like the new calendar year, the new school year brings me a sense of renewal – a chance to reboot, make some improvements, and simplify wherever possible.  I’m a little sad that this is the last … Read entire article »

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing Help from ListPlanIt

Spring Cleaning and Organizing Help from ListPlanIt

It’s April, ya’ll!  Have you been bitten by the nesting bug? Does all this spring freshness make you want to de-clutter and get organized?  Between getting ready for last month’s Duck Duck Goose consignment sale, and our pending move, I’ve been more motivated than usual to purge the things we don’t use and get our household organized so we can take care of the things that really matter. I’m excited to see that ListPlanIt has released … Read entire article »

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Relish Meal Planning Winners and Discounts

Relish Meal Planning Winners and Discounts

First, Congratulations to the two winners of my Relish! and Gfree Meal Planning giveaway, Jenn and Jennifer!  Enjoy your meal planning memberships, ladies! Second, don’t forget that you can still get 20% off of a Relish! membership. Just go here and enter the code INSTEAD to get your discount. This code is only good on the Relish! site and will expire on March 1, 2014. Happy Meal Planning All! We are going to start the Gfree meal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Deals, Frugal Fawn, Homemaking, Mommyhood, Spending Less

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

There’s a FOR SALE sign in our front yard.  Actually, there’s a FOR SALE sign in both of our front yards.  If we only had one front yard, we wouldn’t need any signs.  But, I have to hold tight to my mantra, that “everything happens for a reason”. When we moved here to Little Rock three and a half years ago, the real estate market was in a full-on nose dive. We probably should have realized … Read entire article »

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Relish! and GFree Meal Planning Giveaway

Relish! and GFree Meal Planning Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!  After trying out a few different meal planning services, I’ve decided that Relish! is still my favorite.  The interface is easy to use, I like the format of the shopping list and recipes, and the meals are easy to prepare, but look and taste gourmet.  If you want to know more about Relish! Meal Planning, you can read the review I wrote here.  Relish! has also just come out with a new … Read entire article »

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