Decorating for Halloween!

October 7, 2014
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I know it is ridiculous to say this, since we have lived in our “new home” for over 9 months now…. but finally, FINALLY I feel as if we are making it our own. In the beginning it was all about unpacking, finding a home for everything, and getting moved in. Then came spring sports, [...]

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Asian BBQ Chicken Legs with Rice

October 6, 2014
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One of the tastiest and most budget-friendly meals that I make for my family is chicken legs. They are juicy when roasted in the oven and made even more delicious when topped with a sauce. And if you marinate them in the morning when you are making breakfast then pop them into the oven for [...]

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How to Declutter and How to Organize Your Kitchen Countertops!

October 3, 2014
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When you walk into your kitchen, it is the state of your countertops that determine how you feel about your kitchen. If they are stacked with papers, junk mail, tons of appliances and dirty dishes- you feel it is a disaster and you just want to run right out! But if you have decluttered and [...]

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The Chance to Go Back

October 1, 2014
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Western Governors University. The opinions and text are all my own. When I was growing up, there was never any doubt that I would be heading to college after my high school graduation. Neither of my parents had the opportunity to attend college, and [...]

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The 6th Kid Gets Gypped

September 30, 2014
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Last week I was working on a family photo collage for my in-laws for their 50th Anniversary celebration, and  I asked my kids to help me find some photos of themselves with their grandparents over the years. They went over to the bookshelf in the family room and started pulling out scrapbooks and bookmarked pages [...]

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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe

September 29, 2014
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This summer we went out to lunch as a family to the Cheesecake Factory, and my kids immediately fell in love with the place! From the brown bread to trying Daddy’s Chicken Madeira to indulging in three different kinds of cheesecake and chocolate cake for dessert- they can’t wait to go back! But since eight [...]

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How To Organize Your Books

September 25, 2014
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Today’s post comes from Momof6 contributor, the awesome Kristin Sterk! We all have our own opinions about books. Non-fiction or fiction, thick or thin, hardcover or paperback. Whatever “type” you prefer, one thing we can probably all agree on is that books tend to easily get disorganized and take up space. LOTS of space. It [...]

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Happy Kids = Happy Mama!

September 24, 2014
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You hear that? THAT’S the sound of September…. (a line from one of my favorite back to school TV ads). So yes, it’s true- the kids are back in school…. and while I am happy to have some quiet time back during the day so that I can work and get a few things done [...]

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Looking for Easy Everyday Ways to Save Money

September 23, 2014
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I am always looking for ways to save a little money. Last year we we moved into a new home specifically with the plan to save money on our mortgage payment as well as on our real estate taxes. Every week I cut coupons and plan my run to the grocery store with the sales [...]

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30-Minute Loaded Smashed Potatoes

September 22, 2014
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I love potatoes- roasted, mashed, scalloped, fried, baked, grilled… I could go on and on (and sound like the shrimp-guy in Forrest Gump!). But if you want a really yummy potato from scratch- you usually need to plan in advance and get started more than an hour before serving. That is…. unless you cheat a [...]

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