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kitchen seasonings and spices

Kitchen Seasonings From Around the World

Kitchen Seasonings: A Quick World Tour Herbs, spices and other seasonings are a natural and healthy way to add a lot of flavor to your recipes without adding a lot of extra calories. With a little practice, you can create…
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cash back apps

Cash Back Apps I Use – Part 2

Here is the follow up to my last post Cash Back Apps I Use – Part 1 – about my experiences using Ebates and Ibotta.  I have a couple more cash back apps that I use from my phone that I’ll…
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cash back apps

Cash Back Apps I Use – Part 1

I have written several posts on this blog already about saving money – a subject that is close to my heart.  I think every single mom, or working mom, … or whatever kind of mom you happen to be … is…
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More slow cooker soup recipes

More Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Here are more great slow cooker soup recipes that I have found to share with you! (I have tried this soup … and it is amazing!  It is indeed the best loaded baked potato soup I have ever eaten.  You…
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easy slow cooker italian meatballs

Easy Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

As I have said in previous posts, I love my slow cooker(s). I actually have two that I use, so when one is in the dishwasher I have a spare. At least a few nights a week we are dining…
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Organizing a Bedroom Nightstand

Organizing a Bedroom Nightstand

The room we sleep in should be restful and peaceful.  But if our bedroom is cluttered, our sleep suffers.  Here are a few tips to help with organizing a bedroom nightstand, to help you have sweet dreams again. If you…
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Prayers for My Daughters - Love

Prayers for My Daughters – Love

(This is part of a series of prayers for my daughters. I want to pray for them on a more regular basis, and these prayers are a part of that. I hope you find them helpful as well.) One of…
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Organization Roundup

Organization Roundup – #4

Here are more great ideas, culled from various blogs throughout the week.  Maybe you will find that great idea or inspiration to encourage you in your quest for greater organization in your own home.  Let’s see what we can discover…
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DIY Daisy Shadow Boxes

DIY Daisy Shadow Boxes

My daughter is always “updating” her room as she grows and matures, and as her taste in decor changes.  I have tried to find fun and inexpensive ways to let her be creative and express her own style.  Here is…
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Organizing Under the Bathroom Sink

Organizing Under the Bathroom Sink

Out of sight, out of mind.  Unfortunately, that’s how we often regard the cupboard under the bathroom sink.  We may shove items under there to get them out of sight, making it a catch-all for things that have no other…
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Prayers for My Daughters - Protection

Prayers for My Daughters – Protection

(This is part of a series of prayers for my daughters that I have created to encourage me to pray for them on a more consistent basis.  I hope that you will find these prayers helpful as well.) Just like any…
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Better Homes and Gardens Secrets of Getting Organized 2016

BHG Secrets of Getting Organized 2016

I found a wonderful magazine on the rack at my local Safeway grocery store last week.  Better Homes and Gardens Secrets of Getting Organized has tons of photos and tips to help organize your whole house.  I want to share with…
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