June Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix arrived this weekend, and tho I’m not modeling any of this for you, I snapped a quick picture so you could see what I got. The tank top in the center, though fitting on top ended up being a little small in the hips– very sad since I LOVE the style.  […]

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easy guacamole

Recipe: Restaurant-Style Guacamole

The other day I had the brilliant idea of sharing our favorite restaurant-style guacamole recipe in honor of Cinco de Mayo. I didn't get around to it.  Instead I spent the day with laboring women whose baby's births have now given them an … [Read More...]

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Inside Out

Inside Out

This week we took Emily and Julianna to see the new Pixar movie Inside Out (trailer here).  It's a movie that goes into the head of an 11 year old girl during a time of turmoil in her life.  She and her family have just moved to a new city, and she … [Read More...]

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Frugal Friday

Last week I spent four days in Seattle with John, which was fun, of course.  But meals out and rental cars and bits of shopping all add up.  It was good to get back home where money doesn’t leak away quite as fast.   SUCCESSES I bought some spring flowers and planted them in containers […]

banishing distractions

Focus and distraction

I had a job interview on Monday, my first official one in many years.  I haven’t been offered the job yet– and who knows, maybe I won’t be. But the interview went well enough that it has me thinking seriously about how a job would affect our kids. John and I are hopeful about the […]

Blue sky over Seattle

Refreshed

Over the weekend John and I had a really sweet getaway to attend the Refresh Foster and Adoption conference put on by Overlake Church near Seattle.  It’s always a little nervous-making to leave the kids at home and take off for a weekend.  But with a combination of teens supervising and a variety of friend/grandma/adult […]

When you’re parenting teens

This weekend I am at the Refresh adoption conference in Seattle, speaking about older child adoption and about hanging onto joy in hard times.  Here’s just a taste of what I’m talking about in the older child session. ~~~~~ I started this post two and a half years ago, at which time I stared at […]

Winning Family Movies

Winning family movies

One thing that’s almost inevitable when you’ve been a mom for a few years, is that you’re going to watch and re-watch a lot of kid-movies. This week we happened to watch a couple movies that are a few years old but that I still enjoy after multiple watchings. It got me thinking about the […]

More clothing fun: Popbasic

Ever heard about Popbasic? It is an interesting clothing service that puts together micro collections of wardrobe essentials, a new one each month, which you can buy as a set. The owner of the company is a nice young gal named Madeline Veenstra. She contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try one […]

Frugal, not so frugal

How did your frugality endeavors go this week? I think we did okay around here. Since I did a big shopping trip last week, I didn’t need lots of groceries this week. These days with 6 kids home full time (mostly teens), we’re averaging about $650-$700/month. Could be better, could be worse. Frugal:  As usual […]

Crab Chowder recipe

Recipe: Hearty Crab Chowder

Weather around here has been lovely and spring-like, but I see that all over the U.S. much of the weather has been awful. If you’re looking for a warm winter chowder, you might be interested in trying this recipe. I always use imitation crab, but of course it would work with real crab as well. […]

Monday news

I only have a minute to check in today, because I’m hard at work getting ready for the two talks I’ll be presenting at the Refresh adoption conference in Seattle at the end of the month.  So excited to be going for my second year.  I have no idea how to pick which breakout sessions […]

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Frugal Friday

How did your week go? I have a few things to report in the frugality department, but nothing hugely earth-shattering. I went grocery shopping on Tuesday with a list and a menu plan, so my shopping was fairly thorough. I found 10-lb ‘chubs’ of ground beef at Walmart marked down to $20 each, so I […]