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  1. Family Life
    Last week I was driving my seven-year-old daughter to dance class when she spotted Christmas decorations on a store front. She said. "Mom ,what do you think I should ask Santa for?" "I'm not sure, is there something you want?" I replied. She paused and said, "My life is perfect mom. I don't...
  2. Family Life
    Thank you to Mothering member zimsmom for sharing this recipe. She's got legs, and she know who to bake them! This is one of those dishes that hits the spot every time and it tastes even better the next day! Captain's Chicken Recipe Ingredients 4 chicken legs (drum and thigh) 1 large can...
  3. Toddler Nutrition
    Hi new friends, my 2.5 yr old is starting preschool and I suddenly feel like a deer caught in the headlights as to what to pack him for (vegetarian) lunch. His daycare prepared hot lunches for him so I am kind of out of practice. I'm afraid I will end up sending almond butter and banana...
  4. Toddler & Child
      21 Toys Under $21 You don't need to spend a fortune to grab high quality toys for your little ones. Here are our favorite gifts under $21. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     <!-- Botanical Pocket Press -->   Botanical...
  5. Family Life
    Thank you to Mothering member fayebond for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here. Ingredients 12 hardboiled eggs 5 drops green food coloring 1 cup vingear 3 cups water 1 bunch scallions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 6 T mayonaise 3 T mustard Directions Combine food...
  6. Nutrition and Good Eating
    <p>Alright you MDC beauties, I need some advice and/or ideas.</p> <p> </p> <p>I am wanting to have a party for my DD's first birthday as some of our friends/family haven't even met her yet. I want to do this as healthy/organic as possible while keeping it as CHEAP as I can.</p> <p> </p>...
  7. Meal Planning
    <p><a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodPlans/2011/CostofFoodMar2011.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodPlans/2011/CostofFoodMar2011.pdf</a></p> <p> </p> <p>I'd love to hear discussion on this link. Are you in the thrify category? The liberal? Way...
  8. Meal Planning
    <p><span style="font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-family:verdana, sans-serif;">We need to decrease our food budget to ugh, pay bills</span></span> <span style="font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-family:wingdings;">L</span></span> <span style="font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-family:verdana...
  9. Meal Planning
    <p>I have been going back and forth for years on whether meal planning is beneficial for me or not. I read article after article saying how much time and money it saves, but I have not found that to be the case for me. I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. Here is what I do. I refer to...
  10. Frugality & Finances
    <p>I always hear about contests where people can win millions. But me? I dream about just getting $5,000 b/c it's more than I've ever had! <span><img alt="partytime.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/partytime.gif"></span> If you suddenly came into $5,000 -- what would you do...
  11. Meal Planning
    <p>I keep going back and forth between thinking that our grocery budget is totally outrageous and thinking that it is just what things cost and unavoidable when you want to eat really high quality, healthy foods.  We are a family of four, two adults, a four year old, and a 1.5 year old...
  12. Family Life
      Here are some of the best ways to afford healthy foods without committing to endless hours in the kitchen or getting a second job. "Feeding three kids on one income can be tough," says Shari Fisher of Andover, Minnesota. That is especially true when you want your kids to have the...
  13. Nutrition and Good Eating
    I haven't seen a thread like this in a while so I decided to start one.<br><br> What are you best Under $2 meals???<br><br> Pasta is always a good one around here but hubby is not a huge fan of it. There was a lentil taco recipe posted recently that is very good. (Sorry I don't remember who...
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