by Jessica

Jessica Fisher is a busy mom to six children, making her home in San Diego. She writes about life, laughter and the pursuit of a clean house at Life as Mom and shares delicious ways to act your wage at Good Cheap Eats. She is the author of several books, including A Simpler Season and Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.

6 steps to a relaxed Christmas: strategically feed your family

A note from Tsh: I asked Jessica of Life as MOM to write this next step in our Relaxed Christmas series. Why? Well, she's awesome, for one, but also because this mother of six knows how to feed an army—she recently released a book called Not Your Mother's Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, and her Christmas e-book, A Simpler Season, is chock full of practical ideas to keep you sane. If you feel a bit overwhelmed about dinner during the holidays (I'm raising my hand here), then Jessica's your gal.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. You’ve heard the music blare from the mall’s speakers or tuned into the refrain from your car. And it is. Christmas is a wonderful season where peace and goodwill abound. Or at least it could be. Sometimes. But, it’s also a season of increased busy-ness. In our efforts to craft a jolly holiday, we add more to our plates: Christmas concerts, church plays, holiday get togethers, and office parties. It’s tough to handle the day to day when we squeeze in numerous festivities amidst our daily life. We're easily wired to short circuit. One way to plan for peace is to set your family table for success—and I don’t mean making sure you can seat a party of 12. It’s in our best interests to simplify family meal times so that we enjoy a calm breather and eat nourishing food during this busy—and most wonderful—time of year. Here are some ideas to help you do that. Read More
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Memory keeping made simple

I started scrapbooking in 2003. It was right at the beginning of the scrapbooking craze and I fell in love with it all – the papers, the stickers, the circle trimmers. By 2005 I was entering contests and submitting pages for publication and in 2007 I started teaching classes. I was obsessed. In 2008 I (read more…)

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Make your freezer your best friend.

My freezer is one of my very best friends. I know. Weird. But hear me out. This weekend I grabbed from the freezer a roll of Gorgonzola-Herb Butter that I had made in advance and froze. Once it thawed, I sliced it and topped grilled steaks. I will confess to adding a pat to my (read more…)

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Making a household notebook work for you

Ever wake up and ask yourself, “How did I get here?” Whether it’s an untidy house, a jumbled bank account, or an overpacked schedule, I’m stuck in chaos on more than one occasion. It may be because I am bursting with creativity or actively working on a project. Or I might be in such a (read more…)

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How to be a professional (mom)

Over a decade ago I made the transition from high school teacher to full-time mom. Gone were the days of toting my European leather satchel, wearing high heels, and attending staff meetings. Instead, my hours were filled with baby spit up, a bigger laundry pile, and endless “free” time. Six kids later, I find myself (read more…)

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