Guest Posts

Do you set family goals?  Steve and I are both very active ‘goal setters’ for all the areas of our lives. We have our personal goals, our parenting goals, our financial goals and we’ve started including the boys in our ‘family meetings,’ where we talk about our week, our schedule and what things we’re wanting […]


Mama Francesca – Where The Cheese Is The Star Ingredient

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 26, 2014

  If only I had some pie crust in the freezer, I’d have made these adorable and delectable goodies for lunch! You might be surprised by one of the ingredients… Mama Francesca grated cheese is more than a topper for spaghetti y’all…there’s just so much more you can do with a gourmet, but budget friendly, Parmesan […]


Grow Happy: The Fight to End Childhood Obesity

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 14, 2014

For years, my physician sister has been urging me to get involved with the fight against childhood obesity. I’ve spent some time here and there doing research looking for the best place to plug in, but didn’t really find the right spot to slip in to share inexpensive recipe ideas and help people understand that […]


Google+ Link Hop with #mommyiscoocoo

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 12, 2014

Welcome to the mommy is coocoo Google+ Link Party HOP! I’d love for you to share the ‘original’ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 meal plan and printables. And I’d also love for you to share these recent recipes as well… Salted Caramel Brownie Parfaits – Google + Link (click to share!) Roasted Garlic & Parmesan […]


Are you bullying yourself? #fightfattalk

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 30, 2013

Are you bullying yourself?!?  Check out what happened when these women walked into a clothing store with fat talk messages all around the store and on clothing tags. How would you react if you were in that store? What would you be thinking about your thinking? Like I said a few weeks ago, it’s time […]


Merry Christmas from the Chase Family!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from my boys and me! We pray that your Christmas is a blessed one. We hope it is filled with plenty of love, lots of laughter and the unmeasurable joy that comes from Christ alone. P.S. make a note…if you want your children to sit still for a photograph, stick them up in […]


Can we talk for a minute? #fightfattalk

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 13, 2013

Can we talk for a minute? Maybe 2 or 3 minutes. I’m surprised with myself on this one. Specifically how passionate I just am on this topic. It came to a bubbling surface a few weeks ago when a friend shared a clip from The Doctors show. The segment was mostly talking about women and […]


Last week I announced that I would be taking on a major challenge on my blog called, “REAL Food on a Food Stamp Budget.” The basic idea is that I won’t be purchasing processed foods, only REAL foods and that I’ll be packing in a lot of things that aren’t normally synonymous with a low […]


So I was going to try to pull all my turkeys together for a photograph, but then decided that I’d rather save those “mommy points” and bribery notices for the big Christmas card photo that will have to happen at some point this week. Likely, as soon as their shirts come in. I’m all about […]


This is a guest post from Tara Wagner, cofounder and creator of Sustainable Baby Steps: Small Steps Toward Greener Living. Probably the most common complaint I hear when it comes to eating healthier, supporting sustainable agriculture, and avoiding genetically modified or corporate owned foods is the cost of organic food, particularly the cost of meat. […]