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Family Culture & Holiday Traditions

Once upon a time, I learned that my family was different than my peers’. Not only did we absolutely love sauerkraut and spare ribs for dinner and pizza for breakfast, but we also had some quirky traditions when it came to Holiday Time. No one else in the room had ever heard of feeding ice […]

Christmas Stories (& A Giveaway from Candlewick Press)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: rilyzmom@, KristyBartlett@, annwwins@ Books are beautiful at our house. Everyone, thankfully, loves to read. We have differing tastes, but we are all bookworms over here. Keeps us out of trouble. And pulling out the Christmas books that have been in the garage for eleven months is […]

Loving Those Who Grieve During the Holidays

Two years ago this week my mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer. She loved celebrating Christmas with her grandsons. She never really knew our girls. While she and I didn’t always see eye to eye, those things don’t really matter to me anymore. I wish I had learned that sooner. This post was originally posted […]

Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother Story

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: amy_rab@ One of the biggest joys in writing LifeasMOM is getting to know you, my readers. I have developed some fantastic friendships thanks to blogging and met some wonderful people. Amongst those wonderful people is Carrie from Carrie’s Busy Nothings. Carrie has been the source of […]

Tips for a Make Ahead Christmas Meal

You know me. I love to cook ahead. It could be that I enjoy setting the mood with candles and soft music and cooking ahead allows me those extra minutes to add the certain something. OR… It could be that I just don’t like running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Either […]

Homemade Salsa

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: sosborne521@, jessicakaiser@, Kmoore688@, amm2ep@, jillyjoyce1@, Dinovak2350@ The other day we were driving home from shopping, and FishPapa asked what was for dinner. Upon hearing the answer (which was Rice and Beans), he inquired, “You got the salsa covered?” Well, you have that jar in the fridge […]

Tips for Terrific Teacher Gifts

Teaching is hard work. Whether your students are your own flesh and blood or someone else’s children, the life of a teacher is one of giving. And so it’s nice when others give back. Plus, thanking one’s teacher is a great habit to instill in our children. Here are some tips for making your teacher […]

Super Simple Fudge

Growing up fudge was a Christmas tradition at our house. My mom usually made a very simple version using marshmallow creme. I’ve followed in her footsteps — until this year. I bought all the ingredients, fully prepared to make fudge to add to our Christmas cookie tray. Well, who woulda thunk that marshmallow creme had […]