5 Ways to Help You Be More Content This Holiday Season

Want to enjoy the season a little bit more? Consider these 5 ways to help you be a little more content this Christmas.

5 Ways to Help You Be More Content This Holiday Season - Want to enjoy the season a little bit more? Consider these 5 ways to help you be a little more content this Christmas.

As you know by now, the holiday season is ramping into gear. Black Friday ads, Christmas gift guides, and all kinds of marketing literally shout at us to Buy! Buy! Buy! It can be a little overwhelming when you don’t have an unlimited budget. And even if you do, it’s distracting from more meaningful pursuits.

I wonder if millionaires get in a frenzy on Christmas. I’m thinking they probably don’t. They don’t need to find the deals; they don’t need to plan ahead; they have assistants they can send shopping, right? Iknow that even millionaires and celebrities aren’t completely happy. Money doesn’t buy happiness.

Whether the bank balance has ten digits or two, we all need the same thing: to be content with what we have. 

That can be difficult to pull off during the holiday season since there’s such a focus on buying, sales, and acquiring more stuff. [Continue reading…]

The Weekly Ramble

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

clean counter espresso

On Monday I woke up to a pristine white counter. See above. FishPapa removed the grout on one section of the kitchen counter and replaced it with bright white. Oh my! It’s like my soul has been cleansed!

Keeping white grout clean has never been one of my strong suits. One of the things I loved about our Kansas house was the formica countertops. No grout to get stained and dingy, shouting to the world that I am not the best housekeeper ever.

I had no idea you could just remove grout. I thought you had to redo the counter tops. For five bucks and a little  elbow grease, I can feel like a new woman. Well, at least my kitchen can. (Post and tutorial is forthcoming. He’s only done one section so far, but I am thrilled! Christmas came early!)

In other news, that espresso machine is over 20 years old. The Great Aunt Cass bought it for us when we got married. It’s still going strong. It’s not as fancy as the Nespresso that we used in France, but since it uses regular coffee grounds instead of pods, it’s a frugal way to have a cappuccino every morning.

Clean grout and a cappuccino? What more could a girl ask for?! [Continue reading…]

Redeeming Tyndale Rewards and an Advent Giveaway

Redeeming Tyndale Rewards Points and an Advent Giveaway: Tyndale Rewards is a great way to earn free books and Bibles to give as gifts this Christmas

The following post is sponsored by Tyndale Rewards. Tyndale Rewards is a great way to earn free books and Bibles to give as gifts this Christmas: November and December are interesting months. The voices of frugality, consumerism, fantasy, indulgence, faith, and goodwill to men all clamor to be heard. Save on this! Buy that! Hohoho! You deserve […]

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How to Make Good on Black Friday Sales

How to Make Good on Black Friday Sales - Black Friday can be a blessing or a curse. A lot of it depends on your attitude and your plan.

Black Friday can be a blessing or a curse. A lot of it depends on your attitude and your plan. I look around my house at all the stuff we have and I think, we really need nothing. Nothing. My kids do not need new toys and games. There are already five million books in […]

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The Magic of Stories

The Magic of Stories

The following post is sponsored by Put Me in the Story personalized books: I’ve always been a bookworm. My parents, both teachers, taught me to read when I was about three or four. I wasn’t brilliant or anything, but it did open up a new world for me. Books became my everything. My mom would take […]

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Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes | LifeasMOM.com

Looking for some new Thanksgiving recipes to try this year? Here are some of the FishFamily’s favorites! Next week signals my kids’ favorite meal of the entire year. We are heading to Grampa Lee and Gramma Marilyn’s house, one of our happy places. Gramma and I have been scheming about the meal. It turns out […]

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Baked Goods to Make Ahead and Freeze

Baked Goods to Make Ahead and Freeze - Spend a few minutes this week planning out your holiday baking needs. Find the right flours, get baking, and fill the freezer with baked goods to last you all season long.

Spend a few minutes this week planning out your holiday baking needs. Find the right flours, get baking, and fill the freezer with baked goods to last you all season long. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill: As the busy holiday season approaches, I start thinking about all the yummy foods that our […]

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A Thanksgiving Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A Thanksgiving Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids | Free printable scavenger hunts for both indoor and outdoor games.

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful occasion for getting together with family and friends. I have fond memories of us kids riding rough and wild all over the house while the adults talked. It seemed like the ultimate holiday. We would play while the turkey cooked. We would play at the kids table. We would play […]

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