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Wrapping Paper That Kids Can Decorate Themselves

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As the gift-giving and gift-wrapping season approaches, let your kids customize your wrapping paper for a fun and crafty presentation. About 20 years ago as I was finishing college, I lived with a family from my church. Kathy had three boys and modeled all kinds of great characteristics for me, frugality being one of them. […]

Make a Thanksgiving Journal (Falling for Fun)

How to Make a Custom Journal | Life as MOM

Learn how to customize a simple composition book to make a Thanksgiving journal from Life as MOM contributor Janel. “What are you thankful for this year?” It’s a question that is asked around many a table on the fourth Thursday in November. Personally, I always kinda squirm with that one. You know, sharing feelings around […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Gifts to make for Kids

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]

DIY Dress-Up Skirts

DIY Dress Up Skirt - waistband casing

Learn how to make a simple dress-up skirt from Life as MOM contributor Janel. This is a great way to make a piece of costume when you can’t find just what you need. All photos: Janel A few years ago, my sister Jamie lent me her sewing machine for a project that I was working […]

DIY on a Dime: Microwaveable Heat Packs

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Sew microwaveable heat packs from colorful fabric. What a cute and cozy gift! As you may know, we’re total wimps here in Southern California. Some of you are weathering extremely cold temps where you live and I’m wearing fingerless gloves as I type. I am cold all the time. I have no idea how I […]

DIY on a Dime: Printable Gift Coupons

Free printable coupons

Looking for that last-minute gift idea? Well, this would be it: free printable gift coupons. If you’ve not done your Christmas shopping yet, you may be starting to panic. Don’t. Just fall back on that good old standby: the coupon book. You probably made these when you were a kid. Now’s the time to bring […]

DIY on a Dime: Breakfast for the Road

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Know someone with a long morning commute? Bless him or her with breakfast for the road. Breakfast is an important meal, but one that’s easy to skip. Too easy. We all know we should eat, but …. that morning rush gets the best of us sometimes. This gift is super easy to put together and […]

DIY on a Dime: Peppermint Milk

Peppermint Milk

Mix up this simple hot drink mix as a quick and easy gift.  I first mixed up this minty milk concoction about ten years ago when I found candy canes on sale. For ten cents a box. I couldn’t help but experiment with them. My 12yo has remembered that experiment all these years. Recently, he […]