Budget Birthday Party Planning Ideas

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Looking for ways to celebrate a birthday that doesn’t break the bank? Try these on for size. Over the years our family has thrown a number of birthday parties. We don’t do them every year nowawadays, but there was a time when every child celebrated with a large friends party. Overtime and through much trial […]

Get Out!

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One of my new goals for the year was to spend more time outside. I started reading Last Child in the Woods and it’s got me thinking about the nature deficit in my own life. Thankfully, my kids get outside almost every day, weather permitting. Their mother on the other hand, has always been somewhat […]

Family Movie Round-up for These Early Nights


We lived through several years of marriage and parenting with neither a TV nor a video player. Let alone cable. It was fine all through the spring and summer months. There was so much to do outside that we didn’t really want to be inside watching something. Then the days would shorten and I would […]

How to Have a Happy (New) Year

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photo source We say “Happy New Year!” But I wonder if we are really just referring to the night or the day surrounding the change of years. Ya know, “Have a great party!” Rarely on January 1 have I thought about the year as a whole and how to make the next 364 days happy […]

New Year’s Feasting (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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Ring in the new year with some good eats to please the whole family. The ball is dropping in just a few days. We’re on the edge of 2013? How did we get here?! Since hubby and I are homebodies, we’ve never minded staying home on New Year’s Eve. We cook up some fun snacks […]

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 […]

Getting My Christmas On

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I mentioned last week that I decided to go to battle for Christmas. I went Christmas shopping. Ordered from Amazon what I couldn’t find locally. I even wrapped everything as soon as it came in the door. This is progress, people. I usually spend all Christmas evening wrapping. Not this year. I’m going to bed […]

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 […]