Don’t Be Afraid of Hard Work

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Hard work is nothing to be scared of. Let’s model this for our kids — and for our own good. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. — Proverbs 14:23 As moms and as women, we have a myriad of tasks set before us. Cleaning, child care, and cooking […]

DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s Day


The DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series was such fun to put together. It got my creative juices flowing and helped me over a rough spot at the holidays. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to love on your family and be a little goofy. I have fond memories of my mom doing small, simple […]

A Day in My Life

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Somedays, I feel like the old lady in the grocery store. You know the one. The one who tells you to enjoy these days because they will soon be gone. I know, I know. When you’re in the thick of child-rearing, baby-wearing, diaper-changing, nose-wiping, it’s hard to imagine looking back on these moments or days […]

5 Ways to Get Kids to Love Helping in the Kitchen

Homemade Hamburger Helper (2) (500x375)

This month I’ve been making more of a concerted effort to teach my kids kitchen skills. Guest writer Katie from Kitchen Stewardship offers some great suggestions to help you do it, too. Making everything we eat from scratch means I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. No matter how many brilliant shortcuts I […]

Indoor Activities for Kids

Got kids cooped up inside? Plan ahead with one of these fun indoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. This is the time of year, based on illness and weather, that we find ourselves indoors. Believe me, even here in San Diego, we’re bundling up in the house. We had below freezing temps earlier […]

Go Ahead, Have a Third Kid

Aren’t they sweet?! Oh be still my heart. These are my three sons. Well, my three sons before the rest of the FishKids arrived. In case you’ve ever wondered, our eldest was 3 1/2 when our second child was born. We’d had the miscarriages; we hadn’t planned on a big gap. Our third son was […]

Have an Indoor Snowball Fight!

Indoor Snowball Fight

Kids love it when adults get silly with them. What’s sillier than an indoor snowball fight? Your kids will LOVE an indoor snowball fight — especially when you join in on the fun. Learn how to make these inexpensive “snowballs” in this tutorial from Life as MOM Contributor Janel. All Photos: Janel Piersma A couple […]

Budget Birthday Party Planning Ideas

budget birthday party ideas

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 […]