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Christmas Storybooks

Christmas storybooks

Last year and again this summer, I made some investments in Christmas story books. Reading holiday stories throughout December is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. I love having copies of our own instead of fighting for it at the library. There are many great books out there! It’s fun to […]

Gift Guide for Littles

gift guide for littles

A gift guide for children ages 1 to 6. My baby is four this year. In a few more Christmases I probably won’t be buying too many presents for littles. I’ll be sad to see that season go. This is such a FUN time of life! Over the years I’ve paid a lot of stupid […]

I’m Gearing Up for Christmas Mode

nativity drawing

 Forgive me while I talk about Christmas for a little while…. I dealt with the turkey leftovers quite promptly on Thursday. One extra turkey breast was chopped and frozen to use in soup later. I made stock. I fed the fam a turkey dinner/lunch again on Friday. I cleared up the fall decorations. And that was […]

Different Ways to Countdown to Christmas (Plus a FREE printable for Christmas Activity Chain)

christmas countdown activity chain

Countdown the days until Christmas with family fun and devotional activities. Download a free printable to make it easy. December starts on Saturday. In my book, that means that I officially have six days to get ready with any Advent or Christmas countdowns I want to do with the fam. Sometimes this means biting off more […]

Put Together a Spa Gift Basket

redmond clay spa pack

Put together a spa gift basket as a fun holiday gift.  After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes. It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on Black Friday (Frugal Friday)

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This post was originally published on November 25, 2010: The mad rush for holiday shopping begins. Retailers want your hard-earned dollars. You want a good deal — and something fun to give loved ones this season. You have to be the smarter player in this game. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you […]

Holiday Movie Round-Up

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The four day weekend begs for at least one family movie viewing, doesn’t it? Here’s a handful of my kids’ recent faves. While we don’t have any regular Thanksgiving traditions — besides eating — we typically start thinking and planning and crafting for upcoming Christmas celebrations over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That usually includes busting […]

DIY Gingerbread House Tissue Box

how to make a gingerbread house tissue box

Looking for a fun craft to make with your children over the Thanksgiving weekend? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers instructions and a downloadable template to make your own Gingerbread House Tissue Box. Photo source: Janel Piersma Spend the afternoon with your peeps building a Gingerbread House with a twist! Nope, you can’t eat this […]