A Christmas in July Giveaway from See’s Candy

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: KristyBartlett@ Smell that? THAT is the smell of Christmas morning! What?! You don’t have that tradition. Well, you should. Every year for at least the last 40, my dad has opened a box of See’s Candy Nuts and Chews to pass around while we opened presents. […]

A Giveaway from Lilla Rose and the Modest Mom

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Win gift certificates to Lilla Rose and the Modest Mom. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: stephfishr@, lowilmac@, martinacres08@ The holiday season is rife with fun and feasting. And there just might be an occasion for getting all gussied up. While I’m no fashionista, I do feel better about our outings and […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway: Nanna’s Stockings

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: josee@, beckylovesreading@, kcrognale@ About fifteen years ago my mother took up the knitting needles. She learned to knit as a girl, but she renewed her skills for a very specific purpose. To knit Christmas stockings. You see that stocking up there with “Jessica” emblazoned upon it […]

Plan for A Simpler Season: Get the Book!

After much hard work behind the scenes, my latest ebook is here. I’m so excited to share it with you and I hope that you’ll love it, too. A Simpler Season A Simpler Season is a compilation of years of thoughts and planning ideas to make Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s memorable events to spend […]

It’s Christmas — in July!

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Every year since the beginning of Life as MOM (the blog, that is), I’ve spent at least a day every July talking all things Christmas  as well as hosting a round up of goodies and giveaways. Hold onto your hats, folks! Christmas (in July) is here. Throughout the day, I’ll be sharing four great giveaways, […]

How To Encourage Your Kids To Document Their Own Life


Let your kids be the photographers! Check out these great tips from Life as MOM contributor and professional photographer, Alex Maldonado. If you are anything like me when it comes to photographing your kids, you often feel like you can never do enough of it.  Sure we nail the big moments like birthday parties, dance recitals […]

How to Organize & Contain Children’s Toys, Books & Other Stuff

Toys, books, and other kid stuff make a home fun and playful. Yet sometimes, it can become too much stuff. It’s hard to manage it all and still give your children a fun atmosphere to live and play in.  Today, as part of Zone Defense, contributor Prerna shares some tips for Toy Management. Ever wonder how […]

Vacation Food Traditions

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We don’t “vacation” all that much. But, when we do, we like to eat well. And over the years we’ve developed some special little traditions that are relegated to vacation time. I’m sharing those as well as other tips for eating well on vacation over on Food Your Way today.