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Frugal DIY Valentines

Here’s a quick round-up of some fun, inexpensive DIY Valentines. Check your craft cupboard or your scrapbooking supplies and use what you have to save some coin. Box of Chocolates Money My aunt gave us this box of goodies for Christmas one year. So fun! Read my tutorial of how to make it. Varying the […]

LA Kings Hockey Birthday Cake (& a Birthday Cake Round-Up)

A Kings birthday cake, whether for an LA Kings Hockey fan or other special guest of honor, is super easy to make with a layer cake and a cardboard crown. I am not a big fan of purple. I’ll admit it. But, I couldn’t very well serve a black cake to my LA KINGS hockey […]

Embracing a New Season of Motherhood

It would seem that this month we’re all reevaluating how we spend the daze. I’m working on an extreme home(school) makeover while contributor Lauren examines how to embrace a new season of motherhood. January is always a time of fresh starts. I can’t wait to crack open my newly purchased calendar each year and plan […]

Teaching My Boys to Cook (Eat Well, Spend Less)

Teaching my boys to cook is a great way for us to eat well and spend less, while they live under my roof as well as after they fly the nest. Ever since my firstborn could stand up on a kitchen chair, we’ve encouraged our kids to help in the kitchen. (That’s he and I […]

Keep a Record of Valuable Possessions (Frugal Friday)

Keeping a written record of your valuable (ie replaceable) possessions can save you a lot of stress if a natural disaster, theft, or fire strikes your home. It’s common knowlege that we frugalites like to make sure we get a good deal on the things that we purchase. There’s also the understanding that we take […]

Hammock Time

Spending just a few minutes chatting with your child each day can make a big difference in their disposition and in your relationship. True confessions: At least one of my children knows exactly what button to push to create utter havoc with everyone in the general vicinity. He’s not mean spirited. In fact, he’s often […]

Q&A: Morning Wake-Up HELP!

Occasionally, readers write with questions that I know others might be able to add to or benefit from. Today we’re talking about morning wake-up help and how to get kids ready and out the door. Q. I am hoping that you can help me (and possibly other readers as well) find some ideas for getting […]

Review the Old Year

Reviewing the old year is a great way to remember the beauty and goodness, and hardships, too, that craft the path we’re on for the future. On Christmas night while my peeps were happily playing with new Legos, video games, and felt food, I started working on our 2011 family slide show. I’ve done this […]