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FREE Printable Ringing in the New Year Booklet

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Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

What Makes Christmas Merry

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A Merry Christmas is not found in the abundance of gifts, food, or frolics, but in a knowing and a confidence in Him. Christmas really isn’t about the presents. The music and the stories and films are all well and good, too. But, they aren’t what it’s about. It’s not even about the food. Christmas […]

Savor the Moments of Family Life

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The days go by all too quickly when you’re a parent and your kids start to pick up speed. Savor the moments of family life. As I mentioned earlier this week, getting sick was a sure-fire way to get me to slow down this month and get perspective. Sure, there were more things I wanted […]

Really Last Minute Bargain Gifts (Frugal Friday)

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Last minute shopping doesn’t have to be expensive or entail a trip to the mall. You can find or make bargain gifts even at the last minute. So, you waited until the last minute? Or maybe, someone just got missed on the list? Or maybe someone came to mind that you want to bless this […]

Write a Letter to Your Child (FREE Printable)

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Writing a letter to your child can be a unique way to express your love and affection. While they might not “get it” now, it can be a good communication tool over time. In the last month, I’ve been struck at how quickly time is passing. I looked at these ornaments again and got teary […]

How to Take the Best Pictures on Christmas Day

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Christmas morning is full of photo ops: sleepy eyes, giggles, energetic kiddos, and maybe some grumpy faces. Check out these photography tips from professional photographer and Life as MOM contributor, Alex Maldonado, to capture those memories. Christmas is just around the corner and like most parents as our kids are engulfed in a sea of […]

Handling Grief at the Holidays

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The holidays can be a rough time for families who are grieving or dealing with sickness, injury, or financial hardship. Here are some ideas on how to reach out to them. It’s now been three years since my mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer. She passed away about a week before Christmas. It was a […]

Why Gift Giving Can Be Good for Kids

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Giving and receiving gifts can be important life lessons for children. Life as MOM contributor Prerna explains how. It’s the holiday season and there’s a lot of shopping happening. However, I hear a lot these days about teaching kids to be frugal by restricting the number of gifts they get or by cutting out gifts […]