Handling Grief at the Holidays

christmas books with gramma

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

small tabletop christmas tree

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 […]

Last Minute Shopping Tips (Frugal Friday)


Do you still have some Christmas shopping to do? Here are some tips and tricks from Mandi at Jungle Deals and Steals to help you make the most of your money now that the day is ever closer. photo source The following is a guest post from Mandi of Jungle Deals & Steals and Life…Your […]

Quickest Chili in the West (URS: Make Ahead Meals)

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Looking for a quick, hot meal? How about a quick supper to give as a gift? I gotcha covered on both counts with this make ahead chili spice mix! Quick meals, especially those that can be made ahead, are the name of the game in these here parts. Especially since I came down with the […]

Christmas Home Tour 2011

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It’s always so fun to participate in the annual Christmas Home Tour in the blogosphere. Namely, it makes me clean my house! Last week I was busy with numerous writing projects and deadlines. I finished about 4 pm on Friday afternoon, decided on a dinner out, and then promptly fell ill. My family had been […]

12 Days of Christmas

gingerbread houses

There is a world of creative ideas to cover Christmas celebrations. Check out some of these winning ideas. Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing quick and easy ideas for family fun while some friends shared tips in different areas. Here’s a recap: 1+1+1=1 shared ideas for Christmas Homeschool Fun. I really like the sensory […]

Easy Appetizers for the Holidays (Eat Well, Spend Less)

Mom's relish tray

Don’t forget the appetizers at your upcoming feasts and get-togethers. These easy appetizers are just the ticket for tempting tummies on a budget. We are a snacky kind of family. If I don’t have a “real” meal plan in store, we often resort to chips and salsa, vegetables and hummus, cheese and bread, and the […]

Oh for Joy! Win a David Crowder Band CD


This year I used some Swagbucks to add to our Christmas music collection. One of the best additions was Oh for Joy by David Crowder Band. We’ve been DCB fans for over ten years and saw him in concert a few years ago. His music is energizing and fun. Hip, updated, and a little out […]