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Afternoon Reading: Thanksgiving Books for Kids

When FishBoy14 was just a little tyke, I borrowed a friend’s copy of Stories of the Pilgrims. It’s a great book full of short chapters about the Puritans of Plimouth. We ended up buying our own copy. It’s been awhile since we worked our way through it, so I busted it out to read to […]

Extracurricular Activities to Supplement Academics

The following is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: We all know one of “those families”– the ones who have their children’s lives so full and micro-managed that there’s not a single spare moment to breathe or relax. I definitely do not advocate over-scheduling little ones. I’m a firm believer in family-time, down-time, and […]

Time Management for the Holiday Season (& FREE holiday printables)

photo source The moms I know have pretty full days. Gone are the lazy days of summer when we can go wherever the wind blows us, sleep in, or change plans midstream for an impromptu trip to the pool. Homework, sports practices, games, music recitals, and carpools have replaced a more flexible schedule. However could […]

The Most Beautiful Garden (The Grass is Always Greener)

photo source There’s a garden nearby where children play happily, never bickering or squabbling. They share nicely and politely. Always. They are impeccably dressed, no stains or tears in sight. The older  help the younger and obviously enjoy each other’s company. The yard is well-tended with beautiful flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and lush lawns, all […]

Pay for Christmas Morning with Swagbucks (Frugal Friday)

Christmas morning can be a fun, fun, FUN moment for a child. I have wonderful memories of those days. Except, of course, when my sister sobbed uncontrollably for two hours when our baby brother got the only Cabbage Patch doll my parents could lay their hands on. That was a sad, sad day. (In their […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds (URS: Appetizers)

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]

Dressing Your Home for Cooler Months

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributing writer, Prerna: photo source: Pottery Barn I love the winter season. It is my favorite time of the year. Not only am I more productive during this season, I’m also more cheerful and peaceful. While the fact that this is the season where we celebrate my favorite holiday of […]

Thinking about a Simpler Season

photo source The holidays hold some of my favorite childhood memories: long neighborhood walks in the rain after a big turkey dinner sandwiches: turkey on rye bread, just a bit of mayo card games with my Gramma or other visiting relative Toffee Dream See’s candy at breakfast late nights on New Years None of these […]