Celebrate Simply

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Would you like to celebrate the season more simply this year? Take my free 4-week course to help you streamline your celebrations to suit your season of life. Years ago when we had one child and a really tight budget, I decided that I was going to make all our Christmas gifts, all our Christmas […]

99 Days Until Christmas?

organized christmas

The countdown has begun. But, don’t be alarmed. A little planning now will make for a simpler season. Who knew that Christmas was only 99 days away?! With the hundred degree temps we’ve been having, it’s hard to imagine ever wearing a coat or hunting down a Christmas tree. But the day will be here […]

FREE Printable Ringing in the New Year Booklet


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, […]

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 […]

Write a Letter to Your Child (FREE Printable)

handwritten christmas letter

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 […]

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 […]

FREE Paper and Pencil Game Book (Frugal Friday)

Paper and Pencil Games

Looking for an easy homemade gift to give to the children in your life? Take them on a trip back in time with this free printable paper and pencil game book. Years ago money was extremely tight. Wisdom said that I couldn’t spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts. But, I so wanted to! Wisdom […]

Gift Guide for Little Girls (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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I may have started out my parenting career with FOUR boys, but we’ve got two girls at the end of the train. I’m learning afresh what makes a little girl smile and what makes a good gift. Over the weekend, I shared my gift guide for boys, aged 5 to 15. Experience tells me that […]