Balancing Family Commitments at the Holidays

Photo source The holidays can be a wonderful time to get together with family that you don’t often see. It can be an enriching opportunity for your children to visit with cousin, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. It can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Or, it can be a tad stressful. Family holidays […]

How to Have a Restful, Memorable, & Meaningful Holiday Season

Photo Source Fall, Back to School, Halloween, Daylight Saving Time, these milestones have passed. 2010 is quickly drawing to a close. “The Holidays” are upon us. A man once said, “Boy, the holidays are rough. Every year I just try to get from the day before Thanksgiving to the day after New Year’s.” The potential […]

Good Reads for Christmas Prep

The boys and I are gearing up for Christmas baking, including our traditional Jesus cookies (pictured). We discussed their favorite cookies this week and developed a list of cookies to share. Wait for it…. I know Christmas prep may seem early to some. But, as FishPapa says, “You can’t turn an aircraft carrier on a […]

A Simple Candle Gift

Looking for a simple, inexpensive gift that still says you care? How ’bout this? I found a bunch of candles on clearance at Target and thought they would be really cute on small dishes, wrapped up with cellophane and a bow. Salad plates are really inexpensive. I bought this blue one at IKEA for a […]

Gearing Up for the Holidays (Frugal Friday)

Even though Christmas is still several weeks away, I know that it will be here in the twinkling of an eye. And since I want to enjoy the season as much as possible and NOT get caught up in the craziness that often accompanies Christmas, I’m doing a few things to gear up. 1. Start […]

Planning for Your Lego Maniacs

As you may know by now, with four boys, our home is Lego central. I did my best to keep those sharp, pokey, kill-your-feet-in-the-middle-of-the-night-when-you’re-walking-down-the-hall bricks at bay for quite some time. But, about five years ago I succumbed, and my boys couldn’t be happier. Legos are a very sweet part of the fabric of our […]

Thinking Ahead to a Holiday Wardrobe

I confess, I am no fashionista. My sister, Jamie, has always been the one with style, while I have been the one with the frump. I am probably the last person who should be writing about wardrobes. That said, I like to know that my family has nice clothes for special occasions. I like to […]

5 Ways to Save on Christmas Expenses – Frugal Friday

This week we’ve been talking Christmas planning here at LifeasMOM. As you probably know, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the biggest retail weeks of the year. Stores want your money and they’ll go to great lengths to get you to buy their product. We need to be diligent all 12 months of […]