Family Photos: History in the Making


Ever had to sit patiently while someone else showed you all their family photos? Not had that pleasure? Well, today’s your lucky day! Inspired by The Happy Housewife’s latest round-up of family photos, I thought I’d share with you a little of our history. It seems that over the years the FishParents have disappeared from […]

Make a Memory with Christmas Tree Scones


I’m kinda goofy in that (among other reasons) I love to make fanciful food for my kids. Fun cakes at their birthdays, star-shaped cake pops (sort of) at the 4th of July, turkey-shaped cinnamon rolls at Thanksgiving, and this week: Christmas Tree Scones. Pop over to Good (& Cheap) Eats and see what we’ve got […]

Frugal Christmas: Save Money by Staying Home


This month on Frugal Fridays, I’ve told you about Fun $10 Gifts, Budget Stocking Stuffers, and Savvy Shopping Ideas. In my last Frugal Friday of 2009, I present an earth-shattering way to save money: Stay Home Photo Source: jo-h Some may not understand what I mean. So, let me explain. If you stay home and […]

Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

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My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]

FishBoys’ Gift Guide for Boys Ages 5-12


Wondering what to buy the young boys in your life this Christmas? Stumped by the difference between a Lego and a Playmobil? Can’t understand all the hooplah over a video game? You are not alone. I am one of those rare beings to be a prissy girl only to become the mother of four boys […]

O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

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Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small children. But, it can be full of mishaps because small children are, well, small. They’re inquisitive. They want to explore their world. They want to get into stuff. And boy, is that Christmas tree an enticing thing to explore. As parents we can fight […]

Bah HumBudget?!


Photo source: kevindooley Presents? Big dinners? Holiday events? Bah Humbug! In an economy such as ours, it can be tempting to be as miserly as Ebenezer Scrooge. Money’s tight, and the last thing we need is to spend a lot of money on stuff we don’t need or on things that will be broken by […]

Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

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Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]