Christmas Memories: Holiday Mugs


Years ago dear friends demonstrated to me the fun of seasonal dishware. They had a huge collection of dishes for spring, summer, fall, and winter! While many people, myself included, don’t have the space for multiple china settings of different patterns, I have found that a few key pieces bring a sparkle to my kids’ […]

Christmas Music Sets the Tone for Your Home


I am blessed to have a musician husband. I still can’t believe he married me since I am so non-musical. But, he loves me anyway. Even though I am not a great singer and I can’t play a note. Though I am inept in the realm of music, I still really enjoy listening to music, especially […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Friendly Stocking Stuffers


Forgive me while I take the next few installments of Frugal Friday to talk about Frugal Christmas. I realize that not all my readers celebrate Christmas, so please indulge me just a wee bit. I think many of my suggestions for saving money at the holidays will transfer to any gift giving and celebrating that […]

Fun Advent Ideas for Families


The days of December mark the season of Advent, a time of anticipation of Christmas. This season in the church calendar mimics the anticipation of the Jews awaiting the arrival of the Messiah, over 2000 years ago. I love Advent as it gives me an opportunity to take a deep breath, to remember WHY we […]

Christmas in July: Do a Clothing Check


Now, you may not want to be thinking about bowties and holiday dress while the temperatures soar and the waves are beckoning. But, on December 24th when you pull out a stained dress shirt from the back of the closet and your son is sporting high waters, you’ll wish you had. Spending an hour on […]

Frugal Friday: Debt-Proof Your Christmas

Create a Christmas Budget

This week we’ve been talking and planning Christmas — in July. It’s a great way to think through the holiday season and what you want to do differently. Clearer thoughts prevail when Walmart isn’t already playing Jingle Bells. One important thing to consider regarding Christmas is the money part. You know the story: people try […]

Stocking Stuffer Inspiration


When I was growing up, our Christmas morning consisted of a mad dash for presents coupled with a breakfast of See’s candy. My dad always bought my mom a box for Christmas. And she was kind enough to share. Now that we’re adults, Grampa Jack gives each family its own box. Nuts and Chews, in […]

German Cut-Out Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves)

german cut out cookies

This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats}. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies as well. I’m looking forward to trying Katie’s recipe sometime soon. Last December we hosted a fun Christmas activity at our […]