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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?!

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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 […]

Christmas Shopping: Getting the Biggest Bang for Our Buck

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Last night I went shopping with a friend. We got great deals on crackers and laundry soap, ate yummy Thai food, scooped up the loss leaders at the local health food store and overall, tried to get the biggest bang for our buck. That’s the name of the game these days. How can you stretch […]

Christmas Memories: Holiday Mugs

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]