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 […]

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 […]

Christmas Planning: The Traditions


Today’s post on Christmas traditions is brought to us from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Jen is the frugal Family Manager of five blessings, in passionate pursuit of balancing it all – the good, bad and ugly. Jen loves showcasing her frugal fashionista finds, trash to treasure jewels and a plethora of meal planning/family […]

Christmas Planning: The Gifts


Have you perfected your imitation of the Christmas Goose, scurrying to and fro without rest as soon as December 1 hits the calendar? Do you find yourself traipsing through the mall for the perfect present, despite the crowds, your whining children, and a splitting headache? Are moderation and forethought new concepts for you? Perhaps it […]

Christmas Planning: The Atmosphere


The atmosphere of your home sets the tone for your holiday — and your life. Smells, sounds, and decor all contribute to the sentiments people feel when they are within the walls of your abode, whether they live there or are just visiting. There are three things that you can effect to develop a beautiful, […]

Why Christmas?


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. He came so that we may be reconciled to God. The tree, the ornaments, and the cookies (yes, them, too) […]