DIY on a Dime: Create a Book of Days

A book of days is an calendar without a year or days of the weeks. It marks the days of every month and helps you track important dates. Create customized calendars like these as memorable and economical gifts to give. Many, many moons ago I crafted handmade calendars for our extended families. Each was custom […]

DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts

Giving gifts can often be just as fun as getting them. In fact, I’ve found that when I take the attention off myself and try to bless other people, that the whole season is lots more enjoyable. Yesterday I shared five frugal gift ideas that I have made for friends and family over the years. […]

5 Frugal Gifts to Make (Frugal Friday)

Tis the season. The countdown begins this weekend as we mark the days and weeks until Christmas. Got your gift ideas ready? I don’t believe that presents are the end-all, be-all of Christmas. In fact, my family had as nice celebrations in the lean years as we have in years when we’ve had more spending […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Freezer Cooking at the Holidays

Whether you’re preparing part or all of a holiday meal, baking bulk batches of cookies, or simply putting up some easy dinners, freezer cooking can be your best friend at the holidays. As the days and months go by, I fall more in love with my freezer. That is to say, when I put it […]

Christmas Storybooks

Last year and again this summer, I made some investments in Christmas story books. Reading holiday stories throughout December is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. I love having copies of our own instead of fighting for it at the library. There are many great books out there! It’s fun to […]

Gift Guide for Littles

A gift guide for children ages 1 to 6. My baby is four this year. In a few more Christmases I probably won’t be buying too many presents for littles. I’ll be sad to see that season go. This is such a FUN time of life! Over the years I’ve paid a lot of stupid […]

I’m Gearing Up for Christmas Mode

 Forgive me while I talk about Christmas for a little while…. I dealt with the turkey leftovers quite promptly on Thursday. One extra turkey breast was chopped and frozen to use in soup later. I made stock. I fed the fam a turkey dinner/lunch again on Friday. I cleared up the fall decorations. And that was […]

Different Ways to Countdown to Christmas (Plus a FREE printable for Christmas Activity Chain)

Countdown the days until Christmas with family fun and devotional activities. Download a free printable to make it easy. December starts on Saturday. In my book, that means that I officially have six days to get ready with any Advent or Christmas countdowns I want to do with the fam. Sometimes this means biting off more […]