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DIY on a Dime: Make a Cookie Kit

Make a cookie kit with dough, sprinkles, frosting, and cookie cutters. It’s an experience and it’s tangible — all at the same time! My mom has always been a great one to help parents enjoy more quality time with their kids. I remember about thirty years ago driving around town with her delivering Christmas gifts. […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Playdough Kit

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Learn how to make homemade playdough and package it up as an inexpensive but FUN gift for kids from Life as MOM Contributor Janel. Photo source: Janel Piersma When I was a kid, my mom always made our playdough. She’d make a HUGE batch of it and then let us do the coloring. We’d each get […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Citrus Pomander

When I was growing up, there was a lemon tree growing in the backyard. It produced hundreds of lemons each year that we made into lemonade and lemon pie. I even ate a few raw. They were Meyer lemons, so they were sweet enough to eat without too much of a pucker. Invariably each winter […]

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 […]