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 […]

Put Together a Spa Gift Basket

Put together a spa gift basket as a fun holiday gift.  After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes. It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal […]

DIY Gingerbread House Tissue Box

how to make a gingerbread house tissue box

Looking for a fun craft to make with your children over the Thanksgiving weekend? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers instructions and a downloadable template to make your own Gingerbread House Tissue Box. Photo source: Janel Piersma Spend the afternoon with your peeps building a Gingerbread House with a twist! Nope, you can’t eat this […]