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 […]

Got Your Family Photo On? (A Giveaway from Shutterfly)

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: bennett81252@ Remember that bit about planning ahead? There are less than six weeks until Christmas. Yes, really. As we’ve discussed previously, a little advance planning can ensure that your holiday season won’t be a harried one. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to […]

Simple Planning for a Stress-free Holiday Season

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! The holidays are just around the corner and chances are you’re getting stressed over the gifts that need buying, the food that needs cooking, the decorations that need putting up. Life as MOM contributor, Prerna Malik offers suggestions on how to lighten that load with good planning.  Yes, it […]

Fill a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

Christmas is not too far away, less than 60 days by my last reckoning. This next two weeks are a great time to fill a shoebox with love, necessities, and toys to be sent overseas to children in need. Life as MOM reader, Carrie, shares her expertise on how to pull it off. The following […]

99 Days Until Christmas?

The countdown has begun. But, don’t be alarmed. A little planning now will make for a simpler season. Who knew that Christmas was only 99 days away?! With the hundred degree temps we’ve been having, it’s hard to imagine ever wearing a coat or hunting down a Christmas tree. But the day will be here […]

12 Ways to Save Money on Christmas (& a FREE download)

Christmas can be a great time with friends and family. Let’s plan ahead to stay under budget, too. Be sure to download the free Christmas coupons to get you started. Earlier this week I posted a boatload of Christmas ideas and giveaways in honor of “Christmas in July“. I’m a Christmas Geek and love to […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway from Blue Orange Games

Win one of five great games from Blue Orange Games. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: establishedways@, stephjem95@, Traci527@, cadmomdo@, beckybecks02@ For me one of the big highlights of the holidays are the cold winter nights when we hunker down together to play games. (And yes, Virginia, it does get cold here.) […]