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5 Ways to Save on Christmas Expenses – Frugal Friday

This week we’ve been talking Christmas planning here at LifeasMOM. As you probably know, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the biggest retail weeks of the year. Stores want your money and they’ll go to great lengths to get you to buy their product. We need to be diligent all 12 months of […]

Candy Cane Brownie Cupcakes – A Guest Post

You know how I love cute cakes and cupcakes. As the cupcake craze is taking over my home, I’m realizing how cupcakes can be an especially easy dessert, perfect for the holidays. No need to for utensils, easily portable, Yeah! Having recently tried my hand at cuter cupcakes, I think it’s worth a few trial […]

Making Christmas Memories to Last a Lifetime

Christmas was always a fun holiday for me and my siblings when we were growing up. It was one of my mom’s favorite occasions and her enthusiasm was definitely infectious. She made memories for us that have lasted a lifetime. Special Meals Since we lived in Southern California and all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and […]

Planning for a Holiday Baby

Today’s post is from Lauren Hill, the Mama in Mama’s Laundry Talk. We are so much on the same wavelength. I love reading what she writes. Today she shares how she’s preparing for a new baby at the holidays. I can so relate since two FishBabies were born in November. It’s a wonderful time to […]

Budgeting Tools from Dave Ramsey

Long time readers will know how much respect FishPapa and I have for Dave Ramsey. Following the methods that he lays out in his book, The Total Money Makeover, we paid off $18,000 in consumer debt over the course of 18 months. Reading Dave’s book and listening to the free podcast of The Dave Ramsey […]

Budgeting for Christmas

Christmas of 2007 seemed bleak in some ways. That was the year we woke up and smelled the debt. About six months prior to the holiday season, we gave up using our credit cards and headed to uncharted territory. We started using cash to pay for everything. We got crazy that summer and aggressively started […]

Christmas To Do – Make a List and Check it Twice

There is so much to do at the holidays. And unless you have a list and check it twice, you may find yourself scrambling in the final hour. Scrambling does not promote peace and harmony. And while Christmas is, indeed, five months away, sometimes it serves us well to plan ahead. The lazier days of […]

Behold the Lamb of God

Several years ago — when we were in the throes of debt and disappointment — FishPapa and I attended a Christmas concert on Thanksgiving weekend. We didn’t really know what to expect, except that we knew the music being played. We owned the album, Behold the Lamb of God, by Andrew Peterson. The concert itself […]