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Easy Appetizers for the Holidays (Eat Well, Spend Less)

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Don’t forget the appetizers at your upcoming feasts and get-togethers. These easy appetizers are just the ticket for tempting tummies on a budget. We are a snacky kind of family. If I don’t have a “real” meal plan in store, we often resort to chips and salsa, vegetables and hummus, cheese and bread, and the […]

Make These Easy Painted Glass Globe Ornaments with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Christmas Ornaments You Can Make Yourself | Life as MOM

Creating Christmas tree ornaments can serve as a fun family activity. These easy painted glass globe ornaments would also make elegant and inexpensive gifts as well. The kids and I painted these swirly glass globe ornaments last week as the start of our Christmas countdown. They were incredibly easy to paint — and so much […]

Gift Guide for Little Girls (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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I may have started out my parenting career with FOUR boys, but we’ve got two girls at the end of the train. I’m learning afresh what makes a little girl smile and what makes a good gift. Over the weekend, I shared my gift guide for boys, aged 5 to 15. Experience tells me that […]

Meaningful Teacher Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids (12 Days of Family Fun)

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Teacher gifts don’t need to be expensive or complicated. Today Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh, shares three meaningful teacher gifts you can make with your kids. It’s that time of year. The turkey has been devoured, the leftovers packaged up, and our minds have turned toward Christmas. Ready or not, it will be here […]

Find Letters and Make Photo Gifts with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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Photo gifts can be some of the most fun to make with your kids, especially if you go “find” letters when you’re out and about. For many years our family made handmade gifts to friends and family. It was my way of economizing and still having something to share with others. Some years were successes. […]

Follow the Children’s Lead (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Children know what’s fun. And sometimes it’s better to follow their lead when it comes to family entertainment. The first year that I instituted the Christmas Countdown, I was so excited about all the fun we would have. I knew my kids would have a blast eating dinner backwards and going light looking in their […]

A Gift Guide for Boys (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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Wondering what to get for that young man in your life? As the mom of FOUR boys, I got you covered with this gift guide for boys, aged 5 to 15. Let’s face it. Part of the fun of Christmas is the presents. There, I said it. I’ve said it before, Jesus is the best […]

Clutter-free Christmas Stocking Stuffers

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Tired of giving gifts that become clutter six months later? Yeah, me, too. I’m on a mission to have clutter-free stocking stuffers this year. This past summer when I was helping some children clean their room, I found several card games. Correction: I found pieces to several card games. Apparently, we no longer had the […]