Handling Grief at the Holidays

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The holidays can be a rough time for families who are grieving or dealing with sickness, injury, or financial hardship. Here are some ideas on how to reach out to them. It’s now been three years since my mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer. She passed away about a week before Christmas. It was a […]

Why Gift Giving Can Be Good for Kids

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Giving and receiving gifts can be important life lessons for children. Life as MOM contributor Prerna explains how. It’s the holiday season and there’s a lot of shopping happening. However, I hear a lot these days about teaching kids to be frugal by restricting the number of gifts they get or by cutting out gifts […]

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips


Do you still have some Christmas shopping to do? Here are some tips and tricks from Mandi at Jungle Deals and Steals to help you make the most of your money now that the day is ever closer. photo source The following is a guest post from Mandi of Jungle Deals & Steals and Life…Your […]

Christmas Home Tour 2011

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It’s always so fun to participate in the annual Christmas Home Tour in the blogosphere. Namely, it makes me clean my house! Last week I was busy with numerous writing projects and deadlines. I finished about 4 pm on Friday afternoon, decided on a dinner out, and then promptly fell ill. My family had been […]

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 […]