O Christmas Tree! Safety Tips for Families with Small Children

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Christmas time can be an exciting one for families with small children. But, it can be full of mishaps because small children are, well, small. They’re inquisitive. They want to explore their world. They want to get into stuff. And boy, is that Christmas tree an enticing thing to explore. As parents we can fight […]

Bah HumBudget?!

Photo source: kevindooley Presents? Big dinners? Holiday events? Bah Humbug! In an economy such as ours, it can be tempting to be as miserly as Ebenezer Scrooge. Money’s tight, and the last thing we need is to spend a lot of money on stuff we don’t need or on things that will be broken by […]

Mom Deals: 13 Days and Counting

I confess. I felt a little pressure yesterday afternoon. I had spent time online Christmas shopping and then braved the rain to price comparison at my local Walmart. Then hoofed it back home to get my Amazon order in. The FishKids are officially shopped for, as are my parents and siblings. Well, sorta. There are […]

Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Christmas Shopping: Getting the Biggest Bang for Our Buck

Last night I went shopping with a friend. We got great deals on crackers and laundry soap, ate yummy Thai food, scooped up the loss leaders at the local health food store and overall, tried to get the biggest bang for our buck. That’s the name of the game these days. How can you stretch […]

Christmas Memories: Holiday Mugs

Years ago dear friends demonstrated to me the fun of seasonal dishware. They had a huge collection of dishes for spring, summer, fall, and winter! While many people, myself included, don’t have the space for multiple china settings of different patterns, I have found that a few key pieces bring a sparkle to my kids’ […]

Ready to Deck the Holidays?

No doubt you’ve heard the words to the traditional English carol, “Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Falalalalalalalala.” Simple translation: “Decorate your house.” However, there has been many a December when it feels like Mom’s the one being decked – in the modern sense of the word. In the quest for the picture-perfect Christmas, […]