Pay for Christmas Morning with Swagbucks

Christmas morning can be a fun, fun, FUN moment for a child. I have wonderful memories of those days. Except, of course, when my sister sobbed uncontrollably for two hours when our baby brother got the only Cabbage Patch doll my parents could lay their hands on. That was a sad, sad day. (In their […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds

Maple Spiced pepitas and almonds

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]

Dressing Your Home for Cooler Months

pottery barn room

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributing writer, Prerna: photo source: Pottery Barn I love the winter season. It is my favorite time of the year. Not only am I more productive during this season, I’m also more cheerful and peaceful. While the fact that this is the season where we celebrate my favorite holiday of […]

Thinking about a Simpler Season

thinking book

photo source The holidays hold some of my favorite childhood memories: long neighborhood walks in the rain after a big turkey dinner sandwiches: turkey on rye bread, just a bit of mayo card games with my Gramma or other visiting relative Toffee Dream See’s candy at breakfast late nights on New Years None of these […]

Thankfulness is Something to Practice

snowy mountains

When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.” Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.) Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt […]

Planning for a Simpler Season – 60 Days & Counting


Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Enjoy a Blustery Day with Pooh (A Rainy Day Survival Kit)

Spiced Honey Muffins with Golden Raisins

I’ll always remember when the oldest FishBoy was about four. We had been reading the Winnie the Pooh books for awhile. Along came a rainy, stormy day, and he said, “What a blustery day it is!” Yes, indeed. Winnie the Pooh has been a wonderful part of my children’s early years. He’s influenced our playtime […]

Vacation: A Favorite Fall Tradition

mammoth rock

It may seem odd to take a vacation in the fall of the year. I think most people are probably hunkering down for a busy season. Many kids have schedules with school and extra activities that don’t allow them to leave home for long. Since we homeschool, we can take our education on the road. […]