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A Christmas Planning Ebook

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, […]

Using Pinterest to Plan Your Christmas

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve been enjoying Pinterest for bookmarking the different things that I find on the web, like Family Fun Ideas, Health Reminders, Things that Make Me Laugh. It’s unlike other bookmarking sites in that it is so visual and fun to look at! Plus, I find myself actually going back to […]

Giving to Others at Christmas

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas fun that we do for our families. I know. I often have the best intentions to share with others outside of our family, but it doesn’t always happen. For me, I know it is helpful to have a list of ideas ready to slip into the […]

Christmas in July?

Christmas trees in July? I know, it’s blazing hot out there and you can’t stand to think about toasty fires and cozy sweaters. That’s okay. Think about snowmen and icicles instead. And take a minute to think about last Christmas. What did you LOVE? What was a total pain in the neck? What do you […]

Plan + Ideas = 1 Fun Mom

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My friend JessieLeigh has been a joy to watch this summer. She has been using the Summer Survival Guide to teach her kids about a wealth of topics and to have fun with them during their break from school. In her recent post, Setting Up Camp, JessieLeigh reveals what her process was for setting up […]

What We Learned About Edible Wild Foliage

It all started with a little red berry. A little red berry and a toddler. I had taken my children to the park to play. My daughter, a toddler at the time, was roaming about the playground, just a few feet away, and then disappeared from my view around a corner. I was after her immediately, […]

A California-Meets-Midwest 4th of July Menu (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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When I think about the fourth of July, I think of childhood vacations in Minnesota and South Dakota. My parents were both born and raised in Minnesota and migrated west in the Great California Teacher Shortage of 1967. They’ve been Californians ever since, but both are threatening to move back to the Land of 10,000 […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer

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Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]