Easy Homemade Gift Tags

Easy Homemade Gift Tags - Create easy, homemade gift tags to label presents and to add a little personal touch to the gifts you give.

Create easy, homemade gift tags to label presents and to add a little personal touch to the gifts you give. In the age of insta-everything, it’s sometimes nice to step back and do a little home crafting. Whether you make gifts and wrappings yourself out of economic necessity or just a love for handiwork, the […]

Fruit of the Spirit Christmas Ornaments

Fruit of the Spirit Christmas Tree Ornaments - Create these fun and whimsical homespun Christmas ornaments for the tree. They’re a great reminder of the fruits of the Spirit.

Create these fun and whimsical homespun Christmas ornaments for the tree. They’re a great reminder of the fruits of the Spirit. Please note: I am not a crafter. I am not a seamstress. I am most definitely not an artist. Rarely do the visions in my head actually turn out the way I, well, envision […]

An (Unusual) Book Gift Guide for Kids

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This fall reading finally “clicked” for my fifth child. As a homeschool mom, this feels like a huge relief. The experiment is working! Reaching the stage of reading independently is a huge milestone for every child, every person. Literacy is the key to understanding so much about our world. While we have our fair share […]

Make a Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Monkey Munch Gift Jar - Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Kids love fun looking jars…and they love this recipe for Nut-Free Monkey Munch Trail Mix. Because the mix is free of nuts and can be free of gluten and dairy (depending on how you […]

Wrapping Paper That Kids Can Decorate Themselves

Wrapping Paper that Kids Can Decorate Themselves - this is an easy way to involve kids in your holiday plans.

As the gift-giving and gift-wrapping season approaches, let your kids customize your wrapping paper for a fun and crafty presentation. About 20 years ago as I was finishing college, I lived with a family from my church. Kathy had three boys and modeled all kinds of great characteristics for me, frugality being one of them. […]

Thank YOU

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I just wanted to thank you, Dear Reader, for your support. I started writing professionally about 7 1/2 years ago. I was stunned when the first magazine accepted an article I wrote — and actually paid me for it. Five and a half years ago I started writing in this space, and I’m stunned again […]

Make a Thanksgiving Journal (Falling for Fun)

How to Make a Custom Journal | Life as MOM

Learn how to customize a simple composition book to make a Thanksgiving journal from Life as MOM contributor Janel. “What are you thankful for this year?” It’s a question that is asked around many a table on the fourth Thursday in November. Personally, I always kinda squirm with that one. You know, sharing feelings around […]

Holiday Movies for Families

Holiday Movie Reviews for Families | Life as MOM

We’re a movie family. Since we kicked cable to the curb, we’ve relied on movies (either Blu-ray or streaming via Amazon Prime) for most of our family entertainment this fall. Everyone knows the drill: go pop some corn, melt some butter, and let’s get this movie started. It’s even more fun at the holidays. I […]