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Gearing Up for the Holidays in a Frugal Way

Even though Christmas is still several weeks away, I know that it will be here in the twinkling of an eye. And since I want to enjoy the season as much as possible and NOT get caught up in the craziness that often accompanies Christmas, I’m doing a few things to gear up. 1. Start […]

Planning for Your Lego Maniacs

As you may know by now, with four boys, our home is Lego central. I did my best to keep those sharp, pokey, kill-your-feet-in-the-middle-of-the-night-when-you’re-walking-down-the-hall bricks at bay for quite some time. But, about five years ago I succumbed, and my boys couldn’t be happier. Legos are a very sweet part of the fabric of our […]

Fall Decorating Ideas

Photo Source: My Blessed Life Interior decorating is not my forte. I just don’t see the potential in a decorating item. Long ago I learned that I could, given time and resources, mimic the things that I liked in photos and magazines. My friend Myra, on the other hand, has style. And the ability to […]

Apples and Maple Whipped Cream – An Easy and Healthier Dessert for Fall

One night last week when my kids asked for dessert, I came up empty handed. I really didn’t have a plan. But I knew we had lots of delicious farm-fresh apples, though. I could have made a caramel sauce, though I never have and suspected that it would bomb my first time out. But, I […]

Fall Decor on a Dime

I am not strong in home decor. In fact, if it weren’t for FishPapa’s sense of style…. oy, I don’t even want to think about it. My friends have always been stunned that my husband cares about interior design, but as a project designer and builder, he’s got a great eye for what works. And […]

Quicker Minestrone – Favorite Fall Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Feel a little chill in the air? See the harvest coming in? Ready to dust off the soup pot and get cooking? Autumn is a wonderful time to bring back tummy-warming, stick-to-your-ribs meals. When quizzed, FishPapa said that his most favorite fall recipe was Minestrone. (I knew he would say that.) Traditionally, my Minestrone bubbles […]

Making and Keeping Fall Traditions

Traditions are the things that we cling to when life bounces us around. Traditions are stability for our kids when their minds and their bodies are growing too fast for them — and us. Traditions are what we use to create beautiful memories with our families. Can we be deliberate in tradition building? I think […]

Fun Fall Learning Activities for Children

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine. Pumpkin patches, apple picking and crunching leaves work together to create an atmosphere of fun and exploration for children. Over the years we’ve collected acorns, gone on hay rides, and gone apple tasting. I’ve even broken some rules and climbed apple trees that weren’t supposed to […]