Book It! Christmas from the Heart of the Home


Years ago I came across a cookbook that was as beautiful to look at as the recipes were delicious to eat. Its pages are now tattered and stained, as all good cookbooks should be. The author, Susan Branch quickly became one of my favorites. A self-taught artist, she captures on paper simple and quaint images, […]

Links of Love: Christmas Style

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There are all sorts of Christmas resources floating out there on the web. Here are a few that I found recently. * A whole treasure chest of Christmas ideas at Mom Advice. * Frugal Dad talks about planning ahead for the holidays. * The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Christmas Archives * Jenn@FrugalUpstate talks about (really) […]

25 Days of Anticipation and Family Fun

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The days of December leading up to Christmas are traditionally filled with much anticipation. The season of Advent represents the long years that the Israelites awaited the coming Savior. There are many different ways to observe the advent time. To my surprise the comments on this post have been a flurry of Advent ideas. I […]

Winner! Celebrate Simply


Thanks for all your great comments and suggestions, ladies! This Christmas in July thing is proving to be a great brainstorming session. Thanks so much for participating. Our first giveaway is now closed. My “random generator” is our Deluxe Bingo Cage! With FishBoy11 as my handsome assistant, we drew from numbers 1-54. The cage spit […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Jesse Tree Ornaments


Ok, so previously we’ve established that FishMama’s definition of “tool” is something that makes your job as MOM easier or better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about cleaning tools, kitchen gadgets, baby things. This week, since it’s All Things Christmas, I wanted to talk about something that makes our Christmas better: our Jesus […]

Great Christmas Resource: Sheila Howe Designs


One of the themes of getting organized for Christmas is to plan ahead. In doing so, we can give concentrated thought to goals and gift-giving ideas for the season. We also gain the advantage of being able to shop around and find good values. And here is a great resource I wanted to share with […]

Preschool Play: Christmas Stories


Long, long ago, in a time when I only had one child, I visited a friend’s home at Christmastime and was amazed at her collection of children’s Christmas picture books. Though I had always been a voracious reader and loved buying books for our son, I had never thought of creating a holiday collection. What […]

Memories of Christmas (And a Giveaway!)


I have such great childhood memories of the Christmas season. My mom loves the holiday, and her enthusiasm was infectious to me as a child. She had wonderful collections of ornaments that she carefully stored wrapped in their original packaging. She would take each one out and tell us the story of where it came […]