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. […]

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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 […]

Make a Christmas Budget (Frugal Friday)

Make a Christmas Budget | Avoid Overspending at Christmas

If you haven’t been to Walmart or Target yet, you might not know that the Christmas shopping season has arrived. If you haven’t been on Pinterest, you might not know that they’ve traded pumpkins for elves on the shelves. Yep, even before the turkey’s cooked, we’re scrambling to plan out Christmas. But, before you go […]

A Printable Thanksgiving Menu

A Printable Thanksgiving Menu with Grocery List | Life as MOM

This week’s meal plan is a little bit different. Download a complete Thanksgiving Meal, complete with grocery list and make-ahead tricks. The Thanksgiving meal is arguably the largest and most expensive meal — not to mention time-consuming — that most Americans prepare in a year. I remember celebrating Christmas in France. I’d say the meal […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids | Life as MOM - Check out these fun gifts you can make your self. Crafting skill not required.

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

Make some precious memories with your kids this Thanksgiving with these fun crafts and activities. My memories are filled with fun Thanksgiving Day adventure. When I was growing up, we often celebrated with some neighbors who didn’t have family nearby. Their son Mark was one of my best friends when I was little. So getting […]