DIY on a Dime: Put a Little Heart into It

Put a little heart into it pie

Celebrate Valentine’s day with a few simple, yet heartsy touches that won’t cost much. After a grocery trip in which I saw normal $6 bouquets jacked up to $16, I instructed my husband not to buy flowers until Friday. Why pay $10 more because it’s Valentine’s Day? Yes, out of the mouth of the woman […]

DIY on a Dime: Microwaveable Heat Packs

microwaveable heat packs

Sew microwaveable heat packs from colorful fabric. What a cute and cozy gift! As you may know, we’re total wimps here in Southern California. Some of you are weathering extremely cold temps where you live and I’m wearing fingerless gloves as I type. I am cold all the time. I have no idea how I […]

DIY on a Dime: Big Puffy Heart Tarts

Big Puffy heart tart

Puff pastry and your favorite jam come together easily in these big puffy heart tarts. I love a good theme. And Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to get heartsy. I’ve even gone so far as to don a red sweatshirt emblazoned with puffy paint hearts. Even without being a kindergarten teacher. That’s how cheesey I […]

Special Celebrations this Week: What Will You Do?

valentine dinner

I can’t remember a time when Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Valentine’s Day were all in the same week. I’m sure that it’s happened before, but I’ve not noticed. With Easter being a little “early” this year, I imagine that’s the reason. My family’s Christian tradition doesn’t include formal observance of the first two, but […]

DIY on a Dime: FREE Printable Marvel Valentine (Boy Friendly)

Marvel Valentine

Last year I wowed my boys when I designed this Super-Mario-inspired Valentine. I decided to follow-up our current Marvel Universe infatuation with a marvelous valentine for this year. This one is super simple to pull together and packs a big ka-pow for the guys in your midst. This Valentine treat capitalizes on a young child’s […]

DIY on a Dime: FREE Printable Bookmarks for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Bookmarks

Looking for a Valentine Card for your kids to give that’s just a little different? Try these FREE printable bookmarks. When we were kids, my sisters and I would buy the cheap boxed Valentine cards. We’d copy names from the list of classmates onto those cheap envelopes. If it was a banner year we might […]

Cold Weather and Company Dinners (FREE Downloadable Freezer Cooking Plan)

Free Printable Cold Weather & Company Dinners Freezer Cooking Plan with Grocery List | Life as MOM

Cold weather and fancy dinners sum up Valentine’s Day and the month of February. Plan ahead with this seasonal freezer cooking plan. Near the beginning of each month I spend some concentrated time filling the freezer. It might be a few hours to prep breakfasts for the coming weeks, or a full day to really […]

DIY on a Dime: You’re My KIND of Friend Valentine Printable

Create a fun and easy Valentine featuring a tasty KIND snack bar. Looking for a fun Valentine to give to friends and family this year? Try this one on for size. Wrapping colored paper around your favorite candy or snack bar is a great way to make the gift a little more special. Add some […]