Easy Valentine’s Day Manicure

Valentine Nail Collage

Pamper yourself with a fun at-home manicure! Life as MOM contributor Rena will show you how. It’s super fun to get your nails done by a professional. I personally go just for the five minutes they give you a hand massage. But going all the time can get really expensive. Here is a fun new […]

Fruit and Nut Energy Bites

dried fruit and nut bites

Typically, I share most of my recipes these days in a cookbook (grab one here) or over on Good Cheap Eats. But, this week as part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s series, I wanted to make sure all the moms saw the delicious Valentine treats I’ve been concocting. Energy bars are a big […]

Make Your Own Valentines

Make Your Own Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away. For my kids, it’s this Friday. Our homeschool park day hosts a Valentine exchange. This means I have to get my rear in gear. Personally, I don’t love the store bought Valentine cards. They have not really improved in the last 35 years. Just saying. This year […]

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 materials

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. […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Gifts to make for Kids

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 […]

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

rice bag filled

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 […]