An (Unusual) Book Gift Guide for Kids

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This fall reading finally “clicked” for my fifth child. As a homeschool mom, this feels like a huge relief. The experiment is working! Reaching the stage of reading independently is a huge milestone for every child, every person. Literacy is the key to understanding so much about our world. While we have our fair share […]

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

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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. […]

Make a Thanksgiving Journal (Falling for Fun)

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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 […]

5 Great Movies to Give as Gifts

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This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Each year at Christmas time, I try to give each child a movie as part of his or her gift. We’re a movie-watching family, and so these gifts can […]

The Rewards of Sending Greeting Cards

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The following post is sponsored by Hallmark. All opinions are my own: I had an amazing surprise waiting for me in the mailbox on Friday. My friend JessieLeigh sent me a surprise card and gift. How fun is that?! (Thank you, JL!) Plus, she made me cry. Inside the card with some sweet words of […]

Weekend Giveaway: Fresh Dish (CLOSED)

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This giveaway from Fresh Dish is now closed. Congrats to the winners: kmercier@, lisa.f.eddy@, chcsmommy@ Ever have one of those days when you are bone tired, mentally exhausted, and yet you know that you need to cook dinner for the masses? I had a day like that last week. A couple days, actually. And was I thrilled to my […]

DIY on a Dime: Microwaveable Heat Packs

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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 […]