Stocking Stuffers They’ll Actually Use and Enjoy

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The following content is sponsored by Suave and Lunchbox: I grew up with the special Christmas tradition of waking up to a stuffed stocking. Granny had knit my Santa stocking by hand when I was a baby. I still have it, 42 Christmases later. My mom has knit FishPapa and the kids each their own special Santa […]

Ceramic Ornaments that Kids Can Decorate

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This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! If I was completely honest, this Great Gifts series would be entitled “Cool Things I […]

How to Make A Reusable Drawstring Bag

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Need special packaging for a gift? Make a drawstring bag! Life as Mom contributor Janel will show you how to make a custom drawstring bag from fabric as well as one from a store bought pillowcase. Sometimes you’ve got a gift and it just calls for a little special packaging…especially if the gift calls for […]

Easy Homemade Gift Tags

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Create easy, homemade gift tags to label presents and to add a little personal touch to the gifts you give. In the age of insta-everything, it’s sometimes nice to step back and do a little home crafting. Whether you make gifts and wrappings yourself out of economic necessity or just a love for handiwork, the […]

Fruit of the Spirit Christmas Ornaments

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Create these fun and whimsical homespun Christmas ornaments for the tree. They’re a great reminder of the fruits of the Spirit. Please note: I am not a crafter. I am not a seamstress. I am most definitely not an artist. Rarely do the visions in my head actually turn out the way I, well, envision […]

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. […]