5 Frugal Gifts to Make (Frugal Friday)

Tis the season. The countdown begins this weekend as we mark the days and weeks until Christmas. Got your gift ideas ready? I don’t believe that presents are the end-all, be-all of Christmas. In fact, my family had as nice celebrations in the lean years as we have in years when we’ve had more spending […]

Gift Guide for Littles

A gift guide for children ages 1 to 6. My baby is four this year. In a few more Christmases I probably won’t be buying too many presents for littles. I’ll be sad to see that season go. This is such a FUN time of life! Over the years I’ve paid a lot of stupid […]

Put Together a Spa Gift Basket

Put together a spa gift basket as a fun holiday gift.  After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes. It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal […]

Shopping with Mercy

The internet is a beautiful thing. I’ve met real-life and “virtual” friends as well as learned amazing things over the years since I plugged in. Even moreso since we kissed dial-up goodbye. I’ve also encountered amazing ministries, thanks to the world wide web. If not for the Compassion Bloggers’ trips, I don’t think that we’d […]

Fill a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

Christmas is not too far away, less than 60 days by my last reckoning. This next two weeks are a great time to fill a shoebox with love, necessities, and toys to be sent overseas to children in need. Life as MOM reader, Carrie, shares her expertise on how to pull it off. The following […]

Season Your Meals with Love

Looking for a fun gift to make with your children? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers a great suggestion for “seasoning meals with love.” Several years ago, Maggie, one of the mentors at my Mothers of Preschoolers group, shared how she made her meals with love. She had an adorable little spice shaker with the […]

Fun Gifts for New Parents

Welcoming a baby is a celebration to share with new parents. And fun gifts are a great way to celebrate. The following post is sponsored by Edible Arrangements. My “baby” is going to be four in just a few weeks. It’s amazing how far away those eleven years of welcoming babies to our family now […]

12 Ways to Save on Gifts (Frugal Friday)

It is better to give than receive — unless it puts you in hock! Avoid debt and overspending by giving gifts wisely and economically. 1. Bake something. Bake someone happy with homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Homemade is always better than storebought. And the ingredients can often be less expensive that a fancy bakery. […]