DIY on a Dime: Make a Citrus Pomander

When I was growing up, there was a lemon tree growing in the backyard. It produced hundreds of lemons each year that we made into lemonade and lemon pie. I even ate a few raw. They were Meyer lemons, so they were sweet enough to eat without too much of a pucker. Invariably each winter […]

DIY on a Dime: Create a Book of Days

A book of days is an calendar without a year or days of the weeks. It marks the days of every month and helps you track important dates. Create customized calendars like these as memorable and economical gifts to give. Many, many moons ago I crafted handmade calendars for our extended families. Each was custom […]

DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts

Giving gifts can often be just as fun as getting them. In fact, I’ve found that when I take the attention off myself and try to bless other people, that the whole season is lots more enjoyable. Yesterday I shared five frugal gift ideas that I have made for friends and family over the years. […]

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 […]