Fun Family Gift for the Family of Boys

A couple years ago my sister gave each of the boys a Lego dart gun. It was one of the highlights of their Christmas morning. We cleared away a lot of debris, armed everyone and let the darts fly. What a fun family gift! A certain family of four boys will be enjoying these blasters […]

Last Minute Gift that Gives All Year Long

One of my most favorite gifts that my mother-in-law ever gave me was several years’ subscription to Fine Cooking. I have kept — and used — all the back issues over the years. They have proven to be an invaluable resource to me in the kitchen. A good magazine can do that —  help in […]

More Important than Your To-Do List

The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

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My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]

10 Books that Are Necessary to Life

Photo source: takomabibelot / CC BY 2.0 This time of year has me thinking about resetting the clock, getting a fresh start. With the new year beginning in just a few weeks, my mind moves toward new ideas, new habbits, and new resolutions for my mind. Part of that process for me is reading or […]

Review and Giveaway: Family Feasts for $75 a Week – NOW CLOSED

Congrats to Abby! Every once in a while you come across a book that just “covers it all” on the topic at hand. It’s a book that prompts you to think, This is all I need to know. Now, I realize that is perhaps a slight exaggeration. We can’t know everything about everything. But, I […]

FishBoys’ Gift Guide for Boys Ages 5-12

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Wondering what to buy the young boys in your life this Christmas? Stumped by the difference between a Lego and a Playmobil? Can’t understand all the hooplah over a video game? You are not alone. I am one of those rare beings to be a prissy girl only to become the mother of four boys […]