Winner! Celebrate Simply

Thanks for all your great comments and suggestions, ladies! This Christmas in July thing is proving to be a great brainstorming session. Thanks so much for participating. Our first giveaway is now closed. My “random generator” is our Deluxe Bingo Cage! With FishBoy11 as my handsome assistant, we drew from numbers 1-54. The cage spit […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Jesse Tree Ornaments

Ok, so previously we’ve established that FishMama’s definition of “tool” is something that makes your job as MOM easier or better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about cleaning tools, kitchen gadgets, baby things. This week, since it’s All Things Christmas, I wanted to talk about something that makes our Christmas better: our Jesus […]

Great Christmas Resource: Sheila Howe Designs

One of the themes of getting organized for Christmas is to plan ahead. In doing so, we can give concentrated thought to goals and gift-giving ideas for the season. We also gain the advantage of being able to shop around and find good values. And here is a great resource I wanted to share with […]

Preschool Play: Christmas Stories

Long, long ago, in a time when I only had one child, I visited a friend’s home at Christmastime and was amazed at her collection of children’s Christmas picture books. Though I had always been a voracious reader and loved buying books for our son, I had never thought of creating a holiday collection. What […]

Memories of Christmas (And a Giveaway!)

I have such great childhood memories of the Christmas season. My mom loves the holiday, and her enthusiasm was infectious to me as a child. She had wonderful collections of ornaments that she carefully stored wrapped in their original packaging. She would take each one out and tell us the story of where it came […]

Nanna’s Toffee Dream Pie

My mom found this recipe in one of my Gramma John’s cookbooks in 1967. It has been a family favorite for over 40 years now. Someone in our family is for sure making it on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The story goes that my mom and dad would see who could wake before the other in […]

Christmas: Getting Organized

We’ve discussed why we celebrate Christmas as well as how to get our minds set on simplifying the season. What we think determines what we do. Now, let’s look at how to organize it all, so that we can actually do it. I’ve told you before about the wonders of Organized Home. CEO, its founder, […]

Book It! Celebrate Simply (and a Giveaway!)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Last year was a pretty tight year financially for us. As I mentioned before, we realized some new ways of thinking about money which have really benefited our family. We learned to cut back and get by with less. And life has proven to be just as rich and full as […]