Ingredients for a Fun Friday Night


Thanks for visiting Life as Mom. I’m Jessica, and I’m here to help, walk alongside you, and share my mistakes so you don’t have to make them. Read more about me and this blog here. A cookout with homemade hot dog buns! Just be careful. You may never eat storebought again.

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Christmas Giveaway: Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White


Got kids? Then you got laundry. Loads of it. And while I’m pretty laissez-faire about bibs and napkins, I am not entirely pleased with what results when we go without them. The baby’s clothes get splattered. And my boys use their sleeves, or better yet, their shoulders to wipe their faces. Oh my. To be […]

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Frugal Friday: Debt-Proof Your Christmas

Create a Christmas Budget

This week we’ve been talking and planning Christmas — in July. It’s a great way to think through the holiday season and what you want to do differently. Clearer thoughts prevail when Walmart isn’t already playing Jingle Bells. One important thing to consider regarding Christmas is the money part. You know the story: people try […]

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Stocking Stuffer Inspiration


When I was growing up, our Christmas morning consisted of a mad dash for presents coupled with a breakfast of See’s candy. My dad always bought my mom a box for Christmas. And she was kind enough to share. Now that we’re adults, Grampa Jack gives each family its own box. Nuts and Chews, in […]

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Christmas Giveaway: Debt-Proof the Holidays

If ever there was a time for Americans to start pinching pennies, this would be it. I am so thankful that the Lord gave us a wake-up call a few years ago. It is so freeing. Though we have done much to cut expenses and adopt frugal ways, there is always room for improvement. And […]

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Christmas Giveaway: Go Picnic Boxed Lunches


Recently the UPS man left us a nice hefty package at the front door. My five year old was with me when I opened it. You know how exciting a package is! It could be filled with boring old textbooks, but the anticipation that it might be something better is almost palpable. Thankfully, this was […]

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German Cut-Out Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves)

german cut out cookies

This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats}. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies as well. I’m looking forward to trying Katie’s recipe sometime soon. Last December we hosted a fun Christmas activity at our […]

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Christmas: FishFamily Stockings


Today’s giveaway is one near and dear to my heart. You see, we have this thing about stockings in our family. Many, many moons ago, my grandmother knit Christmas stockings for me and my one older cousin. As more cousins were added to the clan, she either knit another matching stocking or enlisted someone to […]

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