Christmas Party Idea: Soup’s On!

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Winners! Nanna’s Stockings

Nanna’s stocking giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! I am looking forward to rereading all the comments for more Christmas inspiration! This morning the Bingo Cage spit out numbers 3 and 9. So, “Matt and Betty Morris” and “The Joy of Having Boys” are the new owners of some very special handknit Christmas stockings. […]

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Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Update: This giveaway may be closed, but these cookies are always winners! Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday time! One of the tricks to having a great stash is to bake a few […]

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Book It! Christmas from the Heart of the Home

Years ago I came across a cookbook that was as beautiful to look at as the recipes were delicious to eat. Its pages are now tattered and stained, as all good cookbooks should be. The author, Susan Branch quickly became one of my favorites. A self-taught artist, she captures on paper simple and quaint images, […]

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Links of Love: Christmas Style

There are all sorts of Christmas resources floating out there on the web. Here are a few that I found recently. * A whole treasure chest of Christmas ideas at Mom Advice. * Frugal Dad talks about planning ahead for the holidays. * The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Christmas Archives * Jenn@FrugalUpstate talks about (really) […]

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25 Days of Anticipation and Family Fun

The days of December leading up to Christmas are traditionally filled with much anticipation. The season of Advent represents the long years that the Israelites awaited the coming Savior. There are many different ways to observe the advent time. To my surprise the comments on this post have been a flurry of Advent ideas. I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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