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Disneyland Holidaze

Disney Small World

Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world. I realized that on our recent day at “the happiest place on Earth.” Even though I’ve only been four times in the last 17 years, I have wonderful memories of Disneyland. We had such a great time as a family when we went in May, […]

December Freezer Cooking Plans

Well, now that I’ve checked the freezer and baked up a ton of cookies, I am ready to top off the freezer with the makings of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the month of December. I’m really looking forward to creating some margin in the month. As you know I’ve got a cookbook to write […]

Gifts for $10 or Less

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Our Christmas gift buying has always been on a budget of some kind. With six kids and a large extended family, we could easily got hog wild if we didn’t pay attention to what we were buying. And often, we’ve set a $10 limit for friends and family. You’d be amazed at what you can […]

How to Make 12 Different Christmas Cookies Without Going Insane (An Ultimate Recipe Swap)

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I love the tradition of Christmas Cookies. There are so many memories attached to cookies. Whether it was baking them with your gramma or mom or decorating them with your siblings, my guess is that most of us have some sweet recollection of cookies, especially at the holidays. And I bet you can’t stop at […]

Fun December Activities to Do with Your Family

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I’m stunned. Where has the year gone? December is here already? Wow! Ready or not, let the fun begin! The following are easy, fun, and frugal ways to enjoy time with your family. Watch movies Last night after dinner we watched The Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey. Last year a couple of the FishBoys and […]

Get Wrapping with Free Printable Gift Tags

Christmas wrappings with printable tags

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a little stash of Christmas presents growing in my closet. And if I want to sleep at all on Christmas Eve, then I need to get wrapping. I am notorious for leaving it to the last minute, when really, there is no excuse. If you shop ahead, […]

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Music Album?

Do you have a huge collection of Christmas albums? We don’t. Even though FishPapa is a musician, that’s an area of our music library that is fairly thin. But the albums that we do have contain music that we absolutely love. Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson is at the top of the […]

5 Educational Gift Ideas for Children

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Gift giving is a tricky thing. We want to bless our kids and buy them gifts they like, but we want to encourage healthy pursuits as well. Sometimes those two don’t always agree. But, I’m convinced that a good gift is good for the recipient, challenges the mind, and encourages the child. Gifts that Teach […]