Gifts for $10 or Less


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)


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 […]

Keeping Christ in Christmas as a Public School Family


– A post from LifeasMOM contributor, Jessie Leigh – One of the most difficult times of year for me, a Christian woman who chooses to send her children to public school, is Christmastime. While I understand the separation of church and state, it often feels like our school systems are taking this to the extreme. […]

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look?

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Depending on when Thankgiving falls in the month of November, it’s just a matter of days before December — and the countdown to Christmas — begins. When I was a child this was all about the presents. Yes, yes, it was. I wasn’t a Christian then and while I knew it was “Jesus’ birthday,” that […]