Book It! The Wonder of Christmas

This week the kids and I started working through this book, The Wonder of Christmas: A Family Advent Journey. It’s a daily devotional, working through the month of December, addressing concepts of Christmas, the Incarnation, and salvation – all from a child’s point of view. We also have the companion activity guide which features crafts […]

Links of Love: Gifts to Give

Some fun and simple ideas I found while surfing this past week. This idea for Cookie Cutter Fudge is a great one! If you have cookie cutters to give away, I think it makes a great package to leave the fudge in the mold. So cute! Shannon did her homework for the rest of us. […]

Ebates, Kodak Gallery, and More

One of the ways that I plan to simplify this season is to order Christmas gifts from the comfort of my computer desk, dressed in my jammies, and sipping some great Peets coffee!* And, I’m going to do it in a $avvy way – through Ebates, which offers you a percentage back from anything you […]

May the Force (and the Coupons) Be With You

Hey, even though I’m not going to be crazy this year, I am still going to buy the kids some gifts. I am just enjoying the relaxation for as long as it lasts. If you’re in the market for some Star Wars toys, check out the coupons in the pumpkin colored coupon bar at the […]

Simplifying Christmas

I don’t know what’s come over me, but my heart’s just not into running around like a crazy woman this holiday season. I don’t know. Maybe it was this video. Or maybe this story. But, I just don’t want to rush around and shop this year. It’s not the Bing-Crosby-singing-Silver-Bells-while-shopping image that I used to […]

Time for MOM: Make a Record of It

One of the things that I have found so helpful, especially after a holiday, is to take notes of the projects I try or the mels I create. I like to write down what worked and what bombed. In this way, I have a record of what things to repeat and what to pitch. You […]

Before You Head to the Stores Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And in hard economic times, retailers are desperate for your business. Don’t be too free with your greenbacks. Here are some things to consider before you head out tomorrow. 1. Dave Ramsey’s List of the […]

Counting My Blessings

During Thanksgiving meals when I was a kid, Mom inevitably suggested that we go around the table and share what we were thankful for. For some reason, this always embarassed me. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Nowadays, what embarasses me is that I don’t count my blessings more often. God […]