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 […]

Links of Love: Turkey Day Family Fun

Every kid knows that the time before their turkey’s cooked can drag on for hours. So, short of stuffing your kids at the relish tray, find something to keep them occupied and entertained before and after the big feast. You may find that the adults enjoy the activities as much as the children do. Last […]

Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Desserts

Dessert is the crowing touch to the Thanksgiving Meal. And everyone has a favorite. For FishPapa it is a toss-up between Pretzel Berry Dessert and Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie. For the man who doesn’t love sweets, he says he could eat the whole thing. Of either one! In my discussions with my mom and sisters […]

Home Ec 101: Planning a Big Dinner

Many of today’s women don’t know the ins and outs of home making. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your own mother worked outside the home, chances are you may not have grown up with much teaching in the way of housekeeping and meal preparation. These are not obsolute skills, no matter […]