Different Ways to Countdown to Christmas (Plus a FREE printable for Christmas Activity Chain)

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Countdown the days until Christmas with family fun and devotional activities. Download a free printable to make it easy. December starts on Saturday. In my book, that means that I officially have six days to get ready with any Advent or Christmas countdowns I want to do with the fam. Sometimes this means¬†biting off more […]

Put Together a Spa Gift Basket

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Put together a spa gift basket as a fun holiday gift.¬† After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes. It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on Black Friday (Frugal Friday)

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This post was originally published on November 25, 2010: The mad rush for holiday shopping begins. Retailers want your hard-earned dollars. You want a good deal — and something fun to give loved ones this season. You have to be the smarter player in this game. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you […]

Holiday Movie Round-Up


The four day weekend begs for at least one family movie viewing, doesn’t it? Here’s a handful of my kids’ recent faves. While we don’t have any regular Thanksgiving traditions — besides eating — we typically start thinking and planning and crafting for upcoming Christmas celebrations over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That usually includes busting […]

DIY Gingerbread House Tissue Box

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Looking for a fun craft to make with your children over the Thanksgiving weekend? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers instructions and a downloadable template to make your own Gingerbread House Tissue Box. Photo source: Janel Piersma Spend the afternoon with your peeps building a Gingerbread House with a twist! Nope, you can’t eat this […]

Hit the Road with Great Listening

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Hit the road with a supply of audio books to listen together as a family. It will be a fun way to spend your time as a “captive audience”. The following content is brought to you, in part, by Greathall Productions: Are you hitting the road this week? Before you head out of Dodge, I […]

Share Your Turkey Tradition

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Our family’s main Thanksgiving turkey tradition involves food. You might think it would be the actual turkey, but it’s not. Our menu is more or less the same each year, including foods that we eat only at the holidays, like Pretzel Berry, my favorite Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie Recipe and these Turkey Treats. My kids love […]

Celebrating with Merida & a Brave Inspired Birthday Cake

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This week my big girl turned six. It’s hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday that we welcomed our first daughter into the family! It is only in the last few years that FishChick6 has clued into the advent of presents, cakes, and celebrations. She was rather perplexed when I didn’t go shopping the […]