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How to Make A Reusable Drawstring Bag

Pillowcase bag

Need special packaging for a gift? Make a drawstring bag! Life as Mom contributor Janel will show you how to make a custom drawstring bag from fabric as well as one from a store bought pillowcase. Sometimes you’ve got a gift and it just calls for a little special packaging…especially if the gift calls for […]

Easy Homemade Gift Tags

gift tags to make

Create easy, homemade gift tags to label presents and to add a little personal touch to the gifts you give. In the age of insta-everything, it’s sometimes nice to step back and do a little home crafting. Whether you make gifts and wrappings yourself out of economic necessity or just a love for handiwork, the […]

Fruit of the Spirit Christmas Ornaments

Patience fruit of the spirit

Create these fun and whimsical homespun Christmas ornaments for the tree. They’re a great reminder of the fruits of the Spirit. Please note: I am not a crafter. I am not a seamstress. I am most definitely not an artist. Rarely do the visions in my head actually turn out the way I, well, envision […]

Make a Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Monkey Munch Gift Jar - Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Kids love fun looking jars…and they love this recipe for Nut-Free Monkey Munch Trail Mix. Because the mix is free of nuts and can be free of gluten and dairy (depending on how you […]

Wrapping Paper That Kids Can Decorate Themselves

wrapping paper materials

As the gift-giving and gift-wrapping season approaches, let your kids customize your wrapping paper for a fun and crafty presentation. About 20 years ago as I was finishing college, I lived with a family from my church. Kathy had three boys and modeled all kinds of great characteristics for me, frugality being one of them. […]

Make a Thanksgiving Journal (Falling for Fun)

How to Make a Custom Journal | Life as MOM

Learn how to customize a simple composition book to make a Thanksgiving journal from Life as MOM contributor Janel. “What are you thankful for this year?” It’s a question that is asked around many a table on the fourth Thursday in November. Personally, I always kinda squirm with that one. You know, sharing feelings around […]

Persimmon Muffins with Lemon and Cardamom (Falling for Fun)

Persimmon Muffins

Bake up those prolific persimmons your neighbor pawned off on you into these delicious muffins, scented with lemon and cardamom. Know what these are? These flat, orange globes have been plaguing my produce box for the last three years. Usually, I just pawn them off on my friend Sharon. But, this year she left town […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Gifts to make for Kids

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]