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Clutter-free Stocking Stuffers (Frugal Friday)

Tired of giving gifts that become clutter six months later? Yeah, me, too. I’m on a mission to have clutter-free stocking stuffers this year. This past summer when I was helping some children clean their room, I found several card games. Correction: I found pieces to several card games. Apparently, we no longer had the […]

Read Holiday Books with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

I have a little stash of Christmas books that I pack away with the decorations every January. We dig them out about this time every year. Oh, sure, one or two renegade books floats around the house for the next year, but generally speaking, these are special occasion books; some are even leftovers from my […]

Create a Family Playlist (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

Christmas carols are a hallmark of the Christmas season. There are some songs, like Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song or Bing Crosby’s Silver Bells, that take me back to a certain time and place in my childhood. They are special and evoke happy feelings that I really can’t explain. My siblings and I used […]

Make a Big To Do Out of Christmas

buche de noel There are some things that have become traditions for our family. Things that the kids know happen each year in December. We bake a Buche de Noel. We go light looking. We open one present on Christmas Eve. These are sweet things that have developed over the years. They now serve as […]

Trimming the Tree with Children (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributor, Lauren: I have so many treasured memories surrounding the Christmas Season – and most of them involve a Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees and everything about them: putting them up, arranging the ornaments, choosing just the perfect spot to admire it all season, not to mention its fresh smell wafting through […]

Bake Cookies with Your Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

We love to have a big variety of Christmas cookies on the plate.Last year the kiddos and I made a dozen different kinds! We baked them the weekend of Thanksgiving and then froze them to enjoy through New Year’s. It was great fun. I was chatting with my friend Shaina the other day, and she mentioned […]

Easy Food Gifts to Make (& FREE Printable Instructions)

Preparing gifts of food can be a thoughtful and economical way to treat your friends and neighbors at the holidays. Plates of cookies or tins full of toffee are such a treat! One trouble with baked goods, however, is that I fear sometimes those items will go to waste. If your friends are receiving plates […]

5 Things to Remember About Christmas Shopping

It’s been a crazy weekend, hasn’t it? I didn’t go shopping, but just a glance online showed me there was a lot of fiscal activity going on out there. While I heard voices saying, “Calm down, this won’t buy you happiness, ” I also sensed a lot of folks worrying about getting more stuff. There […]