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12 Days of Christmas

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There is a world of creative ideas to cover Christmas celebrations. Check out some of these winning ideas. Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing quick and easy ideas for family fun while some friends shared tips in different areas. Here’s a recap: 1+1+1=1 shared ideas for¬†Christmas Homeschool Fun. I really like the sensory […]

Easy Appetizers for the Holidays (Eat Well, Spend Less)

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Don’t forget the appetizers at your upcoming feasts and get-togethers. These easy appetizers are just the ticket for tempting tummies on a budget. We are a snacky kind of family. If I don’t have a “real” meal plan in store, we often resort to chips and salsa, vegetables and hummus, cheese and bread, and the […]

Oh for Joy! Win a David Crowder Band CD

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This year I used some Swagbucks to add to our Christmas music collection. One of the best additions was Oh for Joy by David Crowder Band. We’ve been DCB fans for over ten years and saw him in concert a few years ago. His music is energizing and fun. Hip, updated, and a little out […]

FREE Paper and Pencil Game Book (Frugal Friday)

Paper and Pencil Games

Looking for an easy homemade gift to give to the children in your life? Take them on a trip back in time with this free printable paper and pencil game book. Years ago money was extremely tight. Wisdom said that I couldn’t spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts. But, I so wanted to!¬†Wisdom […]

Make These Easy Painted Glass Globe Ornaments with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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Creating Christmas tree ornaments can serve as a fun family activity. These easy painted glass globe ornaments would also make elegant and inexpensive gifts as well. The kids and I painted these swirly glass globe ornaments last week as the start of our Christmas countdown. They were incredibly easy to paint — and so much […]

Gift Guide for Little Girls (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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I may have started out my parenting career with FOUR boys, but we’ve got two girls at the end of the train. I’m learning afresh what makes a little girl smile and what makes a good gift. Over the weekend, I shared my gift guide for boys, aged 5 to 15. Experience tells me that […]

Meaningful Teacher Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids (12 Days of Family Fun)

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Teacher gifts don’t need to be expensive or complicated. Today Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh, shares three meaningful teacher gifts you can make with your kids. It’s that time of year. The turkey has been devoured, the leftovers packaged up, and our minds have turned toward Christmas. Ready or not, it will be here […]

Find Letters and Make Photo Gifts with the Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

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Photo gifts can be some of the most fun to make with your kids, especially if you go “find” letters when you’re out and about. For many years our family made handmade gifts to friends and family. It was my way of economizing and still having something to share with others. Some years were successes. […]