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Last Minute Shopping Tips (Frugal Friday)

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Do you still have some Christmas shopping to do? Here are some tips and tricks from Mandi at Jungle Deals and Steals to help you make the most of your money now that the day is ever closer. photo source The following is a guest post from Mandi of Jungle Deals & Steals and Life…Your […]

Quickest Chili in the West (URS: Make Ahead Meals)

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Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Christmas Home Tour 2011

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It’s always so fun to participate in the annual Christmas Home Tour in the blogosphere. Namely, it makes me clean my house! Last week I was busy with numerous writing projects and deadlines. I finished about 4 pm on Friday afternoon, decided on a dinner out, and then promptly fell ill. My family had been […]

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)

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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 […]