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(Shopping at) Home for the Holidays: Frugal Friday

photo source This past weekend I headed out to Barnes and Noble. I walked into a real bookstore. This used to be a regular things for hubs and me. We’d browse for hours in the bookstore. But, since we typically get our books FREE from the library or cheaper from Amazon, it’s rare that we […]

God Restored What the Locusts Had Eaten

This guy turned eleven today. I am amazed. Not only is it amazing how quickly the time has passed, but reflecting on his birth story last night, I was reminded of what a TREMENDOUS miracle my second born really is. All my children are, of course, but once you read our story, you will understand […]

Afternoon Reading: Thanksgiving Books for Kids

When FishBoy14 was just a little tyke, I borrowed a friend’s copy of Stories of the Pilgrims. It’s a great book full of short chapters about the Puritans of Plimouth. We ended up buying our own copy. It’s been awhile since we worked our way through it, so I busted it out to read to […]

Extracurricular Activities to Supplement Academics

The following is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: We all know one of “those families”– the ones who have their children’s lives so full and micro-managed that there’s not a single spare moment to breathe or relax. I definitely do not advocate over-scheduling little ones. I’m a firm believer in family-time, down-time, and […]

Time Management for the Holiday Season (& FREE holiday printables)

photo source The moms I know have pretty full days. Gone are the lazy days of summer when we can go wherever the wind blows us, sleep in, or change plans midstream for an impromptu trip to the pool. Homework, sports practices, games, music recitals, and carpools have replaced a more flexible schedule. However could […]

The Most Beautiful Garden (The Grass is Always Greener)

photo source There’s a garden nearby where children play happily, never bickering or squabbling. They share nicely and politely. Always. They are impeccably dressed, no stains or tears in sight. The older ¬†help the younger and obviously enjoy each other’s company. The yard is well-tended with beautiful flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and lush lawns, all […]

Pay for Christmas Morning with Swagbucks (Frugal Friday)

Christmas morning can be a fun, fun, FUN moment for a child. I have wonderful memories of those days. Except, of course, when my sister sobbed uncontrollably for two hours when our baby brother got the only Cabbage Patch doll my parents could lay their hands on. That was a sad, sad day. (In their […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds (URS: Appetizers)

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]