Gifts for $10 or Less

muffin tin crayon

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Fun Kids Gift: Muffin-Tin Crayons


Muffin tin crayons are so easy to make, even a kid can do it. In fact, FishChick3 and FishBoy9 were my assistants on this project last week, though I think they could have done it themselves. These are great crayons for toddlers to grab hold of, but even my big boys thought they were cool and […]

Cranberry Orange Granola (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Gifts)


I love browsing in chi-chi food boutiques. I don’t like the prices they charge. So, instead, I’ve chosen to make my own delicious gifts to give to friends and family. I’ve shared the muffin kit with you. Today’s gift of good taste is one the boys and I experimented with just this morning. We took […]

Freezer Cooking: Crazy Woman Lives to Cook Another Day


Would you talk some sense into me next time? Yes, at about 5 pm, I realized that I was in deep. Due to a missing roasting pan, a long-cooking turkey, too much beef to cook in one round, etc, etc, my afternoon stretched into evening. When FishPapa came home, I still had beef to shred, turkey […]

Things That Make Me Smile


1. Sleepy-headed babies2. Making my kids laugh3. Listening to my husband rant at the football referee on TV4. The ocean5. Hummus and potato chips6. Bedtime Stories7. Losing weight8. Coupon savings9. Good friends10. Thoughts of Jesus I have so much to be thankful for. What makes YOU smile?

Shop Wisely! ShopAtHome – Online Discounts and Cash Back


Our first online Christmas order arrived today. {Shhh! I ordered FishBoy5 is Chargers’ jersey from Kohls.} I love to order online because you get such a bigger selection than in the store. And if you go through an online coupon website, you can maximize your savings. I’ve told you about Ebates. Well, there is another […]

Get a Good Habit Going: Ask for Help


Today starts the third week of the Get a Good Habit Going Challenge. You’re invited to share your progress on how you’re improving on one new and good habit this month. (It’s never too late to join in. Just catch up on reading week one and week two.) I’ve been working on getting routines going […]

Why Today is Special


Forgive me if you’ve heard this story before. But, today is a special day in my family. Not only is it FishBoy8’s 9th birthday, but it also marks a good, but painful journey that God took us down ten years ago in teaching us about Himself, His Sovereignty, and His Great Love for us. Amazing […]