Elegant Skirts from The Modest Mom – A Giveaway!

As I mentioned earlier today, having a holiday wardrobe ready a few weeks — or months — prior to all the parties, plays, concerts, and festivities, can really set one’s mind at ease. Thanks to my mother-in-law, my boys always had cute little suits to wear for Christmas during my early parenting years. Trouble was, […]

Christmas Memories, Thai Kitchen, and a Cookbook Giveaway

For the longest time I’ve associated Asian flavors with Christmastime. I think it hearkens back to some holiday thirty-some years ago when my mom picked up takeout from Lui’s Kitchen and we ate it in front of the fireplace, seated at the coffee table. And then there was the Christmas Eve not too long ago […]

Christmas Breakfast, Gourmet Granola and a Giveaway!

Christmas Breakfast can be a rushed affair or an afterthought or a big elaborate event. When I was a kid, breakfast on Christmas morning consisted of a 2-lb box of See’s candy and the tangerines or oranges from our stockings. Fruit and chocolate? Worked for me. Until I became a mom. Then I realized that […]

Customized Chocolate Bars from Chocomize – A Giveaway!

At our house, Christmas is the time of the year where we do a few extra special things that we might not otherwise do. Let kids stay up late. Eat chocolate for breakfast. Drive aimlessly up and down streets looking for really cool light displays, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate. Fill stockings with lots […]

Making Christmas Memories to Last a Lifetime

Christmas was always a fun holiday for me and my siblings when we were growing up. It was one of my mom’s favorite occasions and her enthusiasm was definitely infectious. She made memories for us that have lasted a lifetime. Special Meals Since we lived in Southern California and all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and […]

Easy Bottle Feeding with Steribottle – A Giveaway!

As Lauren mentioned earlier today, moms with young babies will do well to plan ahead and simplify for the holidays. She mentioned some great ways in which she is going to make this Christmas a little more peaceful and a little easier on Mom. It’s important to keep in mind that some ways that are […]

Budgeting Tools from Dave Ramsey

Long time readers will know how much respect FishPapa and I have for Dave Ramsey. Following the methods that he lays out in his book, The Total Money Makeover, we paid off $18,000 in consumer debt over the course of 18 months. Reading Dave’s book and listening to the free podcast of The Dave Ramsey […]

Behold the Lamb of God

Several years ago — when we were in the throes of debt and disappointment — FishPapa and I attended a Christmas concert on Thanksgiving weekend. We didn’t really know what to expect, except that we knew the music being played. We owned the album, Behold the Lamb of God, by Andrew Peterson. The concert itself […]