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Giving to Others at Christmas

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas fun that we do for our families. I know. I often have the best intentions to share with others outside of our family, but it doesn’t always happen. For me, I know it is helpful to have a list of ideas ready to slip into the […]

Christmas in July?

Christmas trees in July? I know, it’s blazing hot out there and you can’t stand to think about toasty fires and cozy sweaters. That’s okay. Think about snowmen and icicles instead. And take a minute to think about last Christmas. What did you LOVE? What was a total pain in the neck? What do you […]

Plan + Ideas = 1 Fun Mom

My friend JessieLeigh has been a joy to watch this summer. She has been using the Summer Survival Guide to teach her kids about a wealth of topics and to have fun with them during their break from school. In her recent post, Setting Up Camp, JessieLeigh reveals what her process was for setting up […]

What We Learned About Edible Wild Foliage

It all started with a little red berry. A little red berry and a toddler. I had taken my children to the park to play. My daughter, a toddler at the time, was roaming about the playground, just a few feet away, and then disappeared from my view around a corner. I was after her immediately, […]

A California-Meets-Midwest 4th of July Menu (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

When I think about the fourth of July, I think of childhood vacations in Minnesota and South Dakota. My parents were both born and raised in Minnesota and migrated west in the Great California Teacher Shortage of 1967. They’ve been Californians ever since, but both are threatening to move back to the Land of 10,000 […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer

Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

The Easiest & Hardest Gift to Give on Father’s Day

Last month we talked about how easy it is to give mom a bottle of perfume instead of an act of service. Service costs us something more than money. And it’s difficult. The same kind of thing applies to celebrating our husbands on Father’s Day. True, the “holiday” is about children acknowledging their fathers, but […]

Frugal Father’s Day Traditions

The following is a guest post from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam: With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to find that perfectgift to show Dad just how extra special he is in our lives. Yet often, Dad’s desire is just to spend relaxing and meaningful time with the […]