Just Say I Love You

Valentine’s Day was probably invented by a greeting card company. Then every other business under the sun decided it was a good marketing strategy to hawk things for the “holiday”. It’s a great excuse to buy cards, flowers, and chocolate. While I don’t mind the chocolate (ahem), I do mind the high prices for the […]

Valentine’s Day for the Family

Make Valentine’s Day a family affair! Small things can mean so much. Here are just a few ways that you can show your family you love them on Valentine’s Day! My mom always made an effort for holidays, big and small. I remember many years of receiving a gold charm (it was the 80s!) and […]

Make A Tear-Out Coupon Book

Want to make a coupon book for your loved ones for Valentine’s Day or other special occasion? Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to gift your kids or spouse with coupons for different outings or acts of service. We’ve made it easy for you by creating […]

“Love Is An Open Door” Valentine’s Day Card

Looking for a Frozen-themed Valentine’s Day Card? If so, Life as MOM contributor Janel has an easy printable to decorate a box of Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. My children usually give out homemade Valentine’s Day cards rather than the store-bought variety. It probably stems from my childhood. I never liked it when someone else gave […]

Make Your Own Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away. For my kids, it’s this Friday. Our homeschool park day hosts a Valentine exchange. This means I have to get my rear in gear. Personally, I don’t love the store bought Valentine cards. They have not really improved in the last 35 years. Just saying. This year […]

Make a Monkey Munch Gift Jar

Make a sweet (and allergen-friendly) gift of trail mix with this Monkey Munch Gift Jar from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Kids love fun looking jars…and they love this recipe for Nut-Free Monkey Munch Trail Mix. Because the mix is free of nuts and can be free of gluten and dairy (depending on how you […]

Wrapping Paper That Kids Can Decorate Themselves

As the gift-giving and gift-wrapping season approaches, let your kids customize your wrapping paper for a fun and crafty presentation. About 20 years ago as I was finishing college, I lived with a family from my church. Kathy had three boys and modeled all kinds of great characteristics for me, frugality being one of them. […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]