Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Safe holidays with pets

Holidays with pets are extra special.  We love to buy different things for our fur babies and to add a little something under the Christmas Tree for them to open.  It is child like fun to watch a dog tear into a special Christmas Treat purchased just for them.  As special loved ones in our homes we don’t want to leave pets out, but we do need to be respectful of their needs and the dangers all the “extra” food,...

Best Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies

The Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Ever!

The best gingerbread cookie recipe for eating are Pepparkakor a “ginger nut” cookie from Sweden.  After years of making gingerbread, I stumbled upon a recipe that is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with a light crisp crunch.  It is more fragrant and filled with a few different spices from the classic gingerbread cookie used in the US.   At our Christmas potluck two years ago my pastor’s wife brought the most perfect gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted....

Make Road Trips with Kids More Fun with Free Podcasts ( you might just learn something too!)

road trip with kids make it fun with podcasts

Road trips with kids offer family learning and fun on the run.  Add to this by including a fun discussion sparking kid’s podcast.  Just yesterday, my youngest son and I learned (via podcast) that camels, those desert beasts of burden, are not uniquely fit for sand storms and harsh winds–no, that actually come from a much different place. I won’t spoil it.  It is only 12 minutes long and is a great lesson in story form,  Ted Talks to watch...

Confessions of a Constantly Late Mom: Margins in Time Management

My time management skills are faulty from birth.  Confessions of a constantly late mom are not entirely true.   Most people want to give me grace because I am a mom but I have been this way as long as I can remember. Time management has been an issue for me all my life. I am your late client. The one who shows up 15 minutes late for a 20 minute appointment. On time people seem to think that this...

10 Simple Christmas Wreaths You Can Make in An Hour

ten simple Christmas Wreaths less than an Hour only $5 to make

Make one of these 10 simple Christmas wreaths in less than an hour!   We don’t even start to set up our Christmas Tree until after the second weekend in December.  I often make the wreath for the door out of the trimmings off the Christmas tree we liberate from the national forest. This year I wanted something different. Simple Christmas Wreaths that Take An Hour or Less Because  it is already the middle of December and super busy, the...

Organize Your Holiday Schedule In 15 Minutes

Holiday schedule organization in as little as 15 minutes keeps a busy home from turning into chaos.  You can use a simple wall calendar and 15 minutes at a family dinner to create a plan for attending holiday parties and performances.  (This post does contain affiliate links to help you find items and support the blog.) I remember wondering how are we were going to do all this the first year both our children had holiday parties and performances.  We...

How We Created a No Stress Christmas Day and You Can Too!

We saved our family Christmas Day by doing nothing. Six or seven Christmases ago we started doing “nothin’ ” for Christmas Day.   It came as a revelation to my husband and I when the boys were really little. (Affiliate links provided so you can find products and we can support the blog-thank you so much for reading!) What Are the Two Things Children Want Most on Christmas Day? Be with family Play with their toys What are the Two...

Stop Holiday Debt Before Putting Up A Christmas Tree

Debt! Debt!  I am done with debt!  No more January’s where I am $1000 short after the holidays. A survey by Magnifymoney.com did a national sample of 403 Americans and found the following. On average Americans are $986 in debt after the holidays. Gifts, holiday food, hosting parties and travel rack up the credit card debt quickly. A good portion of the debt lands on the credit card. Here is a reality check with hard facts about that $1000 holiday...

Mint.com Free Money Management Software for Dummies

Mange Your Money on Mint.com simply

Money management software is not a simple choice.  Entering a number backwards or worse yet forgetting to enter spending create hours of work to find the issue.  Mint eliminates this issue with direct linking to your bank accounts and credit cards. Go make more money and your problems will be solved. This is the refrain that would play in my head after an exhausting excel spreadsheet  session. I hated the business of running the family like a  business.  I also...

Jesse Trees Teach Kids the Whole Picture of Jesus in One Fun Activity

Jesse Trees connect the story of Adam to the story of Jesus in on fun activity. Even little ones will enjoy hanging storytelling  ornaments  on the Jesse Tree. Find simple to create find fun templates and related scriptures here for Christmas preparations. Jesse Tree is an exciting way to stitch the whole bible visually into one story Telling stories is the magic of Christmas.  As swirling winds and fresh snow lands softly on the frozen ground the kids and I...

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