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...

Kid Tested Holiday Stress Relievers That Really Work

Kid tested holiday stress relievers that really work are modeled by our children every holiday season. So, be a kid.   Kids do one thing at a time.  They stop what they are doing to pay attention to others.  They don’t get so caught up in the To Do List they forget about people. Three Main Absurd Holiday Stress Reliever Rules Do one thing at a time Pay attention to people over things Make sure to take care of yourself...

Enjoy Stress Free Holidays This Year

Bring back Joy and Peace with stress free holidays

Stress Free holidays?  Only if I ran away to a desert island and lived alone on coconut milk and papaya in a drift wood shack and a grass skirt. Wait, then I would just feel sad that I was not with my family. Such a pickle, the stress of creating a holiday memory or much needed rest and peaceful connection with loved ones.  The little girl in me shouts, “I want to have my Christmas gingerbread and eat it too,...

Menu Planning Time Savers for Busy Moms

Meal Planning Saves Money While I do not actually go to the grocery  store in our family I do the menu planning and make the grocery list.   Tons of marketing research and common wisdom shows that the more you plan your meals the more you save on your food budget.   Check out this quick chart on the Huffington Post. Be sure to return for you free menu planner! As it is holiday time this might just keep you from long...

Easy Kid Friendly Gingerbread Houses

easy no bake gingerbread houses

Easy Gingerbread houses that kids can do themselves are a great holiday party idea.  This sturdy gingerbread house works for even the chunky toddler fingers–no baking required!  These gingerbread houses use graham crackers right out of the box. All the fun is really in the decorating right?  This lets you get to it right away with virtually indestructible tiny houses! Supplies needed for No Bake Gingerbread Houses 2 Boxes of Graham Crackers 3-4 Cans of Frosting ( white is traditional...

How to Make Holiday Guests THINK you Spent All Day Cleaning

How to make holiday guests think you spent all day cleaning with out actually doing it.  Here are six awesome ideas for quick holiday “tidy ups” that are simple to perform in an hour. Clean Builds on Clean For Holiday Guests We figured this out during the few short weeks before our wedding that we were blessed with a housekeeper.  (Thanks  again Mom and Dad.)  If an area is clean already, we have more of a tendency to keep it...

One Pot Meals for Thanksgiving Week Guests

one pot meals for thanksgiving guests

Thanksgiving is not just one meal when entertaining out of town holiday guests.  The  family time that Thanksgiving provides often last 3-7 days.  Delicious, ‘prepare ahead’, one pot meals are essential. Try a few of these recipes this week–be sure to make a double batch to freeze and serve. Having soup on the stove or in the crock pot works for a quick meal and one that can be served to late arrivals. Try a few of these flavorful choices...

What Little Treasures From Your Children are You Keeping?

what little treasures are your keeping from your children?

Children offer us little treasures almost daily, a picture, a kind word and sometimes a holy experience.  Mary, the mother of Jesus comes to mind when these holy moments happen to me.  Luke says that after the angel sang and shepherds admired the baby Jesus, that Mary, instead of being frustrated at all the intrusions at the birth of her first son, “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Mary did not have a scrape book or a youtube...

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