Your Holiday Gift, Tip and Bonus Guide

Your Holiday Gift, Tip and Bonus Guide

| December 20, 2016 | 27 Comments

While you’re busy getting gifts together for your children, your spouse, your parents and other extended family members, it can be easy to forget about the service people who we hire to take care of various things for us. While you should never feel obligated to give a gift, you might be wondering what’s appropriate […]

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Surviving The Holidays With Your Kids

Surviving The Holidays With Your Kids

| December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The holidays can be a little crazy, especially with children. With all the party planning, gift buying and meal prepping, many parents find that it’s the most stressful time of year. There are some ways that you can remain level headed throughout the holiday season.
Let Your Kids Help Out
Even though it may seem easier […]

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Thinking Ahead About New Year’s Resolutions

Thinking Ahead About New Year’s Resolutions

| December 14, 2016 | 38 Comments

I know, New Year’s Day is still a couple of weeks away and you’re probably in the midst of celebrating other holidays at the moment. Still, this is a great time to start to think back over the previous year and decide what changes you might want to make after the ball drops, welcoming in […]

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Tight Holiday Budget? Teaching Children About Money

Tight Holiday Budget? Teaching Children About Money

| December 10, 2016 | 2 Comments

Setting a holiday budget can be quite a challenge, especially when money is tight enough the rest of the year. And just when you have laid it all out—cutting back on the cost of the traditional family feast with coupons and making the decision to drive to your parents instead of flying—one of your children […]

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How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

| December 5, 2016 | 17 Comments

The search for the perfect Christmas tree is a holiday season rite of passage for many families. You want to love your tree – after all, you’ll most likely be looking at it for several weeks, and for many people, the tree is the center point of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, so […]

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Favorite Holiday Movies for the Family

Favorite Holiday Movies for the Family

| December 3, 2016 | 32 Comments

With the wind blowing and the snow falling, December is a great month for snuggling in with the family for frequent movie nights or marathon afternoons! December is the time that all of the holiday classics play, so you might just be able to watch what’s already playing on television. Otherwise, you can always hit […]

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Food

Teaching Kids to Cook: Easy Foods to Start With

Teaching Kids to Cook: Easy Foods to Start With

Do your kids like to cook? Do they know how to make anything? My daughter is nine and I was surprised to learn that her best friend, also nine, does not know how to cook anything at all. I asked her mom about it (she’s a close friend of mine) and she said that she […]

October is Pizza Month: How to Make a Perfect Pie

October is Pizza Month: How to Make a Perfect Pie

October is Pizza Month! Almost all kids love pizza, whether they’re picky or adventurous eaters. I have one child who only eats cheese pizza, and one who eats everything from pineapples to anchovies on his Italian pie. While it takes some time, spending a fall afternoon making homemade pizzas is a great way to promote […]

Shopping

Things to Buy on Sale in February

Things to Buy on Sale in February

With a special holiday involving flowers, chocolate and hearts coming up soon, you may have been planning to spend your extra money on Valentine’s Day items over the next couple of weeks. If you’re hoping to save money in February, though, those are definitely not the items that will be on sale… at least not […]

Redecorating on the Cheap

Redecorating on the Cheap

Now that December has passed, you might be feeling a little bit of that post-holiday letdown. If it’s cold and snowy where you live, you might also be feeling a little stir-crazy! Since most of us don’t have much money to spend on extras just a few days into the new year, it’s easy for […]