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Free and Frugal Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is watching my kids’ faces light up as they find a much-coveted item under the Christmas tree. No, the season is not all about the gifts, but the excitement and joy on their faces is something that makes the holiday brighter. Some years, though, finances may […]

Christmas Countdown Ideas

  Decorations are going up and the holiday spirit is in the air! It’s time to deck the halls, wrap the gifts, and fill our homes with the sounds and smells of the Christmas season. For little ones and even us “big kids”, the anticipation of Christmas is something that overwhelms us. Counting down the […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Roundup

We’ll soon be sitting down with our family and friends to celebrate and give thanks with a table overflowing with delicious food. Once dinner is over and thanks have been given, what do you do with all of those yummy leftovers? If you’re like me, there are only so many turkey sandwiches you can handle. […]

Black Friday Shopping Tips

It’s almost hard to believe that we’re just a week out from Black Friday! Holiday preparations are in full swing over here and I’m excitedly preparing my gift lists for family and friends. For me, it’s important to make the most of my holiday gift budget, so I am always looking out for the best […]

Finding a Pet Sitter During the Holidays

This guest post is sponsored by Rover.com and written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. There are many tasks on our to-do list over the holiday season, from shopping to entertaining to planning our holiday travel. When Rover.com reached out to partner […]

20 Ways to Entertain Older Kids on a Sick Day

  I can distinctly remember the feeling of a sick day when I was a kid. You know – the real sick days where it was a struggle to get out of bed, but after laying there for a few hours, you were just SO bored. You wanted to get up and do something, but […]

Start New Family Thanksgiving Traditions

With Halloween now behind us, everyone at my house is ready to start thinking about the next big fall holiday – Thanksgiving! As this is a time of family togetherness and food, we’re always excited for our Thanksgiving plans to begin coming together. Putting together a menu and finding out which relatives can attend is […]

Tips for Affordable Family Weekend Getaways

This year, due to work schedules and budgeting for a really amazing trip in a couple of years, our family opted not to do a full vacation. Instead, we are taking a long weekend away in Washington, D.C. for a break from the norm and a little family fun. Though the budget for a weekend […]