I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

When I was a kid, I remember having a book that was written with me as the lead character. It was a personalized story about myself and my next-door neighbor friend on an adventure for my birthday. To my best recollection, it was about going to “Birthday Land”, or some similar thing. I haven’t seen that book in a very long time. I would love to have it again if my mom kept it somewhere. Honestly, though, I had kind of forgotten about it until recently. A company called I…

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift store shopping is cheap treasure-hunting for a frugal shopper. It’s kind of thrilling, coming upon an item that you know is worth much more, but only costs you a fraction of that. Even better if it is an item you have been wanting, but weren’t willing to pay the cost to buy it brand-new. I personally find it interesting to even just browse, without buying anything. It’s neat to see what all they have available. One time I saw an antique baby stroller at one of our local thrift…

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn will delight your taste-buds. Imagine the sweetness of white chocolate, followed by the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and combined with the satisfying crunch of popcorn. I took the ordinary caramel popcorn recipe I use, and raised it to another level. I had been considering this idea for a little while, using a cinnamon roll as inspiration. But the spices I used didn’t quite turn out to taste like a cinnamon roll. My husband says it tastes like a cross between a cinnamon roll and gingerbread. Plus there are…

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the things many people value about the holidays are having family traditions for Christmas to share with their kids. You know the things like cookie baking, gift-giving, volunteering, Christmas-caroling, decorating, etc. I don’t know your kids in particular, but my children enjoy craft projects and making things. I found a DIY Christmas ornament project I decided to try with them this year. We had decided we shouldn’t spend money on buying new Christmas decorations this year. But this seemed like a nice way to add some new ornaments…

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

I came across a book at the library two weeks ago called Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon. I decided to grab it and take it home with me. Cake balls or cake pops, whichever you call them, are something I’ve wanted to try making. The book itself is small and cute, but with gorgeous pictures of so many different varieties of cake balls. Inside the book, the authors give some history behind their business The Cake Ball Company. Then they go over what basic equipment you need to make…

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!

Christmas is my favorite holiday! And this year, we added a new family tradition. We are extending the love, and cheer, and excitement of receiving gifts to some children in need! You may remember a post I wrote back in September called Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas. In it, I explained how the Operation Christmas Child program works. Well, now I decided it was time for our family to fill our first shoeboxes! So last Friday, we all went out shopping together as a family. I had a few little…

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Sometimes in America, we forget how fortunate and blessed we really are. One of our pastors at church reminded us again of this fact recently. He said that if you have $10,000 net worth, then you belong to the 3% most wealthy in the world! So in actuality, if this applies to you, than you are quite rich, regardless of whether you live from paycheck to paycheck trying to pay the bills. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others, and think we don’t have much.  But probably most of us…