Create Memories With I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books

Create Memories With 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…

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Growing up, I remember visiting our local library often. My mom would take us to pick out our books. We didn’t have a TV, so books were a source of entertainment. I loved going to the library, and nowadays, you hear how important reading is for kids. I do visit the library now with my own children, although not always on a frequent basis. This week though, I took my two youngest to our local branch for the weekly story and craft time. This was a new experience for us….

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…

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…

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…

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Traditions are an important part of a person’s childhood memories. They also influence how each of us raise our own families. So I believe we need to create good traditions for our kids. Doing a 5K run together is a fun, healthy tradition that can be enjoyed as a family.  Last year my son and I participated in our first 5K Color run together. This past weekend we were able to do it again. It’s a family-friendly event, that even strollers are allowed in. Participants may run or walk based on…

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

About every fall, I like to utilize my food dehydrator for drying apples. I don’t know how much it matters what type of apples that are used. Usually, I use Golden Delicious. But I just used Gala apples recently, and it seemed to work out fine. For those interested in preserving their own food, this is another method in addition to canning and freezing. In the past, I still put my dried apples in the freezer, just in case I didn’t get them thoroughly dried. But  if they are done properly,…

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

This summer I kept seeing recipes for homemade popsicles, but I didn’t have a popsicle mold. Well, the other day I ran into Michael’s to get some glass bottles for my bathroom decor that I knew were on clearance. Of course when I am in the clearance aisle, there is no grab and go! I had to look around too. I noticed they also had a ton of popsicle molds on clearance also, and decided to get one. When I checked my receipt, I saw they had rung up for…

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…