Homemade and Frugal Christmas Ideas

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Christmas is coming…soon!  It’s a huge, commercial, and expensive holiday. Many families spend well over $1000, and some far more than that, on Christmas presents and paraphernalia every year.  For families who are trying to be frugal or have to stick to a budget, it can be hard to provide a wonderful, stuff-filled Christmas for not too much money. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have so much stuff.  Christmas would be primarily or entirely about celebrating Jesus’ birth […]

Herbal Honey: A Sweet Holiday Gift

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Written by Meg, Contributing Writer With the holidays nearly upon us, I know many of us are already thinking of the many gifts we are preparing to share with others this season.  If you’re like me, you also have the burden of wanting to share with those around us, but feeling the pinch of a tight budget.  Today I’m going to share one of my favorite ways to ease the burden, and sweeten your holiday gift-giving. Flavored honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. […]

Giveaway Winners: In the Kitchen, Real Food Basics

Out of 239 entries, the winners of In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics are: Elizabeth (lizhull@…) MomOfFour (reaching5678@…) Christine (rivdet@…) Congratulations! For those who didn’t win, Kate is offering a coupon code, KOTH25, for 25% off Real Food Basics.  This coupon code has been extended and is good through Thursday, November 4th at 11:59 PM.  Don’t wait to take advantage of the deal because tomorrow is the last day! Whole Foods for the Holidays Don’t forget to check out the weekly progressive dinner that is […]

Holiday Card Making with Kids Using Recycled and Re-Purposed Materials

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It never ceases to amaze me just how much joy a simple act of kindness can bring. A thoughtful card often takes very little effort, yet provides so much encouragement. Taking the time to create something for another helps build character in our kids. It trains their mind and heart to pay attention to the needs of others. While anytime is a good time for card making, the holiday season provides a perfect excuse for creating heartfelt treasures to […]

Camping With Family: Enjoying Creation and Simple Living Together

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Photo credit Vlad and Marina Butsky Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I’m so excited because next week is our family’s first real camping trip!  We bought a big family-sized tent because, well, we have a big family.  And all my kids got to pick out their new sleeping bags.  The kids are really thrilled about the prospect of sleeping in a tent (although they would be just as happy if it were set up in the living room instead of a state park.)  I […]

Celebrate with Joy: Epiphany and Reflections on Transforming our Christmas Celebrations

I found this year to be one of our most meaningful Christmas seasons so far. It has been such a blessing to begin implementing even a few new things into the way that we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Here are some of the things that we did this year: Daily Advent devotions through the month of December (we learned about the many names of Jesus) Made a “Names of Jesus” Garland with Abbie and Caden Made shortbread cookies cut into shapes and symbols […]

We Are So Rich

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**I’ve returned from a much needed week-long computer break and I’m glad to be back! We had a very blessed Christmas, rejoicing in our Savior’s birth and enjoying special times with family. I’ll post just a little bit this week and then be more back to normal posting by next week. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday as well!** It’s easy to complain about what we don’t have isn’t it? I often find that in the fall and winter, as the stores […]

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas, as you celebrate the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To Christ be all the glory this Christmas season. What a great Savior we serve!