Instill The Gift of Giving In Your Child

At church on Sunday, each of my children chose an angel from the Angel Tree.  Each angel represented a child whose family  needed help with their kids’ Christmas shopping.  We talked to our kids about how sad it would make us feel if we couldn’t exchange Christmas gifts at our house.  They were excited about being able to help another child have a gift to open on Christmas. I have seen these Angel Trees in Walmart, at the mall and at church.  … [Read more...]

Participate In The Christmas Tree Opinion Poll

Real or artificial?  There are many pro's and con's to both real and artificial Christmas trees.  Which do you prefer?  Which are you using this year?  If using artificial, do you prefer prelit? We always opt for the artificial tree.  We have used the same tree for over 10 years and next year, I am getting a new one!  My new tree will not be prelit since most of the prelit trees have white lights and my family loves the mulit colored … [Read more...]

Clean Out Your Closets and Make Extra Spending Money

Christmas will be here soon, along with many new items that you may not have room for.  Many people are looking for deals right now onEbay, Craigslist or area websites.  If you can make time to gather up your unwanted items such as toys, Christmas Decorations, Artificial Trees you no longer want to use,  party clothes, gently used kids shoes, and coats, you could sell them on Ebay, local newspapers, consignment shops or donate them to the women's … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake (This is a good old fashioned recipe. It tastes like g’ma made it!) Mix together: 1 c. shortening 1 c. white sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 1 c. sour milk 1 tsp. baking soda 2 1/2 c. flour 3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. cinnamon 3 c. raw apple slices Put in a 9 x 12 pan. (Topping) Mix: 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 c. chopped nuts Sprinkle on cake. Bake 45 min. in 350 degree oven. Cool. Whipped … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I needed a pumpkin recipe for Pumpkin Day at my daughters school and a friend gave me this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, my daughter’s 3rd grade class loved them! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe courtesy George Duran Prep Time:15 min      Cook Time:15 min Level: Easy: Serves 60 Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla … [Read more...]

Hot Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

Hot Chipped Beef Dip Great Holiday Party Dip!! 8 oz. cream cheese 2T milk 1 jar (2.5) oz dried beef 1T onion flakes or slivered regular onion 1/4 c green pepper 1/2t garlic powder 1/4 t pepper 1/2 c sour cream 1/2 c pecan chips In a mini-chopper, grind up dried beef, green pepper, onion. Melt cream cheese in a sauce pan in the milk, Add chopped up mixture to sauce pan, Add pecans if you like nuts Heat on low for 20 min. Can … [Read more...]

How Mom’s Can Win Free Lunches & Network With Friends

Have you ever wished you could enter the "fish bowl" business card drawings at the restaurants?  I used to get so irritated every time I came across one of those drawings. I couldn't enter since I didn't have any business cards. I came across a promotion from Vista Print which offered 250 free business cards.  I ordered the cards and now I have 250 chances to win a free meal for a total of $5.67!!!  I love personalized items!  I was so excited … [Read more...]

Mall Pictures With Santa

If you visit the Mall Santa at the right time,  you won't have to stand in lines.  The best time to go to see Santa is when school is in session if you are able to do this.  If your kids are in school, then you need to go IMMEDIATELY after school.  Be prepared to change clothes in the car and fix hair in the mall bathroom.  If you can't get to the mall during these times, then be prepared to wait before getting your Christmas Pictures made.  … [Read more...]

Personalize Your Comments with a Picture

I have found an easy website to use in getting a free "Gravatar" or free picture to go along with your comments.  Your selected "gravatar"  will resemble the pictures like you see on your Facebook account.  Once you own your free gravatar, which is linked to your email address, you can use it for other sites as well that ask for your website info. Step by step directions can be found by going to the page tab that reads "Personalize Your … [Read more...]

Shopping on

Have you ever compared prices with Toys R Us and  I do a lot of my holiday shopping online with Amazon since I almost always get free shipping and quick delivery.   While looking for toys online, I noticed that the exact same toys I happened to be searching, were priced cheaper at Amazon than at Toys R Us, so...... check Amazon before buying from the other retailers.  Refer to "My Reason For Starting A Blog" for additional information … [Read more...]

Cutting Hot Brownies

You don't have to wait until your brownies are cool to eat them.  Use  a plastic knife and they will cut without falling apart.  Just don't burn your mouth on them!! … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Set Up On Wood Floors

Unfortunately,  many lessons are learned due to our mistakes.  Here's one  of  my hard learned lessons concerning my artificial tree and hard wood floors: The kids and I were putting up our artificial Christmas tree on the hard wood floor for the first time.  We put it together on the Christmas tree stand and then pushed it in the "perfect place."   I hadn't had my wood floors for long and didn't think anything of our tree set up until we took … [Read more...]

Favorite Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

It’s that time of the year where we all bring out those recipes from the past.   Most of my holiday memories include the times I spent with my mom preparing for the holidays making and decorating sugar cookies with cookie cutters,  super shooter cookies,  chocolate no bake cookies, and best of all…… peanut butter fudge!!!  Since I have already made my first batch of peanut butter fudge for the season, I thought you might like to try it … [Read more...]