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Did your Christmas tree-shopping experience fall short on the Hallmark scale? Mine too

I once had a Waltons-type perspective on what getting a Christmas tree should be like. You know, the family dressed in flannel venturing off into the evergreen forest to surround a single majestic arbor which is felled with a few swift ax blows and carted away by siblings singing carols in Latin. An L.L. Bean scene. Yeah, not so much anymore. What is it about getting a darn tree that can be so stressful? Usually somebody ends up on the… Read More »

Gift ideas for penny pinchers

This year I warned the kids that their gift budget for the holidays is going to be smaller than past years. But truth be told, they’ll still be blessed with lots to open Christmas morning. It’s nothing like a few of the single-mom Christmases I’ve had in the past. There‚Äôve been some years when I saved all year long and still had barely enough to make Christmas special….or so I thought. It seems some of our poorest years were actually our most special as more meaning was put behind family and all we are blessed with rather than what we received off our Christmas lists.

I know there are plenty of families in tight spots as the holidays loom. It can make the season of giving seem pretty unfriendly. But there are ways to get around this. Here are six ideas to help you save a few dollars and ensure a very merry holiday season.… Read More »

Stocking stuffers for pre-teens and teens

In our house, stockings are just as exciting as the bigger gifts – even in the teenage years. But what the kids don’t realize is that I struggle with what to fill them with every year! So this year I enlisted the help of a few Facebook friends, and together we came up with this list of items that teens and tweens might love.… Read More »