Some of my favorite gifts to receive for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, May Day (I’m bringing that back), and all of the other festive celebrations in between are gifts that come from somebody’s kitchen. I’ve enjoyed fresh loaves of mouth-watering breads, sweet jams and jellies, and cookies with secret recipes. The writers here at The […]
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I’ll be honest: compulsory gift giving is not my favorite thing. My absolute biggest pet peeve is being stuck at Christmas, obligated to give gifts to people who don’t need a thing and no time to spend racking my brain on something creative. Gross. Birthdays aren’t quite as bad, because it’s a day to celebrate […]
I absolutely love giving gifts to people, but I don’t love to brave the crowds. Now that the holiday season is here, shopping for those special people on my list usually comes with crowded shopping malls and crabby people. There is always the option of shopping online, but sometimes it can be overwhelming finding the perfect […]
It’s that time of the year again. The pumpkins are here and the harvest has begun! Everywhere we go, the kids are quick to spot the pumpkin patches. Several churches in the area host annual pumpkin patches as fund raisers. These patches are designed with families and kids in mind, offering pumpkins of all sizes, hay […]
Fairies, fairies: everywhere you look, you see fairy wings and fairy crowns and books and more books about the wee creatures. Children are fascinated with the idea of fairyland. If you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift for a special child who’s entranced by the fairy realm, why not make them their very own miniature […]
At Christmas, every parent wonders what to give their child’s teacher as a Christmas gift. The next question- what is a cheap gift idea for a teacher? Most of our little ones not only have one teacher, but three or four. Children have homeroom teachers, classroom teachers, music teachers, art teachers, and we can’t forget the principal. Money is […]
During the holiday season we’re bombarded with pressure to buy the latest and greatest gadget for everyone on our list.
With the year winding down and Halloween almost upon us, it’ll soon be time to think about the holiday season in general and Christmas gifts in particular. Anyone who gifts a DIY enthusiast, home repair aficionado, woodworker, or a honeydo list completer, will have zero problems coming up with something suitable.
Fast, Fun & Easy Christmas Decorations: Festive Fabric Keepsakes to Create & Embellish by Linda Johansen is filled with great simple ideas that I call investable crafts. I say this because the crafts will last for years. Some of my favorites in the book are the fabric wreath, fabric boxes, and the array of ornaments. Most of the projects involve several steps including cutting, sewing, ironing and arranging.
The Gift Box Studio project set is perfect for people who like a more personalized way of wrapping or packing small gifts.
A collection of Untrained Housewife tips and tricks from some of our authors. See Thanksgiving holiday recipes, quick and easy meals, and tips for handling the leftovers!
Who Was There on Christmas Night?, by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, offers a unique perspective on the classic Christmas story. Its interactive turn-wheel pages offer a hands-on approach to learning about some of the supporting characters in the birth of Jesus. Toddlers and pre-school age children, as well as their parents, will enjoy this new book published by Zondervan.