Inside: Add your own special touch to show love for your Mama with these verses for Mothers Day cards! Loving, funny, poetry…it’s all here!
When I was in second grade, my Sunday school teacher gave each child in her class a one dollar bill. She told us that we should use that money to go to the grocery store and choose some food for the poor. It was a lesson in helping others.
When I got home, I told my Mom about the assignment. After that, she was on a mission! By the time we got done shopping, I had a paper bag half filled with groceries for the price of a dollar.
Granted, this was the ’80s, so my dollar stretched further than it would today. But the truth is that my Mom knew how to pinch a penny. She’s one of the most frugal people I know. This woman raised five kids on what would be considered a meager income…but we never knew the difference. While we didn’t get the fancy shoes and trips that some of our friends had, it was really a life lesson of need versus wants.
People who know her agree with me. My Mom is a pretty amazing person. She has more energy than most people my own age! She bends over backwards to help people whenever she can. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
Inside: Why you should get over your discomforts and learn to tell your kids no.
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Our 9 year old has decided that he wants–no, needs to own a fidget. Do you know about fidgets? They’re the latest craze with kids. It’s a pretty cool idea, actually. It’s a small toy that kids can spin and… well, basically fidget with to keep their hands occupied. Perfect for occupying busy boys. (Here’s an example.)
My Mom had bought small fidgets for my older two boys, and she offered to get one for him, too. But he wanted a slightly different model for himself. Trouble is, he had spent all of his money on a giant Lego set months ago and hadn’t refilled his piggy bank since then.
Part of me wanted to plop down the money for the toy and let him have it. After all, it’s only a few dollars. Even in our #yearofno it wouldn’t be much to spend. And who can turn down a cute face asking for such a small thing?
Inside: You’re so tired of caving to every little temptation. But you don’t know how to develop self control! These 5 tips will change your thinking in no time.
I was sitting in church on Palm Sunday, when the deacon began talking about the Gospel. On Palm Sunday, the masses were laying out palms for Jesus to walk across. But by Thursday, they were calling for His death.
It struck me that the human struggle to stay focused on our life purpose is not new. It’s innate human behavior that we all have to work hard to rise above.
Christians, for instance, have to fight their entire lives to avoid “feels good now” temptations in order to get what they want the most in the after life. But there are many smaller journeys in life that are a good reflection of that. Maybe we have been given the gift of practice rounds as we go. What if we’re missing it?
Think about the last diet you tried. You decided to start a journey of healthier eating, with your end goal being a number on the scale or the shirt tag. It probably started great, until you were tempted by your favorite treat. Or there was a celebration that you needed to take part in (and that always involves delicious food!).
Tired of running late to everything because Johnny can’t find his backpack? Boy do I get it! You need ideas for getting the kids rooms in order. Not more cutesy ideas from Pinterest. But actual tried and true methods for sorting the stuff.
Take it from a mom of five. I’ve tried so many methods for organizing the clothes, toys, books, games, and school work. Some ideas seem fine in theory, but don’t work out so great in practice.
And trust me. If it can’t be done on the cheap, it won’t be done at all. So I found you 25 different ways to get things organized that won’t break the bank. Now all you need to do is pop over to A Budget Friendly Life to read all about it.
I was standing at the bathroom sink in a pee soaked shirt, brushing my teeth. I desperately wanted a shower. Instead, I was listening for the 3 year old who had, by my calculations, a 50/50 chance of throwing up before I could even start the water.
The germs had infested our home. Your garden variety stomach bug had hit some of us. A nasty sore throat/respiratory illness was going through the rest of us.
Moms take a vow, sometimes unbeknownst to us, that we will never be sick. Even when the germs hit us, we can’t fully take time off to get better. Especially when our family is feeling awful and relying on us to take even better care of them than usual.
My daughter actually cried when she came home to find the walls bare. Christmas was over, sure. But did we have to take down ALL the decorations?
Removing decorations is a let down. But luckily for us, there’s another holiday just around the corner. Why not spread some happy Valentines vibes by decorating your home?
And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make your house ready for Cupid! Check out these adorable Valentines Day decor ideas (that won’t break your budget!).