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7 Things To Skip This Christmas: No Regrets!

7 Things To Skip This Christmas: No Regrets!

Every time a doctor walked into my room, I would say, “Hi, I’m going home tomorrow!”

Our fourth child had been born very early that morning.  And while we could hardly contain our excitement over having a daughter (!), we also had three young sons at home.

And tomorrow was Christmas Eve.

The biggest day of the year, especially for the 5 and under set!

That crazy year had proven that our boys could do without a lot of the Christmas traditions we had found so important.

But the one thing they couldn’t do without was having mom and dad home to celebrate the big day.

We learned so much from having a simple Christmas that year.

And you wouldn’t believe how much you can love the season when you skip those things you always feel obligated to do.

So let’s talk about how to celebrate a Christmas you won’t regret!

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21 Fall Dinner Recipes That Whip Together In A Snap

21 Fall Dinner Recipes That Whip Together In A Snap

Looking for quick and easy fall dinner recipes? These one pot meals with simple ingredients are perfect for your autumn table.

Grilling out all summer was amazing. But now it’s fall.

Unlike everyone else in North America, fall is not my favorite season. BUT, these fall dinner recipes are so good, even I am looking forward to autumn.

This list is packed with your favorite fall soups, plus pumpkin, apple, and squash flavors.

Also, because I promised quick and easy, I tried to stick with recipes that whip up with simple ingredients. And many of these will only dirty up one pot or dish. Bonus!

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #169

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #169

Lately it has occurred to me that some of my frugal ways have been slipping.

It’s never more evident than when I get an electric bill in the mail and it’s twice as high as it was a year ago.

Or when I pick up my 5 grocery bags after swiping the card to pay $150.

I know I should try to get used to this new way of spending money (double for everything), but my mouth falls open in shock a lot more than it should.

Anyway, all that to say that this series…the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money Series…the one I used to write up faithfully every Friday…is becoming a necessity for me again.

It’s my way of reviewing our family money for the week. What went right? What didn’t?

It’s a great way to celebrate small wins, and to notice patterns in spending.

So if you missed this series, like I have (I can’t believe I’ve only written a couple of these in the past two years!), let’s jump back in!

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A No Sell School Fundraising Idea That’s Perfect For Your School or Team

A No Sell School Fundraising Idea That’s Perfect For Your School or Team

Do you need a school fundraising idea? If you hate to sell things but need to raise money for your group or organization, you’ll love this simple idea!

If your children are involved in any activities at all, then one thing is for sure… you are tired of fundraising!  

Just in one school quarter, we were supposed to sell cookie dough and pies for the school, candles for band, pizza and flowers for the team, and raffle tickets for church.

Let’s be honest…if you participated in every fundraiser you were supposed to do, your family would never want to see you again!

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Delicious Fall Desserts For A Crowd: Ultimate Comfort Food

Delicious Fall Desserts For A Crowd: Ultimate Comfort Food

These fall desserts for a crowd are sure to be a hit! Bring the recipe to the party, because everyone will want a copy.

When you can’t make a trip to the store without walking past aisles of pumpkin spiced donuts, coffees, cereals, and (inexplicably) slippers, you know it’s time to pull out your absolute favorite desserts.

You know the ones…

pumpkin mixed with cream cheese.

Apple cider and cinnamon mixes.

Anything that combines marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers.

We all have our favorites.

And yet, there’s always room to try something new, isn’t there?

Here are some of the absolute best fall desserts for a crowd. Make extras, because everyone is gonna want it.

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16 Of The Best Soup Recipes Ever, Perfect For Colder Weather

16 Of The Best Soup Recipes Ever, Perfect For Colder Weather

This list of the best soup recipes ever is full of hearty, delicious flavor that’s perfect for a chilly day.

What exactly makes a bowl one of the best soup recipes ever?

Well, it needs to be delicious, of course. Not too complicated or expensive to make.

And if everyone in the family gets excited to see the name written on the “What’s for supper?” board in the kitchen, that seals the deal.

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50 Frugal Living Tips That Will Help You Live Your Best Life

50 Frugal Living Tips That Will Help You Live Your Best Life

Whether you consider yourself a master of the frugal lifestyle or you want to learn what it’s all about, having a bag of frugal living tips is always a great idea. Here’s a list of ideas you’ll want to try today!

If reusing baggies and making things from scratch is your jam, you might live a frugal life.  You probably enjoy reading about frugal living tips, and you’re always looking for new ways to save money!

And those people that snub their noses at frugal people?  Well, they might not always feel that way.

The thing is, even people who can’t stand the thought of being “too frugal” can change.

If you grew with super frugal parents, you might go through a rebellion stage.  After a lifetime of feeling restricted (because you don’t understand the “why” behind frugal living), you reach an age where you can buy those things you’ve always wanted.

So you do it!

Well, that lifestyle is great…until you get hit with hard times.

Or you finally face that mountain of debt that your rebellion built.

But let me tell you a secret…there’s more to frugal living than deprivation.  Your mindset can make all the difference!

Here’s the first important thing you should always remember…

Being frugal isn’t about buying the cheapest version of everything.

True, frugal people hate to spend money unnecessarily.  They never want to spend money on items that don’t last nearly as long as they should.

But that doesn’t mean they live a miserly existence!  In fact, embracing this lifestyle can help you to have more money for the things that are most important to you.

Isn’t that better than worrying constantly about having an empty bank account?

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Lemon Pudding Cake: The Perfect Light Dessert

Lemon Pudding Cake: The Perfect Light Dessert

This warm lemon pudding cake is the perfect from scratch recipe. It’s so easy to make, but it will impress everyone!

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This lemon pudding cake recipe is one I love to keep handy.

It’s such a light and refreshing treat, especially on a hot day.

BUT, you serve it warm, so it can also be a nice ray of sunshine on a dreary winter day.

Really, it’s just the perfect light dessert.

Also, it looks really complicated…but it’s oh so easy.

So take it to the potluck when you want to impress someone. 😉

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Easiest Possible Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Easiest Possible Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Get ready for the easiest, most delicious crock pot cream cheese chicken chili recipe ever!

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If you are looking for a crock pot meal you can put together before you’ve even had your coffee, you have found a winner.

This crock pot cream cheese chicken chili has been a family favorite for years.

The kids devour it.

My husband requests it.

And me? Well I love anything that lets me throw frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot and still come out with a winner.

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