Simplify your holiday gift giving with handmade gift boxes.

It's never too early to start planning your gift giving for the holiday season. After all, it takes time to find something special for each recipient, and you certainly don't want to give a gift that's going to be returned the next day. But it's not just the gifts that are important. The presentation of your gifts is important as well. And if you're a busy mom - aren't all moms busy? - sometimes you just don't have the time to wrap after the shopping is done....more

Family Reunion Right/Left Story

Assign each family member to bring a “white elephant” gift (wrapped or unwrapped) to your family reunion or party. Everyone sits in a circle. As you read the story, they pass (the gifts) left when you say left, and pass them right when you say right. When the story ends, everyone opens the gift they are LEFT with. I have capitalized the words RIGHT and LEFT in the story for easy identification.  Be sure and read with lots of expression and pauses- the children in your family will have fun anticipating RIGHT or LEFT....more

This Isn't Your Grandma's Christian Blog

Last month the blogger behind "Stuff Christians Like" asked his readers to share what they thought were the best Christian blogs. Some of the responses were the names of (relatively, in the Christian blogging community) high-profile blogs, some were of much smaller blogs, and several were flat-out self-promotions. It probably won’t surprise you, but not one of them was my blog. ...more
Writing is a talent that God has given to all of us. Everyone can write and make a blog but only ...more

The Best Baby Gift

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Father’s Day Tips, Tricks & Gifts

It’s that time of year when I start panicking about Father’s Day.  I have great Dad and a wonderful husband and I want to recognize them in some special way- and no, I’m not buying them a tie!  But I did find a great gift idea for Dads at Steak Brands.com.  They have a great selection of mini monogrammed steak branding irons that Dad can use to brand his initials into the steak or hamburger he is grilling on the barbeque.   They also have college, sportsman, western military and Nascar branding irons and I love the price- $25.00! ...more

It's a Gift

Sometimes your child will decide to make you a gift. Once in a blue moon it’ll go really well. The other times? Well, you’ve seen the ants carry off the Fruit Loop necklaces. In just three years I’ve built up a decent collection of handmade gifts. Some of them are beautiful paintings. Others are a single green line on a paper, which I am instructed to “take to work and show your friends.” But there are a few gifts that really stand out ....more

For Mother's Day I Got You This Water Buffalo

  So I read this USA Today story about Mother’s Day gift ideas that give back. I took it as a suggestion that in lieu of jewelry or flowers or whatever it was you were planning on getting at 11:59 p.m. the night before, you instead give a gift of, say, a mosquito net for a family in Africa in my name. I’m supposed to melt with compassion and pride that my child has thought of others instead of me, and think it’s the greatest Mother’s Day gift ever.jcarillet/iStockphotoApparently I’m the worst person on Earth, because my initial, gut reaction was: WHAT?!...more

The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift

Less than two weeks until Mother's Day...celebrated this year on May 9, Mother's Day is the one day that is marked on virtually every calendar as the day to honor Mothers.  Here is a non-traditional, non-Hallmark-Holiday way to honor yourself, as a Mother...  ...more

Do-Good Mother's Day Gift and Donation Ideas

Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away (Sunday, May 9th). Do you know what you're going to give your mom? Gifts of time, and homemade gifts are probably some of the best gifts you can give your mom, but sometimes you live too far away to get together, or don't have time to make something special. ...more