My Frugal Valentine: 5 Cheap Date Ideas

Love don't cost a thing, unless it's Valentine's Day....more
My hubz and I tend to treat Valentine's Day as a birthday party... for both of us and our two ... more

Valentine Chocolate Box Makeover

They sure don't make a box of Valentine's chocolates like they used to.  They may taste the same, but the boxes sure don't look as cute.  The boxes of yesteryear were adorned with lace, fake flowers, velvet ribbons  - the perfect amount of kitsch to be romantic.  Never fear fancy fun chocolate boxes can be yours again!...more
We are so totally making these! Valentines + crafts + OWLS??? pure awesome for my 8yo daughter. ... more

Lunar New Year: Why Isn’t It a National Holiday?

This Sunday, February 10 marks one of the world’s biggest celebrations: the Lunar New Year. Most commonly known as Chinese New Year, the holiday is celebrated by billions of people in East Asia and will usher in the Year of the Snake. So why isn’t the Lunar New Year an official holiday?...more
At the high school I attended in San Antonio, Texas school let out for Cinco de Mayo in May for ... more

Could Your Family Live Without Cable? Mine Is About To Find Out.

"Have you lost your mind? Get rid of cable? Did you fall and hit your head? But how could we watch Big Time Rush?? What's going to happen to Good Luck Charlie? Oh dear God no! We're begging you, mom, PLEASE don't get rid of cable!"Image courtesy of Shutterstock...more
we've been without for about 10 years now. At first this was a financial decision (groceries ... more

A Book a Day Advent Activity: 24 Books to Wrap & Unwrap

Last year we started a new holiday tradition. I rounded up all of the Christmas books in our house, bought a few new ones, wrapped them up and placed them under the tree. Every night, we unwrapped one book and read it together. It was a huge hit with the boys, the parents and the grandparents alike. We're doing it again this year. I've weeded out a few books, added in some new ones, wrapped them all up and we're ready to go!...more
I so love this idea! Here's a really inexpensive twist (try, FREE!): We lost all our Christmas ... more

Why I'm Not Decorating for Christmas

At my house growing up, the holidays were a series of traditions and rituals and annual celebrations, all wrapped up in an explosion of cooking, planning and decorating. My mother's elaborate holiday decor was a weekslong process, that we started before Thanksgiving and finished a week or two before Christmas, hauling boxes and boxes of garlands and baubles and Christmas statuettes and a full nativity scene and reindeer wearing wreaths and the mistletoe and handmade beaded ornaments from the basement and strewing them about the house (in a very particular order, of course). The drawn-out timeframe suited me perfectly; it made Christmas almost six weeks long....more
We lost all our decorations last year due to a flooded cellar, so have had to be creative in ... more

Where's My Happily Ever After?

I am grieving for a marriage that is never to be. Certainly, I am extremely grateful for my son. Having him in my life fills my heart with light and love. But at times when I'm feeling sorry for myself, I begin to feel robbed of the false fairy tale of getting married, having two kids, and living happily ever after. ...more
"I grieve for the man I fell in love with, who never truly existed." I think so many of us are ... more

In Defense of the 'Unladylike' Christian Woman

A few months ago I wrote a couple of blogs about men, women, sex, marriage, masturbation, infidelity and Christianity. They were widely read, my blog stats were happy to report. I received some great feedback, too. And a half-joking guarantee I’d never be invited to speak in church in any of the southernmost states of the U.S.A. And that’s quite okay.And then, there was this - emailed directly to me, not left as a comment on the blog:Dear Jo,...more
Thank you for sticking up for those of us who don't believe in the traditional, American ... more