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What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise

We just got back from an amazing cruise to Alaska. It was so much fun! My grandma paid for us to go to celebrate her 80th. There were a ton of us (36). And we all had a very enjoyable time! Before leaving, my family and I searched all over for tips and ideas of

How to Keep Your Baby Cool in Their Rear-Facing Car Seat

UPDATE- I have received both criticism and praise for this project on social media. I just have to say that the vent is made of a tin foil type substance that is very thin and light weight. I truly believe it poses no threat to my baby—even if we were to get in an accident

How to Install an Inground Trampoline

Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved inground trampolines. We had them at my grandparent’s house and at their cabin. They were so easy to run on and off of, take turns on, and were super convenient for us as kids. When I was a teenager, we had an above-ground trampoline at our house. I

How to Spray Paint a Mailbox

In my book that I cowrote, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom, I mention our mailbox that was falling apart. Instead of buying a new sturdy one at $130+ I decided to ‘Jimmy Rig’ it. Then last summer, while garage selling I found a perfect mailbox that I could fix up and paint

How to Give a Frame a Metallic Look

I found a beautiful matted image of Jesus Christ helping a child overcome an obstacle in her path one day while garage selling. The artist is Greg Olsen and it’s entitled, “Be Not Afraid” (found here). The print was brand new and fit perfectly in a frame I already had. The only problem was the inner

Teething Inspired Easter Basket

  Part of living a rich life on any income is being frugal. One way to be frugal is to dual-purpose gifts or as the old saying goes—’kill two birds with one stone.’ Our daughter is beginning to teethe, so for Easter I made her a teething inspired basket. This covers both the want to

Toddler Education and Activity Inspired Easter Basket

This year’s Easter Basket cost a little more than I usually spend, but since they are all items I was needing/wanting to purchase anyway, I decided to get them for Easter—and as the old saying goes, “kill a few birds with one stone”. Basket Contents I bought this blue basket at a thrift store for

Best-Rated Affordable Kid Gifts on Amazon for Under $10.00!

Sometimes I need ideas of what to buy my kids (or their friends) for Easter, Birthdays parties, Christmas, etc. I like to buy high quality items that are parent-and-kid-tested. I also want them to be affordable. I’ve spent quite a few hours searching Amazon for high quality gift items under $10.00. Most gifts are available

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Front Room

Furnishing and decorating a front room could easily cost between $20,000-$40,000. Even on websites with ‘less expensive’ ways to remodel and decorate a front room, the cost for it were upwards of $15,000! Are you remodeling or wanting to decorate a front room yet don’t have $15,000, $25,000, even over $40,000 to spend, and you

The Tale of Three Trees as a Center or Mantlepiece

  The Tale of Three Trees Christmas Centerpiece was inspired by this book. If you haven’t read it, I highly highly recommend it. This is my all time favorite Christmas folktale so I wanted something around my house to remind me of it. The center or mantelpiece is fairly easy to put together and should

How To Make a Small Wood Manger

Creating a wood manger is a fun yet meaningful craft for Christmas. You can hang it on the tree, display one anywhere you want, in a nativity scene, or use it for a larger item like the Tale of Three Trees centerpiece/mantelpiece I did here (tutorial here).   They are easy to make (children can help), are

How To Put on a Christmas Nativity Play at Home With Script, Songs, & Costume List

Every Christmas Eve since I can remember my extended family has celebrated together. We would eat a wonderful meal, chat for a bit, and then the kids would be excused to go prepare for the Nativity play. Acting out the Nativity play for the adults was and continues to be the highlight of Christmas for

Practical Ways to Keep the Holiday Season Stress-Free, Affordable, & Meaningful

This time of year it is easy to overspend and over stress. Recently, I wrote about three ways to have a stress free and affordable holiday season here and I’ve been doing my best to follow them. The three tips came recommended by SunTrust Bank on being meaningful with your means and cutting out stress

DIY Christmas Headband for a Baby Girl

Hi everyone, I’m Alex from AlexHaralson.com. I’m really excited to be guest posting here on Anita’s blog! Anita wanted me to share a Christmas craft with you and since she just had a baby girl, I figured what better than an adorable headband for that baby girl or yours! So what you’ll need is some

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