Choosing Great Valentines Day Gifts for Kids

February 12, 2012

My son, who’s in fifth grade this year, does enjoy getting a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. But I always get him a gift or two, as well. Because Valentine’s Day falls so near to Christmas a time–when some other high-dollar bills may still be coming in–it can be a good time for frugality. […]

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How to Keep Halloween Fun–and Avoid that “Too Much Halloween” Feeling

October 31, 2011

For the first time ever, my son–who’s 11 years old now–suggested that he might be a bit tired of Halloween. At first, I was gripped with a fear that he might be getting “too old” for the holiday–until I realized that this didn’t make any sense, considering plenty of adults–myself, included–still love Halloween as much […]

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Weird Halloween Laws for Our Nation’s Capital

October 25, 2011

I live within commuting distance of Washington, D.C.–and with the festivities of Halloween trick-or-treating nearly upon us, I thought I’d relate a couple of special Halloween Laws that I found on Yahoo News that sound pretty weird. 1. In Washington, D.C., it’s illegal for anyone over 15 years old to wear a mask on Halloween. […]

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Gearing Up For the Holidays — How to Make the Most Money on Ebay

October 19, 2011

You may have noticed that most retail stores now start displaying Christmas holiday merchandise about the same time as they put up the Halloween merchandise. If you’re like me, then you probably find this more than a little annoying. But the truth is, the stores wouldn’t display Christmas items this early if they didn’t believe […]

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The Trouble with Holiday-Themed Treats

October 9, 2011

At my house, we love celebrating the holidays. So of course, when we see all the brightly colored holiday treats in the grocery store, they’re ever so tempting: from fluorescent  frosted cupcakes, cookies decorated with a rainbow of sprinkles, lollipops with faces and fun scenes painted on them, etc. And in addition to the ready-made […]

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3 Ideas for Life-Changing Mother’s Day Gifts

April 28, 2011

No, I’m not kidding. Change doesn’t have to be big, after all–it just has to be “different.” When I’m thinking about gift-giving, I always consider first how I can change the recipients life for the better. It’s what you’d call “the gift that keeps on giving.” Exactly which gift you choose is going to depend […]

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8 Things Smart Easter Bunnies Always Remember When Choosing Easter Baskets

April 14, 2011

So you’ve decided to help the Easter Bunny out this year by choosing your child’s Easter Basket. Good for you! (It’s really the least you can do, considering he doesn’t get the same “milk and cookies” treatment that Santa Claus does.) As you shop around, whether it be in brick-and-mortar stores or online, there are […]

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How to Build the Perfect Easter Basket — 9 Great Ideas That Will Leave the Easter Bunny Turning Green

April 9, 2011
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I’m kinda lucky. My son, who is now 10, has never been as voracious a candy-lover as I am. I’m sure this will serve him well as he grows into adulthood, as it will be easier to focus more on the healthy stuff without having to think about it. Don’t get me wrong–he definitely likes […]

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