The Declaration of Independence in the United States is one of the most revered documents in our history. It was a bold statement by oppressed men and women to gain freedom from a tyrannical English government.
No matter your political affiliation or beliefs, we should admire these courageous men who willingly put their lives and fortunes on the line to overcome tyrannical leadership.
12 Declaration of Independence Facts You May Not Know
Do you know these 12 Declaration of Independence facts about this most famous document?
1) The Resolve to Move Toward Independence
It was Richard Henry Lee of Virginia who proposed the resolution … Read more »
The typical Father’s Day celebration is to wait on Dad, hand, and foot, hand him the remote control, and let him do whatever he wants for the entire day.
Try a Different Kind of Father’s Day
This Father’s day we’d like to encourage Dads everywhere to have a different idea or outlook on the day. We’re challenging you to make it a day when you serve your family. Instead of being served, give your time and love to their wife and kids. And in doing so, you’ll receive much more in return.
There is no better Father’s Day present to receive than to … Read more »
Are you looking for fun Easter Traditions for your family? Traditions are a type of glue that holds families together and builds enduring memories.
Fun traditions don’t have to be expensive, elaborate or logical – some can be downright silly. But for kids, having consistent events throughout the year is something that adds stability and anticipation to life.
Jellybean trails through the house are one of our favorite family Easter traditions.
Here are 11 different Easter traditions and crafts that are part of our family’s history.
Jelly Bean Trails
Jellybean trails are a real kid favorite. On Easter Eve, Steve spent at least … Read more »
Are you looking for some cute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas that don’t cost a lot of money? We love the idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day and those precious relationships that you have in your life. But we look at Valentine Recreation a little differently . . . are you surprised?
Valentine’s Day falls on a different day each year, but it’s a good time to get your husband to do something more romantic . . . especially after watching the Super Bowl last week.
Valentine Recreation with Thought
Love is not based on how much we spend, but how much we spend time … Read more »
Are you posting a New Year’s Eve party at home and don’t have a huge budget? We’ll share with you what we make to eat, the games we play, and the fun we have.
We host a New Year’s Eve Party full of Family Fun each year. It is a tradition that started years ago and is an open house. And it doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. Even though our kids are grown, they love inviting their friends and helping put on a great event.
When the kids were younger we would invite several families who had kids the … Read more »
If you’re looking for the true meaning of Gift Giving, how to enjoy Christmas and the whole holiday season without feeling obligated to spend gobs of money. We’ve got 7 ways to overcome Holiday Gift Pressure.
We believe that gift-giving is a tangible way of saying “I love you.” But we also believe that spending lots of money means that I love you more than spending time and carefully selecting an appropriate gift.
A Reader Question about Holiday Gift Giving Pressures
I really enjoy reading about how your family enjoys holidays like Christmas without spending a lot of money (we all know what … Read more »
Are you wondering how to set up a Christmas Budget for Gift Giving? We’ll share that and some other tips for saving on gift-giving so that your holidays will Jingle with Joy.
Christmas is coming, and it seems to get here faster and faster each year. And for many families what accompanies the approach of the holiday is the accumulation of lots of presents and . . . lots of bills or credit card debt.
Is there a way to break the cycle of obligatory gift-giving and the weight of January’s debt regret?
Our Christmas Budget Doesn’t Include A lot of Gifts
Gift Giving for Kids, it’s an age-old question. Should we give our kids money for Christmas or should we just give them presents? You might be surprised by our advice to this family!
Question About the Holidays and Gift Giving for Kids
I have your three books and have read about the MoneySmart Kids System that teaches kids to manage their own money; I have a question regarding giving money for holidays (to your children). Do you give money to your children for holidays or do you have a rule to not give money?
Holiday Entertaining on a budget does not have to be boring! But does the cost of hosting a fund holiday party overwhelm you? These days with smaller groups of people getting together, you can save some money, and still put on a great event.
Here are 4 inexpensive ways to host holiday parties this year that are fun, frugal, and full of holiday cheer.
We just attended a holiday party at a friend’s home. It was a pot-luck (of sorts)—some people brought nothing. The hostess provided a small turkey, drinks, and some dessert.
Annette cooked up a huge pot of turkey barley soup. … Read more »
Holiday party outfits can be expensive, and everyone wants to look fantastic for the holidays. How can you get a great Holiday look without spending a fortune of money? We’ll share how you can dress up for the holidays with a minimal cash outlay, and look fabulous in the process.
Reader Question About Holiday Clothing Expenses
I know that I’ll be invited to several holiday parties this season and will need to get dressed up. And there isn’t money for new clothes right now. But I want to look good, and not put a balance on my credit card. What should I … Read more »
This is our updated (2023) list of 33 Christmas Movies that are Family Favorites. They are appropriate for children, some are animated, and some will make you laugh out loud they are that funny!
And remember that many of these are available at your public library or on Amazon Prime or Netflix for “free!”
Do you have some family favorite Christmas movies that you watch every year?
We do! Some of our favorite Christmas movies are the result of fond memories from our childhoods and others have grown to be Christmas favorites in recent years as they have touched our hearts. Many of you … Read more »
Family Christmas Traditions can occur whether your family is large or small, and young or old. Establishing traditions can enhance relationships, evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions. They add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids and grandkids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event.
Our Christmas Traditions really are a “month-full” of activities and routines that we’ve established over the course of many years. Here are a few of the many we have:
If you want to learn how to cook a turkey that is perfect every time, learn from Annette. She is a pro and has had lots of practice over the past 35 years. Annette has cooked more than 120 turkeys. In this video, she shows you her “secret” process to defrost, stuff, sear and cook a delicious roasted turkey every time.
Are you hosting a Potluck Thanksgiving or attending a large gathering for Thanksgiving? Here are lots of ways to save money and reduce stress when feeding a large group for Thanksgiving Dinner or being a guest at someone else’s event. We will also share menu ideas talk about what to make for a Thanksgiving potluck.
Hosting a successful Potluck Thanksgiving dinner
There are so many details to hosting a successful dinner: Where will they sit; what time will you serve dinner; how much help will you need; how many days will it take you to prepare; and what about cleaning all of … Read more »
Are you looking for some new and fun family traditions?
Whether your family is large or small, young or old, establishing traditions can cement relationships. It can also evoke warm feelings and create memories that last a lifetime.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books about the value of family traditions.
These habits and rituals add stability to the yearly calendar as the kids eagerly anticipate and participate in the preparations for each special event. Traditions don’t need to be expensive or elaborate to be memorable.
We hope our most enjoyable ideas will provide the impetus for you to create your own family traditions. … Read more »
Are you looking for some Fun Homemade Halloween party games? We’ve assembled a great list to make your party a frugal and fun success. We started with 13 games, but the list keeps growing. We’ve also added some crafts and fun food ideas.
Halloween and the Fall can make for some really fun homemade Harvest party games. We know some people are squeamish about taking their kids out “Trick-or-Treating” so why not borrow some of these ideas. We’ve used variations of some of these for our kids’ birthday parties.
They work great as carnival-type booths or as party games for a small … Read more »
Are you wondering whether your favorite stores are opened or closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday? Check out the list below.
This year is going to be very different with some HUGE players taking a step back and staying closed on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Kohl’s are among the most notable ones. But keep reading to see the entire list of 57 stores.
Another big change has been the stores releasing Black Friday pricing and starting sales as early as Halloween.
There are deals to be found, they may not only be on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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