Five Minute Friday-Grit

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Ahh, the feel of the warm sand at the beach as you curl your toes and gather up its gritty wonderfulness. The joy of watching your little one toddle around with glee, her round bottom plopping down as she bends to discover another treasure, her chubby fingers grabbing a small handful of the seashore and […]

Small tradition, big joy: Your unique story ornaments

FPU Ornament- © Alexis Helmrath

  Christmas is coming and you’d like to add a little something else under the tree for your children. Something to commemorate an important moment from this past year, a milestone, perhaps, or a humorous story. An item that will surprise and delight for years to come, that can be created from scratch or purchased, […]

Monkeypants girl and a Christmas ornament tradition

Ornament-Monkey pants Christmas Cindy 2008

Welcome dear readers to the beginnings of discussions about traditions, Christmas, meaningful gifts, and frugality! I wrote about Gifts from the Heart in March when I introduced the Memory Album, and today we continue the conversation with ornaments that are treasured, not because they are innately valuable, but because of what they represent. A few […]

The power of the written word and a great Father’s Day gift

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A couple of years ago when I first started my blog, I wrote about the power of the written word. I share this post with you again today as a reminder to let the folks in our lives know how grateful we are for them and how much they mean to us. This idea also […]

Gifts from the heart: Memory album

Graphic design by daughter Alexis Today is March 31. We are officially well into spring, and yet are on a winter storm warning, looking at the very real  possibility of 6-10” of heavy wet snow by tomorrow night. **Sigh.** Rather than retreating to the attic to gaze wistfully at my warmer weather clothes, I will […]

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