Memory Ornaments: Creating a Christmas Tree Full of Stories

When our family travels, the only souvenir we buy are Christmas ornaments. There is a memory around each ornament, and we tell the stories from these memories as we decorate our tree!

I keep waiting for the day when I will grow up and become Martha Stewart. I turned 34 in November, and it hasn't happened yet. What do I mean? When I look in a Martha Stewart-like magazine, I see women who have created picture-perfect homes, full of trendy decor, and, at Christmas, beautifully put-together, themed trees.  But then I think: Perhaps I already am grown up, and my style is more of that of a humbled homemaker. And it's OK that I am not Mrs. Home Decor. In fact, I think my … [Read more...]

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What We’re Giving Our Girls for Christmas This Year {2014 Edition}

These are the gifts we are giving our 3 girls for Christmas this year. This year, they are 2, 4 and 6 years old! Every year, we give our children three gifts each--a want, a need and a gift to nurture their spiritual growth.

These are the gifts we are giving our 3 girls for Christmas this year. This year, they are 2, 4 and 6 years old! Every year, we give our children three gifts each--a want, a need and a gift to nurture their spiritual growth. We started this tradition when our firstborn was a baby, so they have never known any different. This helps us to keep the gifts intentional, and it also helps us not to overspend (although we are spending a bit more this year than in years past--only because we … [Read more...]

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65+ Spiritual Gift Ideas for Kids

I love this idea to nurture your kids' spiritual growth by giving them Christ-centered gifts at Christmas time! This is a great list of 65+ spiritual gift ideas for any age child. I will definitely be getting some of the presents on this list this year!

After writing the wildly-successful "32 Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men" post, my hubby Will decided to write another! (Perhaps he should just become a regular contributor now?!) In all transparency, we had a hard time coming up with a spiritual gift for our girls this year--until we got to brainstorming. With that, this post for spiritual gift ideas was born. I hope you find it helpful! ~Erin Guest Post by Will Odom (Erin's husband!)  Most of you know or have read that we … [Read more...]

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DIY Snowman Snack Mix + FREE Gift Tag Printable!

Snowman Snack Mix

Your kids will LOVE this DIY Snowman Snack Mix!  Guest Post by Abe's Market  This DIY Snowman Snack Mix is an easy, healthy treat for the holidays! This DIY Snowman Snack Mix is vegan, which means those who are both dairy-free and egg-free will not have to worry about these food allergens. Mix up a bag of fun for the holidays - no cooking required! With just a few vegan candies and snacks, plastic baggies and a festive tag that you can download and print, you can make these cute snack … [Read more...]

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6 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

6 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids - TheHumbledHomemaker.com

I think you will love these non-toy gift ideas for kids!  At least once per day I find myself muttering to my husband (or saying to myself): "Our girls have too many toys!" And honestly? We do. Even with our 3-gift rule at Christmas, we are often overflowing with toys and things. Our girls really have plenty. Besides giving old toys away when new toys come in, here is a list of non-toy gifts I've been mulling over. Some of these are making our Christmas list this year! 6 Non-Toy … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {December 13, 2014}

Weekend Reads with The Humbled Homemaker

If you want to keep up with the reads that give me pause all week long, follow my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. If you want to follow along with my personal life, you can follow me on Instagram. Reads I Loved This Week  10 Tips Every Wife Needs to Hear @ Eighth Rising Why I'm Announcing My Pregnancy at 5 Weeks @ Triple Braided Life The Miscarriage: Another Chapter in My Story @ Triple Braided Life How I Gained and Lost 60 Pounds as an Entrepreneur @ Medium.com (Um, wake up … [Read more...]

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A Non-Toy Gift for Kids? Sign Me Up!

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I think you will love this non-toy gift for kids!  My girls--now 2, 4 and 6--absolutely love putting crafts together! But I'm a non-crafty mommy! I just get flustered coming up with ideas and even putting the supplies and craft creations together! This Christmas, we're considering using some grandparent money to give our girls a non-toy gift: a subscription to Green Kid Crafts!  I was able to try out two Green Kid Crafts boxes for review posts earlier this year, and my girls … [Read more...]

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Today She Celebrates With Her Daddy (in Heaven)

celebrating with her daddy in heaven

Today I'm humming "In Christ Alone," and I'm thinking of Courtney. I wonder how it's different for her this year. It's her 15th but only her Daddy's first. Fifteen years ago today Courtney left us suddenly. In a car accident on I-40, on her way to school--her senior year in high school--she went to be with Jesus.  I've never been the same. Her cheerleading uniform in the back seat that day. Her toenails already painted red to usher in the Christmas season. She who had been with us … [Read more...]

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32 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men (written by a man–my husband!)

32 stocking stuffer ideas for men

After nearly 4 years of blogging, I am excited to welcome my husband, Will, as a guest poster here for the first time today! It was his idea to write this post on stocking stuffer ideas for men, and I'm glad because I never know what to get him (or my dad or my brother or my father-in-law, etc.) for Christmas! I hope this post will help give you ideas on what to get your man. It sure helped me! ~Erin :)  Guest Post by Will Odom You just don’t know what to get him, so you throw your … [Read more...]

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Giving Yourself a Christmas Spending Pulse Check

Meta description: Have you already exhausted your Christmas budget, or do you still have some wiggle room? Avoid Christmas debt by setting a budget and spending wisely. These Christmas spending tips will help!

I have never been a big spender, but I have spent Christmases where our family had very little to give. During those seasons, we had two choices--either make homemade gifts or not give at all. Most years, we did a combination of both (only giving to the ministries/charities we chose to support and making homemade for close family but not giving to extended family members or friends). Regardless, we had to set a budget and stick to it. I have heard stories of families who spend so … [Read more...]

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