Santa Claus Themed Crafts for Kids

Fun Cheap Frugal Santa Claus Crafts for Kids Frugal Homeschooling Mom

This year is the first year that my oldest doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. I’m a bit nostalgic about the excitement and wonder in her face on Christmas morning, but I know she’s going to have so much fun playing along with the littler ones and keeping alive our little family tradition. These Santa Claus crafts will be fun to make together with her little brother and sister, and they will create cute decorations around our home. Which ones would you like to try?


You might also like to print out a free Night Before Christmas printable pack that I created last year.

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15 Adorable Homemade Christmas Crafts for Kids


These are some very cute and adorable Christmas crafts I’ve rounded up for you. Make them as Christmas gifts, as homemade decorations, or as a way to beat homeschool burnout over the holidays! The best part is that they are frugal, and most are made from items you may already have around the house! Read more

FREE Fall Printable Puzzles


Here are a couple of fall printable puzzles for your older grades students. These would be entertaining for kids in grades 3-8 (upper elementary and middle school) while your younger kids are doing seasonal fall/autumn activities at their own level. These activities are appropriate for Thanksgiving fun too! Or, just pull these out for some spur-of-the-moment fun in between your students’ homeschool studies. It’s the perfect break from routine! Read more

Gluten Free Side Dishes


Thanksgiving is this week, and I’ve found myself searching for alternatives to typical side dishes since my daughter (the oldest one, Laynie) is now following a gluten-free diet. Since we limit gluten whenever possible, I wanted to find some fast and easy things to make that she would enjoy too. I can’t possibly try all of these myself before Thursday, but you do me a favor and let me know how great they are if you try them. Here’s what I found! Read more

Homeschooling When We Can Barely Afford It


When I quit my job as a public school teacher to be a stay-at-home mom back in 2008, my husband and I knew what a huge financial risk it was for our family.  Yet we both felt it was what God wanted us to do. We had faith that with His blessing on our lives, we would be okay.  I had been earning slightly more money annually than my husband, so we instantly lost over half our income when I quit working.  Fast forward eight years and now we are a homeschooling family of five.   We are still barely scraping by on an income that is about half of what other families say they can’t even survive on. Yet I stay at home, and we homeschool. This is why and how we do it. Read more