MamaKate

The Dilemma of the Thrifty Daughter to a Shop-a-holic Mother …

Posted by in Family, holiday, Stories

At first, you love the “gifts”. You are a novice to this living-on-your-own thing, and the hand-me-downs are quite helpful when the ratio to things needed to funds available are considered. (Let’s she how many hyphenated phrases I can cram into this, shall we?) You need sheets, towels, and silverware. Boom! Mom has enough to distribute between you and a sibling. Thanks, mom! Your modest lifestyle becomes equipped for a server that spends little time at home tending to domestic activities such as cooking and cleaning. You. Are. Set. Then,…read more

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Totally Christmas

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Score! I am done wrapping presents! It’s been a weird time for me, lately. Usually I am more excited about Christmas, or maybe more “in the spirit” than I have been this year. Winter came too soon, and Christmas has snuck up on me so quickly. (Just realized “snuck” isn’t a word, but what else fits more appropriately in that sentence? Not a word, schmot a word!) This year has been the busiest yet for me, so I guess that is playing a big part in all of this. My…read more

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Wrapping Gifts: This year, it was fun.

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Preparing for Christmas this year has been quite different than the past few years. We are now a household with 4 people living off of just one income. This is quite a jump from last year being a family of 3, living off of double what we are now. So, we cut corners whenever possible. Or, at least we try. Every other year a portion of the money spent on Christmas gifts goes towards wrapping paper. I get my love for making gifts look pretty from my Aunt Marilyn and…read more

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At My Shop

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I forgot to mention last night, that I will be having FREE shipping on all the items in my Etsy shop over the weekend. If you need a sling or any custom order, let me know! mamakates.etsy.com

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Shopping

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Tomorrow is Black Friday. To some, this means getting up before the sun, shoving your way through crowds of crazed shoppers, standing in long lines, and most importantly getting a SALE! This whole idea sounds pretty unappealing to me, but some people love it–my husband being one of them. I don’t get it. Anyway, I’ve got the remedy for anyone who wants the sale, but not the crazy shopping trip. Shop online! Etsy is full of sales from Black Friday until Cyber Monday. My team on Etsy, The Busy Moms…read more

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Buy Handmade

Posted by in Craft, holiday

I’m not sure if any of you are aware, but it’s already November! It seems like just last week all the leaves were green, we were thinking about mowing our yard, and plans for our weekends were to go swimming. Well now, the leaves are suddenly gone, the air is chilly, and Christmas is just around the corner. With the holidays coming, this means most of us are doing more shopping. We, of course, haven’t started, but we are at least talking about it. So, while perusing the wonderful world…read more

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My Hiatus

Posted by in Family, holiday

I just got back from a 4 day reunion with my extended family that came from Louisiana and other parts of Indiana. We all stayed at my mom’s house, which has been the tradition since my grandmother was the matriarch of the house. The house is on the lake, and is large enough to cram a few families in to stay for a few days. Playing on the lake with my crazy family is one of my fondest memories and most favorite things to do. We ski, we swim, we…read more

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Spitting Crickets

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Last Saturday we woke up WAY too early for my taste, and went to an Easter celebration at John’s place of work. It was really nice. There was a catered breakfast, games, an egg hunt, an art station, and time to spend with the Easter bunny. Fun was had by all. *smirk* After that we came home to get ready for the bug bowl at Purdue. Archer took his first stroller ride and Jackson spit his first cricket! Of course I didn’t get a picture of the actual spitting of…read more

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Cool Cat

Posted by in Children, holiday

This was Jackson’s Easter attire this year. The jacket was his daddy’s when he was little. Have you ever seen such a cool cat?

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