Purim definitely is one of the Jewish holidays with the most preparations. It is not like Pesach, with constant cleaning, but more intense. I find that the best way to really enjoy the holiday is to get the kids involved as much as possible and focus on the joy it gives them. Years ago I... Continue Reading →
Shaloch manos gallery 2013
I am a bit behind this year with blogging and Purim preparations with juggling my family, teaching, freelance writing, and household tasks. I am sure many of you can relate. Some years I start early and don't have to wait until the last minute to do everything. At least I still have a week to... Continue Reading →
Post-Christmas shopping success!
I love after-holiday sales, even for holidays I don't celebrate. I have gotten good at finding great deals after Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.! The key is to not think about whether you celebrate that holiday or not, but to think about things that might be on sale that you could use. There are... Continue Reading →
Disasters: What can you do to help?
Last week, several areas of Missouri, including the area of the school where I teach, were hit badly by a tornado. There were many families whose homes were severely damaged and many who were displaced. I can’t imagine the stress and hardship these families are going through. It is during times like these that we... Continue Reading →
Kids’ Mitzvah Checklist for Passover
I am taking a break from my regular Passover (Pesach) preparations to think of my kids. One of my favorite new traditions is involving the kids by helping them get excited about doing the mitzvos for that holiday. I already had a reader/friend ask where my next holiday checklist for the kids was! So here is... Continue Reading →
Kids’ Mitzvah Checklist for Purim
Purim is not a holiday that really needs help being fun, but I wanted to make a Mitzvah Checklist for the holiday anyway. My kids really enjoyed the ones I made for Rosh Hashanah and Sukkos. They loved getting to put stickers on their charts when they completed a mitzvah. We had a fun outing... Continue Reading →
After-Christmas sales are great for everyone!
Since starting this blog, I have really started to think outside the box about ways to save money. Upon reading one of Kosher on a Budget's posts, "Why I love (the day after) Halloween," I realized that it is easy to save on regular items you use everyday even during a holiday sale (and one... Continue Reading →
I am back!
My apologies again for a long break since posting any articles or tips. This time it is for a good reason, rather than a death in the family. I got a new teaching job at the beginning of October. I had been teaching child abuse prevention and traveling to schools all over the county and... Continue Reading →
Kids’ Mitzvah Checklist for Sukkos
My Kids' Mitzvah Checklist for Rosh Hashanah was such a hit with my children that I thought I would make another for Sukkos. Again, I used Chinuch.org for clip art. They have tons of great art to choose from. I tried to include a variety of mitzvot for kids young and old. Kids' Mitzvah Checklist... Continue Reading →
Kids’ Rosh Hashanah Mitzvah Checklist
Have you used my Kids' Mitzvah Checklist for Rosh Hashanah? My kids loved it and it was cute to see them get even more excited about doing each thing because they would also earn a sticker. (In some cases they earned more than one like for hearing shofar, davening, and setting the table.) I told them... Continue Reading →