$5 Family Fun – Gingerbread Joy

Hard to believe that Christmas is just 8 days away!  For just $5, create a little holiday magic with you kids over the break by making individual gingerbread houses.

Directions can be found in the e-Book $5 Family Fun. Available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things.

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BLOG TOUR – 12th & Final Day

Today is the 12th and the final day of the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour. Many thanks to our final blogger Leslie of “Storeybook Reviews” for reviewing the e-book. If you are a self-proclaimed book junkie like she is, I recommend you check out her blog. She reviews a variety on genres.


Not only to Leslie, but as this blog tour comes to a close, thank you to the many bloggers who participated and introduced their followers to $5 Family Fun.  I hope everyone enjoys the e-book as much as I enjoyed the two years writing it.

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$5 Family Fun – Spirit Games

Spirit Games – $4

Games – using household items, all are $0
  • Opening Ceremonies – create your own tournament torch using a leftover paper towel roll and aluminum foil for the flame. If you happen to have red, orange, or yellow tissue paper in the house, you can upgrade to a more colorful flame.
  • Three-Legged Race – partner up and use belts from the closet or rope from the garage to bind legs.
  • Individual Sprint – no props needed.
  • Relay Race – use leftover paper towel rolls as batons.
  • Egg Race – spoons from the kitchen and plastic eggs from your Easter decor.
  • Discus – if you have a Frisbee lying around the garage or backyard, this is all you need for a fun and competitive discus toss.
  • Closing Ceremonies/Medal Presentation – make medals out of aluminum foil and anything you have around the house to make a medal strap such as giftwrap ribbon or twine.

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Feast like a Champion – $4
After the closing ceremonies, go for the gold with these two snack ideas. Only microwave cooking and assembly required.

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Popcorn Torch Treats – $2


  • Ice cream cones from the dollar store – $1
  • Microwave buttered popcorn from the dollar store – $1


  1. Microwave the popcorn according to package directions.
  2. Fill each ice cream cone with popcorn to create your torches.
Gold Medal Goodies
Gold Medal Goodies – $2
  • Vanilla sandwich cookies from the dollar store – $1
  • Candy rope or candy straws from the dollar store – $1
  1. Gently twist apart the two sides from each cookie sandwich to separate.
  2. Into the cream center of one half of the cookie, firmly press the candy ropes (but not so hard as to break the cookies).
  3. Top with the cookie’s other half and plate your gold medals.

BLOG TOUR – Day 6 (Past Becomes Present)

Another friend of mine is a very talented blogger.  Beth Wylie of the genealogy blog “Life in the Past Lane” is today’s stop on the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour. Life Past LaneBeth highlighted the Family Tree craft project from the e-book on her blog today as a great way to introduce an appreciation for family history to our little ones.  A nice plus is that it can double as a gift for Grandparent’s Day, which is a month away.


In the blog post, Beth also shares a sweet pic of her daughter next to a family grave marker.

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Beth Wylie’s daughter learning about family genealogy.

Since my mother, Beverly Burch Jackson, is a family genealogy aficionado herself, I too have posed for my fair share of family grave marker pics.  It gives you a sense of where you come from.

Check out Beth’s blog “Life in the Past Lane“.


Day 5 of the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour was a very kind review from the blog “Literary Time Out“.  It sounds like the blog’s author Andrea Frisby totally gets why I started this writing project to begin with.

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If you’re a book lover, her blog would definitely be a great source for new release reviews. 

If you’re a fan of popular genealogy-themed TV shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Genealogy Roadshow”, make sure to check back tomorrow for Day 6 of the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour.   

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BLOG TOUR – Day 4 Gets Personal

Today’s stop is extra special for me.  My birth bestie Kerri Jackson Case, Author & Blogger of “Drink, Sleep & Be Kerri” is day 4 of the $5 Family Fun blog tour.  She is an insightful, beautiful writer and I’m honored that she’s a part the tour.Drink Sleep & Be Kerri banner

Friends since birth, Kerri incorporated pictures from the past & a history of our friendship in her post.  In honor of TBT, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of my own blasts from the past pics.

Please check out her blog and like her on Facebook for some smart & sassy Southern storytelling.