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Category Archives: Holidays

Ways to Give and Serve during the Holidays

  This time of the year is such a great time to reflect on how blessed we are! Often we are encouraged to think about our wants, but I believe we find true joy in the giving and serving of others. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite times to give and to serve others. There are truly

How to Save Money on Christmas Gifts Conveniently

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year! Yet, it can be tough on the budget. I think that celebrating the holidays should be more about spending time together and enjoying this time of the year and less about worrying about the pocket book. Thus, I do my best to plan and prepare gift buying

3 Tips to Planning a Stress-Free and Affordable Holiday Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays. It is a wonderful time of the year! Yet, it can be very stressful and expensive. Some of my favorite holiday memories and moments were those that did not involve stress or extravagance. As I think about past holiday seasons, I remember tons of free (or

How to Make a Nacho Libre Costume

My son is such an active little dude. He doesn’t stop moving, jumping, running around, etc. That said he is not even two years old so some of his ‘moves’ are a little funny to watch.  One day I got the idea to dress up him as Nacho on “Nacho Libre“on Halloween. If you haven’t

How to Make a Reusable Party Banner

My neighbor Kim is super crafty and taught me how to make a  reusable party banner so I want to share it with you. First, cut out the shape of the banner pendants in the fabric using scissors. Make sure to leave about 1 inch at the top for a fold over that the rope

How to Make a Russell Costume from the Movie UP

I have had multiple requests to post a tutorial on how to make a Russell costume from the movie UP. So here it is… Russell from UP is one of the cutest kid characters out there and it was so much fun to dress my son up like him. There are quite a few props

B is for Baby-Baby Shower

My creative and very talented next door neighbor Kim threw me a baby shower when I was pregnant with my son. She did such a wonderful job I couldn’t stop looking at the decor. I was dazzled by how cute everything was! Recently, I asked her if I could share it with you since the

11 Steps to Throwing a Fun and Stress-Free Party

  Planning a party can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you really want it to be memorable and fun. I’ve found that breaking the party planning and prepping down into 11 steps makes everything go much more smoothly. By following these steps you can have an amazing, yet stress-free party! 1. Start early (at

American Flag Collage

I adore American Flags. I found these vintage(ish) looking flags and decided to make them into a little collage. I needed a centerpiece for my 4th of July Mantel and this was the perfect craft for it. This was VERY easy to make and only took me 10-15 minutes. First, I took a frame I

How to Make an American Flag Easy No-Sew Banner

I love the 4th of July! To celebrate I made this vintage American Mantel, an American Flag collage, and an American Flag Banner. This banner took me about 10 minutes to make and was very inexpensive. I got lucky and found all of the flags at a thrift store. But they all can be found

My Little Pony Party

A few months ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table trying to make something out of this craft (which unfortunately didn’t really happen) and I saw a Pony in my neighbors yard. The pony had a hot pink mane and tail and a sparkly pink and black saddle. I saw my neighbor Kim’s daughter and daughter’s friends

Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

My wonderful cousin is getting married soon and my family wanted to throw her a shower. We all spent less than $50.00 each and it turned out super fun and cute. If you haven’t read my post on how to throw a nice shower for less than $50.00 and you have a shower to plan,

Burlap Spring Wreath

I LOVE spring. So to celebrate I created this Burlap Spring Wreath. First, start with a wreath frame, burlap, a nest, eggs (found at Walmart), and vintage Easter grass (found at DollarTree). Next, wrap the wreath frame with the burlap. I left a bit of it out on both sides to resemble a bow. Then, secure

Peter Rabbit Candy-Free Easter Basket

In our family, all of the kids (and sometimes the adults) go Easter egg hunting. Everyone usually ends up with quite a bit of candy. To try to make things a little more healthy, a few of my blogging friends and I each created a no-candy Easter basket. (I’ve included photos and links to all of

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