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Bubblegum’s First Birthday Party

My daughter Aurora is nicknamed Bubblegum (just for now, because she is so squishy and bubbly). She is so happy, sweet, kind, and a total momma’s girl. She loves her older brother and playing with his toys. She just turned one and I wanted to share her birthday party here on my blog. We held

Quick, Inexpensive, and Easy Neighbor Christmas Gifts for 64

A few years ago I wrote a post: 27 neighbor gifts in 27 minutes-found here. It has been very popular. I think it has been such a hit because it is a neighbor gift idea that is easy, inexpensive, and fast. Well, we have now lived in our house for a few more years and

D.I.Y. Christmas Mason Jar Craft

I love Christmas time and the holiday season! Decorating and making homemade crafts is one of my favorite things to do. Which is why I love these mason jars! They are easy to make, fairly quick, and completely customizable. You can choose the colors and the ‘window’ designs to match your home/existing decor and then fill them with

Christmas Present Wood Craft

Recently, I made these D.I.Y. Wood Christmas Presents. They are very simple and inexpensive. Further they are durable and will hold up for years—even with little kids in the house. Standing alone they look great. I also really like the wood Christmas presents displayed next to my Santa. Instructions #1- Get a 4×4 that is

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 10-12

Gifting The 12 Days of Christmas is one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions! Sometimes thinking of what to give can be the most difficult part. So here are gift ideas (most are under $10.00) for days 10-12 of The 12 Days of Christmas… Day 10: Ten Lords a Leaping Lord of the Rings DVD

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 7-9

I love doing the 12 Days of Christmas! But sometimes thinking of what to give can be difficult. So here are gift ideas (most are under $10.00) for days 7-9 of The 12 Days of Christmas… Day 7: Seven Swans a Swimming A Swan Bracelet Swan figurine toy Swan swimming suit Swan Princess Pin Brooch

How to Make a Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

My friend wanted to make a Christmas Wreath. She asked me how to make one inexpensively—if at all possible. I told her to come on over. In just a few hours, we went shopping at the dollar store, set out the supplies, and made a wreath! Although I already had the wreath base that I bought

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 4-6

I love doing the 12 Days of Christmas. Sometimes thinking of what to give can be the most difficult part. So here are gift ideas for days 4-6 of the 12 Days of Christmas… Day 4: Four Calling Birds Four Calling Birds Snowbabies Dream Figurine  Four Calling Birds Christmas Ornament A Bird call  Four Calling

Gift Ideas for The Twelve Days of Christmas Days 1-3

Below you will find gift ideas for the first 3 days of the 12 Days of Christmas. I’ll be posting a few more times for the last 9. Some gifts are expensive, others inexpensive, most are between $5-$10.00. Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree A Partridge in a Pear Tree book with good

How to Gift the Twelve Days of Christmas to a Recipient

When I was maybe six or seven, I remember my great grandfather saying that he had had the 12 Days of Christmas gifted to him anonymously. He spoke fondly of receiving a gift each day and trying to find out who the giver was (which he never did do). I was so grateful that someone

D.I.Y. Easy Winter Wreath

I made this winter wreath a few years ago, and I still love it a lot. It was very simple and inexpensive. Further, it is great for all winter, not just Christmas. Instructions  #1- Get a grapevine wreath.  They are very inexpensive here, can be found at craft stores, or if you have an old

How to Create a Memorable & Cherished Christmas for Children

Creating a memorable and cherished Christmas for your children doesn’t have to be overly expensive or complex. To prove this point, just take a minute and think back on when you were a child. What do you remember and cherish most about Christmas? As I did this, three main things game to mind: 1- Helping and

How to Save Money on Gift Giving

Holidays and gift giving can be very expensive but they don’t have to break the bank. Here are some of the things I do in order to save over 50% on gifts each and every year. 1- Draw names. This is the single most beneficial way of slashing a ginormous-gift-giving-bill. Just draw names in the

Fall Themed Mason Jars

These simple ‘Fall Themed Mason Jars’ are a great way to add a little festivity in your home. They are great for Halloween and Thanksgiving and are inexpensive to make! Further, mason jars are very versatile. You can put whatever you like in them. Some ideas are: popcorn kernels, fall leaves, beans, candles, candy corn or other

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