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    7 Easy Ways to Save For Christmas

    Christmas comes every 12 months.  We know that every 52 weeks Christmas will come again.  It’s never a surprise, and is a fact of life.  I absolutely love the Christmas season.  I love the traditions, the lights, the love shown to others.  What I don’t love is the cost (anyone with me on this??).  When you include holiday parties, gifts, travel, etc. the expenses add up fast.  One of the best things I have learned is to plan for this holiday well in advanced (like a year in advance).  Today I want to share with you  7 Ways to Save for Christmas so that you can enjoy a stress free…

  • Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers

    Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Teachers, and Friends

    Christmas is coming, and with that comes added expenses.  With gifts and parties and food (oh how I love the food) the costs can add up quick.  One of my biggest passions is to help people see that gifts do not have to cost a lot of money.  A gift should come from the heart, not from a credit card.  I would much rather have a friend give me a nice note than have them feel stressed about money but felt they needed to buy me something expensive.  Here are 15 Cheap Gift Ideas for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers. “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,…

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    20 FREE or FRUGAL Family Christmas Traditions

    Christmas is just my very very favorite season.  I love the lights, the snow, the family Christmas traditions planning that perfect gift for a loved one, and the joy I feel from everyone around me.  It truly is the most magical time of the year! December is the perfect month for establishing family traditions.  My hope is that one day my little family will look back on their childhood and remember the sweet memories and traditions we made together. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make these memories with your family.  A lot of activities can be done completely FREE!  Here are 20 FREE or…

  • Cheap Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

    Christmas Gift Ideas for Teen Girls under $25

    Are you needing a gift, maybe a Christmas present or a birthday present, for the teen girl in your life?  Are you on a budget and don’t want to overspend?  Well you have come to the right place!  I have researched all of the best gift ideas for teen girls!  The best part?  Everything is under $25, so you can stick to that budget! “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Gifts for Fun This Karaoke Microphone…

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    Easy Pumpkin Craft Tutorial For a Fun Fall Decoration

    Yesterday I pulled out all of our fall decorations and had fun getting the house looking a little more festive.  After that I decided I wanted a few more small decor items, but didn’t want to spend very much money.  So, I decided to make this easy pumpkin craft! My friend showed me how to make these toilet paper pumpkins a few years ago, and I knew they would be the perfect addition to my house this fall.  The best part about these pumpkins is they cost less than $1 to make!  Yep, you read that right, $1! The only item I bought for these pumpkins was the fabric for…

  • How to Throw a Pancakes and Pajama Party While on a Budget

    Budget Friendly Pancake and Pajama Birthday Party!

    Disclosure:  “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Why is it every time my kids have a birthday I get so emotional????  Please tell me I’m not alone in this!  It is so fun to watch my kids grow into amazing people, but oh how my heart hurts to see just how fast time passes and how quickly my babes grow! We celebrated my daughters 10th birthday last week!  I definitely shed a tear or two, but I…

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    The Easiest No Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

    Disclosure:  “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Halloween is just around the corner!  I love this time of year; I love the pumpkins, the crisp cool air, the changing leaves, and the excitement in my children.  My kids love to dress up as anything they want and run around the neighborhood trick or treating. The urge to craft came on strong the other day and I decided it would be so fun to make my kids new…

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    Birthday Traditions for Small Budgets

    I love celebrating my kids birthdays every year.  It’s so fun to have one day just focused on helping them feel important and loved.  I try really hard to give them a special day to remember, WITHOUT spending very much money.  I truly believe that you do NOT need to spend money to help a child feel special.  Here are a few of our birthday traditions for small budgets. Here are a few of our favorite frugal birthday traditions. Decorate Bedroom The night before a birthday birthdays, I sneak into their room after they fall asleep, and decorate.  I fill the floor with balloons and hang streamers from their doorway. …

  • How we are going to help our kids remember the TRUE meaning of Easter

    I love Easter!  I love remembering Christ’s resurrection and what that means for me everyday.  It is a beautiful time to celebrate new life and new beginnings. Although I love Easter I have actually never really been a huge fan of the Easter bunny and the materialism that comes with Easter.  The whole idea of a giant rabbit giving my kids presents just has never really resonated with me. Because of this we are constantly looking for new ways to help our kids focus less on a rabbit and more on Christ.  We have tried a few different things in the past and nothing has really seemed to feel right…