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Getting Ready for Christmas & October Giveaway

by heather
Yes, yes I know it is not even Halloween yet. However my kids' birthdays are in November and December and if I don't start planning for the holidays way in advance, the holidays aren't fun. They're busy, stressful and more expensive.  Here are some of the things that I've been stowing away over the past few months:a couple Littlest Pet Shops from Target (used a B1G1 coupon combined with a sale) eight books (including some activity books) gathered from various sales (I generally only spend Read more [...]

Halloween Costumes on the Cheap

by heather
I am ready for Halloween!I bought a BuyCostumes.com Groupon ($30 for $15) last weekend which I used to buy this for Thing One.Out of pocket, including shipping, the Groupon and star wand=$21 (Normally $47 + tax). Another thing about BuyCostumes is that every day they have a couple of costumes that are ridiculously marked down. Today there are a cute mermaid and a little red riding hood costume normally $50 each down to $3.99.  They also have several cute Animal Planet infant/toddler costumes Read more [...]

Happy Memorial Day!

by heather
Hooray for summer holidays! I would like to encourage everyone to take a moment from your burgers, watermelon and holiday sales to remember why we celebrate this holiday. I come from a long line of military servicemen. My brother is in the Army Reserve. My dad was in the Air Force. Four of my grandparents served in World War II. The list goes back to the Revolutionary War. I am proud of my heritage and the sacrifices that my ancestors made. They worked and struggled for a great cause. I am grateful Read more [...]

Easter Tips

by heather
Easter, Easter, I love it, but what I don't love is the excess of candy. And I know some members of my family (cough, meat-loving man) would start a revolt if we completely went without Easter candy,  but I do try to limit the gobs of sugar that can be found in my house at this season. Here are few tips on making Easter memorable without all of the candy.Hide things on your hunt other than candy. This year I'm hiding a Littlest Pet Shop set for my daughter and a Melissa and Doug tool set for Read more [...]

Rainbow Cupcakes

by heather
I found this festive idea in the March 2010 issue of Family Fun Magazine. They were fun, and my daughter loved them, but they turned out to be a little more work than I expected. It was worth it, but not something I would do on a regular basis. Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. (About 1/2 cup of batter per bowl.) Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color. RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING Read more [...]

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Mustard Custard Sauce.

by heather
I thought I would try making something traditional for St Patrick's Day, but then I have to work on St. Patty's and the last thing I feel like doing after working 12(+) hours is making a large meal. Nor is my family to keen on waiting for said large meal that late in the evening. Instead I made this yesterday and it turned out really well, plus it was very easy. (My husband loved this meal and my daughter ate it as long as the yellow stuff didn't touch her food.) I found the recipe on Cooks.com and Read more [...]

Valentine’s Day on the Cheap

by heather
 This year for V-day I made beef jerky for my beloved. He will know this truly a sign of my love because I HATE touching raw meat, which is an unavoidable downside of making your own beef jerky. (Although it's very tasty, and super easy and inexpensive to do if you have a dehydrator and a jerky gun.) Including the cute container to put it in, it cost me less than $4. For my kids I found some cute V-day socks at Old Navy for 70 cents each and a couple books for a few dollars each. In the Read more [...]

How to Have a More Stressful Holiday Season

by heather
Here's what my holidays have been like and here are several things I don't recommend based on personal experience. (Especially doing them all in the span of one month.) 1. Travel (as in 4 hours each way) multiple times for various events with small children in a tiny car.2. Cram in some big family events like a wedding for a close family member or LDS mission fairwell.3. Move into a new house on Christmas Eve.4. Pack and move with less than a week's notice. {But I'm happy that getting a new house Read more [...]

How to Have a More Worshipful Christmas

by heather
I came across this great list today and just had to share it. It was found at http://www.lds.org/topic/christmas/christmas-ideas.html Enjoy.Replace some holiday decorations in your home with reminders of Christ.Politely decline requests that will take you away from family.Play more Christmas music.Donate gently used items to a thrift store.Go Christmas caroling.Avoid “mad rush” shopping times.Say thank you as often as possible.Schedule a night to help another person or family.Call someone you Read more [...]

My Favorite Christmas Traditions

by heather
Here are some of the things I enjoy most about the holiday season, many of which you can do with your children on a low budget.1. Baking cookies! 2. Decorating. This can get expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Some of my favorite memories as a child were making our own decorations. We made paper snowflakes and festive paper chains that we hung from the ceiling around the borders of the room. And to this day my mom's favorite Christmas tree ornaments are the ceramic mice that we painted when I was Read more [...]

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