A very cheap and easy way to save money this year during the Christmas season is to create your own decorations! And here’s one of them.
Things you’ll need:
- Hula hoop
- Tinsel or Garland (green and red preferably)
- Battery powered led string lights.
- Hot glue
- Holiday ribbon
*every thing can be bought at the dollar store or a Walmart.*
- Get the hula hoop, hot glue, and garland.
- Start to glue to garland to the hula-hoop and wrap it spirally.
- You can do all one color, or you can make it go every other color and wrap it all around.
- Once you’ve finished wrapping the garland on the hula-hoop; get the light strand and place onto the hula hoop, making sure it’s not totally visible.
- After all of that, get the ornaments and place on the hoop.
- Then get the ribbon and you’re going to use that to hang the hoop from the ceiling.
Now you have created your perfect Christmas chandelier!
We all have a dream on how we want our kids’ toy rooms to look like. Full on storage with labels and fully organized to the max! Unfortunately our kids think otherwise. They think it belongs all in one big tote! Looks like the comprise is going to be made..
Now we all know how annoying it is to have the kids toys just scattered all over the floors because the kids just believe that’s the place for them. This is a way to decorate the cluttered toy room, while adding more storage that the kids can understand! Click HERE to see the full article.
I would like to take a moment to express how much I love the word “chaotic.” It’s just a cool word to say, but good heavens, NOT a good word to deal with in real life…
It’s one of those days. Everyone in the house is upset. Kids are crying, the dogs tracked mud through the kitchen, the husband can’t find his car keys… You are feeling the full effect of “When it rains, it pours.” Mom is longing for a time when she made people happy and the world was quiet.
We have all been there and it’s not the Disney Land of parenthood. So how do we get through the gauntlet of tears without losing our own minds?
Remember You Tried
It’s so easy to forget that five minutes ago you were helping your kiddo with their homework, and all was okay with the world. Or that you took the dogs on a walk, or had just found a different lost item. Some days the storm is coming no matter what you do. You tried anyway and responded in love.
During the season of tantrums it’s difficult to find your funny bone, but when you do you can turn all those tears to laughter. Pretend to cry, too. Throw yourself on the floor. It often throws you children off guard and they begin to laugh themselves. When all else fails start a tickle war. You may not have a whole lot of time, but this could make the rest of your day easier for everyone to get through.
Hold Your Ground
If fighting is happening, make sure your kids know that they have to face the consequences of those actions. Enforce a quick time out and tell them that anger or sadness doesn’t buy rude or violent behavior. Then hold on until the storm blows itself out.
Some days are just no fun, but keep in mind that tomorrow can be the best day ever! You’ve got this!
For those of you who love to give gifts to others, but don’t have the budget for that, this article is just for you!
Every year we all have those neighbors, family friends, teachers, and coworkers we want to give presents, but don’t want to spend lots of money on, but you can’t just keep giving cookies every. single. year… Trust me, we all know where you’re at. We’ve all been in that same exact boat!
I’m going to share what I’ve found to be the best for those special people!
1. Hot Cocoa Kits for the cold season, yet so simple and easy to make! Don’t forget cheap too!
2. Homemade Caramel Apple Gift for those who love to cook!
3. Gift Baskets for those who you can’t find just that “one thing” for!
4. Plus many more Mason Jar Presents!
My grandma has always made these Biscuit Donut Holes, or as she sometimes calls them, Poor Man’s Donuts! Her mother used to make them when she was a child and she’s continued the tradition by making them for her kids and now her grandkids! And boy have we loved them!
I’m not sure if there’s really a person out there than can turn away from a sugary donut. I’m really not sure it’s possible! Especially with how delicious these guys are.
They’re everything you want in a dessert: sugary, simple and scrumptious! (Yes, I did just find three words that started with an ‘S’, but they all fit perfectly!) Go ahead and give these donuts a try. You will be chowing down on them in only a matter of minutes!
- Any can of Biscuit Dough
- Enough Vegetable Oil to fill pan 1-1/2 inches
- Cinnamon and Sugar to roll the dough in after it’s done frying (you could also use powdered sugar)
First, cut the biscuit dough into quarters.
Turn the oil to med-high and place one bit of dough in to test if the oil is hot enough. The dough should fry up pretty quickly. Once you’d determined that the oil is hot enough, add as many dough bits as you can to the oil so that they are fully submerged.
It should only take about two minutes before you need to stir them up and flip a few of them around. After that you should only have to let them fry for another minute until they turn a nice dark golden-brown.
After they’ve been scooped from the oil, roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mix.
If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, I think there may be something wrong. 😉
If you are anything like me, you’re hoping that you won’t have to walk into a grocery store until after Thanksgiving! But if you have put off or have not been able to do your Thanksgiving shopping until now, it’s still possible to save money on what’s probably the most expensive meal you’ll make all year.
Here are just a few tips to carry you into the final preparations for your big holiday meal.
1. Ditch store bought gravy. Make your own gravy. It tastes better and is significantly less expensive to make. This year, I am making my gravy early. I happened to already have some homemade chicken broth on hand. So, I made the gravy last night and will simply add the turkey drippings from the roasting pan once that bird is roasted! Gravy will keep in the refrigerator for one week. So, it’s a nice thing to cross off your list a little early.
2. Don’t use paper plates. Those fancy paper plates and plastic cups can be pricey. Use your nice plates and just plan to also use your dishwashing machine. It’ll end up cheaper to run the dishwasher than to buy all those plates and cups that you’ll just throw away. There is one exception, though. Yesterday, I met a lady who said that her mother-in-law called her and told her that she had a bunch of those nice paper plates sitting around in her pantry. She asked if she could bring them over on Thanksgiving. “Yes!” was the answer! So, if someone else offers to bring those fancy paper plates, you’ll get the best of both worlds: no dishes and no cost!
3. Use nature for your decorations. Walk outside your door and pick up some beautiful leaves to decorate around the house and the dining table. It’s beautiful and free!
What else do you do to keep your Thanksgiving thrifty?
For a while now I’ve been noticing that my kitchen has so many mis-matched things and I’ve looked into buying new things but it’s going to cost me so much money for something that isn’t a need but a want! Luckily I’ve found the perfect things that cost so little yet look so cute!
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Head to the dollar store
- Get wooden utensils
- Get some paint *desired color & white*
- Create an area that’s okay to be messy.
- Get paintbrushes!
Now you’ll need to mix the color of paint of your desired choice with white creating a ombre look. Doesn’t matter what utensils colors get what, but creating the look will appear the kitchen to look more together and matching!
Have you ever made your own marinara sauce?
I didn’t ever even think to make my own until I was given a bunch of freshly picked tomatoes from my neighbors’ garden! I usually make homemade tomato soup, but decided to try something different this time and instead opted for marinara sauce! The recipe is super easy, and so yummy. You’ve got to give it a try!
12 cups of blanched, peeled tomatoes
2 large onions – chopped
7 cloves of garlic – minced
2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onions and cook slowly until they are golden and begin to caramelize. Then, add the garlic and dried herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.
Once everything is in and mixed well, bring to a simmer and let it cook on low for about 2 hours. Afterwards, puree the mixture with an immersion blender, or carefully add to your blender, a couple of cups at a time.
There you go! Easy, healthy and yummy!