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Christmas is right around the corner and many of you crafty ladies have already started making your Christmas gifts. I used to envy you people– every year I would wait until after Thanksgiving and then I would try to brainstorm low-cost (yet high quality) gifts that I could give to extended family and friends.
This way of planning made my brain turn into mush. After all, we have A LOT of people to gift.
I’ve read many of the “gift guides,” out there, and honestly, I can’t shave down my list to save money– there are so many people that I want to say THANK YOU to, even if that means it’s something small. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
I also don’t like the idea of shopping dollar store- these items are made so cheap that they will probably fall apart the day after Christmas. And they aren’t anything to write home about.
However, if you put in a little bit of effort, you can create LOVELY gifts at dollar store prices, spending only $1-3 per person! Now that is more like it!
This year, I have finally learned my lesson. I started brainstorming in October, ha! I stocked up on materials, spent hours searching Pinterest, and pulled from my own personal brain bank. I had my Christmas cards ordered and sitting on my desk by November 1st. Suck on that, holidays!
I’m going to enjoy December, damnit!
Related: DIY Advent Calendar
Yet I still think of those last minute people, because I used to be there. I get it. So, I decided to pull together a list of low-cost Christmas gifts for those that want to dazzle their friends but didn’t really think too far in advance. I so very much wish I could share with you some of the things I’m cooking up this year, but, I can’t risk ruining someones surprise if they read my blog.
7 Low-Cost Easy Christmas Gifts
I hope you enjoy these merry ideas. Click on the picture to take you to the directions!
Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful about homeschooling.
After all, I’m with my kids 24/7. As their teacher and parent, I get stuck with all the whining, all the planning, and all the “mistakes.” I am like a chameleon, always shifting into what is working for my children at any given moment; always trying to make our lessons fun and improve on what doesn’t work.
When the holidays creep up on us, we get so swept up in all that is bright and shiny- sometimes it’s hard to stay focused and be thankful for our homeschooling. The kids don’t want to do school when the holidays are upon us- they would rather go play, eat cookies, and never do another math worksheet again. All I want to do some days is stick them on a bus and go sit at Starbucks and order a holiday drink…and write.
It can be tempting…but…
Homeschooling has taught me so much more about my children (and parenting) than if they were in school.
Homeschooling has made me the woman I am today. Its made my kids who they are today.
Its helped me understand what they need, as a child and as a student. I can use this experience to help them flourish into healthy, functional adults. Homeschooling has taught me how to effectively communicate to another human being. And we’ve all grown in so many ways because of this opportunity. (more…)
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I’ve really been diggin’ my crock-pot recently. There is just so much to do, TOO much to do, with a toddler, my homeschoolers, and the holidays. While I’ve mentally kept my head on straight, I’ve been fighting a mild cold that has affected my physical morale.
So I have to take shortcuts. And that’s okay with me.
The best decision I have made this month is dusting off the old crock-pot and giving her another go. It started when I made a big batch of apple butter after our annual mountain trip. The pot got comfortable on my counter and I didn’t have the heart to shoo her away. If anything, I was grateful to have a buddy help me with dinners lol.
And oh, the things we have made together!
I’ve actually learned a lot about crockin’ it this month. Like, did you know you could cook an entire lasagna in a crock pot? YEAH! Freaking amazing if you ask me.
Of course, one of my favorite things to do is make soup. There is nothing easier than throwing in a bunch of veggies in the morning, only to have a fantastic dinner waiting for you at the end of the day. Especially when you are feeling under the weather, this is a real treat. (more…)
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Ohhhh toddlers- nature’s monsters. It’s amazing to me how quickly my house can turn from looking sparkling clean to appearing as though my house threw up on itself.
Every day is my own personal battle to keep toys up off the floor, and to remove mysterious sticky substances from tables, floors, and furniture.
I pretty much fail daily.
Sometimes I feel like Mad-Eye Moody, walking around the house, screaming “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!” Oh, if only I could be a wizard and put a harmless charm on my toddler for one day. Just one.
Until then, I have to make sure I toddler proof my house.
Everyone is so hell-bent on baby proofing, but when kids hit 3, for some reason, we think we can slack. THINK AGAIN! Remember- CONSTANT VIGILANCE PEOPLE!!!
If anything, this is the PRIME time to proof your house. This is when your child gets super curious, like a mini detective or a mad scientist, and the only thing they are trying to determine is how much they can destroy in ten minutes before mommy loses her shit.
What You Should Toddler Proof in Your Home RIGHT NOW
So you think you have a good hold on safety in your home? Here are some major things you should double check or put on lock down (if you haven’t already) in your home. (more…)
Cloth diapers can seem intimidating at the very beginning. You may be wondering what to buy, what is enough, and how cheap you can get it. I’ve known moms who liked the idea of cloth, but assumed the start up cost would be too expensive.
Yes, it’s true, when you cloth diaper, you have to buy a few to get started. However, you can continue to grow your stash as you go along, and you don’t have to have that many to start. All of this can be done at low cost, if you know where to look!
You are also saving money in the long run! I have been baffled by mamas who say they want to save money, and they want to cloth diaper, but they just don’t have the funds. And then they go buy a big box of Huggies. Listen, if you are buying disposable diapers, you are not saving money, no matter how you spin it.
Unless someone else is picking up the tab for you, disposables are not money savers. They are money eaters.
Buying cloth not only is cheaper, better for your baby, and cuter (just being honest here), but, get this: when you’re done with them, you can sell the good ones and make some of your money back.
Can’t do that with a disposable! You are literally throwing your money in the trash!
While my cloth diapering journey may be over, I became an expert at buying cheap diapers. I hope this post inspires you to look for more ways to diaper your child, without breaking the bank.