4 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

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Tips to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays The countdown to Christmas begins! As I have already mentioned, I shop year round to get the best deals on gifts. Plus, I make several homemade gifts which you can read about in our Holiday From the Heart Posts from last year. Below you find a few more tips to avoid overspending this holiday season. ...

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

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It is mid September and October will be here before we know it! I love fall- the cooler nights and changing colors are delightful! This also means that it is time to start thinking about Halloween costumes. I try not to spend very much money on my kids costumes. I can get away with it pretty easily since they are still young. I still allow them choices but guide them in the choice of costume based on what is available. I am sure this is not easily done when you have older kids! So here are a few ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Chewy Candy Cane Chex Mix

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Well, our Holiday from the Heart posts are coming to a close. We truly hope you enjoy this next week with your family and friends! If you are still in need of last minute gift idea, take a look at this easy homemade gifts! Thanks to A Thrifty Mom for sharing her recipe for homemade Chewy Candy Cane Chex Mix! I know many of you have most of the ingredients on hand...especially the cereal! The great thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted to what you have on hand or your ...

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Just for the Joy of it: Symbols of Christmas

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I have shared with you all before that I want my boys to know the true meaning of holidays. I started on this mission last year. It is tradition in our family to have Christmas Eve at my house. We have my husband's brother and his family over for dinner and fun. I started a new tradition last Christmas Eve by reading a story about the symbols of Christmas  and their true meaning. I found this cute story with Santa explaining what the symbols meant and that we should teach the ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Renewing Glass Ornaments

Have you had the same Christmas ornaments for years and feel the need to renew them? I have had the same glass ball ornaments for many years. Some of my glass ornaments are starting to show their age with dull color. Instead of spending money on replacing my glass ornaments, I have revamped them with a little glitter and glue! This idea comes from Martha Stewart. It is a fun craft to do with your children too! My three year old helped me and they are by no means perfect. However, it gives my ...

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Just for the Joy of It: Messy Marvins

  Messy Marvins That is what I call my boys! Yes, I received a box in the mail that had the wonderfully fun but messy packing peanuts. I was thrilled to get my new Tassimo coffee maker (more on that in a few days) and the boys...well they were more than thrilled to empty to contents of the box! In the few minutes it took me to read the instructions, my house became covered in "indoor snow"! My first reaction was to be upset. But why? They were having fun and the mess really didn't hurt ...

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Just for the Joy of It: Sunny Day!

Oh the JOY! The sun is shining today and it is 60 degrees out! Woohoo! We have had so much rain here in Central Virginia. Our yard is like a mud pit. And my boys... they were going stir crazy. Mason was doing hot laps inside the house last night! I am so thankful for this one day of sun and warmth!   Saturday's forcast...possible snow. But for now, we will soak up the rays and enjoy this glorious day! [ad#adesnse text link] ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Toy Swap

Amee and I both belong to a local Mom's Club. One of the moms came up with a fabulous idea for her children's Christmas presents this year. This mom has organized a toy swap! So many people have little money to buy presents this year. Why not organize a toy swap? Young children do not know the difference between a new or used toy. Have each mom bring there unwanted, in good condition toys to a swap. Divide items into categories and then let everyone "shop"! My three year old will be getting a ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Gift Packaging

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Gift Packaging Ideas Oh how the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season has begun! I was out shopping yesterday and the parking lots were packed and so were the stores! As I was shopping, I was thinking of gift packaging ideas. I know many times gift bags are used as a simple solution to wrapping. Gift bags can be pricey though. Here are a few gift packaging ideas to use that will keep more money in your pockets! ...

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Just for the Joy of it: Forts & Popcorn

Well, it is an awful weather day here in central Virginia...thunder, lightning, heavy rain and even hail. My boys are definitely the outdoor type. So, indoor days are loooong and make for cranky boys (and mommy too!). Today we built a fort in our living room. A large blanket, clamps and chairs do the trick! It is amazing how a simple little fort can entertain little ones. I popped some popcorn and they were happy as can be! I was even invited to play in the fort! And if all else fails this ...

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