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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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! … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart: Candy Making

Ever since I can remember, homemade candy has been a part of our Christmas. My mom use to do all of the candy making until she taught me how to do it when I was 12. I have carried on this tradition since then. There are some recipes that I traditionally make every year and then I usually throw in some new ones too. Besides making the candy for ourselves, I always put together gift trays for neighbors, friends and family. It is a big hit and really it doesn't cost alot of money if you start … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart: Thankful Turkey

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Last year it was my mission to find activities that explained the meaning for holidays. I want my children and my nephews to grow up knowing that there is more to holidays than food and gifts. I found crafts for both Thanksgiving and Christmas that brought meaning to our day. I will share our Thankful Turkey Centerpiece with you today! I made our Thankful Turkey Centerpiece by following the directions found in Parents magazine. Here are the basics: How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart:Soup

I believe that nothing says I love you like soup. It is warm, homemade, and yummy. I love to make soup for friends to enjoy later. It is like a big hug to your belly. You can place the ingredients for soup in a jar and put a nice ribbon on top. You can freeze you soup flat and give it to friend (I know they would have to be a good friend to deliver like that, but who doesn't want a meal they do not have to cook, pay for, and clean their kitchen up from creating it!) You can also put it in a … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart

How do I make the holiday's special. I make gifts. I love to give people unique gifts so the only way to do that is to make them. I love this site Fire Mountain Gems. If you click here you can see videos on how to make necklaces.  They even tell you what to order. I started this because I fell in love with some designs featured at those super home parties. The design was out of my budget so I was able to replicate it with "inferior" beads. I mean the beads were not the real gemstones for $10 … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart: Giving to Charities

It has been a tough year for charities. Many of us do not have extra money and are uncertain what the future holds. Therefore, monetary donations to charities have been down this year. There are ways that you can be charitable without giving money. If you are addicted to CVS like myself, you probably have ten tubes of toothpaste, seven packs of razors and eight bottles of hair products on hand! I actually stopped getting some of the free after extra care buck items due to my ever growing … [Read more...]

Holiday from the Heart: Homemade Gifts

Last year I decided to give a lot of homemade gifts. As I have discussed before, I have been canning goods for the last three years. My sister-in-law, Cathy, and I canned a whole bushel of pickles last year (yeah, we kind of over did it when ordering the pickling cucumbers!). When the pickles were complete and we discovered we had enough for an army, it was determined that everyone would receive pickles... I mean canned goods for Christmas! My parents are always a challenge to buy gifts for; … [Read more...]