Category Archives for "Holiday"

October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Carving: Mess Free & Preserve for Years

Pumpkin carving is a messy job. It’s fun, but messy. The carved pumpkin never seems to last very long either. It either starts to turn green and hairy or it is eaten by critters.

Jenny came up with a wonderful idea! Carve faux pumpkins! Buy a faux pumpkin and have your kids draw their design with an orange sharpie. Take a knife or pumpkin carving tool and carve out the design as usual. Use a battery operated tea light to light your pumpkin!

The best part, you can have your child sign the bottom of the pumpkin and keep it! It will be neat to see the progression of designs over the years.

Michael’s and other stores should have their Halloween decor at 50-75% off soon. Stockup on faux pumpkins for next year.

I just love this idea! By the way, Jenny is not just creative with her crafts, if you are looking for a photographer, she does a fantastic job! We recently had a quick photo shoot with Jenny and she caught both my boys smiling at the same time- an amazing thing when it comes to pictures!

Photo courtesy of Jenny M Photography

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October 23, 2010

4 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

Tips to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays

holiday savings tip

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.Continue reading

December 3, 2009

Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the “me” of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. We take the 1/3 for the child and we try to buy as many toys as possible. We look for items we can use coupons for and we follow the sales flyer. We really try to stretch our buck and make every dollar count.

It was funny last year when we had .32¢ left! My son asked if he could use his money to get one more thing. This year to make room for new toys, we have given some of ours to friends to love. We also are attending the toy swap to get some new to us toys. It is important to us that we teach our children to recycle and give to others. We try to attend events that encourage giving. We make a point of making giving as exciting as receiving. Here is one event that is local to our area but I am sure there are many around.

Lauterbach Chiropractic in conjunction with C-villes Toy Lift Foundation is
sponsoring the sixth annual Live Toy Lift this Friday from 10 am until 7pm.
Located in front of Dr. Lauterbach’s office near Food Lion. This year’s event will be
serving 3,468 area children this year! Join Santa and the famous (aging) Dancing
elves! Bring your camera for Santa Pics. Hot cocoa & cookies provided.

Some of the most requested toys are: bikes, dolls & Barbies, cars &
trucks, remote control vehicles, board games, stuffed animals and arts
and crafts. Also, we always need items for middle school aged children
(jewelry, electronics, music, and sports equipment) Popular characters
this year are: Bakugan, Dora the Explorer, Hannah Montana, Moxie
Girls, Spiderman, Transformers & WWE Wrestlers

Thanks so much for your continued support. We will see you Friday. And
remember–
IT ONLY TAKES ONE…

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