Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
1. I think one of the main things you have to do is watch what you spend and only spend cash that you have to spend. Seriously, if you cannot afford it normally, don't buy it!
2. Get one main item that your family member may want and get a couple more smaller items. What you get this year is more than likely not even going to be used or wanted next year. Think practical!
3. Do not use expensive, over-the-top wrapping paper. In fact, save the bags, bows and paper from this year (or last) and reuse them. Paper can be shredded for stuffing in the bags. You can also use the bags or paper for tags. If you really want to do something different, use newspaper and tie a colorful bow around it. Or better yet, if you have kids, have them paint over white or reused paper for a one of the kind gift wrap.
4. While you are at it, you can make your own gifts. One of the best gifts I ever received was homemade fudge from my Aunt and Uncle. They…
Today's challenge is to tell of a gift that I received that was meaningful. There have been many gifts I have received over the years but none other than one that was given to my children and I collectively.
A few years back the kids and I were having an extremely hard year. We had lost our apartment and had to move back with my parents. We were stuck in their living room and slept on the floor. Although grateful for the roof over our heads it was not the best situation.
At this same time I was a volunteer youth minister at a local church. This is significant because what happened one evening ties in to this.
The kids and I had gone off somewhere for the evening. If nothing else I suppose, just to take a breather. We arrived back at my parents house to my Mother greeting us at the door. She said she had a surprise for us.
We walked in to a very dark house which was unusual considering it was Christmas and my parents decorate to the nines. We rounded the corner and noticed many can…
Today's challenge is to blog about tips or tricks for black Friday shopping. Well, first of all there are two kinds of shoppers...those that LOVE it and those that HATE it. Those that HATE it usually will mention to those of us that like to go on black Friday that we are crazy. They say things like,"Why would you go out in those crowds? Why would you want to put up with all those nuts?" Or my personal favorite, "I hate crowds!"My thought is do you ever go out then? But I digress. As I am guessing you have already figured out, I am one of those nuts that like to get out on black Friday. I will admit though, I have not in the last two years because of transportation issues and not being with my family to do so. Anyway tips...1.For the love of God please wear good walking and standing shoes. You will be doing a lot of that!2. Prepare ahead of time by looking at all the circulars. Decide which store you want to hit first and go there first. Then go in succession of whi…
Today begins the 12 Days of Christmas blog challenge and what better way to start off the challenge than with traditions. Growing up we had many traditions.
After we had just gone to midnight Mass, the brothers and I would always wake up at oh...around 5 AM and just clamoring to open presents. Mom & Dad ALWAYS made us wait. This was so Mom could light all the candles all over the house. Later I found out it was also so Dad and Grandpa could finish putting together something...bike maybe. Anyway, my Grandparents were always there on Christmas morning. Before we even opened gifts, my Mom would light the Christ candle on the advent wreath and read a reading from the advent book she had. By 8AM we were off to my Grandparents to open presents there and have Christmas breakfast with the extended family.
Over the years, my brothers and I had kids and started our own traditions, although we still went to Mom & Dad's house. In my own family, I kept some of the traditions. However, I was…
Well, another blog challenge is upon us/ This challenge is hosted by Aly & Molly.
If you want to join it starts tomorrow. Go to their site for more details but here is the challenges. (note there are 14 because they say they could not cut any...funny) Anyway, join me and others. Happy Blogging
Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditionsDay 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & TricksDay 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've receivedDay 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday seasonDay 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show SpecialDay 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our blogs...so let them know!)Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)Day 8: Least favorite thing about the HolidaysDay 9: Favorite Holiday recipeDay 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/CarolesDay 11: New Year ResolutionsDay 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outdoor)Day 13: Favorite Cookie RecipeDay 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: W…
I was reading a blog this evening about being thankful. You can go here to read about it---> Simple Gratitude Being grateful for the people and things you have in life should be done everyday of the year, not just at Thanksgiving. However, this holiday helps us to be mindful of those things. I liked that she listed just the simple things because sometimes I think we actually forget those things that are the littlest that bring us such joy. Although I have not listed my daily thankful here in Bloggerville, I have on Facebook. So, I thought I would share at least some of my list and keep up with the rest of the days here. If you would like to keep up with my husband, Tamirisc list, go to this link (he does his a bit different):tamirisc thankful blogs
So here I go: I am most thankful that my parents said "yes" to having me almost 43 years ago now. I am thankful for my daughter, son, daughter-in-law and grand-baby. I am thankful for the love I have from my hubby, Tamirisc. I am than…
It is "Follow Me Monday" with the every lovely Java. I have been amiss in doing it so, I guess you could say I am back! Anyway it is easy peasy, just answer the following questions, link up and know your Bloggerville peeps. That's all...really! Go here to join in the fun--->Meet Monday!
So, the questions of the week:
1. Do you eat Sushi? Oh yeah, all the time. (hear the sarcasm?)
A newer blog friend tagged me about a week ago and I have not gotten around (been lazy) and just now getting on with it.
So she asked me to answer the following questions on my blog which reveals a little about myself and then tag 5 other people.
First the questions and answers:
1. If you could live any place in this world,where would you live? That is a very good question. I do love living in the USA and there are many states that are so beautiful. Maybe I would like to live in Hawaii a while? *grins*
There are also so many beautiful countries too but living wise...nah...I would like to visit though.
Is that vague enough?
2. What is you favorite outfit? I would not say I have a favorite outfit per se. I do have two favorite shirt. One of them has Snoopy on it rocking out to a Christmas song. My kids gave me that shirt last year for Christmas.
The second shirt I have had forever. It is a simple red t-shirt with the Coca Cola label on it. I have no idea where I acquired it but I love it…
Hello everyone out in Bloggerville and X-ply. As many of you know my aunt has been fighting breast cancer all year long. I receive the following in my e-mail today and want to pass it along this way. By all means copy and paste if you want to. I am pretty sure Erma Bombeck would not mind if we did so. She was a funny lady with a lot to say. Please enjoy and of course in her words, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff." Peace...Naila Moon
In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.
Pass this on to five women (or men I say)that you want watched over.