Free Printable Santa Letter For Kids

Free Printable Santa Letter For Kids

free printable santa letter

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year! I love filling my house the holiday cheer, spending time with family, and I’ll admit it, the presents are pretty fun too. Lucky for me, my 7 year old still believes in the magic of Santa and gets really excited to write him a letter every year with what she wants. This year we wanted to try something a little different. Instead of asking Santa for random gifts, I wanted to try out the 4 gift path I had seen recently. The 4 gifts are something I want, something I need, something to wear, and something to read! So she can pick out a toy she wants, something she needs (like an electric pencil sharpener), a new outfit, and a new book! I LOVE this idea. Not only does it prevent me from going overboard (which I tend to do) it keeps her from expecting too much as well. And anything to promote reading is awesome with me!  [Read more…]

Celebrating Christmas with $5

Celebrating Christmas with $5

Celebrating Christmas

What is the purpose of the holiday? It seems to me that we have become consumed with spending money to celebrate. I would like to challenge you to a $5 Christmas. What is a $5 Christmas? It is your opportunity to be creative and to remember the reason for the season. I challenge you to doing things and giving gifts that are under $5.

I asked one of my readers on my site www.madamedeals.com what she intended to do since funds were limited this holiday.

“I already plan to have my grandkids go to an assisted living place to visit the elderly. Going to make cookies to bring.   I told the 3 kids that this will be a  small year and hopefully they understood. They are going to sit down on Thanksgiving weekend and we are going to write out Christmas cards to send to the service men and women.” 

It got me thinking how could I create a more meaningful holiday for my children. I want to create something they will remember and come up with a tradition that they will never forget. We already make sugar cookies and decorate them. I decided I would buy a journal for each child and I would write in it. I would take my time to reflect on what makes them special and what I have learned about them or with them this year. I plan on placing their journal in their stockings. I will even do one for my husband. I bought their journals for under $5 each and I think this will be the most memorable gift they have ever received.

 

You can also get some great tips by reading our post planning a party on a budget.

 

 

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas gift baskets have always been a favorite Christmas gift of mine whether I am on the giving or the receiving end of the gift. What I really love about homemade Christmas gift baskets is the thought that goes along with them. You aren’t just buying anything, wrapping it and dropping it under the tree. You are putting real consideration into it and thinking of things that make the recipient happy, things that fit their personality or their hobbies. Then once you have your idea you can pack that gift basket full of goodies! If you need some help coming up with homemade Christmas gift basket ideas for someone on your gift list then I have some tips for you. [Read more…]

10 DIY Ornaments to make for your Christmas Tree

10 DIY Ornaments to make for your Christmas Tree

DIY,ornamnet

 

Christmas time is here, can you guys believe it!? I am getting out all of my decorations on Friday and plan on spending the day putting the up while sipping on hot chocolate and jamming out to some Christmas songs. My favorite part of decorating for Christmas and putting up the tree! Every year my family and I make a new ornament for our tree so we can remember that particular year. It’s one of my daughters favorite traditions so we usually let her pick out the ornament we are going to make each year. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you some of the best DIY ornaments that we found from across the web while searching for the perfect ornament for our family. Perhaps your family perfect DIY ornament is right here on this list! Lets check them out: [Read more…]

10 Thanksgiving Sides That Are Easy To Make And Taste Great

10 Thanksgiving Sides That Are Easy To Make And Taste Great

10 Thanksgiving Sides That Are Easy To Make And Taste Great

Now that Halloween is over, we can officially start getting excited about the holiday season! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because who doesn’t love a holiday dedicated to food, family, and being thankful? Exactly! This year it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving for my family, so I have started planning my menu for the evening. So while I was doing my research I thought I would share some great Thanksgiving Sides that are easy to make and taste great. I’m all about food that is easy and tastes good. How about you? Here are some of my favorites: [Read more…]

DIY Thanksgiving Party Decorations

DIY Thanksgiving Party Decorations

DIY Thanksgiving Party Decorations

Now that Thanksgiving is almost here, it’s time to start planning the menu and the decor. Making DIY Thanksgiving party decorations can be easy, inexpensive and fun. Here are a few tips for making your own.

Tips for DIY Thanksgiving Party Decorations

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How To Make An Edible Graveyard For Halloween

How To Make An Edible Graveyard For Halloween

edible graveyard

Can you guys tell that I’m a little bit excited about Halloween this year? Every year we throw a Halloween party for our family and friends, and I’m always looking for fun Halloween food recipes that the kids and adults will like. While grocery shopping over the weekend I of course had to stop by the Halloween section and found the cutest little gravestone peeps! I just knew I had to use them in some type of recipe, and I remember a “cake” my mom used to make me that resembled dirt and worms. That gave me the idea of my Edible Graveyard! My daughter loved the idea, and I thought some of you would too! [Read more…]

4th of July Party

4th on the 5th

I’ve been knee deep in planning a 4th of July party.  Since many of my friends are watching fireworks or at family get-togethers, I’m starting a new tradition-the 4th on the 5th!  I downloaded some printables from Hostess with the Mostess (Amazing freebies), and scored some decor from my local crafts stores to create a really fun party!

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The weather put a damper on my plans for outdoor set-up and activities, but I made do and set it all up on my porch.  I had originally planned potato sack races, but the weather put a stop to all that.  The kids, however, didn’t seem to mind at all, and played outside through the whole thing!  I just now got around to deep-cleaning my carpet and floors! LOL

4th of July Party

We had hot dogs with all the trimmings, BBQ food, and cupcakes.

4th of July party

Guests got cute goodie bags, and we kept the party rolling with sparklers, poppers, and glow bracelets.

4th of July Party

I made custom matchboxes by gluing the party squares onto the matchbooks.  Took just a few minutes and made a huge splash with the guests.

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4th of July Party

Let me tell you-I made the BEST drink ever for this party-and it was SO simple.  I sliced up strawberries and put them in a container, topped with blueberries, and poured Sprite over the whole thing.  I let it sit for a few hours, and what emerged was a light, fruity, refreshing drink.  My guests loved it and I had tons of requests for the recipe.

4th of July Party

I just HAD to include cotton candy.  The kids loved putting it in their drinks.

4th of July Party

4th of July Party

4th of July Party

The decor was pretty simple to come by.  I purchased most of the goods from either the dollar store or my local Hobby Lobby.

4th of July Party

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What did you do this 4th of July?  Did you have a party?  Feel free to share your 4th of July party details and links in the comments!

Strawberry With Goat Cheese And Basil Bruschetta Recipe

Strawberry With Goat Cheese And Basil Bruschetta Recipe

Strawberry With Goat Cheese And Basil Bruschetta Recipe

It’s strawberry season down here in Tennessee ya’ll! Nothing says summer like a ripe red strawberry on a hot day if you ask me! I’m lucky to live in an area surrounded by farmland. We have plenty of fresh fruit, farmers markets, and something my family and I love to do every summer, a strawberry patch! It is so fun to head to the strawberry patch and pick out some fresh strawberries first thing in the morning. Lucky for us our patch also happens to be on a pig farm, so we can pick up some fresh bacon and sausage as well. Which means after our visit we go home and make a yummy and super fresh breakfast! But there is one tiny downside. When you have a daughter that loves picking the strawberries, you end up with 4 pounds of strawberries. So you have to get a little creative in how you are going to eat all those strawberries before they go bad. But don’t you fret! There are So many ways to eat strawberries. Today I wanted to show you one of my favorite ways, my Strawberry with goat cheese and basil Bruschetta! It’s SO good you guys!  [Read more…]

Balloon Wreath Tutorial

Balloon Wreath

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I love my balloon wreath.   In fact, I just plain love wreaths.  From burlap to balloons-I don’t judge!   I love them all.  This balloon wreath is no different.  While it was pricey to make, it’s usable for every single birthday party!

Directions for balloon wreath:

Balloons-LOTS of them-at least 250.  This project is kinda pricey.
Balloon Wreath
A straw wreath form with wrapping intact.  (I didn’t use Styrofoam in case all the pins made the form crack.  I didn’t get a picture of it, either.  I was too excited to start!)
Floral pins.  I would guess that straight pins would work as well.
Balloon Wreath
First, take your straw wreath while in the plastic, and lay it on the floor.

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Take balloons two or three at a time, and spread the larger part of the balloons out, but lay the narrow ends together.
Pin the balloons to the wreath.
 Balloon Wreath
Repeat.
Repeat.
Repeat.
Repeat x infinity.
 Balloon Wreath
Until your balloon wreath resembles something like this:
Balloon Wreath
You may have to stick a few extra balloons in once you’ve finished it.  Hang the wreath up and walk around it looking for any spots that show pins or the straw, and cover them.  Shake the wreath lightly and check for any loose balloons.  If both of these are taken care of, congrats!  You’ve just made a balloon wreath!
This project was SUPER simple, but it took probably an hour to make-and my hands were really sore from pushing in all those floral pins.  This wreath would look great with some glittery picks or bows, or even a small pennant banner!  And when you’re done, just take the balloon wreath down and put it away until the next party-or, take off the balloons & pins, and start over for another season.  Black, orange, yellow, and purple for Halloween, green, red, gold, and silver for Christmas, etc, etc.  The possibilities are endless with a balloon wreath!

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