25 Days of Christmas Fun: Easy HO-HO-HO DIY Project! So Cute!!

 

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

 

 

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I saw this super cute HO HO HO Christmas decoration on my friend Sara’s facebook wall.  She’s one of those super crafty DIY girls who has major hot glue gun skillz.  Sara was so kind to share her project with us, here’s her step-by-step instructions:

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Cookie Cutter Christmas Pancakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Last night we had upside down dinner at our house. What is upside down dinner? It’s simply breakfast for dinner, but for some reason my kids think it’s so much more exciting when we call it upside down dinner. This Christmas season, I want to be really intentional to create memories. Simple experiences that my kids enjoy that create memories for a lifetime. So instead of waiting to have friends or family over for dinner, we got our Christmas dishes out last night and had upside down dinner complete with Christmas pancakes.  We made pancakes shaped like snowflakes, snowmen, angels, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, candy canes, and Christmas stockings. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: The JOY of Giving

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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This is from last year, but it’s so worth sharing again.

As I put the car in gear and grabbed my purse, I heard my children talking excitedly about their money. Then one pipes up, “Mommy, can I have my wallet in your purse.” Thinking they want to waste money on some kind of vending machine I quickly asked, “Why?” “Mom, I want to give my money to help children in need, look the red kettle is here and the lady is ringing the bell. I want to give all my money.” 

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Amazon: Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler ONLY $64.99 Shipped (Reg $185)

Wow – this HOT Deal is back at this super low price!

Check out this awesome appliance markdown – Amazon has the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler priced at $64.99 (reg. $185)

This looks like a really handy appliance – you can open it up to cook on both surfaces, use it as a panini press, or cook burgers on it like a Foreman Grill!

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Light’em Up

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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If you are looking for ideas with your kiddos to teach them generosity and kindness through acts of service this Christmas season, check out Light’em Up – 100 ideas to light up your community with kindness.  I met Courtney, the blogger behind Light’em Up a couple of years ago at a conference. I’ve followed her blog ever since, and absolutely love her core message of being an intentional mom. [Read more...]

Meaningful within Your Means Check-In #holidaymeans

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a post about being Meaningful within Your Means. Meaningful within Your Means is a challenge to try or do something differently this year so that we can avoid a case of the “overs-” and create lasting meaningful memories of the holidays. I wanted to check back in and give you an update on how I am doing with my goals and share a couple of new resources with you.

These were my personal goals from the first post a couple of weeks ago:

YOU – It’s all about simplification for me this year. I’m not stressing about mailing out the perfect Christmas card to friends and family. Honestly, the added expense is just not in our budget this year. It’s smarter to stick to our budget and be intentional in all of our commitments to reduce stress. (Here’s a link to a holiday budget planning spreadsheet to help ensure you stay within your means!) We will have a brand new baby this year, I can easily let go of perfectionism. I just want to create meaningful memories with my family.

TOGETHER – Since neither of our families live close by I want to be intentional to get together with friends during the holidays to celebrate the season. I’m committed to keeping it simple, and not creating added stress with fancy meals. With our families, I’d like to focus on creating memories and experiences together as a family instead of focusing on gift giving.

GIVING – Giving is my favorite part of the Christmas season. We always incorporate giving with our children. We also volunteer time at our church to help with benevolence ministries. I am committed to continuing this tradition with our family.

So, how am I doing? Well, right after I posted my goals I was admitted into the hospital and delivered our third baby. Our new baby, Jordan Hope, is now two weeks old and I have to be honest I haven’t thought about any of my Meaningful Within our Means goals for my family for Christmas. Instead, I along with my husband and two older children have been adoring our new baby girl. But, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start. Instead of being discouraged, I realize that I have to consider my season of life and do the best that I can. I want to be real with you here, because I know life happens to all of us. The good news is that today is a new day and we can start brand new.

So, in keeping it simple and considering I have a newborn here are three things I can do this week:

1. Plan our Christmas list using the budgeting tool to make sure that we stay on budget thus avoiding any extra stress that comes with overspending.

2. Make Christmas cookies with my kids for my husband to take to his office to share with his co-workers. This has a two fold purpose. First, I want to create intentional memories and Christmas traditions with my children. They especially love baking together. Secondly, we want to make sure that we are “others” focused. Teaching my kids the importance of serving others is so important to my husband and I.

3. Pick an angel off the Salvation Army Angel Tree to bless this Christmas. In keeping with “others” focused we want to bless those in need and take the focus off of ourselves. We are blessed to be a blessing.

What about you? Here is a fabulous Holiday Planning guide from Suntrust to help you get started, plus you’ll want to check out the holiday hub site here for all of the Meaningful Within Your Means content. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by with regrets.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit holidaymeans.com

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses on Milk Cartons!


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Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person.  Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan.  The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it.  I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room.  FAIL! [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Countdown to Christmas Advent Idea

 

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.  If you would like to share a craft, recipe or tradition that your family enjoys – please email us at time2saveworkshops@gmail.com!  We’ll possibly feature you one night this month….

 

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