Valentine Gift for Teenage Son

Valentine Gift for Teenage Son

Jamie here!!

Once the kids hit the teen years, it gets a little trickier to guess what things they like or think is cool, partly because that changes on a weekly basis.

One thing that doesn’t change with my teen is his oversized sweet tooth.  He’s headed off this Valentine’s weekend to be part of a leadership team for a middle school reatreat (proud mama moment!) and Valentine’s Day gave me a chance to provide him with a goodie-stash to take with him.  I found this caddy at the Family Dollar for $1, and I filled it with his favorite candy and gum.

I’m certain he’ll share with his leadership team buddies – which is why I may have gone a teeeeensy bit overboard. ;)

I feel like he’s going to walk in from school, see this on his bed, and love me twice as much as he did this morning.  Am I above bribery when it comes to moody teens?  No I’m not!  His card, which is nothing to write home about – says “We love you *sweet* heart” – you know, just in case you needed to make your point.


All that’s missing is a bag of Takis and some Cool Ranch Doritos (to be added later today when I make it to the store) – and he’ll be in heaven!

If you feel guilty for rotting out their teeth – feel free to throw in an electric toothbrush or a couple apples or something.  It’s really whatever kind of munchie basket you want to make it – tailor it to your child’s snacking preferences.

This is also perfect as an extra birthday gift if your teen is inviting friend over for a sleepover – a gift that doubles as party snacks.

More ways you could personalize this Valentine gift for a teenage son and make it work for other occasions:


See more really fun Themed Gift Basket Ideas  and get creative with your gifts!

How to Make Snow Cream (2 Different Ways!)


How to Make Snow Cream (2 Different Ways)

Although we have absolutely NO sign of snow here in Tennessee – some of you lucky ducks do!  Here’s a recipe you’ll want to keep on hand for the kids :)
With all the snow we’ve been getting lately, I figured it was high time to whip up a batch of snow cream for the kiddos.  Here are two ways to make snow cream, depending on what you have in your pantry.


First, I’ll start with the best way to make snow ice cream:

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

Follow Time 2 Save Workshops Gingerbread Houses on Pinterest

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...]

10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters


10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

This is an older post but I was just using coffee filters for popcorn bowls this weekend for the kids and I thought I’d repost!

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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