I always work myself into a frenzy leading up to Christmas. I make a to-do list that is unrealistic in a time frame that is too short and it ends up driving me mad.
Case in point, on top of all the other things to juggle around the holidays.. family, gifts, volunteering, baking, cleaning.. one year I decided to add a big project that I had never attempted before and frankly had no idea how to do.
If you’ve checked out some of my other posts you know I’m a ‘make it work’ sort of mom who tries to do projects with stuff I already have around the house, in order to save money and avoid waste. Or does that just make me a cheap mom? Hmm. Anyway, I got the bright idea to make wreaths for my kids’ teachers.
Let’s just say, there was a lot of trial and error.. (more…)
My daughter wears a hair bow pretty much every day. They can get really expensive, so I make them myself. It saves a ton of money and I can control which colors and patterns we use. I generally make some for each season and major holiday and I’ve just made several for Christmas. (more…)
If you’ve seen some of my other posts you know I love Pinterest. I pin tons of pretty things, but I actually do very few of them. And I’m always looking to make things even faster and easier.. or I don’t have all the supplies and want to make it work with what I already have around.
That’s how this kids’ ornament happened. (more…)
Being new to Florida.. and loving it.. I wanted to add a little coastal character to my Christmas tree. So I bought a few adorable ornaments and made some of my own. Check out how easy these are to make. (more…)
Around Thanksgiving every year I practically start breaking out into hives thinking of all the Christmas decorating, shopping and events ahead. So much to do, so little time sort of thing. And one thing always on my freak out list is Christmas cards. I love giving them and getting them but creating them has never felt painless to me. (more…)
This post is written by my friend Heather Flanigan-Garrett. She’s my go-to authority on everything Elf On The Shelf. And you’ll see why! (more…)
Unless I’m following a fancy Pinterest recipe, my cooking is usually very basic with fresh, healthy ingredients. And as I explained in my previous Recycled Feast post, Anything Goes Quesadillas, I often morph leftovers from various meals to make a new meal. It saves money by pushing grocery shopping back another day and it uses food that would otherwise go to waste, which is a big pet peeve of mine.
I recently used a drawer full of leftover veggies to make a flavor-packed pizza. (more…)
Sometimes I think Moms have the market cornered on guilt.
When I was juggling being a mom with a demanding, around-the-clock job outside the home I felt guilty for not spending more time with my kids. And I felt guilty about all the things I just didn’t have the time or energy to do. Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom I feel guilty that I’m no longer bringing in money for the family. And I will never come close to my vision of a domestic goddess.
And some times all the little guilt voices in my head gang up and the weight of it all feels very heavy. (more…)
I want to tell you about two apps I am totally crushing on right now. So much so, that I might have to delete them from my phone before I go broke. (more…)
It’s that time of year again! Time for your kids’ Elf on the Shelf to make its appearance in a hilarious way. I hope you have a lot of fun with your Elf. Here’s a few ways we have. (more…)