Once a year, I reserve an entire three-day weekend -- Saturday, Sunday, Monday -- for my Christmas baking. This is that weekend, booked in advance. Even a huge achievement such as the State Finals in high school football could not lure me away from my kitchen. (I'm sure I would be amending that if my son were playing rather than filming the event; I just gave up three hours to attend one of his away basketball games.) My school is flocking to the far-off field on a first-time-ever fan bus -- and I am at home, alone, in the cold. By choice....more

FIVES on Friday- FIVE place to shop and give back

This Christmas season I have tried really hard to shop locally and to shop at non profits and organizations that give back to others.  Here are just FIVE of the many that are available.1- Beautiful and beloved- ...more

How to Have a Frugal Christmas

I never liked the commercialism of Christmas.  I never attended a Christian church nor desire to.  I understand it is a religious holiday and people like to celebrate with gifts, food and family.  I say "Bah Humbug!"  Let's start new traditions.1.  Buy used.  Go to the thrift stores and second hand shops.  I do this for more than just clothes.   One day I was very lucky and bought a pizelle make for $4.  New price is over $100....more

Holiday Gift Ideas For Under $100 - Fabulous Holiday Gifts For Women

Happy Thanksgiving! May you and your family celebrate this warm and wonderful occasion with good health and happiness....more

Favorite Wedding Registry Items

This post describes our method for building our wedding registry and what our favorite items thus far have been. I’ll be writing a post for each of our favorite items to give more detail as to why we selected it and love it. ...more

Dreaded Gift-Buying Season

Q. Tell us about the last thing you hid.A.  At first I wanted to reveal a secret but that would be stupid of me to post on a public blog.  Next thing I thought of is my shopping spree yesterday.  I went to small store and bought a lot of gifts for myself, my husband the kids.  I hid them in plain sight in the original bag to wrap later....more

DIY Waterless Snow Globes!

Y'all, it's time for a Christmas craft!! I am in such a great mood from making these babies earlier. If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a peek -- now, I'm going to tell you what I did so you can make your own. :-) ...more
herdaily They really do!  Especially if you are on a budget during the holiday season.more

Must buys for parents on Etsy

So some of  you may or may not know that I am a big fan of Etsy.  I think it's so wonderful that a place like this has been made where good quality handmade items can be purchased so easily.  Now before I start I would like you to view this with an open mind.  Some of these items you may think are expensive and yes some of them are.  However some of them are truly unique and don't forget the items you are about to view are all handmade so please respect that and the sellers that put their time and effort into making these wonderful products. ...more

Day 15: Gifts by Friends from Friends for Friends

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? And what about those birthdays that also land (inconveniently) this time of year? (psst… hint)...more