How To Get Expensive Gifts For Next to Nothing.

With money tight for almost everyone this year, here’s a tip that just might help everybody get all the expensive books, CD’s, video games, and DVD’s they want. And you won’t have to spend much if anything at all to do it. Have a gift exchange. Instead of buying those expensive presents, get together with friends and family and do an exchange. Here’s the hitch, all the items must be used. If you do buy something, it has to be used as well. ...more

Green Stocking Stuffers: From Small Green Companies

Whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning? So this year, why not power that delight with green, eco-friendly gifts that are sure to bring smiles of glee. There are many small green items from small eco-business that need our support this holiday season. I’ll play Santa and suggest my Green stocking stuffer list for all ages:   ...more

Creating Christmas Memories on a Shoestring

When your budget’s already squeezed to the limit just how do make Christmas special for the little ones? It just may be easier than you think. Truth is you don’t really have to spend a lot of money to give your kids Christmas memories they’ll never forget. ...more

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Homemade Pet Gifts

Today’s tips have literally gone to the dogs. And well, cats too. Our pets are a big part of our families and touch us in ways we never imagined. They lift our spirits when we’re down, they keep secrets that you wouldn’t dare tell anyone else, and they simply make life more enjoyable. ...more

Spend Under $100.00 and Give the Gift for a Lifetime

We rounded the corner of Target in search of a green floodlight, my husband's answer to easy outdoor holiday lighting. Instead, we were head on facing the aisle endcap display of a box set of not one, not two, but EIGHT Disney Princess Barbies. All shiny, scantilly-clad PVC- and pthalate-laden plastic glory via China. A real bargain at $69.99, I tell you. I cringed. ...more

Seven Days of Christmas

Money is tight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something extra special for your partner over the holidays. These tips cost next to nothing and just may help rekindle the old flame if you’ve let it burn down a little. And the little surprises you start at Christmas can easily be carried into the New Year. Day 1 I Love You ...more

All I want for Christmas

I have this notebook, you see (one of a gazillion because I like lists and such), and in it are ideas for gifts.  Our closest family and friends are in there, as well as some random gift ideas I thought would be cool for anyone.  And, starting right after my birthday at the end of August I begin deciding who will get what for CHRISTMAS.  Last year, I actually handmade every. single. gift.  And, it took me every day up until December 25th to finish them all.  Then, there was Christmas.  And, as I handed out the gifts that I had poured my heart and soul into ...more

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Simple Holiday Gifts Kids Can Make (and Give!)

When I was a little girl, my mother faithfully included my brother and me in the holiday giving by having us make something for our grandparents. Often, these gifts were handmade Christmas ornaments. Some years, they were lovely. Some years, they were hideous. Every year, they seemed to involve glitter (was my mother a glutton for punishment?) But it demonstrated an important lesson to me--kids are part of the family, too. And, more importantly, Christmas giving is more important that just Christmas getting. It's easy for kids to lose sight of that. ...more

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To Return or Not to Return?

This evening was our last Christmas hurrah. We had our holiday gathering with my husband's father's side of the family tonight. It was an enjoyable evening and now I am starting to get that sad-that-Christmas-is-over feeling. When we got home, I unloaded the ungodly amount of gifts from the car and spread them out to look them over. This family is not one for opening gifts slowly. Instead, it's a fury of tearing open presents as fast as possible and getting it all over with. I never know who gave what and that drives the Miss Manners in me crazy. ...more

Matt Lauer Needs to Feng Shui his Inner Beauty OR 3 Gifts for MANOPAUSAL Men

I know this sounds trite, but your inner beauty is much more important than your outer beauty. After watching Matt Lauer's special on Men over 50, Matt, the featured metrosexuals, and Dr. Saltz, The Today Show psychiatrist (I guess talking heads need to have their on-air heads examined) mostly discussed the impending negative self image of men over 50. Mr. Lauer and friends made one's 50th birthday sound like a death sentence. I am a 53-year-young woman and my inner beauty is alive and kicking. I think you need to feng shui your Read the rest of the article at: ...more