DIY Homemade Christmas Kids' Crafts and Decorations

 Homemade crafts and projects during the holiday season are a fun way to let your creativity flow while creating projects for your home or to give out as gifts to family and friends.  Making DIY items with children keeps their hands busy and allows them to explore their creative side.  If your children enjoy crafting and getting a little messy with glue, paint or glitter, turn on some holiday music and give these crafts a try!...more

Ultimate Book Lover's Gift Guide

Happy Holidays and Happy reading!This gift guide was compiled by Audrey van Petegem and Suzanne Letourneau of the ballyhoos, who support Indie Authors with their Branding and Marketing needs....more

Totally Rad 1980s Toys Your Kids Will Love

 Today as I was thinking about Christmas time from my childhood, I reminisced about all the awesome vintage toys we had back in the 80s.Enter: The Lite BriteThere was nothing more I wanted than a Lite Brite.I am pretty sure I begged my mom, grandmother, aunt, and anyone who would listen for one for at least 2 years before my dream came true. I played my Lite Brite ALL. THE. TIME. Then I saved up my money and bought refill pages whenever I could....more

5 of the Best Gifts for Foodies

It’s that time of year when we’re all doing last-minute gift shopping for friends and family. It can be especially difficult to buy for someone who’s interest you are unfamiliar with. I know every year I debate whether or not we should just get my dad a gift certificate to a lumber yard because he builds furniture and I know literally nothing about wood....more

Here's What He Really Wants for the Holidays

Look at your calendars and you know something inevitable is around the corner: holiday shopping! Thankfully, Christmas shopping for a man is really the easiest thing in the world to do. It’s hard to go wrong. However, there are a few specific paths that you may want to avoid. So, let’s start with those.The Wrong GadgetThe only thing worse than giving a man the wrong gadget is giving him the wrong gadget which he cannot easily return for the one he wants. If you are not sure what the wrong gadget is, avoid giving gadgets completely....more

Non-Traditional Holiday Gift Ideas

Holidays are Coming, Find Fresh & Thoughtful Gift Ideas

The Holidays are coming!Whether you enjoy them peacefully or go into the season kicking and screaming, it is time to start getting your ideas in place.For help in finding fresh and thoughtful gift ideas, come visit me at:http://makeitbakeitorbuyit.com/There are lots of ideas for all of those special people in your life and "token" gift ideas for co-workers, teachers and schools, and gift exchanges....more

Little Luxuries, Big Payoff

Somewhere around last fall I started treating myself to Bath & Body's Foaming Hand Soaps. Previously, I would raid the Dollar Store for my pantry stash of soaps but then my days of perusing the Dollar Store became limited. Having three little muffins around you at all times can do that.But with 20% off coupons, plenty of sales and shipping deals, the ease of treating myself to these little scented beauties became completely justifiable. Being a stay-at-home momma, my home is my office. I like my office to have some amenities. It's nice....more