Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, December 14, 2009
You have to read this SWEET story behind this amazing "home-made" bow!
Last, but not least, check out Rudolf's jazzy bow tie!
Ho Ho Ho!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Not the song but the SERVICE PROJECT!
Our family ding dong ditched my grandparent's home each night for the 12 nights before Christmas. We left a little treat on their doorstep and were NEVER caught. They were so excited about the whole thing - they talked about it for years. My grandmother passed away last year at 101 and neither she nor my grandpa ever knew it was us.
Today's Task: Make a Memory!
Here's a site that has printable tags.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ... "
"As you follow Him, you put people first.
You may spend less time in lines and more time serving others.
You may spend less money on - and more time with – the people you love.
You may lose yourself and& you may find everything else that matters. "
"By focusing on your loved ones, enjoying or building holiday traditions, and following the Savior's example of service, you can give yourself and your family true, lasting Christmas gifts." (taken from here)
Click HERE for a list of ideas to help you have a more worshipful Christmas!
Click HERE are some great resources for teaching families about the true meaning of Christmas.
And Click on this PICTURE to watch a great video!
Today's Task: Embrace the Spiritual Side of Christmas!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yeah! I shipped my packages out today!
It was so easy - I just grabbed the FREE priority mail boxes at the post office, packed & addressed the boxes and sent them off. It feels great to have another thing checked off the list.
Here's what the post office says about the "flat rate" shipping option:
Did you know that you don’t have to pay more to ship heavier items
through the US Postal Service? Using the Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping option, you can send items for one flat cost using free boxes that the Post Office provides. You can mail anything that you can reasonably fit in each USPS flat rate box while allowing it to close properly and staying under 70 pounds.
There are several different sizes:
• Envelop - $4.95 Holds standard copy paper, certificates, contracts and other important documents.
• Small Box - $4.95 Large enough to mail a DVD, CD or a small book.
• Regular Flat Rate Box - $10.35 About the size of a shoe box.
• Large Flat Rate Box, - $13.50 12-by-12 inches
While, I love the stockings hanging from the fireplace, stockings aren't a huge deal in our home.
I love the tradition, but choosing and paying for the gifts under the tree are about all THIS Santa & Mrs. Claus can handle. SO they tend to be a bit practical when it comes to stuffing the stocking.
What does Santa put in your family's stockings?
Friday, November 13, 2009
... when we get the neighbor gifts checked off. :0)
Apple Pie in a jar! from Little Birdie Secrets!
Order a Framed Thought from Etsy
• Bag of mini carrots and veggie dip — We know you are 24 "carrot" neighbors! What a treasure!
• Set of measuring spoons and cups — Wishing you joy beyond "measure" this holiday season.
• Christmas paper plates, napkins, cups and plastic utensils — A bit of "disposable" Christmas cheer! What could be better? No dishes, my dear!
• Bolt of Christmas ribbon — This simple gift is meant to help you "tie" up those loose ends this Christmas season!
Roll of wrapping paper — "Wrap" yourself up in a wonderful holiday season
Need more clever sayings - check out Tip Junkie
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I really enjoy gift wrapping as long as it’s not 2:00 AM on Christmas Eve!
If we get our gift shopping done early – we can take our time and enjoy the wrapping. Some suggest wrapping each gift as you purchase them. I prefer to have several gift wrapping sessions. I try to include the kiddos too. If wrapping isn’t something you love, I’ve included some hints for you too .
- Wrap gifts in brown paper grocery bags - add a large bow.
- Use fabric. You can even cut strips of fabric to make bows
- Use Freezer paper, Ikea Art Paper, or even inexpensive aluminum foil from the dollar store - be sure to use thick Christmas ribbon for a POP – metallic or red velvet looks extra nice.
- Give your gift an antique look by using old books of poetry, sheet music, outdated atlases and maps or illustrations from old books you no longer needed.
- Stock up on plenty of $1 ornaments - tie or glue to your packages. If you really want to get creative, you can write the recipient’s name in permanent marker on the ornaments and use them as nametags for Christmas as well.
- Use empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls to disguise many gifts, such as necklaces, ties, belts, and even gift certificates. When you place the gift inside the empty roll, wrap the roll in wrapping paper and tie the ends with ribbon.
- Giving a cookbook to someone for Christmas? Wrap it in a tea towel. Tie your package up with colorful ribbon and add some measuring spoons to the bow. Practically any kitchen gift can be wrapped in tea towels, dish cloths, table clothes or decorative tins.
- Kids love to open gifts wrapped in the Sunday Comics – use a big Christmas Ribbon to dress it up a bit. Black and white newspaper with red ribbon looks great too.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO WRAP
- Get some help: Have a Family “wrapping night” or Hire a local teen to help.
- Have the Store wrap them.
- Use gift bags – The Dollar store even has HUGE Christmas Gift Bags
- Most online stores offer a gift wrapping service for a small fee. At some point during the ordering process, you may be asked if you would like to add gift wrap or a name tag. Its as easy as the click of a button.
Monday, November 9, 2009
This qu0te from Family Fun: says it all:
"Kid-made gifts or gifts that benefit the entire class, such as a set of books or piece of equipment, are best,...and the child has to play a role, otherwise it's meaningless, and the parent is just trying to impress the teacher."
Givers Log teacher ideas
Polka Dot Chair popcorn bucket
Skip to my Lou teacher ideas.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Todays Task is to gather Wrapping Supplies & Create a Gift Wrapping Station.
Hopefully YOU won't get carried away - it could even be as simple as a rubbermaid box under the bed or a cleaned-out drawer!
Here's some more realistic ideas!