Category Archives: Holiday Inspiration

Tips for celebrating your holidays healthy, frugally, and contently

Baby’s First Christmas

It probably comes as no surprise…I love Christmas! But, this holiday was particularly special being that it was Grace’s first. Even though she was only three months old and won’t remember this Christmas, we still wanted to make it extra special for her, and I thought I’d share a few ways we did. We continued some of the traditions that we had already started as a couple, and we instituted a few new ones. And, I’d have to say it was a real success for all of us. Take a look.A baby's first Christmas is an event they'll never get to relive. See how we made our baby's first Christmas extra special and get a few ideas for your own.

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5 Fun and Frugal Ways to Ring in the New Year

I don’t know about you, but typically by the time we make it to the New Year, I’m ready for a little R&R for both my body and my budget. We generally go “all out” for Christmas – visiting the family, hosting a cookie exchange, enjoying our own Christmas at home…So, for New Year’s, we like to keep things a little more low key (and low budget). With a little creativity, it’s so easy to have a memorable New Year’s Eve, so check out my ideas…Your New Year’s Eve celebration doesn’t have to cost a lot to be memorable. Use these simple, cost-effective ideas to celebrate and ring in the new year.

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A Different Type of Christmas

So, it’s literally almost here. It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is just two days away. The holiday season has just flown by (like it does every year), but I’d like to think that this year was a little…different.

All throughout December, our church has been participating in a series entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas” with the intention to encourage all of us to look at, participate in, and celebrate Christmas just a little differently this year. Even as Christ followers, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, in receiving presents and making cookies, in putting up lights and decorating the tree…without really getting down to the “nitty gritty” of the season itself. I know I’ve been guilty of this, and I’m sure others have to.It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Move beyond that this Christmas and celebrate a different type of Christmas this year. So, how do we make this “a different kind of Christmas” with just two days left before the big celebration? Well, there are still plenty of ways to make this year different. Here are just a few ways we’ve already made it a different kind of Christmas or how we plan to still do so…

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My Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Baking

One of my favorite pastimes during the holiday season is baking. But when I’m making treats to enjoy around the house and to take with us elsewhere, the cost of holiday baking can add up fast, particularly because I like to get a good variety of treats. However, I have discovered a few ways to save a little money on holiday baking so I don’t have to put as much of our Christmas budget toward baking. So, if you want to enjoy your holiday baking without busting your budget, check out these tips for saving money on your holiday baking.Holiday baking can be a big budget-buster if you let it. Enjoy your holiday baking without busting your budget with these simple tips.

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My Top 10 Must-Watch Christmas Movies

I don’t know about you, but my holiday season just isn’t complete if I haven’t gotten to watch all of my favorite Christmas movies. In fact, this year I started watching a few of them a little earlier than normal because I just couldn’t wait any longer…To me there is nothing like sitting down in the evening during the holiday season to enjoy a fun and festive Christmas movie. So which ones are my favorite? Here are my top ten in no particular order.No holiday season is complete without a good Christmas movie. Check out this list of top ten Christmas movies to make your holiday just a little brighter.

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