December 2011

5 Quick Tips for Getting your Post-Holiday Budget Back on Track

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Welcome WINK viewers! Officially I am still on vacation this week but I wanted to make sure you'd be able to easily find the resources I talked about on air this morning.  For those of you who didn't catch the segment, here is a brief overview of my 5 quick tips for getting your post-holiday [...]

Oh Christmas Tree {Merry Christmas & See You in 2012}

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We finally managed to get our Christmas tree up and decorated, and I have to say, it was worth the wait!  After using the same bedraggled Target clearance artificial tree for the past 7 years, we finally decided to go with a real tree for the first time.  And not just any real tree, a [...]

Giving & Getting: Teaching My Kids The True Spirit of Christmas

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I don't know about you, but with Christmas less than a week away and a very generous Auntie en route to spend the holidays spoiling my kids (not to mention a Mommy who is a pro at finding great deals), I am starting to get nervous about all the STUFF that is about to enter [...]

Potted Paperwhite Bulbs

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If you exchange homemade gifts with your extended family or group of friends, it can be sometimes hard to come up with something thoughtful and original,  yet simple and cost-effective.  This year we have been very blessed to be part of a wonderful small group at our church called the Homebuilders, and I wanted to [...]

a season of veggies {worden farm}

Can I just tell you how thrilled am today to receive my first box of fresh vegetables from Worden Farm? The season actually started last week but since we were gone our first box had to go to good home. :-(  This week, however, I am all about the veggies and so, soooo excited!  And [...]

the post vacation non-blues

Rules to live by: Don't ever go on vacation at the beginning of December. I'm actually just kidding.  From a saving money standpoint, going on vacation--especially a cruise--in the first few weeks of December is a fantastic idea.  There are some killer deals!  Apparently only crazy people decide to go away this time of year [...]

happy 40th sis! {zip-lining in belize}

Today is my only sister's 40th birthday so I thought it would be fun to quick post a few pictures of what we did today to celebrate--something that absolutely TERRIFIED both of us: zip-lining through the jungle in Belize.  We were complete freak-outs but it was such a fun experience!  Definitely a memory we won't [...]

best of LWSL {my favorite desserts}

A few months ago, totally out of the blue, I received a surprise email.  It was a confirmation from Norwegian Cruise Lines for a cruise I hadn't booked.  It turns out my dad decided to surprise all of my siblings and our spouses with a week-long cruise in the Caribbean.  I guess he figured it [...]

handmade holiday gifts: freezer paper glitter stencil tote bags

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Need more handmade gift ideas?  Be sure to check out all this year's handmade holiday projects too! If you've never done freezer paper stencils before then you are seriously missing out!   They are so fun and so easy, and always turn out so cute.  The possibilities are almost endless.  And when you add pretty sparkly [...]