Christmas

A Christmas Wish

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As I prepare to spend the next week celebrating the holidays with my family and friends, I wanted to also take a few moments to wish you all a merry Christmas as well.  It has been a busy, crazy, and overall incredible year here at Living Well Spending Less, and to finish up the year, I [...]

10 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $10

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I don't know about you, but with just eleven days until Christmas I've still got several gifts left to buy and not a lot of cash left in my "gift" envelope to buy them with!  Luckily for you, I've decided to forgo being productive today in order to bring you this emergency list of ten [...]

7 Simple Ways to Enjoy More & Spend Less This Christmas

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Or so they say. I don’t know about you, but the holiday season in my mind is often much more idyllic than the frenetic, stressful, and action-packed month I actually experience. Ever feel that way? Our already hectic schedules gets even crazier, and suddenly on top of [...]

The LWSL Favorite Things Giveaway Extravaganza!

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I was so giddy about sharing this post with you today that I could hardly sleep last night.  I'm channeling my inner Oprah today, and friends, you better sit down for this, because it is B-I-G big. Huge, actually. I don't do very many giveaways here at LWSL but this year I thought it would be [...]

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

Holiday Planner 2013

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again. As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it [...]

Gilded Hoel {Holiday Home Tour 2012}

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I'm having a hard time finding the right words to say this morning....my heart is breaking for the families of Newtown, and like the rest of the country, my thoughts and prayers are with them today.  So in the absence of words or anything profound to say, I give you only pictures.....a tour of my [...]

A Naturally Vintage Christmas at My Dream House

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I'm still working on the final touches for my own virtual holiday home tour--and the Christmas cocktail party we are throwing tonight--but I thought today I'd share some really cool natural & vintage Christmas decorating ideas from my friend Stacy's beautiful home. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while might her [...]

A Season of Hope {Experiencing a Joy-Filled Christmas in an Imperfect World}

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I'm fighting hard to stay joyful this Christmas. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things weighing me down. Our schedule--normally busy even on a slow week--has been packed to the gills with Christmas programs and commitments and events and parties, and while most of it is self-inflicted, it sometimes makes my head [...]

Felt “Paper” Chain Garland {DiY}

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I think I might have a slight felt problem.  I love it almost as much as I love ModPodge, and so far this year it has played a starring role in many a Christmas decoration.  But seriously folks, what's not to love?  It is super cheap (only $0.20 a sheet when it goes on sale), [...]

DiY scalloped felt & jute christmas tree display {handmade holidays}

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As I shared last week, our family's goal for the holidays this year is to worry less about stuff and more about giving from the heart, spending quality time together, & serving others.  The girls and I are on a mission to not only make all our gifts this year, but to also create many [...]

What I Won’t Give My Kids For Christmas This Year

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A couple of months ago I wrote about taking all my kids' toys away, and how that experience has fundamentally changed our family and the way we look at stuff.  The response from that post--both positive and negative--was completely overwhelming, like nothing I have every experienced before while writing this blog.  Who knew I could [...]

How to Save on Food for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving.  Christmas Dinner.  Holiday Parties.  Seasonal baking.  For most of us, food plays a starring roll in our holiday festivities.  We all have our favorites, that certain special dish we only eat once a year.  Without it Christmas or Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same. Oh, the pressure. And while our mouths start watering at [...]

Better Christmas Card Photos {8 Tips for Getting Shots You Love}

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The act of sending and receiving Christmas cards might be my favorite of all holiday traditions.   I just love seeing how my friends & family have changed and grown, and reading what they have been up to throughout the year.  It reminds me that even in the midst of all this busyness, even when [...]

Plan for the Holidays {Day 30}

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This is the thirtieth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * October is almost over which means the holidays are literally right around the corner.  My feelings this time [...]