holidays

30 Awesome Gifts Under $30

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I don't know about you, but going to the mall this time of year is enough to make me want to skip the holidays altogether and just go straight to January. I think it has something to do with the fact that I worked in retail all through college and once worked a 26-hour shift as [...]

Holiday Planner 2014

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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 [...]

15 Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Under $15

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Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, which naturally means it is time for the 4th Annual LWSL 15 under $15 gift list!  While I'm pretty sure that this year's list is the BEST EVER, many of the gift ideas I've posted in previous years are still available as well, so be sure to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Easter Brunch Inspiration

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I am having a little trouble believing that Easter is already right around the corner.....wasn't it just Christmas?  But all denial aside, this year my 35th birthday just happens to fall on Easter AND my one and only sister will be visiting with her family, which to me seems like the perfect two excuses to [...]

Be My {Frugal} Valentine 2013: 15 Fabulous Gifts Under $15

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which of course means it is time for the 3rd Annual LWSL $15 gift list!  I have to say, though, that many of the awesome gift ideas I posted last year are still available, so be sure to check out that list as well!     As always, I [...]

Valentine’s Day Embroidery Hoop Art

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We are in full Little House mode over here, and I gotta say, I am loving every minute.  As I told Husband last night, our girls may never score a 1600 on their SAT, but my oh my, will they be able to sew, bake, & pickle like nobody's business! Last week, inspired by one [...]

DiY American Girl Doll Bed {and Armoire}, Part 2

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I've been avoiding this post for weeks now, partially because it was Christmas and things got crazy, but mostly because this "DiY tutorial" is going to be SO LAME that I'm afraid you'll all start throwing things at me through the computer screen. It's not that it turned out poorly; the end result turned was [...]

Easy-to-Sew Pajama Pants

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One of our very favorite Christmas traditions is staying in our pajamas all day on Christmas Day--even right through Christmas dinner.  While we don't usually get new ones every year, it has been a few years since our last set, so I decided that this year, in the spirit of our handmade holiday, I would [...]

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 [...]

Vintage Freezer Paper Bleach T-Shirts

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It is relatively easy to find handmade gift ideas for women and kids, but guys and teenagers are a different story altogether.  Every Christmas I send a small gift to each of my 13 nieces and nephews.  (I wrote about this tradition last year when my nephew sent me this touching thank you letter.) While [...]

DIY Felt Snowball Ornament

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These little felt snowballs are super fun to make.  I used my sewing machine to do most of the sewing, but if you don't own one you could probably do the whole thing by hand with only slightly more effort.   These ornaments look beautiful hanging on the tree, but they make a great gift [...]

Homemade Rainbow Sparkle Playdoh

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 I wanted to come up with a small gift for the kids in my Sunday School class as well as a few other kiddos on my list, and I thought little rainbow packs of homemade playdoh would be really fun.   The girls and I always enjoy making it but we usually just stick to [...]

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