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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope that today can be a day of relaxing and fun celebration for each of you. I am honored that you choose to take the time to read this blog and I hope that you can be inspired and blessed by what I share here.
We are celebrating Christmas with my in-laws today and then with my family over New Years. Looking forward to fun times.
We had our own little family Christmas yesterday! Both children are old enough this year to enjoy it more, especially our 4 yr. old. It was a lot of fun! Here are a few snapshots.
Logan was SO excited to have his own backpack. He’s been begging for one for several months now.
Meanwhile Sophia had a blast sitting in her gift box and tearing the paper to shreds. Why bother with the gift?
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
I’m all about saving but I still love to give gifts. And I enjoy trying to give beautifully wrapped gifts even though gift wrap might seem like a waste of money. To me, giving and receiving beautifully wrapped gifts only adds to the joy of the gift itself. So while we try to keep our Christmas spending low, we also try to get creative and wrap our gift beautifully without blowing our $250 Christmas spending budget. Here’s some inspiration for inexpensive Christmas gift wrap. Be inspired!
1. Use paper bags or Kraft Paper to wrap gifts then embellish with greenery or lots of other things as you’ll see below. (I’m guessing that the Kraft paper would probably be less expensive at a local craft store, although I haven’t checked it out. Or check Dollar Tree. I’m told they have a 15 foot roll for $1!)
2. Aren’t these beautiful? And for free, you can even print out your own gift tags just like the ones pictured above. How cool is that?
3. Recycled Bread Tag Snowmen. If only I were craftier I would make these cute little fellows to go on the bags of cookies I give to neighbors and friends.
4. Love the simplicity of these stamped brown paper packages.
5. Totally into this look! And what a great “free” gift wrap! Use comics for fun “kid” wrapping paper.
6. Skip the gift tags/Christmas card and just put the name right on the wrapping paper! Bonus: you could use scrap paper, newspaper or pages from old books to make the letters.
7. Isn’t this fun? I’m thinking Christmas colors would create a festive look.
8. Again, simple but oh so sweet! (Pun intended.)
9. Don’t you love this idea of a gift wrapping ornament made from none other than a toilet paper/paper towel roll?
10. Use Black Kraft Paper to get a chalkboard look. I really like this for different! (I realize the paper is kind of pricey but it is a huge roll. And again, you very likely could find it at local stores for much less.
How do you get creative and save money on gift wrapping? I’d love to learn from you!
Monday, November 26th, 2012
What are the chances of having both of your computers go kaput at the same time? Pretty low, I’m thinking. But that is what just happened to us. Craziness!
So anyway, I’ve been unable to connect to the internet the last couple of days and therefore haven’t been able to blog. Thankfully, tonight we were able to go and get a pretty decent deal on a new laptop, so now I’m trying to figure it out. (Windows 8 is messing with my head!) I’m hoping to get back to regular blogging as the week progresses and as I can get things set up on this new computer. Thanks for bearing with me!
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – Psalm 106:1
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you, my faithful (and probably a few not so faithful!) readers. Thanks for stopping by, for caring about what I post. Thanks too for those of you that comment on my blog and Facebook or that like and share my Facebook and Twitter posts. That always means a lot to me. I hope that today can be a good day for you.
I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day. I have a husband who is a good, faithful man and a great dad. I am grateful to have just celebrated being married to my best friend for 6 years. I have two healthy, beautiful children. We have plenty to eat—more than enough, in fact—and a comfortable, warm home. We’re blessed with many friends. My husband has a good, steady job. God has been good and faithful to us this past year even in the midst of some difficult, hard-to-understand things.
And then there are the “little” things that bring me pleasure and for which I am thankful. Thing like a warm cup of homemade latte in the morning. The changing seasons and the beauty of autumn. Cozy sweaters. Long, hot showers. Neighbors getting approved for almost free hearing aids after years of struggling to hear. Reading a good book. Yes, God is good and we are blessed.
We are going to be with family for the Thanksgiving weekend and I’ll have very little internet access. I do have a few post scheduled, but my posting won’t be quite as much as normal. I’ll try to be back at things as usual on Monday!
Monday, November 12th, 2012
Back in June I posted about how Facebook made some changes that makes it difficult for people to see my Facebook Page updates. According to what Facebook tells me, most of my Facebook updates are seen by only 100-200 of my 1,444 Facebook followers. Since I’m assuming you follow me on Facebook because you really want to get blog updates, I thought I’d share with you a great way that I recently discovered to make sure you don’t miss out on any Facebook posts of both your friends and pages that you follow. It’s called an Interest Page.
Amy Lynn Andrews from Blogging With Amy gives a very detailed step-by-step process on how to set up an Interest List in her post How to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Facebook Updates. With an Interest List you can easily see all the posts from any Facebook page that you follow…including friend’s pages.
I recently set up my Interest Page and was happy with how simple it was and how easy it is to get all the updates from the Facebook pages I really want to follow. Hopefully this will help some of you that have been frustrated, like I’ve been, about not being able to see all the posts on the pages I follow.