Gift Wrapping Station Ideas to Help Keep You Organized

If your holiday wrapping is as chaotic as mine, I am sharing a few gift wrapping station ideas that might help you stay organized. The holidays are a magical yet very busy time of year.  There is baking to do, parties to plan, outfits to shop for and gifts to buy.  And, of course, holiday budgets to worry about! Staying organized during the holidays is an absolute must! With all of the gift buying that is going on this month, I will soon be neck deep in holiday wrapping.  Every year I swear to myself that I am going to set up … [Read more...]

Holiday Budget Tips and Quick Side Hustles for Fewer Post Holiday Bills

This post about holiday budget tips has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. You're thinking 'It's still summer, who wants to think about Christmas bills'... right?  Well, I am already seeing ads for high tech holiday gifts and those aren't cheap! Want to skip the holiday gift giving DEBT this year? You need to start pinching your pennies and searching for a few holiday budget tips. There are plenty of ways that you can save money and MAKE money in the next 3 months before you start your Black Friday shopping adventures.  Keep reading … [Read more...]

Easy Peppermint Sugar Cookies are the Best Christmas Cookie Recipe Ever!

These easy peppermint sugar cookies are seriously the best Christmas cookie recipe I have ever made.  And I have made a TON of Christmas cookies over the last few years! I have a ton of classics from my mom that I make every year.  From her old fashioned cookie recipe for Honey Macaroons to my own bourbon ball recipe, I have a sweet tooth that I indulge regularly during the holiday season. However, this new cookie is seriously my favorite and I look forward to sitting down with a few and a glass of milk at the end of a busy day of shopping and … [Read more...]

Christmas Storage Solutions for Easy Post Holiday Organizing

Christmas comes with lots of fanfare.  There are ornaments and wreaths, wrapping paper and bows, not to mention very large trees.  In about 3 weeks, you are going to need some creative Christmas storage solutions for post holiday organizing.  Unless you plan on leaving all those decorations up until summer.  I don't really recommend that plan!  In partnership with Walter Drake, I am sharing a few organizing ideas that may come in handy as you pack away your tinsel and ribbons! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decorating with At Home Stores

This post about simple holiday decorating has been sponsored by At Home and Mom Select.  All opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are here and boy did they sneak up on me!  We have been busy with college applications and SAT classes and visiting the schools on my son's wish list.  Then, I blinked and it was almost Christmas!  Where did the time go? Now, I need to find time to shop, cook, help my son with scholarship applications AND get the house looking slightly festive for the holidays.  Add a full-time job and I am a bit … [Read more...]

Make these Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments with Mason Jar Lids!

I have some friends whose Christmas trees look like they belong in a magazine.  If that's your thing, more power to you...however I prefer my messy, cluttered tree filled with macaroni angles and children's handprint ornaments!  Over the years, we have made a ton of easy handmade Christmas ornaments. I have unique ornaments on my tree from their days in preschool.  I even have Christmas ornaments on there from when *I* was a kid!  Since my kids aren't getting too crafty anymore now that they are teens, I decided to make a few tree memories of … [Read more...]

Best Christmas Movies for Teens for a Fun Family Movie Night

My kids have already started hunting through Netflix, Comcast on Demand and Amazon Prime looking for Christmas movies.  I keep telling them to wait til after Thanksgiving before worrying about the best Christmas movies but they will have none of my life lessons. I decided to give in to their obsessive holiday spirit and started looking for the best Christmas movies for teens last night.   There are so many to choose from!  I definitely encourage you to choose a few holiday movies and settle in for a fun holiday-themed family movie night with … [Read more...]

3 Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas that Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Make!

One of the drawbacks to living far away from family is that our holidays are rather quiet affairs.  Every other year or so family or friends come to visit but this year it will just be my husband and I and the kids.  However, that doesn't mean I don't want the holidays to be special!  These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.  That means I get plenty of holiday spirit without going broke or stressing out about fancy centerpieces! If you find yourself without guests this holiday season, don't skimp on … [Read more...]

10 Things You Must do NOW to Get Ready for Christmas

As we merrily roll into fall and plan our children's Halloween costumes, I would like to remind you that there are less than 60 days to get ready for Christmas.  Freak you out just a little bit there?  As soon as Halloween passes us by, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then all you have to do is blink and Christmas is here! I, for one, am nowhere near ready for it!  It always amazes me how quickly we move from summer vacation to the first day of school and then the chaos of the holidays plows us right over. This year, I am … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires for a Safer Holiday Season

As I sit here typing this blog post, our Christmas tree is lit up with lights behind me, just waiting for a few ornaments to be put on.  If you put a Christmas tree as well, you should take some time to read this post about how to prevent Christmas tree fires.  Christmas trees and other assorted holiday decorations are common in many households this time of year, however, they present a very real fire hazard and can have deadly consequences if certain precautions are not taken.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), … [Read more...]