Thursday
Dec042014

Build an indoor snowman

 

My three year old has been asking to see snow. I don't have the heart to tell hime that probably won't happen anytime soon. We live in South Alabama and it's 75 degress today... the fourth day of December. 

Snow isn't going to happen. 

But that doesn't mean we can't pretend with these indoor snowmen. 

 

What you'll need

1 cup baking soda

4 tbsp water

1 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp dish detergent 

Mix your salt and baking soda. Add in your water a little at a time until it's crubly. Add in your detergent and form into balls. 

Let your toddler pour the water over the snowman and watch it "melt." 

I also put a little blue food coloring in mine and we watched all the colors swirl together. 

Then Ry gave his trucks a "bath." So cute!

 

What are some of your favorite indoor activities for toddlers? 

 

Wednesday
Dec032014

Four Ways to Save on Kids Toys This Holiday Season

Today I am guest blogging on "Blisfful and Domestic" you can head over there and read my thoughts on kid's gifts... here is an exceprt. 

I am not going to lie to you. I am not a naturally frugal girl. Oh no. I was thrust into frugality when my husband and I decided three years ago it was time to get out of debt.
We cut back on everything, including what we spent on gifts. This was a little difficult for me at first because I love gift giving. I especially love giving gifts to my nieces and nephew and of course, my own children.
But gifts for kids can really eat into your Christmas budget. And the frustrating thing is that often kids play with something a few times and then it get forgotten in a closet or under the bed.
So here are a few tips to minimize the costs of children’s gifts, while still maximizing on the season.

Click here to read more!

Tuesday
Dec022014

Get my books for just $.99 each this week!

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Both The Poor Girl's Handbook and Around the Table are available for download for just $.99 each! This sale will end Sunday. So get them while they're at a HOT price! 

Tuesday
Dec022014

Don't Make Christmas a Season of Financial Stress

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Monday
Dec012014

Budgeting for Christmas

Since it is the FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER I am resharing this post from a few weeks back about Christmas budgeting and spending. Don't stress. It is a season of worship. Not a season of spending. 


It is the first day of fall! So today we are going to talk about Budgeting For Christmas. Wait, what?? 

I know. I know. But it will be here before you know it and I got a really interesting question from a reader earlier this week and got me thinking about budgeting for Christmas.

How do you guys budget for Christmas for the kids? I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old and I am trying to come up with a budget on how much to spend on them for Christmas. If you have any tips or advice it would be greatly appreciated! 

It really is a great question. 

As I thought about it I realized that I have never really set hard and firm rules for Christmas budgeting. I just have a number in mind and try not to exceed that. 

Last year I think we spent a combined $65 on both of our children, who were really still babies. And to be honest we gave them too many things. 

This is some advice I would give. 

1. What to give? 

This year we have a new policy. 

Four gifts and none of them that big. 

Something you want. 

Something you need. 

Something to wear. 

Something to read. 

I have heard of several people doing this and I LOVED the idea. 

2. Make a line item in your bduget.

First of all if you're not making a zero-based budget you should be. Learn more here

Add Christmas to your budget just like you would anything else. Make a list of everyone you want to give a gift to and then create a gift list around the budget. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

3. Think of giving differently. 

Gifts are great. I love them. But that is not the reason to celebrate Christmas. I am a Christian and I believe that Christmas is a season of worship and celebration. Gifts are a bonus. 

Instead focus on creating lasting memories and traditions. I remember far more the fun things we did as a family than I do what I got under the tree. 

What about you? How do you budget for Christmas? Tell in the comments below!