Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christmas Cash Ideas

Money Saving Mom is doing a series right now called 31 days to Earn Extra Cash before Christmas

It's got some great ideas, a lot of which I already do (Amazon trade-in, online surveys, Jingit).  Check it out if you're looking for some ways to earn a little extra cash before Christmas, or just all year long.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homemade Christmas Goodies

Homemade Christmas 2012

About mid summer I start asking the kids what they're planning on making for their extended family for Christmas. Because handmade takes planning and time we need to start early. To help us out I wanted to create a list of handmade gifts that we can begin working on early so that December doesn't get here and we have to rush to get the gifts made.

As I was making my list, I thought others might enjoy using it. And then I thought maybe there's some really cool gifts that I don't even know exist and they wouldn't be on my list. ( I started to panic) Then I started thinking about the people who are kind of hard to make handmade gifts for, you know, like men. And the people, like children, who want to give handmades but have limited ability. Yes, this is how I think...complete spider webbing and overwhelming.

So after all that thinking, I decided it would be nice to do a link up of handmade items that would be good for gift giving. So for the next several Thursdays I'll have a link up for handmade items that would be good for gift giving.

{the rules}
Each week will have a different category. I'm going to list the categories now so that you can begin thinking about what posts you already have that would fit those categories. Also, if you're making something in one of these categories you can know when that link up will be. Now, I'm not going to be checking to see if every post is in that category. Because, honestly, some handmades don't fit into nice, neat categories. (Also, I don't really have time for that.) But just know that the category will be listed in the post title so if it's the men's category week and you post a tutu tutorial it probably won't get very many hits.

Next week I'll have a button that you can use to link back to my site or post on your blog or facebook page. You'll need a link back to actually post. So you can use the button or just the url of my blog post or just

The linky for each post will be open for at least through Thanksgiving. So go ahead and check back on the previous categories each week because someone might have posted just what you've been looking for.

I'm sure it goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway, all the link ups have to be of handmade stuff. Not necessarily made by you and they don't have to be tutorials but please don't post something like "a tin filled with bakery bought cookies." Yes, I know someone handmade them but that's really not what this list is about.

{the categories and dates}
October 4th - grandparents, aunts & uncles (gifts for children to make)
October 11th - children (to receive)
October 18th - women specific
October 25th - men specific (I can't wait to see all of these)
November 1st - edibles
November 8th - home and garden
November 15th - re purposed or recycled

Now remember, this will only be totally awesome if you participate and encourage your friends to participate. So feel free to pin this, or post it on facebook or on your blog, or tweet about it...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Travel Crayons

It's ALL Good in Mommyhood has the cutest idea for travel crayons.  Ziplock bags and the boxes crayons come in tear so easily.  She used an old Rainbow Sprinkles container for the crayons to use at restaurants, waiting rooms, the car, etc. 

Super Cute...I'm saving the next 2 containers I have so the girls can each have their own.