We made it to December! What a great month to celebrate Christmas! Right after the month of being thankful, we celebrate a month of giving.
This warm season can be chaotic. Bake the cookies. Send the greeting cards. Select the tree. Decorate the house. Buy the gifts. Wrap the gifts. Visit Santa. Cook the nice dinner. Get everyone a nice outfit. Family Photos. Prepare for guests. And the list goes on.
It’s been a while since I posted on one of your favorite subjects, frugal living. But around the holidays we’re all really looking for good deals.
Being an advocate of early reading, especially in my own home, I take the boys to our local library often. They spend a good 30 minutes or more playing with puzzles, toy kitchen, and games on the computers. I usually spend a majority of that time selecting some cute books. Then they pick out a few more to top off our tote bag. (And I tend to read more blog posts and news articles than anything).
But sometimes we won’t make it to the library as often. Especially living in the country when we only make it to town once or twice a week. That leaves the pickings to the same few favorites from our bookshelf at home.
I started resorting to a few options at home. So many of the options available online are for free samples (less than a chapter or the first few pages) or you typically end up paying per book. Some of the apps aren’t as user-friendly or only have older books available.
But good free and affordable e-book resources actually exist. These 3 resources I found the most user-friendly, with a wide variety of genres (from romance novels to illustrated children’s books), and they had the best deals.
For Thanksgiving we have three lunches/dinners. I’m making pumpkin pie, cranberry salad, and crescent rolls. I even have a bottle of Pino Grigio to bring to one!
But I’m a fan of making things from scratch especially for special events and holidays. I vividly remember the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls from my childhood. Every holiday my mom would be lovingly cooking up one of our favorites to bring along to Grandma’s. And they were so good that you literally fought for some!
So here’s the surprisingly simple recipe that every Thanksgiving dinner table should garnish!
One way we show our children love is through buying them toys. And it’s not all bad. It’s natural to give tangible gifts as signs of affection. What an easy way to brighten a small person’s day!
But how do you know if your kids have too many toys? What are their favorite toys? For our boys, cars, trucks, tractors, and trains. The rest of the toys tend to get thrown, scattered, and stepped on! OUCH!
My husband and I found out toys have seasons. And in those seasons, kids have a few favorites that they tend to play with. Especially if it’s something new.
So what do we do when one toy seems to be in the end stages of it’s season? We buy more! Which is kind of nuts when you think about it.