Nov 20, 2014

The Ultimate Frugal Christmas Gift Guide

A frugal Christmas you ask?  It can be done.  Just because it is frugal does not mean it can not be memorable.  I have put together a gift guide that covers everyone on your list.  I have many gift ideas for each person.  That way hopefully you can have many options to fit the personalities of the different people on your list.  

Each category will have frugal ideas.  The most expensive thing you will find on this gift guide is $49.97.  I hope you get inspired and get some great ideas so you can get Christmas shopping done early this year!  

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using any of the links. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

-Wallet: $19.99 (free shipping on all items!)- I choose a Slimfold wallet because it seems that every man in my life right now (husband, dad, and brothers) like paper thin wallets.  If your husband likes the thicker ones then Target offers many of those as well!

-Kenneth Cole Reaction Cologne: $27.99 (free shipping on all items!) Why not buy him something that will benefit both of you, :)

-Husky Mechanic Tool Set: $49.97 (Free Shipping to store and sometimes home) - Every guy needs a tool set.  Mechanic tools are a great place to start!  Christmas is such a great time to get tool sets too!

-Shaving kit: $19.88 Although this is a starter kit and won't last forever, it is still nice to receive and if your husband has never tried this brand before then he will be in for a treat!  My husband will never use anything else again.  The travel size is a perfect place to start so he isn't committed to a huge size.

-Baby: Bright Starts Clack & Slide Activity Ball - $8.88

-Toddler: Lillabo 12-piece train set - $9.99: I do not think this is gender specific because my daughter is a girly girl and this is what she wants for Christmas, but if you have a little princess that will hate getting a train set then look at Ikea.  They have TONS of options for a very good price.

-Child: Crayola Paint Maker - $18.99 (free shipping on all items!)- This would have been a dream for me as a child.  It is perfection.  I love how they can be creative and make their own paint colors.  Crayola never disappoints.

-Teenager: Gift card iTunes or Google Play - What is it with teenagers and music?  I love music too, but teenagers take it to a different level.  

-Night Before Christmas gift set: $25.95 - I absolutely LOVE Lush.  So why not spoil your mom with this gift set.  So yummy!

-Water bottle: $12.99 (free shipping on all items!)- Help you mom get the daily needed amount of water and feel better.  This one is awesome because you can carry keys, id, credit cards, and more in it!  There is a little compartment for it.

-Jewelry: Varies - Honestly you could get anything on this site.  It is amazing.  I have an AMAZING necklace from them and I love it.  Good new!  It is all very affordable.

-The Civil War by Ken Burns: $44.49: I don't know what it is but men love these kind of things.  I actually do to, but men...they LOVE it.

-Chromecast: $32.49 - We have one of these and I love them! So nice to watch whatever you want on the TV instead of the computer! 

-Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser: $18.00 - This not only cleanses, but it also hydrates.  The best of both worlds. awesome product.

-Photo book: starting at $12.99 - I don't think grandparents love anything more than looking a pictures of their grand kids.  Shutterfly does an amazing job on the printing and starting at $12.99 that is a deal! 

-Hand Print Frame - $29.99 (or you could make your own for close to free) - This is an awesome way to remind grandparents of all the special hands in their lives.  

-Calendar - desk calendars starting at $17.99 - Once again...bringing in the photos.  They love them.  So why not?! 

-"Soda-lighted you're our neighbor: Attach to the appropriate size of soda.  For example, if it is only one person then do a smaller soda, but if it is a family then attach the printable below to a two liter. 

Click on picture to get printable (make sure when printing you un-check fit-to-page, otherwise it will be huge)

-Don't let your dishes pile this busy holiday season!:  Attach with a cute ribbon to a package of paper plates.  The dollar store ones are just fine.  Your neighbors won't complain.

Click on picture to get printable (make sure when printing you un-check fit-to-page, otherwise it will be huge)
-We wash you a Merry Christmas: Attach to hand soup.  These can be found at Joann or at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Either option is only $1!  

Click on picture to get printable (make sure when printing you un-check fit-to-page, otherwise it will be huge)
-Tie - $13.98 (free shipping on all items!) - It seems like men can never get enough ties.  So why not keep it good looking yet frugal?

-Car care kit: $10.78 - Great practical gift.  We all need them right?

-Hat for favorite sports team: Varies - I am not about to put a certain team on here.  *wink  I do not have a favorite.  Sorry...not much of a sports person.  However, I know a lot of people who are and would absolutely love a hat.

Sisters and/or girlfriends
-Magazine subscription: $1.66 an issue - All You is my all time favorite magazine and I believe you can please all types of women with this one magazine.  I have given it many years to a lot of my friends as Christmas gifts.  The best part is it is a gift that keeps giving...every month.

-EOS Hand lotion: Yummy hand lotion is always on a woman's wishlist.

-Jamberry Nails: Last, but certainly not least are Jamberry nail wraps.  I LOVE these.  I am so glad I found them and they have saved my life.  I feel so feminine with them on and I love that they stay looking REALLY good for 2 weeks on my fingernails and 6 weeks on my toes.  They are so much cheaper than a manicure and a pedicure and to top it off they are so so cute.  

They are $15 for a full sheet (that includes 2 manis and 2 pedis!).  Are you kidding me?!  Go check them out and seriously share them with all the women in your life.  They will love you for it!  Oh...and buy yourself one too, because they have a deal where if you buy 3 then you get one free!  Awesome! 

So this is the exciting part!  I am giving away a cute little gift packet full of Jamberry goodness.  This gift packet will include a Jr. wrap, adult wrap, nail care cuticle oil, file, orange stick, rubber cuticle pusher, nail scissors, buffer block, and a bonus sheet!  This packet is worth $70!  I am so excited for this giveaway because I am so passionate about these wraps and all the Jamberry products.

Check out my fabulous blog friends that are included in this giveaway!  If you missed Monday-Wednesday then click on the links below.  (The Friday blog links will not work until tomorrow...when they go live.  So check back tomorrow to enter for those prizes.)  You guys!  That's 25 chances to win 25 AHHHHMAZING prizes!


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Nov 19, 2014

I am failing at being a mom

There I said it.  At least it is out in the open.  At least I have it off my chest.  

Today...I broke down.  This is not unusual really.  Being a mom is the hardest thing I have ever done. I fail EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Then tomorrow I try to do better, just to turn around and basically repeat yesterday.  Very frustrating.  

Nov 17, 2014

Products of the Season

Post written by: Danielle

Today I would like to Share My favorite makeup colors and products for this time of the year.  Burnt oranges, berries, reds and sparkling browns are my go to's!

Nov 14, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup Take 1

I recently had someone ask me if I would write a post about Chicken Noodle soup.  I thought, "Um...yes!"  I love soup during the Fall and Winter so this was perfect timing.  I decided to try out three recipes and make them my own.  Then I tested them along with my husband and friend.  There are going to be three different posts with each of them and then at the end will will share our favorites.  

Nov 12, 2014

Stay Sane Cleaning Series Step #1

Do you dream of having a clean home?  I think all of us want a clean and orderly home.  Even if it is not one of our top priorities.  I think we can all agree that when our home is clean and orderly then we can focus our attention on more important the people we live with for starters. 

Nov 10, 2014

Holiday Glam Curls

Post written by beautiful Laura (beauty/hair contributor)

Glory glory! It's the holiday season!  I don't know how everyone feels about this time of year, because I totally get that it can be ridiculously stressful. However, this is such a wonderful time of year when we express gratitude, spend time with those we love, and we drink wonderful things like apple cider and hot cocoa. Want to know what else I love about the holidays? The glam! You get to wear sparkly things and get fancy and you don't really have to have a reason! I love all things sparkly! Haha.

Nov 8, 2014

Favorite Daily Deal Site - #4

I absolutely love Pick Your Plum.  I feel they have the best prices of all of the previous mentioned sites.  They do not add as many new deals every day as the previous three sites, but sometimes that is better.  

I have ordered party supplies from them.  Also, accessories for myself and home decor items. Actually many of the frames from my daughter's nursery are from Pick Your Plum.  They were unfinished and I painted them the color I wanted them to be.  See post here.  (They are used in the "You are my sunshine" signs and the frames on the side of my daughter's crib. 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using any of the links. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Today's deals that went live

Popcorn Box 10 Pack & Movie Clappers - starting at $3.99 - Aren't these so cute?  They would be perfect for a movie night party!

Nov 6, 2014

Favorite Daily Deal Site #3

It seems that all of the sites I am talking about hit my radar 2 years ago.  It has almost been 2 years since my first order with Zulily.  This site is amazing!  There are high end products for amazing prices.  I have mainly purchased children's books through this site.  I know....I probably need to stop buying children's books.  I don't know if I can do it!

I also purchased my rain boots from Zulily and those rain boots have gotten me lots of compliments. They are way too cute and I love them.

Zulily is the place to get your CUTE maternity clothes, CUTE kids clothes, CUTE accessories, and great kid items (toys, books, and more).  They also have fabulous stuff for your home.  They have it all!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using any of the links. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Nov 5, 2014

Favorite daily deal site #2

Just because Groopdealz is listed second does not mean that I love them less than Jane.  I ordered from them the first time over 2 years ago as well.  This is another site that I check EVERY SINGLE day.  Again, I have received so many compliments from many people on all my items I have ordered through Groopdealz.

My number one complimented item that I have ordered through there are my slip extenders.  I have an ivory and a black one.  Each of them get many compliments every single time I wear them.  I always say, "You need to check out Groopdealz.  They always have amazing stuff for great deals." 

Again, I have purchased accessories for myself and Hannelore,  I have ordered skirts and dresses for myself.  This is a fabulous place to order party supplies as well.  Remember my play room post?  If not see it here.  The magnets on the magnet board I ordered from Groopdealz as well as the letter "M" on the alphabet wall on that same post.  Many of the Babylit books that you see by the amazing frame (same post) I ordered from Groopdealz.  (The remainder of the Babylit books were purchased from another one of my go to sites...coming later this week.)  Not to mention I also have ordered bakers twine and baby supplies from Groopdealz.  Needless to say....I LOVE GROOPDEALZ.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using any of the links. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

10 deals that went live today that I am totally crushing on!

These are so cute!  I wanted these yesterday on Jane, but they were sold out by the time I got to them! So hurry if you want them!  Only $12.99 for 4

Nov 4, 2014

Favorite Daily Deal Site-#1

Have you guys heard of  I LOVE this site with a passion.  I ordered my first item on over 2 years ago.  I continue to buy items through this site and everything I buy through them I get compliments on.  Honestly everything.  

Since this post went live I have had to change some of my favorites because the items have already sold out!  I am telling you when you see something on this site that you want you MUST grab it then because it might sell out 2 minutes later.  That has happened to me numerous times.  SAD! 

I have bought everything from craft supplies (washi tape, bakers twine, etc.) to accessories for myself AND my little girl to clothing for myself and once again my baby girl to party supplies (straws, cupcake stand) to books for my little princess!  There are so many options.  The best part is that there are 80 new deals launched daily!

Here are three pictures that I couldn't help but share of my little girl with items I purchased from  They make me smile and I again have been asked numerous times where I purchased those items.  So this site is one of my secrets.   I love this site and it is something I check daily. 

Navy Strip Easter Dress
Photo Credit: Every Memory Photography & Design

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