Celebrating Easter At Home: How To Keep It Special

Celebrating Easter at home this year? Here’s how to celebrate Easter when you’re stuck at home…and how to keep it special for kids and families.

Last year our 5 year old son had a fairly serious spine surgery and was admitted to the hospital for several days.

We spent Palm Sunday there.

And when they released us, it was with orders to stay home for at least a couple of weeks.

(No one wants a still healing child exposed to more germs.)

That meant that we missed Easter Sunday mass, as well.

Who would have guessed that we’d miss them again this year?

Well, spending a special day like Easter at home, without the traditions you usually keep with loved ones, is a tough thing for adults to deal with.

And no, it’s not nearly as hard as what lots of other people are struggling with right now.  But it’s ok to admit that you’re bummed about missing out on this special day.

And for kids, it’s even harder.  They don’t really get what’s going on.

So how can we keep Easter special, even when we’re stuck at home?

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Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can’t forget your favorite munchkins! Show your love with these adorable Valentine Gifts for kids…sure to get a smile!

It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago.  The kids were snoozing, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them.  I already had a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.

Now I’m not the type of Mom who believes that every event needs to be over the top.  Celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family.  

The more you give to kids, the less they appreciate what they have.  It overwhelms their little systems.

So I decided that I’d give them just one more small gift.  Something I could put together at home for free.  Something that would be a small bit of “icing on the cake”. (more…)

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts That Will Help You Save Money

Finding the right inexpensive Christmas gifts that still show how much you care can be tough. But this list of unique ideas makes it easy!

Remember in the Little House on the Prairie books when Laura receives the inexpensive Christmas gifts of an orange and some candy? 

One year she even got her very own tin cup to use!

And the year that she received her rag doll was so special to her.

Think about that.  Do you think your kids could even tell you what they got for Christmas last year?

The season has morphed from a simple celebration to an over the top holiday. 

Even if you don’t long for those Little House on the Prairie style days in your home, you probably like the idea of cutting back a bit.

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Create a Beautiful Christmas Mantel Under $20 This Year

Create a Beautiful Christmas Mantel Under $20 This Year

Looking for $20 Christmas mantel ideas? Here’s how to use what you have (with a few fun freebies!) to create a fun look.

I’ve always felt pressured to make my mantel look extra special at the holidays.

There are two problems with that.

One: I’m not a DIY kinda gal.  Being crafty just isn’t in my skill set.

And two: I hate to spend money!  It seems like you have to spend a fortune to create most of the beautiful looks you find on Pinterest.

None of that has changed.  But I still decided to set out to create a beautiful Christmas mantel for our home.

And I pulled it off for less than $20!

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Walmart Christmas Layaway 2019: How To Use It To Save The Most

Walmart Christmas Layaway 2019: How To Use It To Save The Most

Curious about how Walmart Christmas layaway 2019 works? Find out what makes it a great alternative to putting another holiday on plastic!

Remember the days of the blue light special?  Back then everyone seemed to use layaway programs to help them afford Christmas gifts. 

Over time, more people began to use credit cards instead of dealing with the hassle of layaway programs.

But layaway still exists!  And it’s actually a fantastic way to avoid debt this Christmas

Given all the scary statistics about Christmas spending and compounding debt problems (read all about that here), you should be doing everything possible to avoid pulling out the card this season.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the best layaway program I’ve found is at Walmart.  They will set you up with a program with no extra fees. 

That’s much better than what your average credit card company will do for you!

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The Best Cheap Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (Don’t Worry, She’ll LOVE It!)

Finding the best cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas isn’t as hard as it seems. She is sure to love these gift ideas (and so will your wallet!).

Of course you love your Mama.  And who doesn’t want to show her how special she is?  

Really, you want her to know how much you love her all year long.  But even more so on Mother’s Day.

Hardly anyone can afford to give their mother the kind of gift she really deserves.  After all the work she’s done for you (she’s your number one fan, after all!), you’d love to give her a trip to an island filled with pampering for, like, a year.

Sadly, your wallet doesn’t agree with you. 

But don’t worry!

You can still get her something special.  In fact, I’ve got a whole list of the best cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas around.  She’s going to love these ideas!

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