Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores

and…

Target!

As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

Pioneer Woman Christmas Haul

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?! I sure did! Hehe. I feel absolutely blessed to have a wonderful family that just totally gets me. For the past few years, my family both on both sides use Elfster. An online secret Santa Generator, that’s easy to use. This gift-giving tool helps organize office parties, family or friends events all online, there’s a mobile app too!

The main feature that I personally love about Elfster is the website’s feature to include a universal wishlist. Copy and paste the link of that special item you’ve been eying all year round! I like to start after Thanksgiving, just to start notifying the early bird holiday shoppers. This year, I was obsessing about the Pioneer Woman line at WalMart! A few months ago I wrote a post on a few items I purchased from the Pioneer Woman line at WalMart. If you’re interest on that, be sure to click the link below on my related posts!

Using Elfster has made it easier for friends and family to go gift shopping for you. This also gives them a chance to see your personality through the lists.  Obviously, they can’t if you just put gift cards. But that’s boring!! I truly posts items I’d love to purchase on my own, but just can’t get around to getting because I can’t just justify it enough. I also posts items I’m currently loving, and will see using for the long haul….Like kitchenware.

Which brings me full circle to the Pioneer Woman line at WalMart. Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) has an amazing rustic cowgirl kitchenware line any inner rustic chic gal would love! I call myself a cowgirl at heart, as I honestly believe I was meant to be living on a farm in Texas, with a beautiful ranch style home decorated by Joanna Gains…..Ah. I’ve been watching way too much Fixer Upper.

Needless to say, I just love me some rustic style kitchenware in my home!! So….I put a few on my Elfster, and that’s what I was showered with!! Check out what my family got me! I love each and every piece oh so very very much!

The Pioneer Woman Adeline 10oz Sunday Cup (Set Of 4)

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Stoneware Salt & Pepper Shaker

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Oil/Vinegar with Tray Set

The Pioneer Woman Cowgirl Lace 16-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set (Green)

…I also have the Linen (Pearl White) set

I’m so grateful to have friends and family that totally get me!! If it wasn’t for Elfster over the years, I’d probably be getting Forever21 or HomeGoods Giftcards every year. But to be honest, I really love the fact that my loved ones listen to my Elster list! These are just a few items that cost no more than $20! Many of them range from $5-$15, so these are absolutely affordable! And never ever ever ever, in my right mind, take advantage and post something ridiculous like a West Elm furniture piece. So WalMart….You have my heart. And so do you Ree Drummond.

I hope you got what you wanted this year! Comment below! I’d love to hear what you received this Christmas!

Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year everyone!

Simple Christmas Style

When it comes down to holiday decorating, I like to keep it simple, and easy to manage. I’m not one to be called a full minimalist, but I like to practice a few traits and habits of one. We all know it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying more and more. Especially us American’s. We love the satisfaction of purchasing merchandise. And when it comes down to the holidays, we all go over the limits of gifts and also holiday decor. This post, I’d like to share a few small purchases I made for this years Christmas season, as well as some changes I’ve done to adapt to our new home here in Sacramento.

  • The Living Room

With having a new space for “living,” there actually isn’t enough living in this area. I’ve come to realize, that having a 5 bedroom home, with multiple living spaces, and a backyard that connects to the garage, there’s a few living spaces that just don’t get love and attention they fully need. The main living room as become the main focal point for Christmas this season. It’s the room that has the most windows, the staircase connects to it, as well as the front door and garage door entry.

Musical Tunes

During the process of putting up our Christmas tree, my husband and I also decided to add in one of our record players. Adding the record player, was our excuse to add in more life, as it will project musical tunes towards the dining table.

Small Accents/Low Effort

I also added a few little tiny accents to the living room sitting on the bookshelf of the record player. All things I already owned, that just needed a spot to be displayed.

  • The Staircase

I’ve utilized the staircase banister to hold our stockings. Previously in our last home, we unfortunately did not have a fireplace to place the usual garland of string lights, and stockings. I’d simply, push pin them into the main wall of our main living room. This year, I wasn’t so inclined to utilize our fireplace to display the stockings.

  • Craigslist China Hutch

We currently have an IKEA China Hutch, which I purchase on Craigslist 3 years ago. It was needed for our previous house, but I currently no longer have an attachment to it in our current house. This year, as I figure out how to use it, or entertain the thought of letting it go, I’ve used it to display our holiday cards.

  1. Using a piece of twine and mini laundry clips (Purchased at Daiso/Michael’s Craft Store)
    I did the same thing above my buffet table using string lights (Purchased from Target, earlier this year)
  2. If you’ve seen my Fall Decorations, you’ll notice have a group of birch wood branches. I used them again for the holidays, keeping them above my china hutch again, mixed with my light garland, a holiday branch, and stacking decorative boxes from my mom. Oh! Not to mention, pinecones! Lots of pinecones were sprinkled around too!

  • Christmas Cards

My Christmas cards were hung on string lights, that I use year-round. I pinned them using snowflake laundry pins I purchased at the DollarTree this year.

  • Buffet Table

My buffet table, also known as our board game storage, holds a few picture frames, a gold candelabra (Purchased this year from Ross for $12.99), as well as a set of candelabra/ Deer candle holders (also purchased this year from Michael’s Craft Store using a 50% off Coupon!!)

Here’s what the buffet table and mirror looks like at night…

So that’s all

Christmas Ornament AirPlant HACK

Christmas is around the corner, and gift giving is at it’s high. Unless you make six figures or more, and money isn’t an issue, gift giving is probably easy for you. For others, like myself, you have to become crafty, and frugal with your money when it comes to gift giving. Especially for those acquaintances we have in our lives. From a co-worker, karate instructor, to a neighbor. You don’t always need to feel pressured to purchase something over $20. Call me frugal, but I can’t really justify buying everyone I know in my life something over $20 dollars.

Although there is a fine alternative of cooking/baking something sweet and delicious, that can also be a wonderful route. BUT I’m no baker, and this isn’t a food blog either. Here my friends is one of the easiest gift ideas you can give to those many many acquaintances in your life! I introduce to you the holiday airplant ornament!

We’ve all seen the glass globe terrarium balls sold at craft stores, or nursery outlets. If you haven’t you can purchase them at World Market (for $4.99), and Amazon (Set of 3, for $12.00) 

The ones below shown, I actually purchased at WalMart, found in their nursery garden center for $4.98, including the air plant! That’s right folks! This glass air plant terrarium globe was a little less than $5! It includes the glass globe, air plant, twine, and holiday colored moss.

Imagine, if you have purchased the glass globes, air plants, and moss all together, you’d be spending clearly over $25.

What you WOULD pay for:

Moss:

JoAnn Fabric ($8.99)

WalMart ($4.97)

Instead, $4.98 per ornament. Can I get a “heeyo?”

Now, you’re probably wondering how would this be a DIY gift? Well…I added a few things.

  1. A mini pinecone
  2. Silver bell

BOOM. #DIY #WalMartHACK #EasyHolidayGift

Happy Holidays everyone. Let’s make the holiday’s brighter by making gift giving easier.

 

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.2

Here’s part 2 of my Cheap & East Christmas Crafts!! With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS 

Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.

Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or my kids most times. Just kidding, I’ve been crafting with my kids since they were little. Everyday, they ask to do a craft. Call me crazy, but I literally TRY to plan a craft for them every week. Not every craft I do makes it to my blog.

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Colored Pipe Cleaners

-Popsicle Sticks

 
(Optional)
Christmas Miniatures
 Can be found at craft stores.

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By: Stacey, from Glued To My Crafts

Post: Popsicle Stick Christmas Door, Kids Craft

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Christmas Cards Pt. 2 | Holiday Pages

By: Ewelina, from Kreatywnie W Domu (Blogger from Poland)

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

By: Victoria, from ABC Creative Learning

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft For Cards

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

I actually mentioned her on Pt. 1, but wanted to feature her again, because she has the cutest holiday crafts on her blog!

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If you haven’t checked out the Pt.1 of my Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts, you can check it out HERE, or the link below!

I’m super loving all these crafts right now!!! I’m currently saving them for Winter Break, once the boy’s get off school, and our schedules open up! I can’t wait to start crafting!! Having elementary school aged kids is just another level! I’m definietly in a point of a parenting lifestyle transition as my kids are older, have their own school/ extra curricular activities schedules. I miss the day’s of just staying home, and crafting all day.

Oh where did time go?!

Anyone else going through a transitional time of the kids growing up and their schedule’s take over your life? Anyone? Comment below!

……Until the next blog post.

Happy Holidays!!

And happy crafting!!!!!

Charlie Brown Christmas

Last week, my Kindergarten class had a field trip to the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Taking the kids to live theater is a wonderful experience. I still have yet to take my own children. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to attend live broadway shows with my parents. From Mama Mia!, Hairspary, Wicked, The Lion King, and later on as an adult I saw Jersey Boys. So I speak very personally of this joy.

How I prepared myself for this field trip.

Like I said before, I haven’t even taken my own children to live theatre, so handling 24 other 5 year olds, be prepared with a balanced breakfast and coffee!! If a child needs to be consoled for any reason, take them out to the lobby. Do not allow an upset child to remain in the theater and disturb his fellow audience members. (Luckily, this didn’t happen!) BUT, on the bus ride, and seated in the theatre I made sure I sat next to my not so behaved students.

Roseville Arts Academy

Address:

 241 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

 

If you’re local in the area, come give the theatre a visit!

Their last showing of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ is tomorrow the 17th!

See schedule HERE.

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The expressions on my student’s faces when they walked into the Musical Theater show. It was truly a new world opening up for them.

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Preparing you kids to visit the theatre:

  • It’s a good idea to start off by taking the very young child to a Kids Theater Production…Specifically a short production (many times,less than a hour) that is produced with children in mind. Kindergarten is definietly a good age.
  • If this is your child’s first time seeing live theater, it may also be a good idea to get an aisle seat. This will be helpful in the event your child doesn’t react well and you need to leave the theater for any reason.
  • Once you have verified that this is a good production for a child, and you have purchased your tickets, you should begin to prepare your child for the trip. I highly, highly suggest starting off with community theatre, such as a the venue we visited.
  • Explain what they will be seeing, that you are taking them to an exciting live theater performance. Familiarize them with the characters, the plot, the setting, etc. If there is a book about the play read it with them. The following day, we showed them the actual movie of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ From there, we did a venn diagram to do a compare and contract exercise.
  • Instruct the child as to how they will be expected to behave.

I can’t wait to check out another live theatre with my own kids! After this field trip, I’ve been obsessing in doing research for the next live musical in our area. Of course, community theatre, then we can move on up to real broadway!

Have you taken your child to see a live theatre? How was your experience?

Comment below!!

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.1

Construction paper and tissue paper are dream materials for Christmas decorations for kids can make. Not only are they easy to work with, they also mean no mess. That’s why these Christmas crafts are some of my favorite simple Christmas crafts for kids. In three simple steps your little ones can create these cute kids Christmas crafts over a December weekend, or during Christmas break!

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

And maybe some…

-Ribbon/Twine

Super simple right? These are all items we all may already have in your homes! Especially if you already to many crafts with the kids. If not, you can colored construction paper just about anywhere. From Walgreens, Target, WalMart, also the DollarTree!

Estimated Cost: Under $5

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

1. Paper Christmas Tree

By: Ruby And The Dodo

I also really like her Christmas Tree Sun Catcher 

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

By: Lisa SummerhaysStubbornly Crafty

4. Paper Cones

Source: The Art In Life

Check out their other 14 Take A Breath DIY Window Decorations that will amaze you!

Don’t you love Pinterest? Stay tuned for my second part of my Pinterest inspired Christmas crafts!

Happy Saturday!

Easy Seasonal Stationary

In my last post, I shared a cute abstract wintery Christmas tree craft. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do! I’ve also linked them down below, so be sure to check it out! Towards the end of the post, I had some extra winter tree’s, and ended up gluing them on envelopes I plan to send out this month. And with that very idea I came up with, “Season With Style.” This is the theme I’ll go for this month of December.

Season with style, will be a theme of using any extra remnants of holiday supplies (from gift tags, ribbon, gift wrap, Amazon boxes) craft projects, and so forth. Think of it as a challenge, but make it fun! This is something I’ll try to do and practice all month, and share with you each project I end up “upcycling” or creating.

Recapping back to my last festive craft, I had extra Christmas trees from the art project, and managed to repurpose it, taking it further and creating something new, and beyond on what I had expected to make.

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This Season with style theme, will hopefully become a practice I can, or we all can continue entering the new year. 2017, we all want to be better, more create, and well, basically feed the soul. Let’s not be wasteful, and get creative.

Elevate to the next level…And make art!

Check out my latest post on Winter Trees!

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Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!

Santa Mail From God Mother

2015 was a year of welcoming new family, saying goodbye to loved ones, joining families, and welcoming new members to the family. This past year I was selected as a God Mother to multiple couples in my life. My cousin & his wife selected me to be the God Mother for their daughter welcomed in April, and my closest friend and God Sister of my own, and chosen me to be a God Mother of her son, born in May. I’ve never felt to loved in a way to have such responsibility to have a special role in another child’s life (other than my own children). In Bible definition, it’s about helping a child to come to know God, and encouraging them in their spiritual life and supporting them in their membership of the local church.
Now, I don’t want to get all religious, nor do I have any fire power to throw down the facts of what to do, or what not to do, or what to believe in. To be honest, I believe faith and religion is a personal thing. You choose what you want to believe in, and as an adult, I’m in this hybrid area of, believing a lot of things, and not just committed to one religion. Ok. So……How do I play an active role of being a God Mother without stepping too much into faith?

I send them gifts of love, meaning, and joy. 

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I spend time with them and their families.

During the holiday season it is definitely a time of giving. But what people don’t have enough time to give? Friends and family expect quality time spent with one another, but when one extended family wants you here, and the other extended family wants you there (the same day), you feel a little overworked, and the sense of love and quality time is lost. This year, l’ve expressed my love to my selected God Children. I was blessed to be selected as their God Mother, but as a mother myself, with busy, crazy, holiday schedules, it’s nearly impossible to take my God Son to the near by Christmas Light parade, or hold my God Daughter’s had at Church during a winter mass.

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I’ve created a Special Delivery Santa package perfect for my God Children. It expressed the love I have for them, although I am away, and do want to spend time with them. It carries special keepsakes, and sentiments of the last year, to be forever cherished and displayed on their family Christmas tree forever and as a tradition I plan to continue this joyous action of giving with my little God Children.

Supplies Used:

(Michael’s Craft Stores)

Burlap Draw String Pouch – 2 for $1.50

2015 Holiday Ornament Frame – 3 for $9

Snowflake Foam Stickers & Snowflake Stickers – CLEARANCE $0.40 Each

(BigLOTS!)

Holiday Winter Wonder Craft Ribbon – $1.50

(DollarTree)

2 Large Bubble Interior Envelopes – $1 Each

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Do you send any special gift traditions via snail mail?! Comment below! And have a wonderful happy holidays!

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