Archive | November 2013

Solving the Case of the Missing Sock

AAAAC9LZF1wAAAAAAYyAYgEveryone has it. A bin or pile of single socks, whose mates somehow disappeared between the hamper and the dryer. Where do all those socks go? Here is a simple solution to the problem. Purchase a small mesh laundry bag (like the one pictures which we got 3 for $1 at the dollar store) for everyone in the house. When socks are put into the laundry hamper, they go in the mesh bag. The bag, socks still inside, goes into the washer and dryer (unless you hang laundry to dry, which means the socks have to come out on the line). When you go to fold laundry all the socks are still in the mesh bag, eliminating the lost sock problem!

Country Star III (Large Christmas Star)

DSC_0012So by now you know I love Christmas stars. Of course I am too cheap to buy something new. So I have made stars out of cereal boxes (see Country Star) and paint sticks  (Country Star II). This time I was looking for something larger to hang outside or in our large window over the door and stairs. Enter the yardstick star! A Little Bit Funky as put together an easy tutorial to make this large country star out of yardsticks!

The Gettysburg Address: 150 Year Anniversary

Gettysburg AddressToday, November 19, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s address at the Gettysburg battlefield and cemetery dedication. Partially because I am from central Illinois, I enjoy all things Lincoln. Here are some sites to help you learn about the Gettysburg Address with your students.

Abraham Lincoln Online – a collection of Lincoln history and information

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum – I highly recommend you visit if you are ever near Springfield, IL.

 

Under His Hat – A collection of information from primary sources about President Lincoln, in collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Gettysburg.com – A collection of information about the Gettysburg area

History.com – Information from the History Channel

Holiday TV Guide

2079_1383681066If your family is like ours you LOVE watching all the great Christmas programing. Somehow, every year, we miss some show we really wanted to see. This year, I hope to avoid that because of the helpful guide from iheartradio.com. This guide lists all your favorite holiday shows (plus some other great family shows) with the network and airtime so you can make sure to watch or DVR your favorites.

Caution: This list is fairly comprehensive and includes several programs I do not endorse and would not show in my house. Use your best judgement as parents to make sure you don’t expose your kids to entertainers or shows that conflict with your values and vision for your family.

Christmas Ornament Wreath

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WREATH.jpgI love using plain monochrome ornaments and decorations at Christmas. To do with the ornament garland for the fireplace and stairs, here is an ornament door wreath tutorial for making a front door hanging out of ornaments.

Tip: To save money and weight you can trim down a pool noodle and duct tape the ends together to make a wreath form.

Tip: Spray paint your wreath form to match your color scheme. Then you will have to worry less about areas that show through.

Holiday Budgets

Cartoon_Decorated_Christmas_Tree_with_a_Star_Topper_Surrounded_By_Christmas_Gifts_Royalty_Free_Clipart_Picture_101115-016574-232053Budgeting for the holidays actually starts months before you ever buy a gift or serve a cookie. Planning your holiday spending into your monthly budget is the best way to ensure that you have the money you need and don’t overspend. You can get a jump on your 2014 Holiday budget with these tips from Christmas Planning: Money.

But what about now in 2013? If you have saved away money and now have some to spend on the holidays here is a great new tool from Dave Ramsey: My Christmas Budget Tool! This tool allows you to set up a total budget amount and then a line for each family member and other gift recipient. You can set a budget amount for each person and add gifts in as you purchase them to make sure you don’t go over your budgeted amount. This tool will keep your spending on track and function as a great way of making sure you get all the gifts you need.

Ornament Garland Tutorial

f25aea7da0b8f2aa5871a530786ccf08I am getting excited about decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas and loving all the easy ideas out there. Here is one of my new favorites – Ribbon Ornament Garland! This simple garland can work for a variety of holidays. Use gold, brown, and orange ornaments for Thanksgiving. Use red, white, & blue for all the patriotic holidays. Use your favorite Christmas colors for the winter.

This garland can be adjusted to be any length you need and works well over fireplaces, on stair or balcony railings, and even on blank walls to add some holiday cheer!

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