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This year I want to give and give in a BIG way! I have had so many blessings this year that were not monetary and it made me want to do the same for others. So many need something right now! Maybe it is an essential like food or clothing. Maybe it is someone who deserves and needs a kind gesture through an action or handmade gift. Like most of you, we do not have a lot of extra money to buy gifts. We save up each year to have just enough for the kids and close family. How can we give big when we have a little budget? There has to be a...

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Diwali, or Festivus (the holiday “for the rest of us”), here are creative holiday crafts you can make with your hands — literally.Five-Finger Christmas Trees Grab some finger paint and construction paper and get to work with your children on this one. Using brown paint on the tip of your pointer finger, make a vertical line for the tree’s trunk. Then press both hands in green paint. Press your hands at the bottom of the tree trunk, fanning out your green fingers to make...

Did you know that a few items from your kitchen can create the perfect natural homemade chocolate body scrub? That’s right! You can create the luxurious natural body scrub that you would buy at a specialty beauty shop. This recipe only takes minutes and costs less than a dollar to make. The following recipe was enough to create 3 small gifts. You can manipulate the measurements to create larger amounts. Homemade Chocolate Body Scrub Recipe:1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup cocoa 1/2 cup olive oil (can use less...

There are so many fun nature crafts you can do with kids including painting with acorns! Being crafty with items from nature  is so much fun for kids and adults! It is just turning fall in our area and the leaves and acorns are all over the place. This morning to help with my son’s energy we went for a walk to collect items for a fall sensory bin. We came home with more acorns than we needed so that lead us to trying a new craft: painting with acorns. This is so easy and cheap! All you need is paper, paint (I used the remainder...

I love when I find a creative alternative to carving a pumpkin! I always try to find something new and different to try. This year we did something  learned how to make GLITTER Pumpkins! I LOVE GLITTER! I can not believe I have not done this before now. Last night we got out the glitter spray and started giving our pumpkins some bling!Items Needed:Plastic Pumpkins Old Sheets or Drop Cloth Sandpaper 1 Can of Rust-Oleum Specialty Glitter Spray  How to Make Glitter Pumpkins: Project StepsFind a spot outdoors and cover nearby...

First let me say that if I can do this anyone can! I only do things that require very little money, time and preparation or clean up. Since fall time is my favorite time of year I tend to get my craft on more than usual. This year I decided to make a halloween wreath using items from the dollar store and Elmer’s items that I had at home! It can be done! The Dollar Store is full of cute decorations and craft supplies this time of year. It is best to go in without a specific theme in mind like ghosts or skeletons because it is unpredictable...

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