Merry Christmas!

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From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

We also want to send you big ole mushy Thank You for being a loyal (or new!) Simply Frugal reader!   It means to much to have so many of you that stop by daily to support our little business!

Many blessings to each and every one of you!

A Homemade Christmas Gift – Elastic Hair Ties


We’re running out of time to make anything too time consuming so I thought these elastic hair ties from would be a perfect last-minute gift to make!  Try looking for elastic at your local fabric store.

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A Homemade Christmas Gift – Bay Rum Aftershave Balm

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If you’ve got a man on your Christmas list that appreciates a nice aftershave, you’ll want to whip up a batch up this Bay Rum Aftershave Balm from Abundance on a Dime!  I can smell the deliciousness through the computer!

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8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas – Get Your House Holiday Ready

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Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day?  Wow!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?)  Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also mean we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more organized holiday season!

Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home.  So, today, I’ve got a printable Get Your House Holiday Ready List!  It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day.  There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks.  I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?

Remember, these are suggestions only!  Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.

The Get your House Holiday Ready List! Cleaning tasks to get your house guest worthy in no time.

What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series:

Frugal Stocking Stuffers

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Stocking stuffers can be so much fun!  My husband and I really only exchange stockings each year.  I like to fill  his up with practical things and a few goodies.  But it’s quite easy to get carried away buying all sorts of little things to add to the stockings so I’ve compiled a list of frugal stocking stuffers that you might enjoy!

  • Christmas is the only time of the year when I have fun with a Scratch Ticket or two!
  • Toothpaste  (get some cheap with coupons!)
  • Toothbrush
  • Candy/Chocolate
  • Homemade CD
  • Homemade cookies
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Gift cards (give a $10 Starbucks card you’ve earned free with Swagbucks!)
  • Flash drive
  • Deck of cards
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Hot Wheels
  • Gum
  • Crayons, Pencils, Felt pens
  • Notebooks
  • Nail polish
  • Socks
  • Hair accessories
  • Tea or coffee (those Starbucks VIA or Nescafe individual packages might be great!)
  • Maybe some of the freebies you’ve found on Simply Frugal? :)

Have you got any other ideas?  What do you normally add to stockings?

A Homemade Christmas Gift – You’ve Been Snowed On


I love this simple neighbour gift idea from DimplePrints!  You’ll find the instructions and the free printables needed for this “You’ve Been Snowed” on Kit over at Tatertots & Jello!  I don’t think there’s a neighbour out there that wouldn’t be happy to find this at their door!

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A Homemade Christmas Gift – Slippers with Fabric Flowers


I think this is such a cute idea!  I even think it’s simple/quick enough for me to pull off for a couple of girlfriends!  Head over to to learn ho to make these DIY slippers with interchangeable fabric flowers.

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8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas – Tie Up Loose Ends

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I’ve changed the plan a bit according to the Simpler Christmas task list.  Rather than cleaning  house this week, that’s going to happen next week. Because, well, things are bound to get messy again before the big day!

So this week, we’re going to focus on tying up loose ends!

That means we’ll:

  • finish shopping for gifts
  • send out those remaining Christmas cards
  • bake delicious cookies
  • buy as many groceries as possible for Christmas day
  • finish decking the halls
  • do those holiday activities that you want to do
  • wrap gifts

What do you still have to finish?  I’ll admit, I have to get our Christmas cards sent out still!  I’m also waiting for some gifts to arrive in the mail so I haven’t started wrapping yet.  But, I like to do that all in one sitting while I watch a Christmas movie! :)

For fun, I’m leaving you with a link to Christmas music playlists and a list of Christmas movies to watch!

If you’re looking for some Christmas music, check out Songza for some fabulous playlists that you can listen to 24 hours a day.

Here are some Christmas movies I think you should watch:

  • The Holiday
  • Arthur Christmas
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • The Polar Express
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Buddies
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Scrooge
  • The Snowman
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Frosty Returns
  • Holiday Inn
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jack Frost
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Love Actually
  • The Santa Clause
  • White Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

Do you have any other Christmas movies on your ‘must watch’ list?  How are you coming along in your Christmas preparations?

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series so far:

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A Homemade Christmas Gift – Toddler Clipping Toy


This gift idea is something I’m actually thinking of making for Sienna!  One of her favourite things to do right now is to clip buckles!

Visit Kids Activities Blog for instructions on how to make this DIY Clipping Toy.

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A Homemade Christmas Gift – Hot Sauce Bar


If you’ve been struggling with a gift idea for the men (or ladies!) on your list, I think this Hot Sauce Bar gift would be perfect if they love hot sauce!  Or maybe you could fill it with salsas?   Go find the instructions over at The Happy Housewife!

See all of the Homemade Christmas Gifts here.
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