A Homemade Christmas Gift: Oatmeal Cookie Bath

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A Delightful Home has a ‘delightful’ bath mix that would be enjoyed!  Pair some homemade oatmeal cookies with the Oatmeal Cookie Bath recipe found on her site.

Maybe you could go one step further by adding a candle, lotion and some tea to a gift basket?

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50 Activities to Do This December

50 Activities to Do This December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

While I’m a day late with this post, December 1st is when I really get into the Christmas spirit. The decorations come out, the carols get played and I get started with baking.

If you love Christmas (or the month of December) as much as I do, then you will most likely want to fill your calendar with fun and festive activities like decking the halls, baking and caroling! Thanks to my mom, today’s post lists simple activities you can do in December to help you enjoy every day of this fun and festive period.

Here are 50 Activities to Do in December:

  1. Drink Hot Chocolate
  2. Visit Santa
  3. Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  4. Build a snowman
  5. Take a family Christmas Photo
  6. Decorate a Christmas tree
  7. Read “T’was the night before Christmas
  8. Play in the snow
  9. Bake cookies
  10. Christmas shopping
  11. Sing Christmas Carols
  12. Do a random act of kindness
  13. Shovel a neighbours’ driveway
  14. Watch a Christmas movie
  15. Write a letter to Santa
  16. Make a Christmas craft
  17. Make paper snowflakes
  18. Kiss under the mistletoe
  19. Hang stockings
  20. Make a gingerbread house
  21. Make Christmas ornaments
  22. Go tobogganing
  23. Go ice skating
  24. Go for a walk while it snows
  25. Attend a tree lighting
  26. Write Christmas cards
  27. Give someone a secret Santa gift
  28. Call an old friend to chat
  29. Put up holiday decorations
  30. Dress up
  31. Take lots of pictures
  32. Make a popcorn garland and hang it outside for the birds
  33. Learn about St. Nicholas
  34. Walk the mall and listen to Christmas music
  35. Have a snowball fight
  36. Picnic under the Christmas tree
  37. Play a board game while Christmas music plays in the background
  38. Turn Christmas music loud and have a dance party
  39. Do a puzzle
  40. Spend a snowy day watching movies
  41. Cut down a fresh Christmas tree
  42. Host a winter party
  43. See a play or musical
  44. Volunteer
  45. Ride a snowmobile
  46. Sit by a fire and reminisce
  47. Spend time with family
  48. Have an ugly sweater day
  49. Catch snowflakes on your tongue
  50. Do an Advent calendar

100 Free Advent Calendar Activity Printables

100 Free Advent Calendar Activity Printables

I’m loving this twist on the typical candy or chocolate advent calendar! Download 100 free Advent calendar activity printables from Edventures with Kids.

Free Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack from HGTV and Noisetrade

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Download this Free Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack from HGTV and Noisetrade to get into the holiday spirit!  The album features 30 songs:

 Get your free download now.  Your download code will be sent to the email address you provide.

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Beard Balm

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Have you got a bearded man in your life? If so, he’s sure to enjoy this homemade beard balm! With only four ingredients, it’s a breeze to put together! Check it out at Heartful Habits.

 

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8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Decorate and Plan your Baking

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Decorate and Plan Your Baking

Here we are, week five of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series.  That means there are only 28 days left until Christmas! Hopefully you’re feeling a bit more organized than usual because you’ve been following along with the series?

We have a “rule” in our house.  One that I actually grew up with so it sort of just stayed in place now that I have a home of my own. Christmas decorating (and Christmas music listening) doesn’t begin until December 1st.  Maybe you have that same “rule” in your home?  Either way, December 1st happens to be this week.  Thursday to be exact.  So that puts the focus of this 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas post on Christmas decorating!  (I’m going to add in Christmas baking planning too since it’s nice to have a plan for all those parties and gifting opportunities.)

It’s easy to get carried away with Christmas decorating.  After all, the stores are really good at displaying Christmas decorations juuuust right, so you want to buy them all.

This year, focus on decorating simply. Bring out only your favourite decorations.  If you must buy something new, limit yourself to one thing.  Find contentment with what you already own.  (ahem, something I’m telling myself…)

Here are a few ways to decorate frugally for Christmas:

Buy Secondhand

Head to your local thrift stores to see if you can snag any good deals on Christmas decor, Christmas linens or even objects you can transform into holiday decorations!

Get your Craft on

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family involved in creating some cute homemade decorations.  Pinterest is full of family friendly craft ideas to help make your home more festive.

Shop the sales

Even before Christmas you can find some great sales on Christmas decor.  There seems to always be some sort of Christmas light sale going on, especially at hardware stores.  You might even find some clearance deals on last years stock!

How do you save on Christmas decorations?

Now for the baking.  Start making a list of everything you want to make this year.  At some point this week, purchase all your baking supplies so you’re good to go whenever you have a spare moment.  When you start baking, make the items that can be frozen, first.

Here are some ideas from Simply Frugal to get you started:

Tomorrow I’ll have a free Baking List printable available for you to download that should come in handy!

What will be on your Christmas baking list this year?

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Fleece Ear Warmers

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Whip up some simple fleece ear warmers to keep the ears of your loved ones toasty for today’s Homemade Christmas Gift! I’ll take one in every colour please! 🙂

 

A Homemade Christmas Gift: 12 Months of Dates

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How fun is this Christmas gift idea? 12 Months of Dates! It’s a win for you and a win for your recipient!

What are some date ideas that you would write down?

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8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Order Christmas Cards

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Order Christmas Cards

It’s about this time of year when I really start to get excited about the Christmas season.  I get a bit of an urge to turn on the Christmas carols and swap out my fall decor for some winter decorations.  Also, have you seen Pinterest lately?  This is the time of year when amazing Christmas stuff gets pinned!

Alas, it’s so easy to get carried away dreaming about all the projects you want to do.  Adding too many crafts, baking and activities can be overwhelming!

Every year I struggle with wanting to make all sorts of neat things to feature on Simply Frugal.  But the reality is, I have limited time with a two very busy little girls underfoot and other responsibilities to deal with.  So any project I do accomplish has to be simple and quick.  Preferably something I can do in about an hour, including picture taking!

All this to say, you don’t have to pack your schedule full of Christmas activities, baking, crafting and shopping in order to have a festive and memorable season.

This is why I’m breaking down the steps to an organized Christmas by one task a week.  It’s good to have direction and a plan in place!  I know without a plan, I become quite scatterbrained! 😛  8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas is about creating a more relaxed Christmas season with just the right amount of extra projects and activities.

Here’s this week’s task:

Order Christmas Cards

Now, I realize that many of you are not likely to order custom Christmas cards but for those of you that do, now is a great time to do so!  Custom Christmas cards can take a while to arrive in the mail and if you want them to be sent out to friends & family in a timely fashion, I’d get on it this week. 🙂

Here are a few designs I love, along with some deals!

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Vistaprint Canada has a great selection and currently offering their Christmas cards at 50% off for a limited time with the coupon code CHRISTMAS.

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Shutterfly usually has some great coupon codes going that should save you a bundle on high quality cards!

Pink dot Design has a wonderful selection of Christmas cards!

Etsy also has a ton of shop owners who create beautiful custom cards and templates!

If you aren’t the type to order custom cards you can of course buy a set of boxed cards and add a photo and a letter if you wish!  That’s what I’ll be doing this year.  I bought a box of cards last year on clearance so I’ll be sticking in our family photo and hand delivering to friends and mailing to out of town family.

Oh, and I’ve got a post telling you how you can create your own FREE custom photo cards.  You won’t want to miss it!

This week along with ordering/buying Christmas cards, take care of these tasks as well:

  • buy stamps, envelopes, if necessary
  • write Christmas letter, if desired
  • put family photos inside, if desired

Do you send out Christmas cards each year?

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

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Color Blocked Wood Vases

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How pretty are these vases? I’d love to receive one of these so I’m sure many of my girl friends would too! These Color Blocked Wood Vases are simple to put together and only need a few supplies. Find the tutorial over at SarahHearts.com.

 

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