Merry Christmas!

Happy three days before Christmas! Our family wants to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  We hope you have a very blessed and happy one!  We also want to thank you all for stopping in every day here at Simply Frugal, we truly appreciate each and every one of you! 🙂

I’ll be back late Sunday evening to post some Boxing Day deals in this epic Boxing Day post, but other than that, I’ll be enjoying some much needed family time until the New Year. (However, you will find a new post here and there that I have already scheduled. ;))

Merry Christmas!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Statement Tote Bag

I think today’s homemade gift idea would be a fun way to gift wrap a few new books! Learn how to make this statement tote bag over at Knobz.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: DIY Picnic Basket

I happen to think this DIY picnic basket is not only a great Christmas gift, but a perfect wedding present! Learn how to put this DIY picnic basket together over at Lovely Indeed.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Chalkboard Cheese Stone

Oooh, I know a couple of people that would love this gift! It looks expensive, but it’s really not! It’s easy to do too!

Learn how to make an inexpensive chalkboard cheese stone over at Frankie Hearts Fashion.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Rope Coil Basket

This looks way more complicated than it is to make! Perfect gift idea for the organizing enthusiast. Learn how to create this DIY No-Sew Rope Coil Basket over at Alice and Lois.


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Easy DIY: Gift Card Envelope

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope Final

Robin from Frugal Family Times sent along the link to her tutorial explaining how to sew a simple gift card envelope!  So cute!

For those of you that give gift cards, how do you like to present them?  Any unique wrapping ideas you can share with us?

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Get Your House Holiday Ready

Holiday cleaning checklist

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 means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable 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 Checklist!  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.

Holiday Ready Cleaning List

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 More Organized Christmas series:

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Free Noisetrade Holiday Mixtape Download

Head over to Noisetrade to get a free download of their 2016 Holiday Mixtape! The album features, Sleeping At Last, Sloan, Saintseneca, The LeeVees, Andrew Belle, Sugar & The Hi-Lows and many more!

Download the Noisetrade Holiday Mixtape here.

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bark

Simple and quick homemade peppermint bark! Makes a great gift!

One of my favourite things to give as gifts is homemade edible goods.  In my mind, it’s the perfect little something.  It’s a treat as well as a gift that won’t take up room in the recipient’s home!

Today’ I’d like to share this recipe for Peppermint Bark.  Not only do I love it because it’s tasty, it’s really simple to make!

Peppermint Bark
  • 270g bag Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 225g bag White Baking Chips
  • ½ tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 12 Candy Canes
  1. Place the Candy Canes in a Food Processor and crush or place them in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt milk chocolate chips in the microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour melted milk chocolate chips into the pan and level.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt White Chocolate chips in microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  7. Add peppermint extract to the white chocolate chips, stir.
  8. Pour melted white chocolate chips into the pan on top of the milk chocolate and level.
  9. Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the white chocolate.
  10. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  11. Break apart into pieces and put the pieces into gift bags for gift giving!

What is your favourite edible gift to give?

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Tie Up Loose Ends

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Tie up Loose Ends

Can you believe there are only two posts left in this series before Christmas day?? Crazy!

This week, we’re going to focus on tying up loose ends! (Or in other words, finish the things we skipped over 😉 )

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 might enjoy:

  • 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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