Merry Christmas!


You’ll have to excuse the old photo above. I am not on top of family photos this year so you get a photo of us from last year sometime after Christmas day! We generally look the same this year… ūüėČ

Anyways, I’m popping in because our family wants to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! ¬†We hope you have a very blessed, peaceful 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 Tuesday evening to post some Boxing Day deals in the upcoming epic Boxing Day post, but other than that, I’ll be enjoying some much needed family time until the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

Twizz The Season Treat Bags + Printable

I have got the cutest, last minute gift idea for you! Kids young and old will love this under the tree or in their stockings! Since I supply the printable tags for free, this will be a really budget friendly and quick idea to put together. Especially if you pick up your supplies at the dollar store!

‚ÄúTwizz the Season‚ÄĚ Treat Bags

MATERIALS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using scissors or a knife, carefully cut the Twizzlers candy so that the pieces fit easily into your clear treat bags with some empty room at the top.
  2. Fill the treat bags with some of the Twizzler pieces.
  3. Fold the top of each treat bag over a bit, and staple it closed.
  4. Cut out the ‚ÄúTwizz the Season‚ÄĚ printable gift tag.
  5. Line the tag up on the top of the front of each bag, and staple it on in each corner.

How to Make the Most of Christmas when You Can’t Afford Much

When you can’t afford much for Christmas it is easy to feel down and let it get in the way of having a great holiday with your family. This year, if you find that you just don’t have the money in your budget to do everything you wish you could, take time to appreciate what you do have and make the most of Christmas anyway.

How to make the most of Christmas when you can't afford much

Focus on the Meaning

The most important part of coping with a tight budget during the holidays is to really focus on the meaning of the holiday.  Christmas is a time of celebration for all and a time to turn our focus from our busy lifestyles to our friends and family that mean so much to us. Focus more on how you are spending your time than how you are spending your money and find the joy in the little things.

Find Fun Freebies

Find fun free things to do that will build lasting memories. Many libraries will offer great free Christmas story times, activities, and parties. The local schools will all have parents going on that you can visit and support loved ones. Going and viewing Christmas light displays, singing carols, and building snowmen are all great ways to spend time together making Christmas memories without spending money.

Get Crafty

Save money and make your holiday decorations at home with salt dough ornaments, paper snowflakes, and fresh cut  evergreen branches. This is a charming way to decorate for the holidays while building great family memories that will last a lifetime.

Create Traditions

Create family-centered traditions like watching Christmas Movies while sipping homemade cocoa or reading Christmas books before slipping off to bed on a cold winter night. Your traditions can be anything you already have the supplies to make happen without spending any money.

Wrap Everything!

For children when unwrapping gifts is the most exciting part of the holiday try wrapping everything even the smallest stocking stuffer. This will draw out the fun part for children even when you don't have a lot under the tree.

Focus on Others

Turn your focus on helping others. So often it is hard to see past our own struggles and misfortunes. By taking time to help others in some way you are helping your family learn to look at your holidays with thankfulness for all the things you do have while helping make Christmas a little brighter for others at the same time. Even if volunteering with the needy at your local soup kitchen or food pantry is not an option you can perform random acts of kindness for others.

Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners and deliciously scented! #bathbombs #diybeauty
Bath bombs are easy to make and are always well received as gifts. They’re made of ingredients that will make your bath water fizz and smell delicious by releasing essential oils. These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners. They’re also the perfect size for putting into organza bags to give as gifts over the holidays.

INGREDIENTS: 
1 C. baking soda
1/2 C. citric acid
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Green food coloring
A few drops of essential oil
Spritz of water, as needed
Silicone Christmas Tree mold

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Add in water a little bit at a time and combine to mix using your hands. You want it slightly dense but not soaked through.
  3. Add in several drops of green food coloring and use your hand to thoroughly mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the Christmas Tree mold filling each cavity about halfway. Use your fingers to press down.
  5. Spoon the remaining mixture evenly into the cavities and continue to press down.
  6. Set the Christmas Tree bath bombs in a cool/dry spot for 24 hours to allow them to set.

These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners and deliciously scented! #bathbombs #diybeauty

*Makes 6 Christmas Tree Bath Bombs/Fizzys

To use them, just drop a bath bomb into your warm bath water. Watch as it fizzes and dissolves before your eyes while releasing the essential oil.

Gift Guide for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends

Gift Guide for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends

This gift guide was so much fun to put together! There are so many neat things out there and I hope I rounded up some great ideas for you! Without further talking, here is my gift guide for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends!

  1. Peppermint bark¬†–¬†A long time favorite gift. SO delicious! Here’s a homemade version too.
  2. Initial necklace – So pretty and dainty!
  3. Bamboo cutting board–¬†Perfect gift idea for the eco-conscious and foodie
  4. Pom pom toque РOk, how cute are these? Any excuse to go longer between hair washes!
  5. Lazy Susan Marble Serving Platter¬†–¬†This gorgeous marble lazy susan serving platter makes an amazing addition to any dinner party!
  6. Bubble bath – Don’t we all know at least one person that likes taking baths to relax?
  7. Platters and Boards book¬†–¬†Perfect gift for someone who loves entertaining.
  8. Blessings Jar¬†–¬†Sometimes we all need a reminder to focus on the positive and this gift is such an easy, special way to help us do just that.
  9. Throw – I would be very happy if someone gave me a plush, cozy throw.
  10. Weekly Desk pad¬†–¬†So cute to set out on a desk!
  11. Crossbody bag РPerfect for when your recipient just wants to take a phone, ID and a few small things with them!
  12. Winter Wonderland Village Jar candle¬†– I don’t think you could go wrong with a candle!¬†Perfect teacher, friend or neighbor gift!
  13. Serving bowl – The versatility of this bowl is perfect for the entertainer.
  14. Anjou 20 Pack of Bath Bombs Gift Set РAnother gift idea for the bath lover on your list.
  15. Faux leather tote РForget about giving this to someone on my list, I think I may want one for myself!
  16. Purse organizer РKnow someone who has a purse for every outfit? Make switching over a breeze for them with this organizer!
  17. Knitted Cable Booties/Socks with Pom Poms¬†– Yes, please and a good novel too. ūüôā
  18. Mind Your Bees Small Ripe Set Beeswax Food Wraps¬†–¬†These replace the need for traditional plastic wraps and containers for food storage. A must have for every kitchen! Reduce food waste and plastic waste!