Christmas Crafts!

Pinterest is such an incredible source for all things Christmas printables! I found plenty of dot painting printables (free), and a really awesome free printable – Build-A-Santa

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The Color A Bone is also super adorable! For sale at Pet Smart or click this link. Only $2.47! You can’t beat such a creative present for your little ones to make for your fur babies.

 

 

 

Frozen Ugly Christmas Sweaters

I love this time of year. Ugly sweaters. Snow. Parties. What’s not to love? Enjoy this collection of snowtastic ugly Frozen Christmas sweaters.

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I love this one of Elsa
Sven & Olaf…what’s not to love?

Let it gooooo

You can’t get much uglier than this.If you get a chance look at the rest of the items in this shop too. Oh my goodness.

Snow-it-all

And my favorite..

Dear USPS…

I found Josh the most perfect Christmas present ever. I was so proud of myself! It was going to be his ‘big present’. I contacted this incredible forge shop I found in France 3 months before Christmas. I was promised to have it shipped within a month, even paid extra on top of the already hefty shipping charge. And everything was good to go!

Cue me receiving the ‘delivered’ notification on October 26th. I checked EVERYWHERE. Nothing. I went to the tracking site, saw that it was delivered to Puyullup, Washington. Which is almost THREE THOUSAND MILES AWAY. That’s clear on the other side of the country. Let me show you on a map how ridiculous this is. Hold please….

This is a map of the United States of America. I am the purple star in Pennsylvania…which is the one on the right side of the map. And Puyallup is the star on the left side of the map. 2772 miles away.

Some guy signed for this huge package from France that says my full name on it and took it. I’m sure he realized his mistake and has not tried to rectify it. The USPService insists there is nothing they can do and are not willing to continue trying to get the package back. I have explained to them numerous times that this is an expensive item custom made from a forge in France and they do not care. The forge in France is making another one for free and sending that to me. Hopefully this one doesn’t end up in Washington state because I am just going to fly out there and have some words with this guy T ERLEWINE. If you happen to know a ‘T Erlewine’ from Washington state, please do me a favor and get my package back. I would be most appreciative.

I will let you all know how this super fun adventure ends!

Minimalist Christmas Pt.2

The first mindset to a minimalist Christmas is you don’t need more stuff. 

The way my family pays for our Christmas presents, stocking stuffers, presents for others, days out, and food for Christmas is we save our coins all year long! And we cannot spend more than we saved.

We give each other 3 presents. Gold, Frankincense, and Mir. Something you REALLY WANT, something you need, and something homemade. I love this approach because to be honest, stuff is so temporary. And we, as humans, get so caught up with our Christmas lists and circling everything we can in store catalogs. That’s totally fine, it’s okay to get caught up in the fun of getting stuff. But take it down a few notches. Do you really need that $50 knick knack that you didn’t know you needed it until you saw it printed in the catalog? No. You really don’t.

Do your kids need hundreds of dollars worth of crap for them to love you? No, they don’t. Z and I are proof of that. We see our parents sacrifices, we see their struggles, we’ve been next to them through all of it. We have a roof over our heads and we have jobs. We don’t go to bed hungry anymore. WE HAVE HEAT! I don’t know if you read part one…but I will NEVER take heat for granted.

So pull in those crazy reigns and learn to appreciate the crap you already have. Teach your kids to be grateful for that roof, the clothes, the food, the heat. Teach them to be appreciative for what presents they do get under the tree. And get rid of that attitude that we deserve those things in the pretty wrapped boxes. We don’t. For the most part…we are so over saturated with crap in this country. We don’t need more.

Heck, this year I just really want/need some socks! I still use and have every single I got from my parents the last two years, because they know what I love and they know what I need. What a great mindset to have going into this consumer holiday!

Jesus is the reason for the season.

Blessings on Blessings PT.1

I know I am not alone when it comes to the rush of excitement I get when I receive this in the mail. Every single year I look forward to what awesome stuff I can get for a family who genuinely needs it. After seeing first hand what World Vision and Compassion do in third world country’s –img_1298 I make it a point to carefully and mindfully browse this catalog. Think about how you can stretch your money to make the most life lasting impact on the lives of these people.

World Vision, Compassion, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree changes lives! So don’t scoff at the thought of sending money to an organization that won’t use it. Or better yet, get rid of the thought that, “my five bucks won’t make a difference so I won’t waste my time…NO! It’s the dollars donated by multiple people that add up to a life changing impact! It gives these organizations the ability to give food, wells, animals, clothing, school supplies, etc.

If I could afford it I would give money to every single thing in this catalog because my heart cry’s for the thousands of kids I saw in Uganda and on the Mexican border. Kids that will never see an obscene amount of toys under the tree on Christmas morning, or a huge Christmas feast. These kids are in survival mode, they are desperate, they are hungry, and they need to understand that there are people who care for them, and love them.

Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money at all. During the winter months we would all live in one room, with heavy tattered quilts covering the doorway, and a small kerosene heater in the middle of the room to stay warm. We couldn’t afford heat. We could barely afford food. My parents sacrificed just to get enough fuel to put in that kerosene heater. They made sure my brother and I had enough blankets so we could stay warm at night. We would wake up and be able to see our breath in the room it was so freezing. But we were blessed compared to a lot of families across the world. Even families in our own neighborhood.

The past two years have been decent for our family. We still pinch penny’s but we have heat. Tears are streaming down my face right now, I’m praising the Lord at the top of my lungs so grateful we can afford heat! I’m also grateful I can give back. A lot of people helped my family out over the years, and I just want to be able to give back in some way. Whether that’s buying coats for families in my town, or donating money to organizations like World Vision that will impact lives in third world countries, I just want to give back!

So please join me, join me in my steps to keeping a minimalist Christmas so I can bless other’s the way we were blessed for so many years.