Monthly Archives: November 2015

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#32}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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Share The Wealth Sunday 32 | Money Savvy Living 

East, Drink & Save Money: How to Throw an Easy and Effortless Holiday Party

Fun Money Mom: Mediterranean Olive Bread with Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Money Savvy Living: Gifts Your Kids Really Want for Christmas

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

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Gifts Your Kids Really Want for Christmas

Christmas gifts your kids really want | Money Savvy LIving

Wondering what to get your kids for Christmas?  Get some great deals online and avoid the crowds this year.  Great gift ideas for small kids through pre-teen: sports, educational, books, and more!

SPORTS

VIDEO GAMES

Super Mario Bros Wii U

kids super mario bros wiiuNew Super Mario Bros. U

 

You can really never go wrong with LEGOS:

Legos
LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle

LEGO Minecraft 21116 Crafting Box

LEGO Star Wars 75043 AT-AP

 

Holiday Barbie 2015

Holiday Barbie 2015 Barbie Collector 2015 Holiday Doll

 

PAW PATROL is set to be some of the most demanded items for young kids:

Paw Patrol Collage

Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Pop Up Game

Nickelodeon Paw Patrol – Look-Out Playset, Vehicle and Figure

Paw Patrol Action Pack Rescue Team

Paw Patrol Giant Puzzle (46-Piece)

 

EDUCATIONAL

kids star wars planetariumStar Wars Science – Death Star Planetarium

kids star wars r2 d2 bop itBop It! R2-D2 Star Wars Game

kids spelling game

The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling

kids alphabet memory gameThe Learning Journey Match It! Alphabet Memory

 

kids color shapes puzzle

The Learning Journey Lift and Learn Colors and Shapes Puzzle

 

kids gear set Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

kids brain quest
Brain Quest Smart Game

kids states trivia
Professor Noggin’s The Fifty States

kids science game
Educational Trivia Card Game – Professor Noggin’s Wonders of Science

 

BOOKS

Popular books for Kids | Money Savvy Living

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series 1-8
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-8 Complete Set

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)

Pat the Bunny
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)

Magic School Bus Series
The Magic School Bus Chapter Book (20 Book Set)

Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#31}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 31 | Money Savvy Living 

East, Drink & Save Money: Christmas Gift Guide (On A Budget)

Fun Money Mom: How I Finally Started to Make Money from Blogging

Money Savvy Living: The True Meaning Behind the Plain Red Starbuck’s Cup

ENTER the Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway:

If you haven’t entered yet, there are still a few more days to enter: Celebrating a Season of Gratitude + Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway Please share and enter the giveaway! Two $400 cash prizes will be given away!! Now through November 25!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

New this week: check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group.  This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah  //  Lisa  //  Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Check out our brand new Share the Wealth Facebook page! Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

11 Ways to Quickly Build Your Emergency Fund

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Pops

DIY Glitter Gift Wrap

Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Fudge

 

 

 

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The True Meaning Behind the Plain Red Starbuck’s Cups

Plain Red Starbuck's Cup | Money Savvy Living

 

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder. Warm winter coats come out, snow starts to fall. Every child is on their very best behavior because they know that Santa is taking note… Christmas is almost here.

And this year, Starbucks has caused controversy with their plain, red cup to celebrate the holiday season. Or as the controversy goes, lack of celebration of Christmas.

It is truly unclear where this “controversy” actually started. It really doesn’t seem that Christians are actually upset about the plain red cups that Starbucks is using this year for their holiday cup. In fact, if we look at the Starbuck’s Christmas cups that were used over the last few years, a strong Christmas theme isn’t really prevalent… the cups typically feature more winter themes…

 

Starbucks Cups | Money Savvy Living

 

So once and for all, let’s put the controversy to rest. The true meaning behind the Starbucks plain, red cup this year is to celebrate the beauty of Christmas in a simple way. A very basic, yet profound, message.

It is not necessary to have decorations, expensive presents, fancy clothes, or attend every holiday party. Rushing out on Thanksgiving night to be first in line for the most popular toys, video games, or TVs that are on sale isn’t important either. Don’t be sidetracked by the beautiful “things” of the season or get caught up in the hustle-and-bustle of buying the perfect present. Don’t spend so much time focusing on everything about the season that we forget the true reason why we celebrate Christmas.

The first Christmas night was not celebrated with a big party, fancy clothes, or decorations.

The first Christmas took place in the stillness of a manger, surrounded by the subtle sounds of the animals. A young mother had just given birth to a baby boy. She and her husband were undoubtedly tired from their travels and stressed by their lack of accommodations. The birth of the savior was not accompanied by fanfare and pageantry.

I don’t know the motives behind Starbuck’s plain red cup this year. I don’t really know if there was a reason that Starbuck’s chose to use a plain cup this year rather than one with snowflakes, evergreen trees, carolers, or even ornaments. And while I don’t really think there is a controversy over this—in fact, I don’t know anyone who actually cares—instead of choosing to be offended by the lack of acknowledgement of Christmas, or even letting this story prevail, let’s instead choose to look at a potential good explanation of the plain red cup.

After all, red is a traditional Christmas color and has significant meaning associated with Christmas: “From Santa’s cozy suit to Rudolph’s glowing nose to ribbon-framed wreaths, red is the most visible color of the season. The vibrant shade has strong cultural associations with love, health and power. Winter greenery that sprouts red berries, such as holly, is especially popular at Christmas. Santa’s red suit originated with St. Nicholas of Myrna, a red-robed Greek bishop who gave presents to children during the fourth century, notes the encyclopedia “Religions of the World.” Red is also a powerful religious symbol used to represent the death of Jesus and the passion of the Holy Spirit.”

Perhaps, we can all learn a lot about Christmas from a plain, red cup. Focus on simplifying your Christmas this year and taking time to remember that Jesus is the true reason for the season.

 

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#30}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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East, Drink & Save Money: Fall Crafts on a Budget

Fun Money Mom: Spicy Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls + Giveaway

Money Savvy Living: Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty, Health, & Fashion

ENTER the Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway:

If you haven’t entered already, make sure you check out this great giveaway:      Celebrating a Season of Gratitude + Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway Please share and enter the giveaway! Two $400 cash prizes will be given away!! Now through November 25!

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Round Up:

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With Thanksgiving a little over a week away, my Round Up this week is going to give you great inspiration as you celebrate this wonderful season of gratitude:

 

An Attitude of Gratitude Keeping the “thanks” in Thanksgiving

Best Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers Sharing about the holiday with your kids

Free Printable: Thanksgiving Place Cards You will want these place cards for your table scape or just to use as labels for your food buffet…

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simply beautiful… take a look and be inspired

Turkey Cranberry Artichoke and Spinach Turnovers And here’s a great recipe to make with all those turkey leftovers

Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes You really can’t have a complete Thanksgiving meal without these…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Gift-Guide-Collage 20 Something’s Gift Guide

30 Must Have Gifts For The Grill Master

Bloggers Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Any Woman

Gluten Free Gift Guide

30 Unique Gifts For Bookworms

New Mama Gift Guide

Educational Toys For Boys

Health, Beauty and Fashion Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bakers & Cooks

There are a lot of gift guides this time of year, however, this one truly has something for everyone. Covering everything from gifts for the new mom, to the grill master or baker in your family, to book ideas, educational toys, fashion, beauty, and even health and gluten free gift ideas…

So sit back, have a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy getting your shopping list checked off from the comfort of your own home…

*Many of the links are affiliate links, however, that does not change the final price of the product for the consumer.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Health, Beauty, & Fashion

Holiday Giuft Guide 2015 | Beauty, Health, Fashion | Money Savvy Living

 

Give the perfect gift this year.

But remember, it’s not really about the gifts; it is about the spirit of giving; it is about making memories with your loved ones; and it is about celebrating the birth of the savior.  All the other stuff is nice, but don’t let it take away from the important stuff and the true meaning of the season…

If you are looking for health and beauty items, this guide is exactly what you need.  This focuses on gift ideas for ladies, but many of the items can be for men as well… or maybe you are even looking to get healthier as a couple.

 

BEAUTY

Rodan + Fields

Give her a day at the spa without even having to leave the house!  Rodan + Fields has skincare products for all skin types:

Rodan + Fields

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Rodan + Fields | Money Savvy Living

 

HEALTH

Juice Plus+

Juice Plus+ offers all the essentials for a healthy lifestyle with WHOLE FOOD supplements, shakes, and nutrition bars… no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and gluten free.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Juice Plus+ | Money Savvy Living

 

JEWELRY

Shop Amazon Fashion – Holiday Jewelry

You can never go wrong with earrings…

Elegant and classic:

Sterling Silver Swarovski Blue and White Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Swarovski Blue and White CZ Stud Earrings

Ready for any holiday party:

kate spade new york French Wire Drop Earrings
Kate Spade Earrings

 

HANDBAGS

 Shop Amazon Fashion – Handbags

Surprise her with a night out on the town, and one of these clutches to make it a perfect evening:

La Regale Rectangular Chainmail Clutch

Silver Clutch Jessica McClintock Sadie Clutch Evening Bag 

Gold Clutch

 

Or this beautiful shoulder handbag for everyday use:

Tosca Classic Shoulder Handbag

Tosca Handbag

 

WISH LIST

 Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items

Possibly one of the most popular gifts this year is an activity tracker.  Get one for you and her, and commit to a more active lifestyle.

You can get an activity tracker that you wear like a watch, like this one: Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, shown in Black:

 

Fit Bit Wrist | Money Savvy Living

 

Of course, there are a variety of colors to choose from, if you want something more fashionable than black:

 

fit bit wrist colors | Money Savvy Living

 

Or you could opt for one that you put in your pocket or clip on over the waistband of your pants, like this one: Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker.

 

fit bit colors | Money Savvy Living

 

Many of these activity trackers work with apps that can be downloaded on your smartphone, so you can track your progress.

 

 

*This article does contain affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase through here, I will make a commission, although it does not increase the cost to you, the consumer.

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#29}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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Share The Wealth Sunday 29 |Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: Make a Photo Checklist to Make Toddler Bedtime Easier

Fun Money Mom: How to Make the Best Castle Cake Ever (For The Non-Martha Stewart Mom)

Money Savvy Living: An Attitude of Gratitude

ENTER the Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway:

Celebrating a Season of Gratitude + Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway Please share and enter the giveaway! Two $400 cash prizes will be given away!!  Now through November 25!

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Check out our brand new Share the Wealth Facebook page! Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Simple DIY Wooden Headboard Great tutorial if you are looking to make your own…

Host a Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Check out this list of items that can help you host a wonderful dinner party… all from the dollar store!

Simmering Homemade Potpourri  Just because this will make your home smell wonderful.

FREE Things for Expecting Moms

Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake  YUM!  Perfect for this time of year!

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: A Little Something for Everyone

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  Perhaps, you are waiting for the great deals of “black Friday” before you start… or maybe you are a procrastinator and won’t shop until you absolutely have to… regardless of your shopping style, it is inevitable that you will need to do some shopping this holiday season… and this online holiday gift guide will help you do all the shopping you need from the comfort of your own home.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 | Money Savvy Living

Here’s a holiday gift guide that features products that can be used for any occasion…

 
Juice Plus
Juice Plus+ holiday gift guide | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodan + Fields
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Rodan + Fields | Money Savvy Living

Rodan + Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty One

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Thirty One | Money Savvy Living 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Thirty One | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Healthways
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Holistic Healthways | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Living Essential Oils (to order, email: marymiller1124@gmail.com)

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Scentsy
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Scentsy | Money Savvy Living 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Scentsy | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pampered Chef
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Pampered Chef | Money Savvy Living

 
Norwex
2015 Holiday gift Guide | Norwex | Money Savvy Living

 
Divine Gifts
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Divine Gifts | Money Savvy Living 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Divine Gifts | Money Savvy Living 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Divine Gifts | Money Savvy Living 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Divine Gifts | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trades of Hope
2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Trades Of Hope | Money Savvy Living Oppurtuniy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamberry

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 | Jamberry | Money Savvy Living Holiday Gift Guide 2015 | Jamberry | Money Savvy Living Holiday Gift Guide 2015 | Jamberry | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

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