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Cash for Christmas Giveaway

Cash for Christmas Giveaway | Money Savvy Living

Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don’t we all!

We are so excited to be giving away $330 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend. Here are the prizes:

1 – $100 Amazon Gift Card
1 – $75 Target Gift Card
2 – $25 Walmart Gift Card
1 – $25 Kohls Gift Card
3- $10 Starbucks Gift Card

There will be 8 winners in this giveaway. Each winner will receive a gift card code to use on the online store or in the actual store.

Now its time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.

Cash for Christmas

Starting at the top row we have:

Terri – Christmas Tree Lane, Melissa – The Farm Girl Gabs, Christine – Your Strong Tower, Audrey – That Recipe & Munofore, Dana – Goods Giving Back, Tammy – Creative K Kids, Trish – Creative Simplicity by Trish Sutton, Kim – Shopping Kim and Enter Online Sweeps, Ali – Home Crafts by Ali and Ali’s Book Nook, Kelly – Typically Simple, Kim – The Resourceful Mom, Katie – The Ramblings of an Overtired Mama, Angie – God’s Growing Garden, Sarah – Devastate Boredom, Karen – Raising Little Superheroes, Gina – Money Savvy Living, Beverly – Eclectic Red Barn, Melissa – Deliciously Savvy, Beth – Our Pretty Little Girls, Meredith – The Mom of the Year, Laura – Michigan Saving and More, Debbie – Heartbeats ~Soul Stains, Carol – The Red Painted Cottage, Tiffany – A Wandering Vine, Monica – Mommy & Love, Holly – Keeping Life Sane, Sinea – Ducks ‘n a Row, Cindy – Simple Steps for Living Life, Tammy – My Life Abundant, Kari – Keep It Simple DIY, Danielle – Dancing with My Daughter

Please stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.

The giveaway will end midnight on Wednesday, November 24th, the night before Thanksgiving. You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize. If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card code promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday! If we don’t hear in 48 hours, we will choose another winner.

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Christmas Ornaments that Your Kids Can Make that You Will Actually Want on Your Tree

Christmas Ornaments Collage |Money Savvy Living

Okay, let’s just start off by admitting it: some of the ornaments that your kids make at school are not exactly what you want on your Christmas tree. Of course, they are from your child, so you love them and every single gift that they make for you; however, they don’t always match your Christmas décor.

For example, last year, my oldest son brought home, wrapped as a Christmas present, a square of orange paper with his school picture on it, framed with orange and green crayons. Now, I’m not exactly sure what green and orange crayons have to do with Christmas, but of course, we hugged him and thanked him for the gift. Maybe all the other kids got the red and green, who knows. But I didn’t want to question him too much and make him feel like I didn’t like it, so I said that this would be a great ornament for the “kid tree.” This is a tree that my husband set up on our basement that has colorful, blinking lights and all sorts of colorful ornaments—the ones that don’t match my traditional tree in the living room. Orange and green fit right in on the kid tree.

Now, I know that some of you are starting to think that I am a horrible mom for not proudly displaying every ornament on the main Christmas tree. But, I know that you probably have a place for these ornaments too: maybe the back of the tree, perhaps you gifted it to Grandma and Grandpa last year because you know they will put it on their tree and it gets you off the hook… but you know what I am talking about.

If the stuff that your kids bring home isn’t always the most festive of Christmas ornaments, you can make some that are easy, inexpensive, and ones that you will want to put on the Christmas tree.

 

Applesauce & Cinnamon Ornament

Some of my favorite ornaments in the tree are the cinnamon and applesauce ornaments.  You can find the recipe for these ornaments here.  Not only can you make any shape that you want, but you can decorate them in any way that you would like as well… and the cinnamon makes your house smell wonderful!

Cinnamon Glitter Ornament

 

Cardboard Ornament

I love this ornament because it looks nice but it is simply cardboard with photo copied background (in this case, the Bible verse from Luke 2 about the birth of Jesus) with a simple nativity being cut out and glued on top. The entire ornament is coated with Mod Podge.
Cardboard ornament

 

Paper Plate Angel

This paper plate angel is so cute with a picture of my son for the angel’s face. A doily is cut in half and glued on the back for wings, a pipe cleaner halo, and glitter and sequins to decorate.
Paperplate angel

 

Painted Wooden Ornament

These wooden ornaments can be bought at your local craft store (very inexpensively!). Your child can paint them any way they’d like and can also be decorated with glitter to add a bit of sparkle.
paint and glitter wooden ornament | Money Savvy Living

 

Pipe Cleaner Candy Cane

So quick and easy! Your child will have fun putting beads on a pipe cleaner to make a candy cane. Just turn the ends of the pipe cleaner up at each end and you have a cute, homemade ornament!
pipe cleaner and bead candy cane

 

Paper Angel Ornament

This angel ornament is made, much like cutting out a snowflake. Fold the paper in half and create your (half) outline of the angel and allow your child to cut the different patterns on the angel. Open up and run a pip cleaner through some of the holes in the design. Of course, these angels could be painted with silver, gold, or decorated with glitter if you’d like.
Paper Angel and pipe cleaner Ornament

 

Fingerprint Snowmen

Using white paint on your child’s fingers, these snowmen will show up perfectly on any red, blue, or green ornament. Just let the pain dry and then decorate the snowmen by drawing on faces, scarves, hats, etc.
Fingerprint Snowmen | Money Savvy Living

 

Handprint Ornament

Of course, you can make the plaster, or by a handprint kit, like this Child to Cherish Handprint Ornament.  This is a wonderful keepsake that you will cherish for years
Handprint Plaster ornament

 

Iridescent Cellophane Ornament

Again, just a simple wooden ornament, but instead of painting, this one is decorated with iridescent cellophane. Just add glue and then sprinkle the iridescent shreds on top.

Iridescent Cellophane Glitter Flakes on Wooden Ornament | Money Savvy Living

 

Porcelain Painted Ornament

You can make a Christmas tradition of going to a local pottery kiln or simply paint and bake your own ornaments at home, with a kit like this by MindWare.

Porcelain Painted Ornament | Money Savvy Living

 

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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.

 

 

Why I Gave in and Finally got an Elf on the Shelf for My Kids

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I really dislike the Elf on the Shelf.

I don’t know why, but I find this mischievously smiling elf to be super-annoying. For the last few years, my Facebook feed have been filled up with all sorts of pictures of this elf visiting houses. Every day, he is doing something different and I get to know about it—whether I want to know or not.

I don’t want to sound cynical here, but I don’t really care that your elf, named “Elf,” undecorated the Christmas tree and moved it across the living room, or unrolled 10 rolls of toilet paper to make a snow village, or wrote a magical message in colored soap all over the bathroom mirror, or poops out toothpaste, or anything else he does.

Seriously, maybe I am just lazy, but planning out those types of scenarios, taking the time to actually make it look like he is doing this type of mischief, then cleaning up after this little fiend—well, that’s just way too involved for me. I mean, I already have three kids that I have to clean up after. Why would I want to give myself more work?

I was doing pretty good keeping this secret from the kids too. Until one day my oldest son heard other kids at school talking about an elf visiting their homes—and all the places he had been hiding and the stuff he’d been doing.

Darn it, I was busted. Now I had to make an excuse for why we didn’t have one. So I told the kids that it sounds like the elf gets into mischief and we don’t want an elf coming to our house and making messes for us to clean up, do we? Lucky for me, one of the moms volunteering at school that day told my son that he must have been good because well-behaved kids don’t get elf visits.

Whew! I figured I was off the hook for good now.

Then, last year, this wretched little elf landed at their cousins’ house. Now, I felt obligated to get them one, so I did, at the end of the season last year….and he made his grand entrance this year the day after Thanksgiving.  I must say, the looks on their faces was worth it when they came downstairs in the morning to find that an elf had finally visited our home!  Their eyes were bright with excitement.  My six-year-old looked at me and confidently proclaimed, “Oh yeah… Santa’s real.”

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However, this elf is not going to make messes for me to clean up—if he does, I will for sure send him back to the North Pole early. Maybe he’ll bring some Christmas treats. Maybe he’ll even leave some messages about the true meaning of Chrismas—the birth of Jesus, the gift of giving, and helping others in need.  He might even bring the kids Polar Express Tickets… yes, I know, I am going from despising this elf to making him a Christmas hero…

It wasn’t just out of obligation that I got one though. Each year, since my oldest son started school, I have seen the innocence fade. From proclamations about how Santa can get to everyone’s house in just one night to “the fifth graders said Santa isn’t real,” to the reasoned statement “it is impossible for Santa to visit every house and get in and out so quickly” and “Do you have separate wrapping paper that is for Santa gifts?” When he asks me if Santa is real, I avoid answering the question directly. “He leaves you presents, doesn’t he?” I usually remind him.

This year may be the last year to keep the magic alive. It may be the only year left that all three of my kids will immediately obey at the mere mention of the threat of getting on the naughty list. It may be the last year that they insist on leaving out milk and cookies for Santa, and even carrots for the reindeer. It may be the last year that they write letters to Santa actually believing they make it to the North Pole. It makes me sad that it may be the last year that they will get up at the crack of dawn (although that is no earlier than usual around here!) and run downstairs to see what Santa left and then jump up and down in excitement.

I am just not ready to give that up. I know as they find out, my older sons will play along for their little brother, but it won’t be the same. So if getting a silly elf can keep the wonder and amazement going and allows my boys to be “little” for one more year, then count me in.

I have officially crossed over to a place I never thought I’d go… Elf on the Shelf land.

 

 

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