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Last Minute Gift Ideas That Are Cheap

Christmas is mere days away and it is time for last minute gift ideas to come out. I put together a few ideas that will not take long for you to put together. Check out the list I have going.

Simple Snowman Snack Craft

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This is a very simple snowman craft that wraps around a pack of popcorn or hot chocolate. If you want to see the full instructions of how I made this, go HERE. It took me about an hour to make 35 of these. All you need is the snack, a piece of white and black paper, markers, and ribbon.

Bad Day Box For a Friend or Family Member

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You can take my bad day box idea and create a fun gift for a friend or your spouse. Either you can go with the theme of it being a bad day box, or you can call it a day after Christmas survival kit. Put the individual’s favorite snacks and other items to help them relax after the holiday. To find out ideas of what I put in the bad day box, go HERE.

Paper Flower As a Pen Top or Other Decoration

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I learned to make fun paper flowers when I worked at a children’s camp. This is a great idea for girls of all ages. You can make a small flower as a pen top, or a larger one as decoration. To see the full tutorial on how to make this DIY craft, go HERE.

Give a Night of Romance For Your Spouse

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Not sure what to do for your spouse this Christmas? He or she is sure to love a special night that is dedicated to romance. This gift does not have to cost any money. All you need to do is take some time to plan it out. Go HERE to read some of my ideas to create a romantic night.

A Basket Full of Items to Snuggle Together

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Again, this is another gift that doesn’t require you to purchase anything. You can gather supplies and put them in a basket. This could be a fun gift for your spouse, or children. I put a blanket, pillow, movie, and hot chocolate in my basket. Depending on your budget, you can use items you own. Sometimes, it is the time together that is the real gift.

Homemade Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

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On the back of every box of chexmex you will find different recipes. I bought a box the other day to make some last minute treats for friends. I needed a gluten-free dessert for some of my relatives. I did a simple search for a muddy buddy recipe and put together this mix in a few minutes. It took peanut butter, butter, chocolate, chex, and powdered sugar.

White Chocolate Candy Cane Chex Mix

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I also found a recipe for a white chocolate, candy cane chex recipe on the back of the box. All I need for this recipe was a bag of white chocolate chips, 4 cups of chex, and 4 large crushed candy canes. Melt the chocolate in a microwave, mix in the candy cane and pour over chex. Spread out the mix onto wax paper and allow to cool.

 

These are a few last minute gift ideas that you can do this Christmas.

Simple Snowman Gift Idea

Last week I needed a last minute gift for the volunteers at the food pantry. I decided to give each volunteer a package of hot chocolate. To make the presentation a bit more fun, I made a simple snowman wrap.

How to Make a Snowman Wrap For Snacks

This project requires a piece of white paper, orange and black markers, black construction paper, and ribbon. You can wrap this paper around a pack of unpopped popcorn, hot chocolate, or anything flat.

Last Minute Gifts

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Start by placing the snack in the center of the paper. Then pull both sides to the center and place a piece of tape to hold the pieces together. Put another piece of tape at the bottom to keep the snack from falling out.

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Once you flip over the package, make an orange nose, two black eyes, and a dotted mouth. I made a small black hat for my snowmen. You can make something much larger than that if you choose. I had to make so many, I went with a smaller hat.

I tied a ribbon around the top to close it up. My ribbon had Christmas tags on the end that I used to write who the gift was from.

This is a great last minute gift idea. If you need something for teachers, classmates, or office staff, this would be a quick idea. I was able to make up 35 of these in about an hour. It didn’t take that long to accomplish.

Good luck if you choose to make this.

Couples Truth Or Dare Bedroom Game

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Couples bedroom games are a great way to enhance your intimacy. That is why we have put together several games that you can play with your spouse.

Many of the games come with printables and others are in digital format.

What is Couples Truth or Dare for the Bedroom?

Do you remember Truth or Dare Party Game from your childhood? I do! It was a staple game at every sleep over I went to growing up.

This year I decided to take it up a notch and turn the concept into a sexy bedroom game.

Print The Cards

 

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When you print this off, be sure to select front and back printing. This will print truth or dare on one side of the card and the options on the other side. I suggest you use card stock if you can. Be sure to cut the cards apart.

This game is a perfect compliment to having an at home date night. I know it can be hard to get out with your spouse on a regular basis. I find spending time with your loved one in the comfort of your own home is a bonding experience.

Use The Game For an At Home Date Night

If you go with an at home date night, consider using Creative Conversation Starters. This will get your mind in the right mood for the night.

Women in particular need to be mentally ready and feel romanced ahead of time. When a woman is really ready, she has a better chance of achieving amazing physical pleasure.

If you are not able to print out the cards, here is a list of all the information you need to make your own.

What the Truth Cards Say

I put together a list of questions that will get you thinking and talking about sex. It is important that you talk about this intimate act you have with your spouse.

This is a game that is intended to get you in the mood. If you come across a question that might cause you to fight, skip it.

Use index cards or cut pieces of scrapbook paper to write the questions or dares on.

  • What’s your favorite sex position? (resource- Sex positions you can try)
  • What do you want me to say while we are having sex?
  • What is your idea of sexy bedroom language? Give me an example of what you mean.
  • What are is going through your mind while we have sex?
  • What did you think the first time you saw me naked?
  • Tell me what it is like to have sex with me.
  • If we could have sex anywhere in public and not get caught, tell me where it would be.
  • What do I do that really turns you on?
  • What are your favorite foreplay moves? (Great resource: Intended for Pleasure)
  • Would you rather have morning sex or night sex?
  • What movie couple has the love story most like ours? Explain.
  • Ask me anything you want to know.
  • Do you like for me to be loud when we are having sex or keep quiet?
  • How long would your ideal quickie last? Describe every detail to me.
  • Describe to me in detail the oral technique you like to use on me.
  • Do you want to try dirty talking? (resource: a full guide to Dirty Talk)

Please feel free to add to this list or subtract things you aren’t comfortable with. I encourage you to talk about things that make you uncomfortable.

What the Dare Cards Say

I spent quite a bit of time coming up with steamy actions that will get you and your spouse going.

  • Do your best twerking moves for 20 seconds.
  • Kiss me upside down like Mary Jane kissed Spiderman.
  • Use your tongue to write a word that describes me on my back.
  • Use your finger to write your name on your favorite part of my body.
  • Use my finger or hand and show me how you like to receive oral sex.
  • Kiss me anywhere you want.
  • Give me a  30 second lap dance.
  • Use your fingers to trace over your favorite parts of my body.
  • Hold my hand while you kiss me for 20 seconds.
  • Kiss your way down my back or stomach.
  • Massage me with oil any way you choose for 30 seconds.
  • Snuggle me how you like for 20 seconds.
  • Stimulate two parts of my body at once. Use your hands on one part and lips on the other.
  • Take a sexy selfie and text it to me right now.
  • Show me the part of your body that you think I find the sexiest.
  • Kiss me with your eyes open for 30 seconds.

How to Play Truth or Dare

Player 1 asks Player 2 to pick TRUTH or DARE.

Player 2 picks.

Player 1 pulls the top card from that pile.

Player 1 asks Player 2 the question or gives them the dare.

Player 2 answers question or performs dare.

Once Player 2 has done what is on the card, players switch.

The game is over when you say it is. I’d encourage you to play a few rounds to build up anticipation and excitement. One of the goals of this game is to make you stop and invest time in foreplay before you are intimate.

I hope you enjoy this game with your spouse and you both feel closer to one another. It is so important to invest in one another on a physical level.

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How to Make Gingerbread House From Graham Crackers

Several years ago, my Aunt Sue got in the habit of giving us a gingerbread house kit the first week of December. You know if you do anything one time, it automatically becomes a tradition! So, the tradition of making a gingerbread house each year was born. After she stopped sending the kits, we started buying one during the Christmas season.

 

Gingerbread House Tradition Lives On

This year, we were walking through Walmart, and a gingerbread house was the last thing on my mind. We have had limited funds this year, so I’m trying to purchase as few things as possible to stick within our budget. My oldest son picked out a kit with Austin, and they brought it to me. Unfortunately, I had to tell him that there wasn’t enough money left in the budget for us to get one this year.

If you can imagine, the thought of not carrying on with this tradition wrecked my son. It is not as a big of a deal to me to make the house. For one thing, I don’t like cookies and another, I don’t like candy. I had no idea this would be such a difficult thing for him to take.

As we left the store, I told him I would figure out something else we could use to make a house. We had an abundance of candy left from Halloween after all. I had the stuff to make icing. The house part is all I was lacking.

How to Make a Gingerbread House From Graham Crackers

I will not pretend to tell you I was creative enough to think of using graham crackers on my own. A few afternoons a week, I work at an after school program. A few kids got on the van with gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers. They had stuck the crackers to the side of a milk carton. That is where the idea was born.

I’ll give credit where credit is due, when my Austin came to get the boys from the childcare center, I told him he had to figure out how to construct a house out of graham crackers. We wanted to be able to eat the house, so using a milk carton wasn’t a good idea.

Here are the pictures of what he and the boys came up with. I provided the graham crackers, icing, and picked through the candy bucket. Austin and my boys came up with the rest.

To see the icing recipe we used, go HERE. We made up a half recipe, and it was plenty for this project.

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Here is the start of the house. You can see that he took one graham cracker and cut angles at the top. I don’t know how he did that without breaking it. I have no real advice for you here, because I demolished several crackers trying to make a tree.

He did the angles on two graham crackers, one for each side of the house. Then he made the opposing walls out of half pieces.

gingerbread house completed

 

I’m sorry to go straight to the finished product, but I didn’t capture the pictures as it went along. Once he made the main house, he built a square section off to each side of it. This helped extend the house and make it better to work with.

He used half pieces of crackers for the roof. There was a bit of a gap between the roof and the other sections of the houses. He filled in those gaps with tootsie rolls. You could leave those gaps open if you didn’t have anything to shove in there.

The door is made from an airhead. You can also use a laffy taffy. We used nerds for the sprinkles on the house. Smarties, tootsie rolls, gummy lifesaver, candy canes, and everlasting gobstoppers to name a few.

gingerbread house back

 

Here is a view from the back. We have a sucker tree…or light post, I’m not sure what they went with. I do not know what those brown things are leading up to the backdoor. It was supposed to be a snowman…looks like it didn’t work out.

 

gingerbread house sideview

 

This side view shows you the tootsie rolls that bridged the gap between the roof and the house.

Good luck on making your house if you haven’t had a chance to do one this year. Let me know how it turns out!

 

 

4th Week of Advent

4th Week of Advent 2014

Are time of Advent 2014 is drawing to a close. Christmas morning is almost here, and we will celebrate the birth of Christ. This week I will share with you scripture reflections to light the 4th candle on the Advent wreath. To read the previous weeks worth of Advent posts, go HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Light the Purple Love Candle

You will light the fourth candle of Advent, the Love candle. We reflect on the experience the love God showed us by sending His one and only son Jesus.

God put His beloved son in a vulnerable and helpless position by placing His seed in Mary, a mere human. God knew when He sent Jesus to earth He would endure ridicule, temptations, and brutal death; but He sent Him anyways.

1 John 4:9-12

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God sent his one and only Son to the world so that He could cover our sins with His blood. God did this because of His love for us. Jesus willingly came to earth because of His love. We did not deserve this favor or love from God. He did this for us in spite of who we are.

We are challenged that if God loved us in such an amazing way, while we were still sinners, then how much more should we love one another?

Jesus’ Love For us is Great

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Jesus’ love for us is just as great as the Father’s love. He came to earth willingly, completely aware of the suffering that awaited Him. He allowed Himself to be taken away from the Father for a short period of time, knowing that the results would be everlasting.

Ezekiel 34:23

We are told that because of the immense love of God, He would appoint one Shepherd over His people; a shepherd that would care for them as much as He does. How appropriate it was that God sent the Angels to reveal the birth of the Good Shepherd to shepherds who were tending sheep in the fields.

Immediately, the shepherds went to Bethlehem to find the child whom was lying in the feeding trough. From there they began to share with everyone they met along the way what they had seen. God used the shepherds to be the first people to spread the good news of Jesus’ birth.

While the candle burns, be reminded of the immense love of that the Father and the Son have for us.

 

Gopher Ball Peanut Butter Chocolate Ball Recipe

I had a hard time knowing what to title this recipe. Around my house, we have called these sweet treasures Gopher Balls all my life. When I tell other people that I make Gopher Balls, they have no idea what I’m talking about.

 

What is a Gopher Ball?

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That brings me to the explanation part of this recipe. A Gopher Ball…is…well…just awesome! Essentially, it is a rolled peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. See…I told you it was awesome. Some people liken them to Buckeyes. I am not sure it if is exactly the same, but the concept is pretty close.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

2 Sticks of Butter (do not substitute with margarine, needs to be butter)

1 1/3 cups of peanut butter

3 1/2- 4 Cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 block of paraffin wax

12 oz of dark chocolate morsels

 

How to Make Gopher Balls

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Crush the graham crackers in small pieces. I put a few graham crackers in a pie plate and take a glass to crush the crackers. You can see this technique in the picture above. This makes the pieces finer and more powder like. Set aside.

Put the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in a pot on the stove and cook on medium heat until it is melted. It is important to use butter versus margarine, because the butter will help the gopher balls keep their shape.

After the butter and peanut butter is completely melted, remove from heat. Add in the crushed crackers and powdered sugar. Mix in 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to start with. If the dough seems wet and sticky, add a bit more powdered sugar. You are trying to make a dough that is not too sticky and not too dry. 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar is a good starting place.

How to Roll the Dough Into Balls

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It is important that you work quickly with the dough. As it cools down, it will make it more difficult to roll into a ball. You do need to be careful, because the peanut butter at the bottom of the pan might burn you.

Take 2 tablespoons worth of dough into your hand and gently roll it into a circle. I’ll admit, my gopher balls are never very pretty before I dip them. My mom, on the other hand, has smooth peanut butter balls.

Place rolled balls on a piece of wax paper to harden. I speed up the process a bit by putting the rolled balls into the refrigerator or a cold room in my house. They need to set up for a few hours before you dip them.

I tend to roll the balls out one day, and then dip them the next. You can do whatever you have time for. Just be sure that the peanut butter is hardened all the way through. This might require a taste test. 🙂

How to Dip the Peanut Butter Balls in Chocolate

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If you have a double boiler, now is the time to use it. If you do not, then you’ll need to heat the chocolate on the stove at a lower heat. I add a little bit of paraffin wax to my chocolate to keep it from melting as much. If you choose to skip on the wax, the recipe will turn out fine. The chocolate will rub off a bit easier.

Take about an inch of wax and melt in a double boiler or pot on the stove. Once it is melted, add in the dark chocolate. I use Ghirardelli chips for my recipe. I find that dark chocolate hardens better than any other kind.

Melt the chocolate on medium heat for a double boiler. For those cooking right on the stove, melt the chocolate on low.

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Once melted, remove chocolate sauce from the stove. Add 3 or 4 gopher balls to the pot at a time, and roll around to cover in chocolate. Use two spoons or two fondue forks to lift the candies from the chocolate. Set on wax paper.

Allow the dipped candy to harden for a few hours. They can be eaten immediately. However, if you plan to store in a container, wait a few hours to put away. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mess.

 

I’ve been making this recipe since I was a child. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Gift Ideas For Families That Like to Travel

Last minutes Christmas shopping is underway. If your family or a family you are buying for is a group of people that love to travel, consider buying practical gifts that will enhance future vacations. Keeping in mind travel needs, you can rest assured that your purchase will be among the most treasured.

While this is not an exhaustive list of the travel companion possibilities, it most certainly will get you moving in the right direction.

 

Highest Cost Gifts For Families That Love To Travel:

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If you are looking to absolutely spoil the people on your shopping list, consider some of these vacation essentials.

  • Hunting- the purchasing of new hunting equipment such as guns, gutting knives, or scopes, will bring great excitement.
  • Fishing- updated fishing poles, tackle boxes, or coolers will offer the one who loves to fish hours of entertainment.
  • Sports- whatever sport your dear one is into, baseball bats, hockey equipment, and football gear will enhance the sporting experiences.
  • Skiing- if you know people who love skiing, take it to the next level and buy your own snowboards, boots, skis, and poles.
  • Camping- for the outdoor enthusiasts amongst you, tents, cooking equipment, and heaters will make for more convenient outdoor activities.

 

Mid-Range Cost Gifts For Families That Are Active:

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Consider some of these great gift ideas not only for the traveler, but everyday as well:

  • Sightseeing- purchasing cameras, binoculars, and gps devices will come in handy for the tourist.
  • Entertainment- giving battery operated device chargers, tablets, mp3 devices, and handheld video games systems can provide hours of entertainment on long car rides.

 

Lower Cost Options For Those With a Minimal Christmas Budget:

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For some great stocking stuffers, or items that can be grouped together in a basket, consider some of these:

  • Activities- giving activity books, travel games, dvd’s, cd’s, or a new video game for a handheld device would greatly benefit all on the trip.
  • Winter vacations- thermoses, hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks will be of great benefit for cold weather trips or activities.
  • Summer vacations- fishing aids, pocket knives, sun hats, and water bottles can add to warmer weather trips.
  • Camping vacations- lighters, batteries, grilling utensils, lanterns, and skewers can enhance any camping trip whether in the tent or camper.


For everyone on your list that loves to vacation and travel, these gifts are sure to bring the smiles. Buying gifts with dual purposes will save you money and time in the future. Investing in these items not only bring happiness to the ones you love, but can also aid in bringing your family closer together as you experience these vacations together.

10 DIY Teacher Gifts

Teacher Gifts for Christmas

Let your child’s teacher know just how much you appreciate them this Christmas. A unique gift of love will show him how important he has been in the shaping of your young one. Make Christmas special for them with one of these fun gifts.

 

1. Chalkboard Mug

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Buy a solid colored mug that will best suit your child’s teacher. Outline a rectangle shape on the side of the mug and paint inside the line with chalkboard paint. Place a few different colored pieces of chalk in the mug for him to use to write messages.

 

2. Rustic Pencil Holder

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Make a unique, rustic styled pencil holder for the teacher. Use a 4-5 inch wooden block and drill multiple holes 3 inches down into the wood. Fill the holes with pencils, pens, and colored pencils. Attach a heartfelt Christmas note onto the outside of the pencil holder. Go HERE for more instructions.

 

3. Chalk it Up

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A fun and simple gift to give your child’s teacher is a bag full of chalk. Choose a variety of colors you think the teacher will appreciate. Attach a note to the top of the bag that says, “Chalk it up to a great Christmas”. You can also add a personal note of thanks to the tag.

 

4. A Hand For a Job Well Done

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Trace your child’s hand two times onto the colored paper of your choice. Write a note telling the teacher they deserve a hand for Christmas. Tape the hands to a simple gift for him, such as a mug, a jar of candy, or a basket of snacks.


5. Hogs and Kisses

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Make a cute pig by cutting out one large circle and one small circle from pink paper. Use the small circle as a snout on the pig and add eyes and triangle pieces for the ears. Attach a note to the bottom of the pig that says, “Hogs and Kisses”. Tape the pig to a jar of Hershey’s Kisses.

 

6. Christmas Mail Box

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Purchase a small plastic or wooden mailbox and decorate with a Christmas theme. Have your child write a few small notes of appreciation to the teacher and place inside the the mailbox. Include some chocolate candy for a sweet treat.

 

7. Thanks A Latte

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All teacher’s appreciate the treat of gourmet coffee. Place a gift card to a local coffee shop in a disposable paper coffee cup, or in a glass mug. Add a note to the outside that says, “Thanks a latte.”

 

8. Sticky Pop

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Wash and rinse out a 2 liter bottle of soda and remove the label from the outside. Fill the bottle with glue sticks that the teacher can use for the classroom. Attach a note to the outside that says, “Sticky Pop”. Add a personal message and tape it to the bottle. For a look at this fun gift, go HERE.

 

9. Customized Drink Cup

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Have a customized plastic cup made for your child’s teacher. You can have the cup printed with their name on it or a special message of thanks. Fill the cup with chocolate candies and bags of tea. Attach a greeting to the outside of the cup.

 

10. Chocolate Covered Apples

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Giving an apple to the teacher is a fun gift to give. Covering the apple with chocolate and sprinkles makes it a special  treat. Go HERE for a recipe to make your own apples, or purchase some from the store. Attach a message of thanks to the teacher.
Don’t let this time of year pass by without your child’s teacher knowing how much you appreciate all they does. Make this day special for them with a unique gift.