Dec
20

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Christmas Charades

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Christmas Charades

What better time to play Christmas Charades than right now?  My kids are out of school and my husband will be having some vacation time too so I want to make sure that we have some INTENTIONAL fun.  It’s so easy for Christmas break to rush by and I’m determined to do more than just send them to another room to watch TV!  These charades have pictures with them to make them more kid friendly.  Click here for Christmas charades words only if you just want to print off the words for old school charades!  The words only version has several more items on it ideal for older kids or adults.

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Christmas Party Games

Make sure to change your printer setting to black and white if you want to save money on ink. Or, if you want to go all out with the full color you can use card-stock paper so that they are sturdier and pack them up with your Christmas decorations so you can enjoy this game again next year!

christmas charades

Older kid helping younger kid play charades

How To Play Charades

If you have a large group you can split up into two teams and be competitive.  If you have teams members only guess when a member of their team is acting out charades.  If you have a smaller group, or lots of little kids I recommend not being competitive.  Just explain to your kiddos that they can’t speak, and that they are to act out or pretend to be whatever is on the slip of paper.  It’s OK to whisper in little ones’ ears and help them out… after all this is supposed to be fun!

Have you seen our free Christmas Memory game?  It’s lots of fun too.  And please don’t forget to print off your free Christmas Placemats so that little hands can be kept busy while the adults are talking during your family meal.

Christmas Charades Page 1

Christmas Charades

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christmas charades 1 printable 

Christmas Charades Page 2

 

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Click the link below to print Christmas charades

 christmas charades 2 printable

Dec
20

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Christmas Mad Libs

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christmas mad libs

Christmas Mad Libs

If you’re looking something fun to do with your kids these Christmas Mad Libs are a blast.  Print off copies for each member of your family and you’ll be surprised at how different each of your stories sound. You might have to give a little extra help if you’re doing mad libs with beginning readers.  You might also want to go check out this free Christmas memory game if your little guys can’t read yet.  I generally find this game puts kids and adults on an equal playing field haha!

Try making your own mad libs for a Christmas present.  You can throw in lots of details and personal jokes that only your family would get :-)

Christmas Mad Libs 1

 

christmas mad libs

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Click here to print Christmas Mad Libs ”Best Present Ever”

 

Christmas Mad Libs 2

free mad libs for kids

click link below to print your mad libs

Click here to print Christmas Mad Libs ”ReinDOG”

What games are you going to play with your kiddos this Christmas?

Dec
17

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Snowflake Banner

easy christmas crafts


easy christmas crafts

Snowflake Banner

The kids were getting restless so I had to think of something fun, and fast.  I decided why not try and make a snowflake banner.  The kids and I had loads of fun after I explained the process to them.  No one cut off any fingers and they even helped me pick up the million tiny pieces of paper.  The only downside is that 2 days later, they still keep sneaking the scissors to make MORE SNOWFLAKES!

paper snowflakes

This is an easy Christmas craft

You will need:

White copy paper

Scissors

Ribbon or yarn (preferably white)

tape

Snowflake Banner

Step 1:

Make a ton of snowflakes.  Make sure to have fun with your kiddos :-)   If you don’t know how check out this video

Step 2:

 

Cut a strip of ribbon long enough to go across your doorway. Tape the ribbon to the wall.

Step 3:

Cut strips of ribbon of random lengths so that they hang doubled over the horizontal ribbon you taped up. Tie each strand. If you don’t tie on super tight you’ll be able to move them around a little if you want to tweak their positioning later.

Step 4:

Use small pieces of tape to attach the snowflakes to the ribbown. I let my kids make most of the snowflakes, and put most of them up and it still looks great. Consider this a child friendly craft because you can actually let them do it and still love the finished product haha!

Do you have any other easy ideas for holiday crafts?

Dec
17

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How To Make A Monthly Budget


Do you want to know how to make a monthly budget? When you’re in debt finances aren’t very fun. You might have so much debt that you don’t see any way out of it.  But with a little planning, and a lot of hard work you can be debt free.   Click here to get a free printable monthly budget worksheet.   There’s also an excel document that you can print or fill out on your computer.

How To Make A Monthly Budget

Dec
17

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Free Printable Budget Worksheets



Here are some free printable budget worksheets.  This will help you to turn all those piles of bills and receipts into a battle plan.  The first form is just a word document that you can print off and hand write on.  The second form is an excel document so you can type into it on your computer.  And the 3rd is a pdf in case you have diffent versions of word or excel.  I hope these help you to face down your debt and start making it disappear.

It may seem overwhelming when you start seeing all your expenses add up but you can change your financial future.  It will take time, and a lot of hard work but it’s so worth it!

Free Printable Budget Worksheets

 

Free Printable Budget worksheet 1

printable budget worksheets

Free Printable Budget worksheet 2

free printable budget worksheet

Free Printable Budget worksheet 3

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Dec
17

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Where Does All My Money Go



Have you ever asked yourself “where does all my money go”? Join the club! It’s so easy to just spend and not even realize what happened to your money. This can cause problems with even the largest of paychecks, but is especially dangerous if you are in a lower income bracket. This isn’t hopeless. You can learn how to get out of debt on your own.  All you have to do is make a plan for your money and be patient.  It’s goin to take time to get back on track but it’s worth it.  You can either be in charge of your money, or it can be in charge of you.

Where Does All My Money Go

Dec
17

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Living Paycheck To Paycheck



Are you living paycheck to paycheck? You don’t have to live this way anymore. In today’s video we’re going to talk about how to get out of debt on your own.  This won’t be easy and it won’t happen over night but it is possible.  You will have to learn the difference between wants and needs.  I don’t do everything right all the time.  I’m not a financial expert.  I’m still paying off lots of debt myself, but my finances are the most stable they’ve ever been.  It’s a slow process that requires dedication, consistency, and the belief that you don’t have to live this way anymore.

Living Paycheck To Paycheck.


Dec
13

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Toddler Crochet Hat Pattern

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crochet hat pattern

I blinked my eyes and my little baby turned into a toddler.  As much as I want to cuddle and squeeze and pretend this isn’t happening I have to embrace it.

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I can’t believe it’s been a year already!

He grew out of his crochet baby hat :-(   With 3 kids and my non existent SAHM income I can’t just go out to the store and grab something, but it’s seriously cold being as it’s winter and all.

toddler hat crochet pattern

Gideon is considering taking off his new hat

So I decided it was time to make him a new hat.  If it looks similar to the BABY HAT I made him last year… you caught me.  I thought why start from scratch and just revised that pattern for his growing noggin.

 

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You guessed it, he took off the hat!

If you want to make one too, look below for my free toddler crochet hat pattern.  I have a little boy, but if you have a little girl just change up the colors.

 

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The top of the hat looks like a Bull’s-eye :-)

I tried to make this hat loose so that I might get more than a year out of it.  We have a large head legacy in my family… people who cut tiny neck opening in t-shirts are out to get my whole family.

crochet patterns hats

Yeah, I make this hat look good!

My toddler is only 14 months old, but he’s on the big side.  This hat actually fits my 7 year old as well.  It just doesn’t cover her ears.

Toddler Crochet Hat Pattern

Size G hook

In the photo color A is black; color B is blue.

When switching colors, don’t cut the thread, just hide on the inside when you switch colors.

Chain 83 with color A. Join chain with a slip stitch.

Rounds 1-18 Chain 1, work 82 sc(1 in each space). Join with a slip stitch to first chain. Repeat for next 17 rounds switching colors every 2 rows.  You should end with color A.

Round 19 With color B, Ch 1 (Sc 18 skip 1)x 4, sc 4, skip 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (76 total stitches)

Round 20 Ch 1 (sc 8, skip 1) x8, sc 4 (68 total stitches)

Round 21 With color A Ch 1 (sc 12 skip 1) x4, sc 15, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (63 total stitches)

Round 22 Ch 1 (sc 17 skip 1) x3, sc 8, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (59 total stitches)

Round 23 With Color B, Ch 1, (sc 15 skip 1) x3, sc 11, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (56 total stitches)

Round 24 Ch 1 (sc 13 skip1) x4, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (53 total stitches)

Round 25 With Color A,  Ch 1 (sc 15 skip 1)x3 sc 5, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (49 total stitches)

Round 26 Ch 1 (sc 11, skip 1) x4, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (45 total stitches)

Round 27 With color B, Ch 1 (sc 13 skip 1) x2 , 17 sc , skip 1,  join with a slip stitch to first chain. (43 total stitches)

Round 28 Ch 1 (sc 10 skip 1) x 3, sc 10, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (40 total stitches)

Round 29 With color A Ch 1 (sc 15, skip 1) x2, sc 8 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. (38 total stitches)

Round 30  Ch 1 (sc 5, skip 1) x5, 7 sc, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (32 total stitches)

Round 31 With color B, ch 1 (sc 3, skip 1) x8, sc 1, join with a slip stitch.  (25 total stitches)

Round 32 Ch 1, (sc 3, skip 1)x6, join with a slip stitch to first chain.  (18 total stitches)

Round 33 Switch to color A. (Sc 2, skip 1)x6, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (13 total stitches)

Round 34 Ch 1, (sc 1, skip 1) x7 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. Cut, tie off, and hide color A yarn. (7 total stitches)

Rounds 35-36 Switch to color B. (Slip stitch, skip) repeat all the way around until you reach the end. Cut, tie off, and hide yarn.

Bottom Ribbing With Color B, connect to the bottom of the hat, ch 2 and (double crochet behind the post, then double crochet in front of the next post), all the way around. (82 total stitches) Repeat this for a total of 4 rows.

Dec
11

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How To Dye Your Hair


Learn how to dye your hair at home by yourself or with a little help from a friend.  If money is tight you don’t have to pay money you don’t have to keep looking good.  You can save scads of money if you learn how to dye hair. 

Just because you don’t have a lot of money, doesn’t mean you can’t keep looking great!

If you go to a salon you can easily spend $60 to get your hair dyed.  So if you get your hair done every month you could spend $720 a year and that’s not even including haircuts.  You can easily get a box of dye for $8, and if you’re just doing the roots you only need half of the box.  So if we estimate $4 per month that would only cost $48 per year.

  That’s a saving of over $600 a year

 How To Dye Your Hair

 

Dec
10

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How To Cut Baby Hair



Learning how to cut baby hair can be easy.  Baby hair cutting is one of those things there’s no needs to spend money on. Cutting hair at home is free, once you’ve purchased scissors, and if you follow these tips you should be able to keep the baby occupied, content, and safe. 

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