Christmas

Women: The Warriors of the Holiday Season

Posted on 12/6/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeSome things get better with time. The holidays to me fall into that category. We seem to linger with friends a little longer, recognize the true meaning of the season, really enjoy watching all the wonderful classic holiday movies, converse over special ornaments as we hang them on the tree, and on and on….It is only the first of December and I have already watched “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Do you remember in “It’s a …

Soda Can to Star? Yes! Fun and Frugal Holiday Decorations

Posted on 12/1/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsAs the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, I spend a lot of time in the evenings hunkered down next to the wood stove, reading or tinkering with various craft projects. Of course, I particularly love any craft that lets me recycle something that would otherwise end up in the trash. I call it “creative repurposing.” Here are three simple, fun holiday craft projects that make good use of would-be throw away items and let you deck the halls …

Let your Expectations of this Upcoming Season Be the Unexpected

Posted on 11/29/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeHow was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was memorable. Ours was one of the best ever. We all loaded up and headed to Baltimore because the NFL decided the Ravens would play on Thanksgiving night. Now, I was perfectly happy about this scheduling as not only did I not have to cook, I didn’t even have to drive around and pick up food. It was just perfect. I told SJ, “You can either have a game dog or chicken tenders, and …

5 Tips for a Fabulous & Frugal Christmas Tree

Posted on 11/28/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’m always hit with a little wave of Charlie Brown anxiety when we head off to buy the family Christmas tree shortly after Thanksgiving. Like Charlie, somehow I just know that the trees we’ll find can never measure up to the vision of the perfect Christmas tree I have in my mind’s eye. But this year I’ve done my homework on tree shopping and getting the best bang for your “tree buck,” so I have hope anew. Here’s what I …