Category Archives: Tips

Ideas to “Organize” Gift Opening Moments

Gift opening moments should be wild and fun and disorganized. But even in that disorganization, a little organization helps to make the disorganization run smoothly. Really, it does. Here are a couple of tips to organize gift opening moments… For me, having wee ones at holiday time was busy, verrryyy busy on Christmas morning. I started out mixing all of […]

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Make Ahead Nuts & Spices

The holiday season is a wonderful world of flavors and smells and tastes but it is also a busy world with everything that we add to our plates. One of my “plan-ahead” moments is to toast up a batch of various nuts and coconut and keep them separately in jars on my counter, that way I can add the extra […]

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Place Holiday Books Under the Christmas Tree

Waiting to open the gifts that are sitting under the tree all holiday season can be an almost impossible task for wee ones…it’s just too much temptation in addition to leaving the hanging ornaments alone! So, I don’t put any gifts under the tree until a few days ahead of time. But, the “under the tree part” needs a little […]

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Plan for the After-Thanksgiving Meals Too

I spend so much time creating my Thanksgiving Dinner moments that every year, I forget that there are three days after Thanksgiving that require some meal planning too. Not this year! I am ready for the After-Thanksgiving Meal time too. The stars have aligned and I am able to take some free moments to get some foods prepped and into […]

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Toaster Oven Trick

I love my toaster oven. It is a multi-functioning being in my home and who wouldn’t love that? Often I will bake, roast and broil dinner in it and that is especially handy in the summer months when you really do not want to turn on the oven. This past week, the heating elements in my toaster oven stopped working […]

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Freeze Some Pasta

I came to the idea of freezing my own pasta after I found some in the freezer section at my grocery store. I stood for a bit considering the purchase because it is obviously more expensive than buying a box of pasta. It also felt a bit lazy on my part. But, let’s face it…there are days in my world […]

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Found a Great Gift? Buy in Bulk!

Sometimes, when I stumble upon a fabulous gift, I automatically wonder who on my gift list who would need such a thing. This can be really helpful at the holidays when you need to find thoughtful gifts for many people. And, I must admit, that my name shows up on that list once in a while! The December 2014/January 2015 issue […]

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Grab Your Cards!

It seems like I am never able to find the right card when I need one. I often find myself wishing I had picked up “that perfect one I saw a few months ago” when I was looking for someone else. Well, I finally had the “Ah ha” moment and now I do! If I see a great card that […]

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Read Reviews with an Open Mind

When I am looking at an item online, I often like to see the comments from other shoppers. I do this with an open mind though because my shopping needs and expectations can be different. I usually look for a common theme and that will often be the review that may make or break my purchase. Keep in mind that […]

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Holiday and Seasonal Sales

After the holidays or change of seasons I like to check and see what is on sale that might make a great gift for someone. Even picking up some gift boxes or special wrapping paper can elevate your great gift and make it more thoughtful or special.

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Shop Around

When I see an item in a catalog or a flyer that I like, I often do a quick online search to see if I can get the same item for a cheaper price or better shipping fees from another source. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t! This also works if an item is out of stock at one place.

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Shipping minimums? Browse a bit

Often I find a fabulous gift online only to discover that the “free shipping” deal includes a minimum purchase. I am a big fan of free shipping! So, I browse their website to see if there are any other gifts that I can find for someone on my list. I may also add multiples to the fabulous gift I intended […]

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Search for coupon codes

I almost always do a quick internet search for the site that I am making an online purchase from to see if they have any coupon codes that may apply to my purchase. I open a new window tab for this search. An example of a search is “plow and hearth coupon codes”. Then I peek at the first few […]

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Keep a list

I am “old school” and prefer to use an appointment/calendar book to keep track of my daily life vs. technology. (Yes, it does show my age). I use the blank pages in the back to make a list of the names that I regularly buy gifts for birthdays and holidays. Then I jot down my ideas or the gift next to […]

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