Christmas Gift Ideas

Thank you to Kelley Grant, from TheGrantLife.com for sharing these awesome Christmas Gift Ideas from fellow bloggers.  There really are so many talented people out there...


Christmas Gift Ideas


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away! The year has really flown by! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I try my hardest to get my shopping done a week or so before but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. And if you thought the stores were crowded before – imagine what they will be like the closer we get to the big day! Still, have a few Christmas gifts to buy but don’t want to fight the crowds?

I’ve rounded up some great homemade Christmas gift ideas that will leave everyone happy!

Home Buying Tips for New Parents

The home buying process can be incredibly difficult and complex, especially if you are a first-time home buyer. Add first-time parents into the mix and the situation can get a lot stickier. Not only are you worried about the location and affordability, but now you need to think more about safety and walkability, the school districts, and your house size for a potentially growing family.

Home Buying Tips for New Parents


Add in a mess of other factors that you’ll never think about until you’ve lived through them (the best way to learn is renting a home or apartment with your kids before buying a house), and it’s easy to make a mistake no matter how thorough you’ve been. Thankfully, we’ve done the research and put together a few tips so that you can feel confident in your search for a kid-friendly home.

Christmas Movies on FreeForm this Year

Our family loves Christmas and not only do we look forward to the season of giving, but we also look forward to making cookies and all the amazing shows.

Christmas Movies on FreeForm this Year

It would be hard to pick just one of our favorite movies but the season usually begins with a day of The Christmas Story followed by Home Alone, Prep and Landing, Shrek the halls and so much more.

Here is the line up on Free Form:

Saturday, December 1
• 7am/6c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
• 9:05am/8:05c Home Alone 3
• 11:15am/10:15c The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
• 1:15pm/12:15c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 3:20pm/2:20c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:25pm/4:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 7:35pm/6:35c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size

Sunday, December 2
• 7am/6c Home Alone 3
• 9am/8c Eight Crazy Nights
• 11am/10c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 1:05pm/12:05c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 2:35pm/1:35c Life-Size
• 4:40pm/3:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:20pm/5:20c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9pm/8c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (Network Television Premiere)
• 11pm/10c The Holiday

Monday, December 3
• 7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 8:30am/7:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 9am/8c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 11am/10c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c The Truth About Christmas
• 2:10pm/1:10c The Holiday
• 5:25pm/4:25c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve
• 7:25pm/6:25c The Santa Clause
• 9:30pm/8:30c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Freeform Premiere)
• 12am/11c The Family Stone

Tuesday, December 4
• 7am/6c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
• 8am/7c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special 
• 11:30am/10:30c Love the Coopers
• 2:05pm/1:05c The Family Stone 
• 4:10pm/3:10c This Christmas (Freeform Premiere)
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 12am/11c Home Alone 3

Wednesday, December 5
• 7am/6c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
• 9am/8c Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
• 11am/10c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c Home Alone 3
• 2pm/1c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 4:05pm/3:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 5:10pm/4:10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c Christmas with the Kranks
• 12am/11c I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

Thursday, December 6
• 7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 7:30am/6:30c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
• 12pm/11c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
• 2:05pm/1:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 3:10pm/2:10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 4:50pm/3:50c Christmas with the Kranks
• 6:55pm/5:55c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 
• 8:55pm/7:55c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2 
• 12am/11c Call Me Claus

Friday, December 7
• 7:30am/6:30c Jingle All the Way 2
• 11am/10c Call Me Claus
• 1:10pm/12:10c Unaccompanied Minors
• 3:15pm/2:15c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 
• 5:15pm/4:15c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
• 7:20pm/6:20c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
• 9:50pm/8:50c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 11:55pm/10:55c A Belle for Christmas (Freeform Premiere)

Saturday, December 8
• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 8am/7c A Belle for Christmas
• 10:10am/9:10c Unaccompanied Minors 
• 12:15pm/11:15c Deck the Halls
• 2:20pm/1:20c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 4:25pm/3:25c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 5:30pm/4:30c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
• 8pm/7c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (Freeform Premiere)
• 9pm/8c The Santa Clause
• 11pm/10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 1am/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

Sunday, December 9
• 7am/6c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 7:30am/6:30c Deck the Halls
• 9:30am/8:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 10:35am/9:35c Life-Size
• 12:40pm/11:40c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve 
• 2:45pm/1:45c Christmas with the Kranks
• 4:50pm/3:50c The Santa Clause
• 6:55pm/5:55c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9pm/8c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:35pm/10:35c Love the Coopers

Monday, December 10
• 7am/6c This Christmas
• 11am/10c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 12pm/11c Love the Coopers
• 2:35pm/1:35c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
• 4:40pm/3:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 6:20pm/5:20c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9pm/8c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Network Television Premiere)
• 12am/11c Holiday in Handcuffs

Tuesday, December 11
• 7am/6c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 7:30am/6:30c Unaccompanied Minors
• 11am/10c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
• 12:35pm/11:35c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 2:40pm/1:40c The Nightmare Before Christmas 
• 4:20pm/3:20c Jingle All the Way 2
• 6:25pm/5:25c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 8:30pm/7:30c Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo
• 12am/11c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Wednesday, December 12
• 7am/6c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 11:30am/10:30c Jingle All the Way 2
• 1:30pm/12:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 3pm/2c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 4:30pm/3:30c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 6:30pm/5:30c Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo
• 9pm/8c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 12am/11c Call Me Claus

Thursday, December 13
• 7am/6c Call Me Claus
• 11am/10c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas
• 1:05pm/12:05c This Christmas
• 3:40pm/2:40c Holiday in Handcuffs
• 5:45pm/4:45c The Holiday
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c Deck the Halls

Friday, December 14
• 7am/6c The Family Stone
• 11am/10c Angels Sing
• 1:05pm/12:05c The Mistle-tones
• 3:10pm/2:10c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:15pm/4:15c Deck the Halls
• 7:20pm/6:20c The Santa Clause
• 9:25pm/8:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 11:30pm/10:30c The Family Stone

Saturday, December 15
• 7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 7:30am/6:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 9am/8c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 10:30am/9:30c Christmas with the Kranks
• 12:35pm/11:35c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 2:40pm/1:40c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story
• 4:40pm/3:40c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
• 6:45pm/5:45c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 16
• 7am/6c A Belle for Christmas
• 9am/8c Jingle All the Way 2
• 11am/10c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 12pm/11c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story
• 2pm/1c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 2
• 4:05pm/3:05c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3
• 6:35pm/5:35c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 9:15pm/8:15c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
•11:20pm/10:20c A Miracle on Christmas Lake (Freeform Premiere)

Monday, December 17
• 7am/6c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 9am/8c Angels Sing
• 11am/10c Call Me Claus
• 1pm/12c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 3:05pm/2:05c Deck the Halls
• 5:10pm/4:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 7:15pm/6:15c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 8:55pm/7:55c Paddington
• 12am/11c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

Tuesday, December 18
• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 8am/7c Call Me Claus
• 10am/9c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 11:35am/10:35c Paddington
• 1:35pm/12:35c Christmas with the Kranks
• 3:40pm/2:40c The Truth About Christmas
• 5:45pm/4:45c The Holiday
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c 12 Dates of Christmas

Wednesday, December 19
• 7am/6c Snow
• 9am/8c Snow 2: Brain Freeze
• 11am/10c The Family Stone
• 1pm/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• 2pm/1c The Holiday
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Disney•Pixar's The Incredibles
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size

Thursday, December 20
• 7am/6c Pop Up Santa Holiday Special
• 8:30am/7:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 10am/9c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 11:30am/10:30c Life-Size
• 1:30pm/12:30c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve
• 3:30pm/2:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 5:35pm/4:35c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 6:40pm/5:40c Disney•Pixar's The Incredibles
• 9:20pm/8:20c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 11:25pm/10:25c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve
• 1:30am/12:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Friday, December 21
• 7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• 8:30am/7:30c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 10am/9c The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (Freeform Premiere)
• 10:30am/9:30c Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
• 11am/10c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
• 11:30am/10:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 12:30pm/11:30c Love the Coopers
• 3pm/2c Ice Age: Continental Drift
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c No Sleep ‘Til Christmas

Saturday, December 22
• 7am/6c A Miracle on Christmas Lake
• 9:40am/8:40c The Santa Clause
• 11:50am/10:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 1:55pm/12:55c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
• 2:25pm/1:25c Disney’s Prep & Landing
• 2:55pm/1:55c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
• 3:25pm/2:25c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 5:05pm/4:05c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 7:45pm/6:45c The Santa Clause
• 9:50pm/8:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 11:55pm/10:55c Christmas with the Kranks

Sunday, December 23
• 7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
• 7:30am/6:30c Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
• 9:40am/8:40c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 11:45am/10:45c Disney•Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
• 12:15pm/11:15c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
• 1:20pm/12:20c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 3pm/2c Christmas with the Kranks
• 5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause
• 7:10pm/6:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 11:55pm/10:55c Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24
• 7:30am/6:30c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
• 11am/10c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas 
• 12:30pm/11:30c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 2:05pm/1:05c Jingle All the Way 2
• 4:10pm/3:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 6:15pm/5:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
• 8:55pm/7:55c The Santa Clause
• 12am/11c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 25
• 7am/6c Disney’s Prep & Landing
• 7:30am/6:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 
• 8am/7c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• 11am/10c The Nightmare Before Christmas
• 12:40pm/11:40c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• 2:40pm/1:40c Christmas with the Kranks 
• 4:45pm/3:45c The Santa Clause
• 6:50pm/5:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
• 8:55pm/7:55c Disney’s The Lion King (1994) 
• 12am/11c Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

What are your favorite Christmas Movies?



How Moms Can Stretch Their Holiday Budget

It starts as far back as the summer when the first set of commercials begin to air. Not quite drenched in red and green, these early ads don’t even mention Christmas. But they don’t have to. The biggest gift-giving holiday is already on your little one’s minds, and they’re saying, “this for Christmas!” every time they see their favorite doll, Lego set, or fuzzy friend on TV. By now, their wish list is as long as Old Saint Nick’s beard — and they expect the big man to deliver.
How Moms Can Stretch Their Holiday Budget

Only you know that you and Santa share the same job description. While he has an army of elves to build his stock of toys, you have to buy yours. That’s not always easy with your budget. This list aims to make it easier for you to spoil your kids — even on a small budget.

How Replacing Your Doors Can Help You Save Money


Most homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their external doors unless there is something wrong with them. Perhaps because doors are something we pass through on our way to somewhere else, we tend to assume that if it isn’t causing problems, it doesn’t need to be fixed.

Save Money when replacing doors


But the truth is that your doors may be costing you a significant amount of money without you even realizing it, especially if you live in a colder region. More than 10% of the heat your house loses escapes due to old, poorly insulated, or improperly installed doors, and over the course of an entire winter this can represent hundreds or even thousands of dollars in energy costs.

Leftovers Recipes: Thanksgiving Leftover Lasagna

Thanksgiving dinner is right around the corner and with it comes a lot of Thanksgiving leftovers.  Here is a delicious recipe for lasagna.  In addition to your leftovers, there is also spinach, light cream sauce, and low-fat ricotta.




Thanksgiving Leftovers Lasagna


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups/28 oz. 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch each pepper and nutmeg
  • 9 sheets/8 oz. oven-ready noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups/6 oz. chopped cooked turkey breast
  • 4 cups/1 lb. chopped roasted butternut squash
  • 1/2 lb. spinach, steamed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup/8 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup/4 oz. Italian cheese blend, divided
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Directions:

  1. Heat oil and butter in the skillet set over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, sage and thyme for about 5 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle flour over top; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread 1/2 cup sauce evenly over bottom of greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Place 3 noodles over sauce. Spread 1 cup sauce, half of the turkey, butternut squash, spinach and ricotta over top; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Place remaining 3 noodles over top; spread remaining sauce evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Cover tightly with foil; bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

Makes 9 servings. Per serving: 305 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 42 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 21 g protein

Thank you to APastaFits.org for this awesome recipe idea...