Archives for December 2011

Merry {belated} Christmas!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas!Always,Amanda … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Photo Card

For the past couple of years, we have sent out a family newsletter in place of a Christmas card. This year, I thought I would try something different. A lot of our Christmas cards are sent to out of town relatives that we do not see very often. Several of them have asked for pictures of our family. So this year, I thought it would be nice to send a Christmas Photo Card that could be displayed year round.I chose a nice recent family photo from a session that we did with a friend of mine. Although … [Read more...]

A Very Craigslist Christmas

If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I are slightly obsessed with Craigslist. You know you have it bad when your 3 year old can't find one of his toys, and asks if you sold it on Craigslist. (And yes, sometimes I have.)Over the years, we have found amazing deals and saved lots of money by shopping Craigslist instead of retail. Here are a few examples...Last Christmas, my husband gave me a black Kitchen Aid mixer that he found on Craigslist for $75. I have always wanted a Kitchen … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Gift Giving

I have never been one of those girls that enjoy shopping at the mall.  But take me to a thrift store and I am in heaven! I don't know what I love more, saving money or the thrill of the find.Here are some Christmas gifts ideas that you may find at your local thrift store...Picture Frames I purchased most of the picture frames for my photo wall from the thrift store for under a dollar. A simple coat of paint followed by a little sandpaper distressing, made these frames as stylish as a … [Read more...]