Monthly Archives: December 2013

How To Un-Spend From The Holidays

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you are like me, you love to go all out for the holiday season and spoil everyone you love with gifts! Sometimes though, I will admit, I spent much more than I should. I can’t help it though! I want to get things for friends and family that I know they will love. However, there could be a plus side – usually, you can reap on the returns!

Broke empty wallet

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Cash is always one of the best gifts to give/receive, especially when you are a college student. And I can usually count on getting cash in some form from at least one person, whether it be from my parents, my grandpa, an aunt, or a brother. Of course I don’t expect it and I appreciate it anything I get from anyone.

If I do end up getting cash for the holidays, it instantly goes into my savings. I know Christmas cash usually means instant shopping spree for that thing you have really been wanting, but by saving it I see it as going towards the gifts I purchased for everyone else!

Saving Cash Piggy Bank

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I then instantly feel better since I feel as though I spent less initially. Saving money is not easy to do, especially this time of the year. However, if you think of incoming money as paying off money you have spent, you will gladly hold on to it rather than spend it.

How do you deal with overspending on the holidays?

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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A night as big as New Year’s Eve deserves a celebration just as big! If you are stuck on how to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, check out these suggestions:

1. House Party

Get a bunch of friends together for a New Year’s Eve party! Whether it be at your place or someone else’s, have everyone bring a dessert, dinner dish, or drink, and dress up! You can rent a couple movies or dance to the year’s hits until the ball drops!

New Year's Eve Holiday College Party

Photo © College Fashion

2. Bar Gathering

Campuses always have bars open New Year’s Eve. Call up a few in your area, ask what celebrations are going on, and head over with a few of your friends! Usually bars offer live music, contests, karaoke, and other fun deals to pass the time until the countdown.

Happy New Year Bar Party College Friends

Photo © Fado Irish Pub

3. Beach Bonfire

Close to the water? You can maybe pool your money together with some friends and rent a beach house for the night’s celebrations or you can build a bonfire on the shore! Have a small barbecue, make s’mores, and discuss your favorite moments of the year and your New Year resolutions.

Winter Beach House

Photo © chez sven

4. Hike Your Favorite Mountain

Grab your significant other or friends and bring a picnic with sparkling cider for a midnight view of the city’s celebrations. Chances are you’ll see fireworks from somewhere over the city, but even if you don’t, the view of the stars above will add to a night you won’t forget. Just don’t forget the flashlight!

Winter Hiking Picnic

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5. Games

If you do stay in your dorm, visit home, or are at a friend’s house, add games to your celebrations! This guessing game idea from Real Simple is one of my favorite ideas – print and cut out the cards, have each person fill them out, then take turns guessing who wrote what. Another great game is Quelf, which I guarantee will have you laughing nonstop. Or, have all your friends bring their favorite game and take turns!

Playing Game Boards

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No matter how you celebrate, make sure champagne or sparkling cider is present! It just wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without the bubbly!

 

What do you like to do New Year’s Eve?

 

Happy New Year!

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Gratitude

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With the holidays, come a lot of feelings of want. Such as, “I want this present,” “I want my house to look good,” and so forth. Even though we create those long wishlists and daydream about what we want, rarely do we take the time to appreciate what we already have. That’s where gratitude comes in.

Gratitude, simply put, is acknowledging and appreciating what you have. Whether it’s taking the time to thank somebody who held the door open for you, or thanking your mother for home-cooked meals, expressing your gratitude can actually make you happier.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California, and his colleague Mike McCullough, at the University of Miami, conducted a study on gratitude by having their participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for in the last week; one group described things that had gone poorly; and one group described things that had affected them, without stating if it had gone negatively or positively. Ten weeks later, the group that had been keeping track of their gratitude, felt better about their lives as a whole and were a whole 25% happier than the group that focused on the negative.

So what are some ways you can focus on what you’re grateful for?

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down five things you’re grateful for every day. Once you start looking for things to be grateful for, they’re everywhere. Then you can reflect back on them if you are ever feeling down.

Gratitute Journal Diary

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2. Say Thank You

Sometimes we say the words “thank you” without thinking about it – but next time you say it, really mean it and appreciate what’s being done. Thank your waiter for their great service. Thank your mom for giving you a killer taste in music. Thank your friends for always listening. Realize how much others really are around to help you out.

Thank you note

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3. Write A Gratitude Letter

If there’s someone in your life who has affected you positively or did something you never thanked them for, now is the time to let them know you appreciate them. Jot down why you’re grateful for them, and stick it in the mail. Sometimes it is extra nice to get stuff like this down in writing.

Thank you note card message

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So don’t be bummed this year if you didn’t get something you wanted or were hoping for. Remember that there is so much you already have!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

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Homemade Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Last minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but to save time and money, maybe consider a few homemade DIY gifts that will really make a meaningful holiday gift.

1. Candles

Homemade candles not only smell delicious, they are also a creative addition to any room in your house. You can find candle making kits at almost any craft shop, or you can use this recipe. You can even buy some scented oils to add to your candles. Cinnamon, pine, or even peppermint are the perfect holiday scents!

Homemade Candles

Photo © manufactum

2. Ornaments

A personalized touch to the tree is never a bad thing. You can make popsicle reindeer, spoon Santas and Mrs. Clauses, or my favorite, “Swirl-a-balls.” You can find all the supplies to make these inexpensive ornaments at a craft store. Homemade ornaments might be small gifts, but who doesn’t love something homemade?

Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Photo © spoonful

3. Jewelry

Again, all the supplies you need to make a bracelet, necklace, or even a regular keychain can be found at a craft store. Find out your friend’s or a family member’s favorite color and you can find the corresponding beads to match! I like picking out funky beads with random shapes, animal faces, or even letters for initials. You can also buy beads to spell out a special phrase or inside joke. You also don’t have to buy regular old fishing line for jewelry – use cord, rope, or hemp!

DIY Craft Homemade Bracelet Jewelry

Photo © Sometimes Homemade

4. Photo Collage

Photo collages are a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them. Pick out your favorite photos together and you can either place them in a fancy frame with pre-cut shapes, or simply pick out the frame and add your own personal touches using scrapbook paper, pieces of dried flowers, or even twigs from the woods. Anything you add is sure to personalize it!

Happy Holidays Photo Collage Gift

Photo © 365loveideas

5. Dessert

Mmmm, something delicious to nibble on around the fire or at parties? How could a person say no? Do a bit of digging to find out their favorite guilty pleasure and surprise them with it! If you can’t figure out what to make, fudge and peppermint bark never disappoint!

DIY Homemade Fudge Gift

Photo © momswhothink

 

Will you be making homemade Christmas presents? What will you make? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Festive DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you are on a budget this holiday season, maybe the best solution to holiday gifts this year is to do them yourself (DIY) and get creative! The best gifts aren’t about how much you’ve spent, but about how much thought and dedication you put into them. To start you off with some festive suggestions, here are three DIY gift ideas:

1. Mason Jars

Mason jar gifts have been very trendy this past year. All you need is some mason jars, decorative ribbon, and a bag of marshmallows and a box of hot chocolate mix that you can typically all find at the dollar store. Wash and dry the jars, then pour in a packet of the hot chocolate mix and fill it with the marshmallows and seal it. Use the ribbon to tie a bow, and you can even add a decorative card stock sign tag to make it extra festive! If you really want to get creative, you can add peppermint candy at the very top after filling it with marshmallows.

Happy Holidays Mason Jar Cocoa Mix Gifts

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2. Personalized Mugs


Mugs are the greatest gifts you can give anyone since you can never have too many! For the holiday season, you can gift personalized mugs for your parents, family, or friends. They’ll absolutely love it because it was thoughtful and creative gift! Just look for a holiday styled or plain mug at the dollar store and some acrylic paint pens to draw or write whatever you can think of! Draw out the design on some scratch paper first if you need to think it out. You could also add some holiday candy like peppermints, M&M’s, or Andes mints for a bonus!

Christmas Holiday Mug of Cheer Personalized DIY Craft Gift

Photo © sparkandchemistry

3. “S’more Love”

Send S’more love your friends and family’s way with this fun gift idea! Make them a personalized mini-s’mores kit that they can all enjoy. Cut out even squares of cellophane wrap and place a stack of graham crackers in the center, followed by some Hershey’s chocolate, and then marshmallows. Wrap the s’more with a ribbon and a holiday gift tag for added personal touch.

S'more Love Holiday Gift Kit Idea

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Hope these fun and festive holiday gift ideas were helpful! Happy Holidays!

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