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Giving Back This Season

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Holiday break is always a great time filled with family, food, fun, and presents! During your holiday break, don’t forget to take some time to give back to the community! Whether you donate to a food drive, donate clothes, or help out a local soup kitchen, you can spread the holiday cheer and remember what the holidays are truly about.

1. Coat Drive

Take a look into your closet and see which coats you no longer wear. If you are feeling like you can part with it, donate it to a local charity drive! There are a ton of coat charity drives that reward people for their generous donations. For instance, some restaurants and coffee shops give donors a free dessert, appetizer, or coffee for every X amount of jackets they bring. Some places even give gift cards in exchange for some coats. So, clean out that closet, donate your coat to someone in need, and maybe even get rewarded! Check your local businesses for coat charity drives.

Winter Charity Coat Drive

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2, Toys For Tots

If you have extra cash to spare, then donate some new toys to Toys for Tots! This wonderful organization gives toys to kids who are less fortunate. Their parents request toys for their holiday gifts and donated toys will fulfill the child’s wishlist. If you don’t have any extra cash to purchase gifts, you can also host your own Toys For Tots event to donate to the charity.

Toys for Tots Charity

Photo © Toys For Tots

3. Volunteer

Looking to give back, but have no way of donating items? No problem! You can volunteer at local shelters, church parishes, and soup kitchens. You can volunteer to help serve food to those in need or simply help set-up. No task is too small and they are always welcoming new volunteers. Find places to volunteer: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Soup Kitchen Holiday Volunteer Work

Photo © WHL Consulting

Happy Holidays! How are you planning to give back?

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In America, most of us hear “St. Patrick’s Day” and think four leaf clovers, dancing leprechauns, pots of gold, and getting pinched if you aren’t wearing green. But the Irish holiday is more than that and pints of beer. It’s a day to celebrate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also pays tribute to Irish culture and heritage.

Here are a few fun ways you can partake in the celebrations:

1. Get Out

Check to see if there’s a parade or fun run happening in your area. Proceeds almost always benefit a charity, and by attending your donation will bring someone else good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Green Run

Photo © csfreshink

2. Make Dessert

Try a delicious recipe like mint chocolate chip cookie dough bars, green velvet cheesecake cake, or something simple like shamrock cupcakes.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Photo © Parade

3. Cook Dinner

Go green for dinner too and try green macaroni and cheese or Irish soda bread grilled cheese with pesto. Some roasted cabbage wedges would make a great appetizer!

Green Macaroni and Cheese St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Photo © weelicious

4. Create Cocktails

When everyone is finished with dinner and dessert, whip up a special Irish drink, such as an Irish Coffee Martini, and Irish Buck, or a delicious and frothy Hot Nutty Irishman.

Irish Buck St. Patrick's Day Drink

Photo © Martha Stewart

Rent a few Irish-themed movies, grab some board games, or go out dancing to finish up the evening!

What do you like to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Happy celebrating!

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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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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

Photo © make it do

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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