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AHH! 50% off photo books and cards…hurry!

Is anyone out there a last-minute Christmas gift shopper/creator/buyer like me? If so… I just made a bunch of 8×8 photo books of our new family pics for Grandparents for Christmas. All of Shutterfly’s promos are ending tonight at midnight and the deals are really really good right now! I got 50% off photo books, free

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How to use credit card points for gifts

Lindsay found this great video the other day. It’s a quick and simple tip about how to use your credit card points toward Christmas gifts this year. Remember my parameters on how much you should spend on your kids for Christmas? This is a great way to get those gifts that might be out of your budget,

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How much to spend on your kids for Christmas: Part I…the “WHAT”

Today I was going to write a post about budgeting for Christmas gifts this year. While that post will still be written (stay tuned), I decided that this post should come first. I’m sure we can all agree that the true meaning of Christmas doesn’t involve gifts. Amen to that. BUT…I’m sure we can also

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Good deal on Rainbow Loom Bands!

I’m enjoying family time here in NorCal. I’ve especially enjoyed hanging out with my adorable 8 year old niece…who quickly informed me after only about 30 seconds of being in her house, that “loom bands” or “rainbow bands” or “wacky loom” or whatever you call them, are THE. THING. (Like, duh.) I had never heard of

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Holiday prep in October: 5 things to do in the Fall to prepare yourself financially for the Holidays

Now that Halloween is over (minus our party on Sat, more on that soon…) my brain is a little freed up to concentrate on the next impending projects… Holidays. Holidays. And more Holidays. While I’m jumping for joy because I LOVE CHRISTMAS, I also know all too well how this is the most stressful time

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Fun, Cheap or Free Bridal Shower ideas! Games, party favors, decor, and more.

I love parties. Showers. Gatherings. Fiestas. Luaus. Mingles. You name it, I’m there…and what’s more, I’m usually the one throwing it. I am living, breathing proof that you CAN throw an incredible party that is elegant, easy, cute, quick, affordable (free, even), and most importantly, memorably FUN! The bridal shower ideas I’m about to show resulted

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HUGE Mother’s Day giveaway! 12 AMAZING Prizes to win, plus a Mother’s Day gift guide

Mother’s Day gift-guide and giveaway!   Are you excited for Mother’s day? Well, if you aren’t…YOU SHOULD BE. Why?  I’ve teamed up with My Chic Bump and a group of fabulous bloggers to shower one lucky mom with everything from this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide!  Yes, you heard me…   All 12 of our favorite items for

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DIY nest necklace tutorial (great Mother’s Day gift idea!)

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you might be panicking if you’re anything like me. I’m am the WORST last-minute gift giver. Like, ever. No seriously. THE WORST.  For those of us last minute-ers I thought I’d remind you of what I did last year for my mama. This DIY nest necklace tutorial creates gorgeous, unique,

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