Thrifty Tip: DIY Picture Frame Bow Holder

There must be something in the air right now because I have been to 4 baby showers in the past 2 months!  Baby showers are great but they can get expensive when so many of your loved ones are having babies.

I haven’t been worried because I have the PERFECT (and most thrifty!) present for all of the new baby girls in my life.  Using materials in my house, I make the cutest bow holder out of an old picture frame.  It’s practical and still so much fun to make and to give!  Here’s how I do it.

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How to Make a Bow Holder Using an Old Picture Frame.

All the items you need to make your own bow organizer

Items Needed: An old picture frame, ribbon, spray paint, decorative nails or hooks

Hammer nails into picture frame for decorative look!

1. Remove the glass from the picture frame.  Lightly hammer in decorative nails or hooks onto the frame.  Make sure you use the oldest hammer you can get your hands on for good luck…or because it’s the only hammer you could find.

Paint an old frame to make a bow organizer

2. Take your frame outside and spread newspaper to protect the ground–or the leaves if it is like my yard right now!  Spray paint the front of your frame paying special attention to the decorative nails.  Let it dry for about 45 minutes on that side.  Then spray paint the other side of the frame and let the frame dry for 45 minutes.

Glue Ribbon onto frame to make your own bow holder

3. Once the frame is completely dry, use a glue gun to add ribbon to the back of the frame.  Don’t accidentally glue your finger to the ribbon.  I have heard some people do that–not me though ESPECIALLY not in this picture.

4. If you are giving it for a gift, add on flower bows to the ribbon and hang elastic headbands from the nails.  If it’s for yourself, find an empty wall to hang it and then accessorize!

It could not have been easier or cheaper, right?  I can’t wait to attend my next baby shower with this present in tow!

SO simple to make your own bow organizer at home with just a few items!

Amazon Christmas Deals Bargain List (Toys, Stocking Stuffers, DVD’s and more!)

Massive List of amazing Amazon Christmas Toys, Gifts and Stocking Stuffers. This post is updated every few days as happymoneysaver is looking for new hot deals. Christmas gifts for less here!

I am dedicated to helping you all save some money this holiday season!! Therefore, I introduce to you my big list of great deals on toys, stocking stuffers, inexpensive gifts, DVD’s and more at great rock bottom prices. This list will be updated every few days with new great deals and price drops all through November and December.

Bookmark this page with this link (http://happymoneysaver.com/christmas-deals-bargain-list/) so you can check back for great deals!

(**This big list was updated on 11/21/14)

BEST DEALS ON TOYS

Toys under $5.00

 

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Beanie Boos Pinky Pink Plush $5.85 + free shipping (was $9.99)

Crayola Washable Watercolors $4.00 (was $6.99)

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Minecraft Collectible Figure Mystery Styles $3.74 (was $4.99)

HEXBUG Nano Colors May Vary $4.99 (was $8.99)

Sassy-Pop-n-Push-Car $4.97 (was $7.39)

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Oball Shaker $3.96 (was $8.00)

My Little Pony Rainbow Power Fluttershy Figure Doll $3.99 (was 7.99) Add-on

Iwako Japanese Puzzle Take Apart Erasers Zoo Animals Set of 7 $5.50 (was $7.99)

Family Finger Puppets – People Includes Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, Brother, Sister $2.42 with free shipping

Crayola My first crayons Triangle shaped for easy gripping $2.99 (Reg. $4.99)

Crayola 18 Count Assorted Colors Washable Kid’s Paint $2.99 (Reg. $7)

Crayola Color Wonder Disney Preschool Coloring Pad $4.99 (was $6.99)

 

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10 Pairs Doll Barbie Shoes Sandals$1.73 + free shipping (comes from overseas so could take longer shipping)

Lego Chima Wolves & Crocodiles Activity Book $3.23 (Reg $8.29)

Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad $2.99 (Reg. $14.99)

*HOT!* Colorful Silicone LOOM BANDS – 600 Bands & 25 “S” Clips! $3.49 shipped (reg. $20.99)

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Lego City Surfers Rescue -$4.59 (Reg $8.99)

Monsters Univerity Squealing Mascot $5.99 (Reg. $12.99)

Melissa & Doug Water Wow Numbers $4.99 (Reg. $6.99)

Mushabellies Mungo Monkey $3.53 + free shipping (Reg. $11.99)

Melissa & Doug Petite Peel and Press Sticker by Number-Princess Castle $4.99 (Reg. $8.99)

 

Toys $5.00 – $10.00

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Marvel Ultimate Spiderman Series 12-Inch $7.79 (was $14.99)

Webkinz Hedgehog $6.99 (was $14.99)

The Original Wizard Card Game $8.89 (was $14.99)

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game $9.99 (was a $18.99)

 

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Nerf Rebelle Pink Crush Blaster $6.99 (was $11.99)

Nerf Rebelle Dart Refill Pack $5.59 (was $9.99)

Fashion Angels Tapeffiti 30pc-Caddy $7.33 (was $11.99)

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Monster Pullback Trucks 12-unit $8.57 (was $14.95)

Mrs. Potato Head $5.00 (was $11.99)

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Minecraft Overwold Stuffed Aminal $8.90 (was $20.99)

12-piece Large Assorted Dinosaurs $8.02 (was $19.99)

Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack (Styles May Vary) $7.99 (Reg. $11.99)

Sketch Scented Markers $5.99 (was $10.49)

Jenga Classic Game $7.87 (was $14.99)

Webkinz Pink Pony $4.99 (Reg. $14.99) add on

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click’n Learn Remote $7.19 (Reg. $11.99)

LeapFrog LeapReader Early Reading Book: Nickelodeon Dora the Explorer: Tale of the Unicorn King (works with Tag) $6.25 (was $13.99)

WOW George’s Dragon Tale – Fantasy (4 Piece Set) $9.29 (was $19.99)

North American P-51 Sky Fighter Battery Powered Toy $7.97 (Reg. $25.48)

Webkinz Lion$5.63 (Reg. $14.99)

Hasbro Games PICTUREKA Card Game$5.48 (reg. $9.94)

Angry Birds Air Swimmers Turbo – RED Flying Remote Control Balloon Toy only $8. (Reg $49.99)

Toys $10 – $30

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Tinkertoy Pink Building Set $27.99 (was $44.99)

Learning Resources Pretend Calculator Register $19.99 (was $39.99)

Fisher Price Imaginext Castle Lions Den $29.88 (was $49.99)

Ravensburger Labyrinth Game $18.74 (was $31.99)

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Pillow Pets Thomas Tank Engine $16.68 (was $39.99)

Teether Bracelet 4-Pack $18.95 (was $49.95)

Disney Mickey Mouse: Fly N Slide Clubhouse $20.99 (Reg. $29.99)

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Ravens burger The Earth Piece Puzzleball $24.74 (was $45.99)

KNEX Supersonic Swirl Building Set $14.99 (was $32.99)

Fisher-Price Disney’s Jake and The Never Land Pirates Hook’s Jolly Roger Pirate Ship $18.89 (Reg. $26.99)

Estes Proto Nano Quadcopter Red $28.99 (was $59.99)

Mattel Password Journal $15 (was $26.99)

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play Puppy $14.76 (Reg. $22.99)

Fisher Price Laugh Learn Love Plush 14.76 (was $22.99)

Ever After High Apple White $10.99 (was $22.99)

KNEX 375 Piece Deluxe Building $12.78 (was $19.99)

Fisher-Price Roller Blocks Play Wall $24.99 (Reg. $34.99)

Transformers Hunters Optimus Action Figure $29 (was $59.99)

Wham-O Hover Ball-Blue $13.63 (was $29.99)

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Radio-Flyer-635S-Spin-Saucer $19.94 (was $34.99)

MindWare-M32016-Qwirkle-Board-Game $20.21 (was $34.99)

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*Price Drop!* Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven, Purple $29.96 (was $59.99)

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag, 80-Piece (Classic) $14.88 (was $24.99)

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter (Colors Vary, Black or White) $29.24 (Reg. $60)

Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race Trackset $26.10 (Reg. $44.99)

ALEX® Toys – Artist Studio Fantastic Spinner $15.44 (Reg. $28)

Furby (Teal) $29.99 (Reg. $59.99)

Disney Minnie Mouse Collapsible Storage Trunk $10.45  (was $19.99)

ALEX Toys – Craft, Loop ‘N Loom, 184WP $14.19 (Reg. $27)

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy’s Smart Train $20.99 (Reg. $35)

Playhut Disney Princess Discovery Hut Tent $14.98 (Reg. $35)

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Lego Star Wars Storage Bin $12.00 (Reg. $19.99)

WOW Tip-it Toby – Construction (3 Piece Set) $16 (Reg. $31)

Monopoly Zapped the game – $10.28 (Reg. $39.99)

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Pillow Pets Dream Lites – Pink Butterfly 11″ $14.04 (Reg. $30)

ALEX Toys – Craft, My First Sewing Kit $17.99 (Reg. $33)

Hot Wheels Race Rally Water Park Playset $15.47 (Reg. $22.99)

Learning Resources Farmers Market Color Sorting Set $23.77 (Reg. $39.99)

Hot Wheels Video Racer Micro Camera Car – Green $19.99 (Reg. $59.99) add-on

WOW Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred – Town (6 Piece Set) $30 (Reg. $60)

 

 Toy Deals $30-$100

Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle 51.99 (Reg. 89.99)

 

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Lil’ Rider  3 Wheel Battery Powered Bike, Pink $79.99 (was $199.99)

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Picasso Magnet Building Magnetic Blocks $59.99 (was $99.99) GREAT Price!!!

Pack-Choppers-Bluetooth-Controlled-iPhone $49.99 (was $99.99)

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Little People Christmas Nativity Lights $42.99 (was $79.99)

Happy Trails Elephant Rocking Animal $50.34 (was $159.99)

Happy Trails Giraffe Plush Rocking Animal $56.84 (Reg. $159.99) GREAT PRICE!!

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Melissa & Doug high rated Heirloom Victorian Dollhouse – $102.74 (reg. $169.99)

 

AMAZON CHRISTMAS DVD DEALS

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special $5.00 (Reg. $7.98)

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas $4.99 (Reg. $14.98)

Jack Frost DVD $3.75

The Nativity Story $6.70 (Reg $14.96)

A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition) $7.99 (Reg $14.97)

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)$8.96 (Reg. $19.97)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Blu-ray] for just $9.96!

 

AMAZON STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS

wallpaper decoration Creative personality $3.99 (was $7.99)

 

 

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BIC-Fashion-Colors-Medium-Assorted $2.49 (was $3.79) for 2-pack

Strap On LED Fingers – Set of 4$1.51 shipped

Snag this 2pc-chiffon Zebra & Leopard Pashmina Scarves for just $5.35 with FREE shipping!

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Snag the SODIAL(TM) Funky Fun Colorful Magnetic Wooden Numbers Fridge Magnets  for just $2.34 with FREE shipping!

 

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TONS of Titanium Baseball Necklaces in many colors for around $2 and free shipping

15pcs Nail Art Brush Set  $2.41 with FREE shipping.

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World’s Smallest Solar Powered Car is only $4.87 with FREE shipping!!!!

Handlebar Mustache Vintage Adjustable Double Ring: $3.23 add-on

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Camera necklace $3.32 plus free shipping!

Head Massager (Colors May Vary): $3.16 + free shipping

2pc Mickey/ Minnie Mouse Cookie Cutters $3.76 with FREE shipping!

Professional Nail Art Brushes – Set of 3: $2.87 with FREE shipping!

Classic vintage Bronze dragonfly pendant necklace chain $2.80 with FREE shipping!

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Get this Mickey Mouse Face Shape Cookie Cutter for just $2.34 + FREE Shipping on Amazon right now!

SET of 10 Nail Tape Stripe Decoration Sticker Hologram $1.59 with FREE shipping!

Hair Donuts for just $1.48 + free shipping

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Metallic Hollow Rose Headband is just $2.19 with FREE shipping

2 Pack- Bronze Fashion Vintage Eiffel Tower Pendant + Seahorse Pendant for only $3.59 +0.50 shipping

4 pack of Stylus Pens for iPad , Samsung Galaxy Tab ,Motorola Xoom,ALL Touchscreen Cellphone,Tablets $5.01 with FREE shipping.

Schleich Smurfette Movie Toy Figure $4.49 add-on

 Note: Amazon prices to change fast, so if you want something at the lowest price buy it fast. I don’t like pressuring you..but  I have missed out on a deal or two by waiting too long. Literally Amazon prices can change within a few minutes.

The majority of all these Amazon deals will give you FREE SHIPPING when you spend $35 or more (it’s called Super Saver shipping and takes 5-7 days to get to you.)  But you can also try out Amazon Prime for FREE for 30 days (perfect for this holiday season…) which will give you FREE 2 Day shipping on all Amazon Prime items.  As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $79/year to be a member, which is only around $6.50 each month to have all these freebies and 2 day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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11/21 Amazon Deals / Nine West Earrings, Madden NFL 15, Labyrinth Game, Sketchers Sweater Boot, Oval Roaster, Vegetable Spiralizer, T-Fal Saute Pan, Cupcake Stand, Graco Car Seat

Happy Friday deal lovers!  I found a few items today that I’ll be adding to my Christmas list.  I better send this post right off to Santa so he can see the cute boots I need.  Plus, he could put the earrings in my stocking.  There are some kitchen items that might be helpful for your Thanksgiving dinner. There is still time to order them to get them in time!  Have a great weekend!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

NINE WEST Worn Silver Textured Single Drop Earrings are only $6.54 (was $18).  I love these earrings!  They will go with everything!  These earrings are Prime eligible.

Boys love this game!  Madden NFL 15 – Xbox 360 is $39.99 (was $59.99) and it will ship for free for Amazon Prime customers.

This could be a new fun game for Christmas!  Ravensburger Labyrinth is on sale for $18.74 (was $31.99) and it ships for free with Prime.

I.  Love.  These.  Boots.  Love.   Skechers Women’s Keepsakes – Blur Casual Sweater Boot,Natural are on sale for only $34.07 (was $59.99).  Please santa?  They have Prime shipping, too!

Granite Ware 509-2 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster is $11.99 (was $18.95) plus free Prime shipping.

Premium Vegetable Spiralizer Complete Bundle – Spiral Slicer – Zucchini Spaghetti Pasta Maker is just $13.99 (was $49.99) and it will ship to you in 2 days if you have Prime.

T-fal  Matisse Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Saute Pan Cookware, 5-Quart, Black has a coupon for $9.00 off making it just $36.35 (was $64.99) and it has free Prime shipping.

Half off today!  Great price!  Francois et Mimi Multi-Tiered Metal Dessert and Cupcake Stand, Retail Packaging, 13 Cupcake is just $7.95 (was $14.95) and it ships for free for Prime members.

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix is on sale for $123.49 (was $189.99) and it has free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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13 Funny White Elephant Gifts (Family Friendly)

13 Funny White Elephant Gifts Finding funny gifts that haven't been used over and over can be hard! I've got some awesome ones for you to check out!

Do you have a party with a white elephant gift exchange coming soon? I have a big post already on happymoneysaver.com with 25 Hilarious White Elephant Gift ideas, but I wanted to add a few more funny ones to the list. So here are 13 more funny gift ideas that are family friendly for that white elephant party. Hope you enjoy and if you have any other ideas please share. Laugh away my friend, laugh away!

 

Prescription Bottle Coffee Mug Can you imagine the face of the person who opens this gift?

1. Prescription Bottle Coffee Mug – $10.81
Can you imagine the face of the person who opens this gift?

 

Smores Maker This would be such a fun gift to give to anyone!

2. Microwavable Smores Maker – $6.20
This would be such a fun gift to give to anyone!

 

Lightning Bolt Surge Protector This is one of a kind for sure and a little bit ironic.

3. Lightning Bolt Surge Protector – $30.00
This is one of a kind for sure and a little bit ironic.

 

Bacon Air Freshener This would be a hilarious gift for a friend that loves bacon!

4. Bacon Air Freshener – $4.73
This would be a hilarious gift for a friend that loves bacon!

 

Toe Tunes Speaker Silpper Have someone on your list that loves music? This would be hilarious to watch them open!

 

5. Toe Tunes Slipper Speakers – $7.50
Have someone on your list that loves music? This would be hilarious to watch them open!

Irish Accent Mouth Spray Can you just imagine someone trying to use this? I can and now I'm laughing!!

 

6. Irish Accent Mouth Spray – $6.98
Can you just imagine someone trying to use this? I can and now I’m laughing!!

 

Magic 8 Ball This is such an original fun gift to give!

 

7. Magic 8 Ball – $10.26
This is such an original fun gift to give!

 

The Gift of Nothing Finally! I've found the gift for people who say "Nothing" when you ask what they want for a gift!

 

8. The Gift of Nothing – $9.99
Finally! I’ve found the gift for people who say “Nothing” when you ask what they want for a gift!

Bacon Balm This would be another hilarious gift idea for any friend who loves bacon!

 

9. Bacon Balm – $4.92
This would be another hilarious gift idea for any friend who loves bacon!

 

Blue Silly Sneaker Socks How fun to look like you still have your shoes on! I want some of these!

 

10. Blue Silly Sneaker Socks – $6.94
How fun to look like you still have your shoes on! I want some of these!

 

Nose Basketball I would love to see someone actually try and do this! Imagine the fun times that could be had!

 

11. Nose Basketball – $9.30
I would love to see someone actually try and do this! Imagine the fun times that could be had!

 

Banana Cell Phone Handset Can you imagine the looks you would get using this in public?

12. Banana Cell Phone Handset – $13.22
Can you imagine the looks you would get using this in public?

 

Macaroni and Cheese Bandages I would love to see the look on the face of the person who opens this gift!

 

13. Macaroni and Cheese Bandages – $6.51
I would love to see the look on the face of the person who opens this gift!

November, the Chickens and Me

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It’s been awhile since I talked about what has been going on with me personally.  Things have just been strange in my life. And I haven’t wanted to talk about it because I haven’t been really sure of anything.  So I will start at the beginning. Well, the beginning of the summer.

As you know I have been dreaming forever of owning a few acres of land.  I looked for almost a year for a nice plot of land. It’s really difficult where I live to find land that you can have full water rights on. Most of the acreage I have found for sale only allows you to water 1/2 acre of your property. Plus the land couldn’t be too expensive or too small. Ideally I wanted about 2-3 acres. I looked at tons of houses with land on them too. However my husband likes a nice house and didn’t want a fixer-upper or a manufactured home. I didn’t care either way, I just wanted the land. I could totally live in a shack if I had some land to play with. I just want be a little more self-sufficient. And I want my kids to take 4-H animals to the fair too.

So, this summer we found a 5 acre lot of land with full water rights AND for a great price. So we placed our earnest money down, and started looking into construction loans. We found a house we wanted to build and talked with the banks for financing the whole land and construction. They approved us to do this and carry our own home (have both loans) until our home sold. So we continued, placed deposit money down with the home builder. BUT, the bank came back and said they would prefer our house to sell first before starting everything. So… we quickly got our house ready to sell and listed it by owner for a week. Then we prayed and hoped this was the direction the Lord would have us take in our lives.

Didn’t have much action so we listed our home on the MLS listing a few weeks later. We had 2-3 showings each week but no one made any offers for 2 months – needless to say we were pretty stressed! Worried we would lose out on the land.  So we listed then with a real estate agent at the beginning of October and sadly the house didn’t get an offer.

Luckily the land owners have been really patient with us and willing to wait for our house to sell.

We decided to look into another route to get our land. Getting the land loan straight out. And after some paper work and a few weeks of waiting we finally were able to purchase the land! It just closed this past week. And I couldn’t be happier.

5 acres!

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This is what my land looks like. This picture of course was in the summer. Isn’t it lovely?

Many times I have prayed and fasted during this whole process for help in selling our house, help in knowing if this was the right path for our family, and help with feeling peace through the stress of it all. I started to wonder why we weren’t getting any offers on our house so that this would all work out quickly. Honestly I wasn’t getting my answer from God and that confused me at the time because He has always answered my prayers before. I have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven and it’s the BEST part of life for me. I rely on Him for everything. Whenever I am not sure what to do or need help I have asked Him and His answers have come through the power of the Holy Ghost either whispering to my mind & heart or by a warm wonderful feeling.

But at one point we hadn’t sold our house, feeling a bit down and was pondering about what to do. The idea of trying to buy the land came to my mind. This idea of course would be ideal because we could pay off the land before building. That would mean lower house payments and more financial freedom. I had been told however that  you need a LOT of money down for land loans, which I didn’t have. So I hadn’t gone that route before. But my husband and I went down and applied.  We were able to get a line of credit for the down on the loan and got the loan so it worked out beautifully. This way is the ideal path because we can pay down the loan first! Which is financially a much better way and I feel great about it.  So I know now that it was all in His hands, and this path we took of buying the land was the path He wanted us to go on.

So now that you know what has been happening in my life…you will understand why I haven’t posted much. I just couldn’t officially say I owned the 5 acres of land because it was still up in the air all summer long. I didn’t garden much or talk about this because I was focused on selling my house. My life has basically been on pause.

If you are curious, this summer in my garden I grew tomatoes and basil. Had some garlic too before the chickens dug them all up.

And the chickens? They are all very well! But it has started getting COLD here. One day the chickens just hung out inside the top of the coop all day long.

Miss Dawn has totally found her place with other chickens. In fact I haven’t seen any pecking at all lately. It’s awesome.

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And she is my new favorite. She is so full of curiosity and spunk. And she is so sweet too.

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Miss Lacey is still the queen of the chickens. Where she goes the others usually follow.

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Miss Pepper seems to be doing great too, and even though I think she is still the lowest on the end of the pecking order she doesn’t seem to get pecked much anymore.

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And Miss Goldie is my most chicken-ist chicken. She is so scared all the time – constantly still runs away whenever anyone comes near. And the sun faded her feathers this summer so her colors aren’t as vibrant. I keep hoping she will molt and grow some new ones.

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They laid eggs all summer long – usually every other day. But with the cold weather here now I am lucky to get an egg each day.

And they are still the sweetest girls ever.

I am so excited about my new adventure ahead. 5 acres!!! My head feels like it will explode. I can have the freedom to do whatever I want. It will be so amazing. I can have more animals, a really big garden, orchard and even a barn perhaps. I will share some pictures I took of my land sometime soon.

Thanks for listening, and sorry for keeping this all to myself for so long. I am a bit of an introvert, so it’s often hard to share anything personal about myself online. I have to force myself sometimes when it comes to my personal life. In fact, I think I should try to do a “real me” series for you all in the future. So you will learn all my imperfections, many of the deep feelings of my heart, and how my life as a blogger really is. That is if I can get enough nerve to write it. Ha!

Chia Barack Obama, Poop Soap, Fart Whistle | 25 Hilarious White Elephant Gift Ideas

25 Hilarious White Elephant Gift Ideas. These are so funny!

It’s getting to be that time of year again. It’s the season on buying gifts for those you love, freaking out and realizing you only have xx amount of days until Christmas. It’s the time of year we eat too many goodies and wear ugly sweaters. And..it’s the season of holiday parties which means White Elephant Gift exchanges. Now before I begin sharing my top 25 best white elephant gift ideas I wanted to tell you that I haven’t had this much fun writing a post in a while. I have been laughing so hard imagining my friends opening up one of these gifts. Some of these I just want for myself so I can play practical jokes on my family members. Yeah, I won’t be winning any mother of the year awards any time soon…hee hee.

I will warn you though – these aren’t the sweet and nice gifts you would give at a white elephant exchange, these are silly ones. Ones with toilet humor and fart jokes. A few might not be family friendly, but the majority are. These are the white elephant gift ideas to get people laughing. With that said, here goes!

25 HILARIOUS WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT IDEAS

Fake Poop Shaped Handmade Bathroom Soap Gag Gift Free Prime Shipping $13.59
This is the grossest housewarming gift you could give!

Fanny Bank Funny Farting Coin Drop Bank $11.25
Turn the traditional piggy bank on its head with this one!

Chia Barack Obama $17.99
This is the one head of hair no one will want to cut!

Fart Whistle $2.87 + free shipping
Whistle while you work….

The Hillary Nutcracker $10.97 (Reg. $60)
Do you know this is the #1 Bestseller in Nutcrackers?!

Neca 40054 A Christmas Story Nightlight Leg Lamp $10.81 ($20)
You will be the hit of the party with this famous lamp!  Just remember it’s FRA-GIL-E!

What’s Your Poo Telling You? $8.45
Do you have a friend that gives way too many details about their bathroom escapades?  This is perfect for them…or anyone really!

Westminster Butt Face Towel $13.74 (Reg. $20)
Hey it’s good to stay organized, right?

Multi Voice Changer – 6.5″, Colors May Vary $10.61
Hours and hours of annoying fun!

Accoutrements Yodelling Pickle $10.94
Yodeling pickle – sign me up!

‘Pull My Finger Farting Santa’ – Holiday Gag Gift $14.95 (Reg. $17)
A great way to bring some holiday spirit to your white elephant party!

Potty Fisher Toilet Fishing Game $11.49 (Reg. $24.99)
Help pass the time!

Obama Toilet paper - great white elephant gift
Obama Toilet Paper – $6.30
This one just doesn’t get old, does it?

Poo Log $7.96
Everyone should have one, right?

Chicken Hat with Mask, Adult, One Size $12.19 + free shipping
No need to wait for Halloween for this one!

Big Mouth Toys Theft Deterrent Moldy Sandwich Bags – $5.99
Gross…and kind of a good idea!

Sharknado – I Heart Sharknado Adult T-shirt Tee – Ice Grey $12.95
Great way to show your support for the best movie!

Fred “Borrow My Pen” Subversive Pen Set – $6.45
Can you imagine people’s faces when they actually read those pens?!

Bacon Gumballs 22 Pieces Novelty Product Gag Gifts Meat Breakfast $7.75
Who wouldn’t want this?!

Forum Novelties Zombie Arm Lawn Stakes, 2-Pieces $4.96 (Reg. $12) add-on item
This would be the scariest lawn ornament.

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Awkward Family Photos Hardcover book – $10.13
Oh my heck..YES! I think this is my absolute favorite white elephant gag gift. I mean come’on…who wouldn’t want to look through awkward family photos.

Accoutrements Gnarly Teeth, Set of 9 $8.04 ($11.99)
Change your appearance in a gnarly way!

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Emergency Underpants - $5.50

Realistic Full Size Rubber Mouse Halloween Gag $9.98 shipped
The squeals might be as loud when they open this as when they prank you later on!

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Mini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler for Beverage Drink Cans in Cubicle and Home office (Red) – $21.00
This one is the most expensive of the white elephant gift ideas I have shared. But it is awesome!!! A mini fridge – this would be a well desired white elephant gift at an office exchange party.

So there you have it! 25 of my favorite hilarious white elephant gift ideas I could find.

Got any other favorites you want to share? Or homemade funny ideas you have seen or done before? I would love to hear about it.

11/20 Amazon Deals / Schwinn Bike Helmet, Minnie Mouse Home, VTech Dinosaur, Polar Heart Rate Monitor, Willow Tree Nativity, Dirt Devil Stick Vacuum, Snowbroom, Grill Cover

Thanksgiving is one week from today!  So, you know what that means, the shopping madness is right around the corner!  Start shopping on Amazon early for no lines and GREAT prices!  Lots of items today can be gifts for you or the ones you love!  Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Schwinn Women’s Thrasher Helmet, Pink/Purple is just $10.90 (was $25.99)  that’s 58% off!!!  This is a Prime item, so it will ship to you for FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Fisher-Price Minnie Mouse – Minnie’s Bow Sweet Home is $39.99 (was $49.99) and it ships for free if you have Prime.

VTech Switch & Go Dinos – Horns the Triceratops Dinosaur is 30% off today making it just $11.19 (was $15.99) and it ships for free with Prime.

Give a healthy gift this Christmas with a Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor (Purple/Pink).  On sale for $57.50 (was $99.99) and there is Prime shipping.

Willow Tree Nativity Set is on sale for $54.49 (was $75.50) and it ships to you for free if you have Prime.

Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum is just $17 (was $39.99) and it ships for free for Prime members.  This is handy to have for a quick vacuum in the kitchen or stairs.  What a great price, too!

This is great for getting the snow off of your big car!  I also think it would be great to sweep off a porch or walkway when there isn’t enough snow for shoveling, but you need to clear the snow.  Hopkins  Super Extender 52″ Snowbroom – Colors May Vary is on sale for $11.99 (was $18.95) and there is free shipping with Prime.

Protect that grill on winter long!  Classic Accessories Veranda Barbecue Grill Cover, Medium, 59 Inch is on sale for $27.46 (was $44) and there is free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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11/19 Amazon Deals / Earrings Set, Rubbermaid Storage Set, Pie Plate, Cuisinart Roaster, Cuisinart Cookware Set, Scalp & Hair Treatment, Finish Rinse Agent, Downy Sheets, Little People Princess Castle, Imaginext Castle

So many wonderful deals today to get your ready for Thanksgiving and all of the Holiday cooking you will do.  Many of the deals are just deals for TODAY only, so make sure you grab them before it’s too late!  Have a great day!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Great stocking stuffer or present!  I love these cute earrings–and there are so many styles to choose from!  YARUIE Pack of 6 Pairs Enamel Heart Resin Ear Stud Earrings Bulk Multicolor are just $5.99 and they have FREE Shipping!

Great deal on the deal of the day today!  Rubbermaid 42-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set is just $14.99 (was $26.99) and it ships to you for free if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Today only!  What a pretty pie plate!  Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Rose’s Perfect Pie Plate, Rose is just $14.99 (was $24.99) and it will ship to you for free if you have Prime.

Another great deal of the day!  Are you making a turkey or ham for the holidays?  Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster with Rack is on sale for $32 (was $110) and it ships for free with Prime.

Today only!!  Cuisinart Chef’s Anodized 8-Piece Cookware Set is 70% off and just $89.99 (was $was $300!!)  What a deal just in time for the holiday baking!

Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2 Minute Moisturizer Scalp & Hair Treatment 7.6 Fl Oz is only $.79 when you clip the $2.00 off coupon.  This is an add-on item, so it will ship to you free if you have $25 in your cart and you are a Prime member.

Great deal on this today!  Pick it up before it is gone!  Finish Jet Dry Rinse Agent Solid, 2.68 Ounce is just $.97 when you clip the $2.15 off coupon.  It will ship to you as an Add-on item for free.

Downy Ultra Infusions Lavender Serenity Sheet Fabric Softener 90 Count is just $4.86 (was $7.00) and it ships for free as an Add-on item.

I love this cute castle!  Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace is on sale for $34.98 (was $54.99) and it ships for free with Prime.

There is the girls castle, now for the boys castle!  Fisher-Price Imaginext Lion’s Den Castle is on sale today for $29.88 (was $49.99) and it ships to you for free if you are a Prime member.  That’s 40% off!

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie (From Old Recipe Box)

Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie - a pumpkin ice cream pie VINTAGE recipe from my Great Grandmother's 1900 recipe box. A gorgeous and delicious pie that is perfect for thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

So, I’ve checked Great Grandmother’s Vintage Pumpkin Pie off of my November-To-Bake list, and now I’m gonna shake it up a little bit. I stumbled across an interesting recipe for Pumpkin Ice Cream in the old recipe box. It’s not a handwritten one; it looks like something she picked up from her power company recipe collection – maybe an in-home mailer.

Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie - a pumpkin ice cream pie VINTAGE recipe from my Great Grandmother's 1900 recipe box. A gorgeous and delicious pie that is perfect for thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

So, no, this is not a Great Grandmother original, but if she saved it, it must be good, right?

Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie - a pumpkin ice cream pie VINTAGE recipe from my Great Grandmother's 1900 recipe box. A gorgeous and delicious pie that is perfect for thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

First of all, know that I have never made homemade ice cream before. I’ll be honest, reading the instructions on the card kind of took me aback. It doesn’t need an ice cream maker? Of course not, Karrie, this recipe was written decades ago. Instead, you freeze the ice cream in electric refrigerator trays? What?! Do they even make those anymore? Did these people assume that I would work in an ice cream shop? I tried to look it up and I can only assume that it meant ice cube type of trays…sort of like these.

Thankfully, I have my trusty (still in the box) KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment that will do all the work for me!!

Well, not all of it. Here’s to trial and error, folks.

I set a metal mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water and scalded the milk AND the cream (they’ll need to cook together to form the base since we’re not using the electric trays), then cooked it with the sugar, cornstarch, spices, and salt until it was thick enough to coat my spoon. I added in the eggs and dissolved gelatin, and it started to get a little bit thicker! Progress! Finally I whisked in the pumpkin puree and orange zest (which smelled so good together!) before dumping it all ever so gently in to my ice cream maker.

I set it and forget it for 15 minutes, add in the pecans when my timer went off, and another 15 minutes later, I had soft-serve! I admit, I snuck a few spoonfuls before freezing it in my metal mixing bowl overnight! The next morning, after baking up my favorite graham cracker crust, I put together the beautiful, mile high pie you see here!

Here is a closeup of the recipe card if you would like to make this too! Click on it if you want to see it bigger.

Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie - a pumpkin ice cream pie VINTAGE recipe from my Great Grandmother's 1900 recipe box. A gorgeous and delicious pie that is perfect for thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

Even with the weather getting colder and drearier and more wintry by the day, I can see myself enjoying a slice of this refreshing pie! It’s a great spin on a classic fall dessert, and you and your family deserve it. Good call, Great Grandmother, on another successful recipe box creation!

Although, maybe next time, I’ll use a chocolate crust…

Mile High Pumpkin Sundae Pie - a pumpkin ice cream pie VINTAGE recipe from my Great Grandmother's 1900 recipe box. A gorgeous and delicious pie that is perfect for thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

11/18 Amazon Deals / Butterfly Scarf, Frozen Necklace, Deluxe Art Set, LEGO DUPLO Circus Set, Cookie Cutter Set, Baking Mat Set, Cooling Rack, Big Hero 6, LEGO Xbox Game

Amazon is cutting prices left and right on so many items!  I love this time of year because I know I can always get a GREAT deal at Amazon!  I know a few of these items are going right into my cart!  How about you?  What’s on your list this year?

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

niceeshop(TM) Charming Elegant Women Butterfly Print Soft Long Scarf Wrap Shawl,Grey is just $3.99 and has FREE shipping.  Great stocking stuffer!!

Disney Girls’ “Frozen” Silver-Plated Anna and Elsa Pendant Necklace, 18″ is just $12 (was $22) and it will ship to you for free in 2 days if you have Amazon Prime.

Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set is just $11.97 (was $39.99) and has free Prime shipping.  That’s 70% off!!

This is the best price for this LEGO DUPLO My First Circus.  Just $23.99 (was $34.99) plus free Prime shipping.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, 12 Ounce is 43% off and just $9.34 (was $16.25) and it ships for free as an Add-on item.

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Wilton Holiday 18 pc Metal Cookie Cutter Set is just $8.53 (was $13.49) and it has free Prime shipping.

Silicone Baking Mat Set (2 Pack) is just $14.95 (was $49.95) and they ship to you for free if you are a Prime subscriber.

Baker’s Secret 3 Tier Cooling Rack is half off at $9.99 (was $20) and it ships for free with Prime.

This doesn’t have a release date, but it’s still great to pre-order to get the BEST price on Amazon!  Great movie!!  Pre-order Big Hero 6 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) for just $19.99 (was $39.99) and it will ship to you the day it’s released if you have Prime.

The LEGO Movie Videogame – Xbox 360 Standard Edition is just $19.99 (was $29.99) and it has free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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