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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Countdown & A Few Thrifty Ideas



Michaels has some wonderful in-store events for kids.  Many of their events are Make It Take It events.  They will have sand art, dough shaping and more.  Click on the link below for details about events near you.

LINK:  Michaels Events

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic will involve teaching the kids to build a coal car for a fun toy train.  The clinic is this Saturday.  Follow the link below to sign up for the clinic this weekend and also to check out the train engine that the kids can make on December 17th.

LINK:  Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

Saturday, December 10th from 4 to 9 pm bring the kids to Tempe for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Beach Park!  This is a free family event that is bound to be delightful.

LINK:  Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday the 9th, enjoy Acker Night in Prescott and be entertained by fabulous musicians all over the downtown Prescott area.  This is a great way to support the local music community and it is also a huge fundraising event for performing arts scholarships for local youth.  Follow the link below for event venue schedules.

LINK:  Acker Night Program

This Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, bring the family to Prescott Valley Christian Church and enjoy their portrayal of "A Night In Bethlehem."  This free family event will truly bring the Nativity to life.  They are located at 7655 East Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley.


Amazon  has a new free Christmas song download every day until Christmas.  Follow the link below and check in daily to see the next song.

LINK:  Amazon free Christmas song download

FreeCCM is always my first stop for free Christian music.  This week's newest addition is 33Miles "Hark The Herald Angels Sing."  You can also still download songs from Stellar Kart, Decyfer Down, Mike Farris, Addison Road, and Chasen.  

LINK:  FreeCCM free Christian Music

Don't forget you can also still download ten awesome songs from FreeCCM as a Christmas gift from them to you!

LINK:  FreeCCM Ten Songs For Christmas


O' Little Town by Don Reid (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble)

The Holiness Of God by  RC Sproul (Amazon)

A Victorian Christmas Anthology by Catherine Palmer (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble) (ChristianBook)

Sweet Baklava by Debby Mayne (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble)(ChristianBook)

One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble) (ChristianBook)

A Hearth In Candlewood by Delia Parr (Amazon) (Barnes & Noble) (ChristianBook)

The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh (ChristianBook)


I haven't given up on the homemade gifts.  There are still many, many more that you can make to bless family and friends. 


One of my favorite sites Organized Christmas has a very easy and pretty Peach Bath Salts gift in a jar recipe.  You can find it here.  There is even a printable gift tag.


Organized Christmas also has the perfect holiday appropriate Candy Cane  Bath Salts gift in a jar recipe here.  And again, you can print labels for these great gifts.  Is it any wonder why I love this site?

GREEN TEA BATH SALTS has a great Green Tea Bath Salts gift in a jar recipe.  It calls for very simple ingredients.  Though they do suggest dried flower petals or potpourri...I would probably  not jump on the potpourri and go with simple flowers.  Check it out here.


Brown sugar body scrub also makes a great gift in a jar, and it is super easy plus really feels amazing.  Here is the recipe:

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Cup Olive Oil

Heat Olive oil on the stove in a pot and slowly add brown sugar and stir until well blended.  That is it!  Add to a jar and you are all set.  Sugar scrubs feel absolutely amazing and are great for the skin.  


Domino's also has two great sugar scrub recipes on their site for gifting.  Head on over here to check out recipes for a Brown Sugar Body Scrub and Sweet & Spicy Brown Sugar Body Scrub.  Oh, and do they have gift tags too?  Yes they do right here.  They are just pretty and generic so you can really use them for just about any beauty gift jar recipe.


Here is a very simple and basic salt scrub recipe.  You can change it up by simply adding different essential oils which you can get at most health food stores.

2 Cups Epsom Salt

1 Cup Oil (grape seed, olive, almond, jojoba, almond or sesame seed)
10 Drops of essential oil

Mix everything together (I know...hard right)  You can also do the same with sugar to make a fine sugar scrub too.  Grated ginger is a really nice item to add to these rubs too.

Special note:  When making body scrubs and bath salts, it can be tempting to add food coloring.  I prefer natural looks but if going with food coloring always start with small amounts as you mix. 


I repeatedly ran into recipes for oatmeal cookie bath gifts.  The one that I found at A Delightful Home was my favorite, because it also suggested giving a gift of homemade oatmeal cookies as well.  What a delightful treat.  A nice bath and yummy cookies to go with!  Check it all out here.  Or head on over to The Motherload and get another yummy oatmeal cookie bath recipe here.  She also has the Candy Cane bath salts recipe.


Lastly, check out Susan's recipe for Coffee Cinnamon bath salts.  I literally use used coffee as a scrub.  It is absolutely amazing and makes my skin crazy soft, but let's face it...a jar of used coffee is not going to wow the gift recipient, but this recipe will knock it out of the park.  Check out the recipe and even the cute packaging Susan did here.



Rib Roast, large end, bone-in limit one at $3.97 lb
Sanderson Farms Small Pack Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenders 1/2 FREE
Dole Bananas 39 cents pound
Doritoes Tortilla Chips 11-11.5 oz 11/1 free $4.29
Smithfield Bacon 16 oz 1/1 free $6.99
Atlantic Salmon Fillet $4.88 lb
Newcrop Blackberries 6 oz $1
Natures Own Butter Top Bread 20 oz $1
Progresso  Vegetable Classics  Soup 18-19 oz $1
DaVinci Pasta 16 oz $1
Hunts Spaghetti Sauce 26 to 26.5 oz $1
Hunts Diced Gtomatoes 14.5 oz $1
Daisy 8 oz Sour Cream $1
Albertsons Large Eggs 1  doz $1
Chiobani Greek Yogurt 6 oz $1
Cook's Shank Portion Ham Bone-In $1.29 lb
Bottom Round, London Broil,  Sirloin Tip, Top Round, Chuck, or Cross Rib 1/1 Free $5.99 lb
Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks 16 oz 4/$5
Albertsons 32 oz yogurt 2/$4


Red Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith Apples 75 cents lb
Ragu  Pasta Sauce 16 to 24 oz 4/$5
Three Day Sale Friday through Sunday (12/9 to 12/11)
Safeway Turkey 10-22 lb Frozen (While Supplies Last NO RAINCHECKS)
Progresso  Rich & Hearty Soup $1.11 18.5 to 19 oz select varieties
Eating Right or Safeway Select Meals 6/$10 6-12.4 oz
Farmer John Sliced Bacon 12 oz 1/1 Free up to $5.49 (limit 2)
Quaker Life Cereal 13 oz Cap'N Crunch 14 oz $1.88
Pistachios 20 oz $5 each 


Hot House or Red Tomatoes on the Vione 99 cents lb
Cooks Spiral Sliced Ham $1.37 lb
Kroger Canned Vegetables 11.5 to 15.25 oz 2/$1 (limit 12)
Fry's Gallon Milk D, 2%, 1% Low Fat, or Non Fat $1.57
Hunts Tomatoes, Paste or Sauce 12-15oz 88 cents
Kroger Saltines 88 cents
Foster Farms Whole Chicken 67 cents lb
Barrilla Pasta Select Varieties 12-16 oz 10/$10
Hunts Pasta Sauce 26-26.5 oz 10/$10
Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Dole Salad Blends or Kits 5-12 oz 2/$3
Yellow or Zucchini Squash 99 cents lb
Kroger Canned Fruit 15-15.25 cans select varieties 10/$10

1 comment:

Cozy in Texas said...

Great ideas I'm going to add a link to my blog