gift giving


For those of you  familiar with this blog you may know that I value volunteering.  So I wanted to share some ideas for this Valentine’s Day:

Singles and Married with no Children – Babysit for those that have young children

Married with Young Children – Help the Single Parents

Married with Older Children – Why not go to a Retirement Home or Widow/Widower

Whatever stage of life you are in see if there is a way to reach out to those around you.  Send a card or flowers to someone, take them out to eat, offer to babysit, send a single mom for a facial, bake a cake for a neighbor, throw a party for kids in a homeless shelter.  Ask around.  There are lots of people in need right now.  I bet it won’t be hard to find out who to help.  And you know what, you will have a heart full of flowers instead of a vase 🙂

Have a “Helping” Day!

One of the days this past week one of our projects fell through.  I guess the organization is no longer running so we doubled up our efforts at the Angel Tree.

We went to our local WalMart and picked 4 names; 3 boys and a girl of course.  It is so sad to see so many tags on them at this point.  Especially when kids are asking for shirts, jackets, and shoes!!!  And I am talking about one kid just asking for one of those not all!!!!!  Imagine what situation they are in to only ask for one shirt.

We ended up getting them what they asked and grabbed a toy and some socks.  It was a little spendy for our situation right now but totally worth it.  How many times do we not even think about spending money on ourselves and these kids are waiting for a coat! 

It was really a good feeling to help them out!  If you get a change go over to an Angel Tree and pick some names up.  Very few were asking for expensive things.

By the way, the other day we had a friend call and gave a terrific present to one of our boys (they don’t know it yet though so it’s top secret.  And while we were coming back from an event we stopped for a treat…pie.  We decided to splurge and it ended up that someone paid for our pie.  Can you believe it??????  What a blessing!!!

Have an “Angel Tree” Day!!!!

For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you may remember my 2007 12 Days of Christmas posts.  For those new, let me explain.

Our family celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas (prior to Christmas) by donating, serving, and/or volunteering on each day.  We pick different things for each day like wrapping gifts for the homeless or helping a friend in need.

Well tonight we will narrow down our choices and will be starting this weekend.  I hope you will join us.  If not for all 12 days, choose one.  Your children will get a LOT out of it!  My kids pass by the nursing home that we served homemade cookies to last year and always remember the residents there.  Even when we don’t pass by they still talk about all the wonderful things they were able to do.  It also gets all away from the “gimmes”.

Have a “Giving” Day!

I received this from my friend Anel.  You will LOVE this craft! (But if the pic doesn’t show up you won’t be able to do it…in fact PLEASE let me know if it doesn’t pull up or it won’t be useful).

My dear friends,

Somewhat embarrassing to admit, I’m not getting an annual bonus and
Christmas is tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you
all as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You’ll most likely agree
that it’s a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I’ve
included the instructions below.

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:

You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.

Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most
aesthetically appealing), etc.

These slippers are:
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

I’ve attached a photo of the first pair I made so that you can see the
nifty slippers for yourself….

Awaiting you r response. It’s crucial that I get the right size for each
one of you.

 

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Have a “Now That’s Funny” Day!

Not too long ago I purchased some wonderful products that I found on another blog.  They were from Hick Chicks Soap Barn.  I got a wonderful lotion bar that smells divine!!  I get comments all the time.  And then a wonderful lip balm.  I love it!

Here is some info about their wonderful products:

Products from scratch- no pre-made bases, no fillers. Handmade, old fashioned goat milk soaps made right in my kitchen. Natural body products without harsh chemicals and synthetic preservatives,lovingly made in very small batches. REAL soap with 100% raw high-fat goat milk, no water. I don’t use artificial colors or dyes- the variances in color come from the milk itself and the essential oils or skin-safe fragrance oils.

I use a special cold process technique that enables me to keep the soap uncooked- raw, so that the milk retains those wonderful vitamins and enzymes that our skin loves and soaks in.

Since all of my soaps are hand made, they vary slightly in size, color, and shape, and each batch turns out unique. ~*~ The longer you let your soap cure, the harder it becomes and the longer it lasts. It only gets better with age!

So to this weeks basket of blessings goes in a soap and matching scented lotion bar.  Hello, you will so enjoy this!!!

You have to go and check them out here and do some shopping:

Store:

Homespun Raw Goat Milk Soaps ‘N More!
blog:
Their Nubian Goats~
 
“oil and perfume make the heart glad…” Proverbs 27:9
Here’s how to win:

1) Answer the question below in my comments. One entry is all I need. You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once.

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to particpate too). I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site.

3) That’s it!!!! Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes. Isn’t the EASY????

Question for Week 4 – What ThanksGIVING traditions do you have? Does your family do something special that gives to others for this Holiday?

Have a “Perfumed” Day!

I found this ETSY shop while looking for some other products (but I can’t remember what now).  It’s so exciting to find new things isn’t it?

I ordered some of her bath salts and they smell wonderful.  She makes other things as well including frog soaps like this:

Honeysuckle Oatmeal Bar. Hypo-allergenic.  Isn’t that cute?

You can visit her shop at ETSY here :  www.boyfrog.etsy.com

She also has a website too www.boyfrog.com

Into the bucket we will put in a product for Boyfrog.  Some lovely bath salts. 

Orange Blossom Bath Salt.

Quality Premium Mineral Rich Bath Salt Crystals. The Bath Salts are 100% natural. Relax in a tub full of salts, or soak sore and tired feet at the end of a long day.

Wanna Win?

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to particpate too).  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

 

Question for Week 3 – Since this is my Birthday week tell me something that you have done on someone else’s birthday that was really special.  Did you make a cake when you usually buy one?  Or what about making a scrapbook for 6 months?

Have a “Hoppin” Day!

Well  Kelly at Busy Little Elf always is.  She makes some wonderful play dough and play dough kits.  And don’t you just love the smell of play dough?  And just think she has scented dough too 🙂

Here’s more about Kelly:

 
I am a first time mommy to a fabulous little boy. Because I have a wonderful hard working husband, I am now able to combine my two loves, being a stay at home mommy and being a creative genius….Okay,so genius is a bit of an exaggeration! But I have always been creative and I find joy in finding clever ways of manipulating simple objects into fun creations. I hope they make you smile!I am a proud member of the Cafemom street team!!Please visit my blog http://busylittleelf.blogspot.com/

Here’s what you are playing for –

                      Homemade Play Dough Kit - Space Boy - basic             

              Homemade Play Dough Kit – Space Boy – basic  

 

OR

                  Homemade Play Dough Kit  - Fairy Dust - Special Edition

       Homemade Play Dough Kit – Fairy Dust – Special Edition

Here’s how to win:

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to participate too).  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

 Question for Week 3 – Since this is my Birthday week tell me something that you have done on someone else’s birthday that was really special.  Did you make a cake when you usually buy one?  Or what about making a scrapbook for 6 months?

Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s ETSY shop.  She even has gingerbread cookie plya dough…don’t eat it 🙂

www.busylittleelf.etsy.com

Have a “Playful” Day!

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