Cheap & Easy Christmas Decorating

After watching the parade and football, Thanksgiving evening is time to decorate for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I always try to find the cheapest way to decorate for the holidays without looking cheap.

What you will need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Marker/Pen
  • Scissors
  • Wrapping Paper (25 sq ft)
  • Scotch Magic Tape
  • 2 Sided Duck Brand Tape (for ribbon and bow)
  • Ribbon (9 foot roll)
  • Bow


1. Decide where you want your ribbon and bow to be when completed. (left, right, or centered and high, low or in the middle) I used my door handle to decide how high and to make it easy to work around.

2. My door is not flat and I have a mail slot to work around so I broke the door into 4 areas making it easier to handle and secure the wrapping paper.

3. I started with my biggest section which was the top right of the door. I worked clock wise to complete sections. If you have a deadbolt or peephole make sure you trim around these before securing ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Use 2 sided tape along seams then cut and attached the rIMG_0440ibbon and bow to finish.



Cranberry Sauce

This is a very simple and quick recipe for cranberry sauce. While not my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner it is a tradition that I enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚


1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup water

3/4-1 cup sugar

4 cups (12 oz package) fresh cranberries


1. Rinse cranberries making sure to pick out any damaged or bruised ones at this time.

2. Bring orange juice, water and sugar to boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

3. Add cranberries to pan and bring back to boil.

4. Lower heat and simmer 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally until most of the cranberries have popped open.

5. Remove pan from heat and allow sauce to cool completely at room temperature.

6. Transfer to bowl and refrigerate overnight.

7. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m On The Children’s Side…

Child Support Reform: What Side Of The Fight Are You On?ย By Cathy Meyer at makes an argument from her viewpoint.

We Should Reform Child Supportย By Phyllis Schlafly at makes an interesting argument in her article.ย 

While I think all parents can agree that there needs to be child support to make sure both parents are held responsible for the care of their children, the problem is with the family court system itself. The government and courts are not designed to be “parents” or decide what is in the “best interest” of the children. You hear all kinds of people yelling for father’s rights or mother’s rights but the quietest voice is the one that everyone forgets….our children’s rights. How can the greatest country in the world not be smart enough to protect and invest in our future?

We all know bad parents, regardless of their reproductive organs, but GREAT parents are being ripped from their children’s lives for crazy reasons by family courts drunk with power. Society tells us that children do better when both parents are involved yet courts disguise bad decisions using “in the best interest” of the children.

I turn on the news and hear how another school system has cut funding to programs for our children. Ask the smart people and they will tell you how important music, art etc. are to our children yet we take this away from them. The people trusted to teach our most precious commodity are paid horrible salaries but expected to get high test scores with LARGE class sizes. Shameful!

Walking down the street I saw a young child digging in the trash for food because he was hungry!!! How is this possible in America?

How can America remain a powerhouse country if we continue to ignore the assault on the family and our children’s rights?

Comments are always welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” ย –ย C Everett Koop

5 Cup Salad…yummy :)

5 cup salad has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner.


8oz package cream cheese (softened)

1 cup mandarin oranges

1 cup crushed pineapple (I use 1/2 cup)

1 cup coconut flakes (I use 1/2 cup)

1 cup marshmallows (I use 1.5 cups)

Directions: Stir all 5 ingredients in medium bowl until well mixed. Refrigerate overnight, stir before serving.IMG_0329

Recycling Fun

We are a family that believes in recycling…having fun while we do it is a bonus ๐Ÿ™‚ All my children have enjoyed playing in boxes and using their imaginations while they turn simple cardboard into elaborate creations. This very simple and easy to make contraption has provided hours of creative playing tonight. It has been a rocket, a house and a pirate ship to name a few. The tube to look outside and make voices echo has been a big hit! I installed a battery operated light, a pillow, blanket and books making this a private reading nook that my toddler absolutely loves ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinterest offers several cute ideas on turning boxes into whatever your child can imagine. This is a cheap, practically free, way to spend time with your children that is better than any toy you can buy at a store.

Kids spell love T-I-M-E.”ย –ย John Crudele IMG_0376