Category Archives: Holiday

The costumes…

Halloween was a lot of fun this year.  Of course, it was a lot like Christmas – days of prepping (sewing) for just a few hours of fun.  It was worth it though!
Addie decided to be Tinkerbell:

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Justin, the Grimm Reaper:
_MG_9878Jacob, a ninja:


I hope everyone had a happy, happy Halloween!




Tinkerbell – Simplicity 2872

Grimm Reaper – Simplicity 1582

Ninja – McCall’s 2940 – but modified slightly; also, used a different mask based on this tutorial



Valentine’s Day ideas…

I thought I would share a few Valentine’s Day ideas today.  It’s not really a big holiday in our house because we homeschool and never have to go through the pick-out-a-box-of-cards-at-Target-and-stick-a-pencil-in-it-to-share-with-your-classmates deal.  Whew!  Thank goodness and God bless those of you that do.

My parents will be coming into town on Thursday, so we will be having a family celebration.  We are making cards this year to send to close family and I’ll share what we did once the holiday passes.  I already have a good idea of what I am doing for the fam, but scrolled through Pinterest to see what other (budget-friendly) ideas were out there.

A funny story that I’m not sure I have shared on here.  For the past, oh, I don’t know, probably 6-7 years, my hubby and I have a certain little thing we do when it comes to cards.  We were going through a very rough time financially and we decided that we would go to a store, search for the perfect card, show it to each other, and then put it back on the shelf.  It works perfectly for us.  Occasionally, we will give a handmade card, but typically we do the store thing.

So here are some great Valentine’s Day ideas:

1.  Make a “Date Night at Home” basket.  This could be filled with a movie (a fav that you already own), popcorn, a favorite treat, a board game, the menu for a special supper that you are going to cook; anything that you can think of to make it an enjoyable evening.  You could use a regular basket that you have on hand (or an inexpensive thrifted one); a large bowl; a decorated cardboard box; anything really.

2.  I love you because…letter.  What a great idea!  I came across this on Pinterest last night.  I hope to get one done for my hubby and kiddos.

3.  Special Meal.  I know that there are certain meals that my family loves that are more labor intensive.  On a day that we are supposed to show love, making these meals is not too much to ask at all!  A well fed family is a happy family!

4.  Love Coupons.  This is something that can be done any time of year.  It can be for your significant other or your kids.  The biggest thing here would be to make sure you fulfill the coupon when the person comes to collect!  🙂

5.  Potted Plant.  I, for one, am not all that into a big, expensive bouquet of flowers.  I would much rather receive a potted plant that will continue living long after the holiday passes.  Or better yet, one that can be planted outside that you can enjoy for years to come.

6.  Homemade cards.  These are always the best.  Here are a few links to free printables:


I also think that this year we will make some decorations.  I want to use things we have on hand to keep the cost down and there are really some great ideas out there.


source – only pics on this page, but pretty self-explanatory

And a few things for the kids:

The main thing is that any special effort or display of love will go a long way.

What type of things are you doing for/with our family for Valentine’s Day?