Category Archives: Gifts Ideas

Advent {Day 24}: Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Today I want to focus on mail carriers. They have one of the hardest jobs this holiday season:
Amist the lousy cold weather that produces horrible driving conditions and makes you want to do nothing but snuggle on the couch with a good movie, They make sure we all get our:

  1. Christmas cards to friends and family on time
  2. packages with the must-have Christmas toy to your house before the big day
  3. not to mention all those silly story fliers so we can find the best deals.

Today I’m sharing my last gift idea that fit perfectly into those adorably miniscule formula containers at minimal cost! Something WARM to help those carriers make it through their days a little cozier.

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.

Filling Cans

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix:

  1. Make homemade hot cocoa mix
    Today I am sharing my mother-in-love’s AWESOME homemade Cocoa Recipe over at the
    homemaker’s challenge dot com!
    Go grab it!
  2. Add cocoa mix
  3. Use the formula scoop as a cute touch for serving up the dry cocoa mix
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click  Cocoa Printables for free printable)

These people who serve us weekly can feel your appreciation through these simple gifts! Wouldn’t you? Homemade adds that special touch as well.

I would like to challenge you to think of those who make your life  you’re thankful for this season and recognize them with a simple gift to warm their spirits!

Advent {Day 18}: RACKing

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Replace Santa…give in secret. This should be a concept for Christian’s year-round!
Wanted: Santa ClausRandom Acts of Christmas Kindness

We’ve used several of these ideas but aren’t going to tell you which because it’s a secret ;o)
Recommended Sites for RACKing ideas :

http://lillightomine.zeekeeinteractive.com/tyfoon/dnld/p54d668aa41d1c05b4e/FINALllomideas.pdf

http://kidsonthegrand.com/2011/11/29/reclaiming-christmas-spririt-rack-someone/#axzz1go8M8na4

http://pillowthought.blogspot.com/2011/11/random-acts-of-christmas-kindness.html

http://xmasfun.com/RandomActsOfKindness.aspx

http://afaithfulwalk.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/random-acts-of-christmas-kindness-rack/

Have you added RACKing to your Advent season? Share some of your fun ideas…if you wanna ;o)

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party
Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman! (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 13}: A Rock’n Angel Tree Gift
Advent {Day 14}: Packing with Littles
Advent {Day 15}: Cubbie’s Christmas Party
Advent {Day 16}: Donner DooDoo (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 17}: Donner DooDoo (PICTORIAL)

Advent {Day 17}: Donner DooDoo (PICTORIAL)

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Yesterday I shared my “Donner DooDoo” recipe and today I’d like to give you a pictorial for making containers to distribute these treats!

These lil doo doos fit nicely in baby food jars! Divy them up about 6 per jar. To decorate grab this FREE printable {Donner DooDoo Tag} to mod podge to the top of the jar and add a little curling ribbon. Yay!!! Easy enough, right?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party
Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman! (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 13}: A Rock’n Angel Tree Gift
Advent {Day 14}: Packing with Littles
Advent {Day 15}: Cubbie’s Christmas Party
Advent {Day 16}: Donner DooDoo (Gift Ideas Series)

Advent {Day 13}: A Rock’n Angel Tree Gift

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Yep, Pinterest Inspiration once again!

This year one of our Angel Tree children wanted a rocking horse! Not to hard to find, right? We shopped all day, all the while looking at every store for a rocking horse. Did I mention it also needed to be big enough for a 4-year-old who wears size 5T? Yeah…

After shopping, we went to pick up our kids from their Nanna’s house and I was explaining to my daughter that the only thing we didn’t find was a rocking horse for one of our friends. Nanna just said, “That’s okay. We can just ask Jesus to help us find one.” That night we prayed for Jesus to simply help us find one so we could bless our friend on Christmas day. We tucked in our babes and decided to search Craig’s List! SCORE!!! We found several. So the next day we started with the cheapest priced big wooden horse listed. Yep, SCORE! This is the listing picture:

Solid Wood! Still Available! $15.00!!!

I was so excited my husband was willing to drive ~2 hour round trip to pick up. When he got it home, he painted with some white house paint we had left over. After a second coat the next day we tightened up the screws and I hot glued on a feather bowa I had from a formal in college and Matt painted on her eyes! Walla!!!

Woop Woop! Awesome Christmas gift for $15.00!!!

Have you found any awesome deals this Christmas? Do share!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party
Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman! (Gift Idea Series)

Advent {Day 12}: eBook for ANY Woman

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I’ve been raving about this book called “31 Days to Clean” for months now! Some know what I’m talking about and some are about to!

Let me tell you a little bit about the e-book:

“Life-giving is about receiving from God in order to give to others.” Barbara Mouser, Five Aspects of Woman
31 Days to Clean is about loving others well.
It’s about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of our domains (Mary) with some spring cleaning thrown in (Martha).
The heart of our homes is not in the ability to keep it perfect at all costs; the heart of a home is love. We live in a thing, a non-eternal structure that needs to be maintained. The thing is worthless without the life we bring to it and through it. This book is about bringing life to the mundane in order to love well.

-Sarah Mae {click here to learn more about the book, author, see the table of content, and read a sample “day”

The book walks you through 31 days of encouragement and challenges both for the heart and taskful cleaning. She now has an easier more routine version for helping set a cleaning routine for yourself. This is so practical!

This is an affordable and thoughtful gift idea for almost any women in your life. It  speaks to the heart of the woman! PLUS, did I mention it’s only $4.99!!! Perfect!

To see more about how I’ve done this book, check out “The Ones about Cleaning” on the side bar!

Buy it by clicking on the button on my side bar!!! Let me know what you think of the book!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)
Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party

Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)

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Today I’d like to focus on waste management employees {I don’t know the PC term for trashman…sorry!}.

These people serve me in unimaginable ways! I can’t thank them enough for taking care of all the TRASH I don’t want to deal with. Really!
A few years ago when I was asking some friends how to make sure they knew I’d left a gift so it didn’t accidentally get thrown away they said, “You know our trashmen are prisoners, right?” {NOT all are} and I my reply was, and still is, “YEP! Even more of a reason I want to show them extra love especially around Christ birthday!!!” Let give them something to crunch and munch on while they travel around town.

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.!

Filling Cans

Snack Mix:

  1. Make snack mix (my favorites are chex mix or muddy buddies) {recipe link(s)}
  2. Place desired colored tissue paper inside
  3. Add snack mix
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click  Girly Lid Tag for free printable)
  5. To be sure they recognize their gift, tie some balloons on the can and place it on top of your trashcan the day of your neighborhood trash pick up. {You don’t want it to accidentally get trashed ;o) } —> not necessarily birthday ones though…

Happy Birthday TrashcanNot too many people remember those who serve them silently {well…as silent as you can be in that noisy truck} so take the time to show your gratitude with a simple gift that will show the love of Christ and make someone feel appreciated.

Do you have any other tints for making sure these early rising, quick workers recognize their gift?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)

Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)

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Today I want to focus on Teachers! School teachers, Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, daycare workers, AWANA teachers, dance teachers, coaches, etc.
hands holding apple by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-Sphere

SPOILER ALERT! Teacher‘s every where are just as ready as your children, if not more so, for Christmas break! Yep. It’s true. They have worked so hard teaching out little ones and they are looking forward to a tiny break. I appreciate all that they do every week. They are reliable. And they aiding me by assisting in my education of my child. A great way to thank them for all their hard work is with a meaningful gift!

Wanna know How-To Decorating Cans? Click over HERE for step by step instructions.

Filling Cans

Shaped Cookies:

  1. Make any shape cookies you enjoy (smaller than 3″ around)
  2. Place desired tissue paper inside
  3. Add cookies
  4. Place bow on top of the lid or printable tag (click lid tag STAR for free printable

These people in our lives love getting gifts {as simple as they may be} just to feel appreciated. Wouldn’t you? Homemade adds that special touch as well.

Who make your life  easier by serving you? How are you going to show you’re thankful for them this season?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap

Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap

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Any WIC mamma’s out there? Being a WIC mamma myself, I know we have to “buy” those tiny 12.5oz Imfamil Premium formula cans. I end up with piles of these adorable sized cans (7 a month to be exact). Anyone else out there enjoy finding fun new up-cycle crafts for them? I DO!

Last year these became our neighbor, mail carrier, and sanitation department gifts! This year they may even be teacher gifts for our Sunday school and Cubbie teachers as well as nursery workers.

I’d love to share with you several gifts that fit perfectly into these miniscule containers at minimal cost!

Decorating Cans

  1. Always wash cans after emptying/using all the formula
  2. Make sure to wash and save the scoop just in case
  3. Let dry overnight
  4. Choose paper according to your desired theme (scrap wrapping paper, construction paper, etc)
  5. Measure, cut, tape
  6. Add embellishments to the lid
    (bows of any kind, your own homemade tag, or my printables are available in the post series: “Gift Ideas”)

Other items you may be able to stock up on fast are baby food jars. If you have babies then they are going through possibly 3 or more jars of food a day(if you’re not doing homemade, which we’ve done before). Those are another great idea for re-purposing!

Decorating Baby Food Jars

  1. Always wash jar after emptying
  2. Make sure to wash and save the lid as well
  3. Let dry overnight
  4. Add embellishments to the side of the jar. This helps cover the left over sticky from the former label and takes away from the fact that its baby food jar. Wrap it all the way around the jar or just make a small 1” x 1.5” label. I like using Mod Pog to glue the paper on but tap will work as well.
    (you can make a simple homemade tag, or my printables are available in the post series: “Gift Ideas”)
  5. Fill the jar with gift before sealing lid off with embellishments.
  6. Click HERE for ideas to fill your jars.
  7. Choose paper according to your desired theme that will cover the lid.
    (tissue paper seems to work the best but scrap wrapping paper, construction paper, etc will work as well)
  8. Measure, cut, and strap the paper over the lid with ribbon
    (curling ribbon works great and is cheap but any handy ribbon you have will work)

Hope this helps those out there like my family that LOVE giving gifts, fun wrapping, and homemade items!

Anyone else out there have some great up-cycled ideas you would like to share?

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home