Friday
Dec072018

15+ Gift Ideas For Grandparents

Here are some fun and thoughtful ideas for gifts for grandma, grandpa, or other senior relative. Many of these ideas I have given to my mom, dad and mother in law!

General Gift Ideas:

  1. Flowers – Especially in the middle of winter, flowers are a nice surprise.
  2. Homemade Cards – Drawings, cards, art projects are always a welcome gift for the grandparents. It is a creative way for kids to keep in touch with grandma and grandpa!
  3. iPad or Laptop - Speaking of keeping in touch, I find being able to contact far away family and friends with an iPad is amazing! We can Skype or Facetime on the iPad, along with email and chatting. These are two great options to help everyone stay in touch.
  4. Homemade Meal or Dessert – OR If you aren't up to cooking (or baking), consider sending Mrs. Field's cookies or Cheryl's. I've ordered from both for my family and they loved them!
  5. Gift Baskets- Put together a basket of your loved ones favorite treats. Whether it is beauty products, food, books or more, the ideas are endless!
  6. Dinner out – Enjoying a meal out is one of the most fun gifts you can give. Especially when someone is in a nursing home, getting out for a few hours is a nice treat.
  7. Thank You’s on Facebook – My son likes to send Nana little notes on Facebook, it's a nice way for them to keep in touch.
  8. Art Projects – Consider framing art work or making a scrapbook of your child's artwork.
  9. A Kindle-  Kindles can store so many books. This would be a perfect solution for a grandparent who wants all their books in one place, likes to travel or who would like the convenience of instant book delivery!
  10. Gift Cards – Gift cards are always appreciated, especially if they are a surprise! Ask what their favorite stores are, think Amazon, Target and more!
  11. Magazine Subscription – Just like me, Janet loves to read magazines. It's always fun to get a surprise magazine subscription in the mail. My mom loves magazines too.
  12. A Party – Don't forget all the milestone events coming up in your loved ones life, like birthdays and anniversaries. 
  13. CD’s or MP3 Player- Many of my elderly relatives love listening to music. An iPod would make a nice gift!
  14. Books- My Mom loves to read and sending her a few books is always a treat for her.
  15. Photo Collages – I've made several photo collages with a mix of old photos and newer ones. Photo books are also a nice gift. Two of my favorite sites include Shutterfly 
  16. Eddie Bauer blanket. Cozy and soft, my mom loves fleece blankets. 

 

 

Hobbies and Fun:

Gift ideas can be personalized to focus on the person’s personal interests and hobbies such as:

  1. Stationery and stamp- My grandmother Esther loved to collect stamps. When she passed away 10 years ago, I inherited her stamp collection . I like going through it and remembering all the fun we had looking at the stamps.
  2. Supplies for knitting or crocheting- My mom loves knitting and sending her yarn and other supplies is always appreciated.
  3. Pet care supplies- Does your loved one love pets? Put together a box of pet care supplies, toys and more.
  4. Plants, herbs, or flowers- Last year for Mother’s Day, I sent my mom a rose bush. It was one of her favorite gifts because it will bloom every year!
  5. Bird feeders and food- My mom loves feeding the birds and sending her a birdwatcher’s book or bird seed is something she enjoys.
Friday
Dec072018

20+ Holiday Gifts for Teachers

  1. Target Gift Card
  2. Amazon.com Gift Card
  3. Barnes and Noble Gift Card
  4. class gift
  5. spa gift card
  6. Christmas ornament (Hallmark is a good source)
  7. homemade card or craft made by the student
  8. baked goods – (May want to skip if you aren't aware of their tastes, food allergies, etc.)
  9. basket of gourmet coffees or gourmet teas
  10. note pads or thank you cards
  11. Decorate a 6 pack of root beer with brown pipe cleaners, craft eyes, and craft poms. Then print and attach this cute coordinating “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Root Beer” FREE gift tag.
  12. bouquet of flowers
  13. bottle of wine or eggnog
  14. Williams Sonoma dish towel wrapped around their Winter Forest dish soap
  15. gift basket with bag of coffee, travel mug and a magazine 
  16. Gumball Tubes. Fill plastic tubes with colorful gumballs and other sweet treats as a afternoon pick me up. 
  17. Get a box of brownie mix along with an oven mitt and kitchen tools and attach all the items with a holiday bow and then print out and attach this Have a Sweet Holiday Gift Tag!
  18. Clay Heart Necklace. Spread the love by forming small hearts out of clay
  19. Teacher Supplies
  20. Teacup Candles
  21. Get a package of gingerbread cookie mix, white icing, and a gingerbread man cookie cutter and attach all the items with a holiday bow and then pair with this cute “Merry Christmas” gingerbread man gift tag.
  22. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  23. For the tea lover, place tea packets, honey, and a fresh lemon inside a large mug. For the coffee lover, place K-cups and mini flavored syrups in a large mug. For chocolate lovers, place hot chocolate, marshmallows, and chocolate candy inside the mug. Then attach this coordinating “Warmest Holiday Wishes” FREE gift tag.
  24. Festive Socks
  25. Heart Themed Jar
  26. Bucket of Sunshine
Wednesday
Dec052018

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

FedEx holiday delivery

  • December 10th – FedEx SmartPost
  • December 17th – FedEx Ground
  • December 17th – FedEx Home Delivery
  • December 19th – FedEx Express Saver
  • December 20th – both FedEx 2Day and 2Day A.M.
  • December 21st – FedEx First Overnight, Priority Overnight and Standard Overnight
  • December 25th – FedEx SameDay City Direct, SameDay City Priority, or SameDay

Go HERE for more details about FedEx’s 2018 holiday ordering deadlines (printable version)


USPS SHIPPING DEADLINES

 

Go HERE for more details about USPS’s 2018 holiday ordering deadlines.


 

UPS SHIPPING DEADLINES

UPS holiday shipping

  • December 18th – UPS 3-Day Select (will be delivered Monday, 12/24)
  • December 19th – UPS 2nd Day Air (will be delivered Monday, 12/24)
  • December 20th – UPS 2nd Day Air (will be delivered Saturday, 12/22) – select zip codes
  • December 20th – UPS 2nd Day Air (will be delivered Monday, 12/24)
  • December 21st – UPS Next Day Air (will be delivered Monday, 12/24)
  • December 22nd – UPS Worldwide Express, Next Day Air, or Second Day Air processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery
  • December 23rd – UPS Express Critical
  • December 24th – UPS Express Critical
  • December 25th – UPS Express Critical
Saturday
Dec012018

LEGO Advent Printable Calendar

 

PRINTABLE LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR WITH BUILD IDEAS

PRINTABLE LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR – BLANK

Print your calendar, laminate and then make scratch off paint, it's super easy!

Mix paint and dish soap in a ratio of 2 parts paint to 1 part dish soap.

Stir paint until it is well mixed.

Cover the area that you’d like to be scratchable with packing tape.  You can either cover the whole area or just cover the part that you’re planning on painting.  

Cover your scratch-off areas with paint.

You’ll need about 3 coats of paint and the layers will make the paint more opaque.

Let each coat of paint dry and then add more layers.

OR Buy Scratch Off Labels here! 

Need LEGOs? Pick up the LEGO Classic Kit here!

Thanks SouthernSavers!

Saturday
Dec012018

20 Days of Best Buy Deals

 

Through December 20th, Best Buy will be celebrating 20 Days of Doorbusters by offering the lowest prices of the season on brands like Apple, Samsung, Dyson, and Microsoft! Even better, all orders will ship for free!

  • December 1st: MacBook Pro Deal
  • December 2nd: Apple Watch Deal
  • December 3rd: Dyson Deal
  • December 4th: Big-Screen Smart 4K TV Deal
  • December 5th: Touch-Screen Laptop Deal
  • December 6th: External Hard Drive Deal
  • December 7th: Wireless Home Security Deal
  • December 8th: Gaming Console Deal
  • December 9th: Samsung Cell Phone Deal
  • December 10th: iPad Deal
  • December 11th: Stand Mixer Deal
  • December 12th: Big-Screen Smart 4K TV Deal
  • December 13th: Microsoft Surface Deal
  • December 14th: Video Doorbell Deal
  • December 15th: Wireless Headphones Deal
  • December 16th: Smart Display Deal
  • December 17th: Wireless Headphones Deal
  • December 18th: Big-Screen Smart 4K TV Deal
  • December 19th: MacBook Deal
  • December 20th: HP Laptop Deal

Click below to get your deals!

Save 5%–40% on Appliance Top Deals

Saturday
Nov242018

Holiday Gift Card Deals

APPLEBEE’S

Through January 6th, 2019, whenever you buy a $50 Applebee’s eGift Card, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card (bonus card valid until 3/3/19). Go here for more details.


BAHAMA BREEZE

Through January 2nd, 2019, get $20 in bonus cards with every $50 Bahama Breeze gift card purchase. One $10 bonus card will be valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19, and the other $10 bonus card will be valid 2/1/19 – 3/31/19 (except for 2/14/19). Head herefor more details.


BARNES & NOBLE

Through November 19th, 2018, for every $75 in Barnes & Noble gift cards you purchase in a single transaction, you’ll receive a $10 eGift card (eGift card valid 12/26/18 – 3/1/19). 


BENIHANA

Through December 31st, 2018, buy $50 in Benihana gift cards, receive a $10 promotional card (promotional card valid 1/2/19 – 3/31/19). Head here for more details.


BJ’S RESTAURANT BREWHOUSE

Through January 1st, 2019, buy $50 in BJ’s gift cards, and receive a $10 bonus card AND 20% off VIP Card; or buy $100 in gift cards, receive a $25 bonus card AND 20% off VIP Card (bonus card and VIP card valid 1/1/19 – 2/13/19). Go here for more details.


BLAZE PIZZA

For a limited time, buy $25 in Blaze Pizza gift cards, get a free pizza pass (pizza pass valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


 

BONEFISH GRILL

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $50 in Bonefish Grill gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 2/10/19). Go here for more information.


BUCCA DI BEPPO

Through December 31st, 2018, buy a $50 Bucca di Beppo gift card and receive a $10 Reward Card (valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

Through January 1st, 2019, buy $100 in California Pizza Kitchen gift cards and receive a $20 promotional card. Plus, buy your gift card before 11/21 and get an additional $10 bonus card, along with the $20 promotional card. Check out theirFacebook page for more details or go here to order.


 

CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

Through December 31st, 2018, buy $50 in Carabba’s Italian Grill gift cards and receive a $10 promotional card (promo card valid 1/1/19 – 2/10/19). Head here for more details.


THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Typically during Black Friday, for every $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card purchased online (including either plastic gift cards or electronic gift cards), you’ll receive two FREE slices of Cheesecake or Layer Cake in the form of eSlice of Joy Cards. Keep in mind that there’s no info on this as of yet, but they will likely have this promotion available again this year. Stay tuned…


CHILI’S

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $50 Chili’s gift card purchased, you’ll receive a $10 holiday bonus card (bonus Card valid 1/1/19 – 2/6/19). Head here for more details.


CLAIM JUMPER

Through December 24th, 2017, buy a $50 Claim Jumper gift card, and receive a $10 reward card (reward card valid 1/1/19 – 5/31/19). Go here for more details.


 

DENNY’S

Through December 25th, 2018, for every $25 Denny’s gift card purchased, you’ll receive $50 worth of Denny’s coupons. Note that a $1.95 shipping and handling fee is applied to each order. Head here for more details.


DSW

Through December 26th, 2018, purchase $50, $100, or $150 in DSW gift cards and get a $5, $20, or $30 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/4/19-1/26/19). Go here for more details.


EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD

For a limited time, buy $500 or more in Eddie V’s gift cards, and receive an elegant martini set along with an additional gift card worth 10% off your purchase. Head here for more details.


FIRST WATCH

Through December 31st, for every $100 gift card you purchase, receive $20 in bonus bucks (bonus bucks valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Check out their Facebook page for more details or go here to order.


FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $100 in Fleming’s gift card purchases you make, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card (valid 1/1/19 – 2/10/19)! Head here for more details.


FOGO DE CHÃO

Through December 31st, 2018, with every $150 in Fogo de Chão gift card purchases you make, you’ll receive a $25 bonus eCard (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 3/31/19)! Go here for more details.


IHOP

Now through December 31st, 2018, get a $5 bonus coupon with every $25 IHOP gift card purchase (bonus coupon valid through 1/31/19). Head here and scroll down for more details.


JAMBA JUICE

For a limited time, buy $25 in Jamba Juice gift cards, and get a $5 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Go herefor more details.


 

KROGER

Through December 10th, with every participating gift card purchase you make, you’ll receive 4x in Fuel Perks! Head herefor more details. Also, be sure to check your Kroger account for various gift card offers!


LANDRY’S, INC. RESTAURANTS

Through December 24th, 2018, buy a $50 Landry’s gift card and receive a free $10 rewards card, OR buy a $100 Landry’s gift card and receive a free $20 rewards card! Your reward card will be valid 1/1/19 – 5/31/19. Go here to order or to check out the terms and conditions for more details.


LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU ENTERPRISES

Through December 30th, 2018, receive a $25 bonus card for every $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card purchased (bonus card valid 1/2/19 – 4/10/19). Head here for more details.


LOGAN’S STEAKHOUSE

Through December 31st, 2018, get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. Bonus cards are not valid in NC, SC, or Augusta, GA, and expire 2/13/2019 (they are not redeemable on the day issued). Go here for more details.


 

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

For a limited time, for every $25 Longhorn Steakhouse gift card purchased online, you’ll receive a $5 bonus gift card (bonus gift card valid 1/1/19-2/3/19 with purchase of two adult entrees). Head here for more details.


MARCUS THEATRES

Now through January 1st, 2019, get a free $5 Snack Cash with every $25 gift card purchase! Go here for more details.


MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT

Through the month of December, buy a $25 Menchie’s gift card in-store only, and receive a $5 Bonus Card while supplies last. Head here for more details.


MOOYAH

For a limited time, buy $25 in MOOYAH gift cards and get $5 off your food/drink purchase in the same transaction. Gohere and scroll down for more details.


MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE

Through December 24th, buy a $250 Morton’s gift card and receive a free $50 reward card! Your reward card will be valid 1/1/19 – 5/31/19. Head here for more details.


NOODLES & COMPANY

Through December 31st, 2018 buy a $25 Noodles & Company gift card, and receive a $5 bonus card (bonus card is valid through 1/15/19). Go here for more details.


O’CHARLEYS

Through November 22nd, 2018, for every $25 O’Charley’s gift cards you purchase in-store or online, you’ll receive a $5 reward card (reward card valid 1/1/19 – 2/13/19). You’ll also get a $5 off $10 purchase coupon. Head here for more details.


OLGA’S KITCHEN

For a limited time, buy a $100 gift card and get $30 in bonus bucks. Or, buy $25 gift card and get $5 bonus bucks. Go herefor more details.


 

OLIVE GARDEN

Through December 30th, 2018, for every $50 in Olive Garden gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/2/19 – 2/10/19). Head here for more details.


OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $50 in Outback Steakhouse gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 promotion card (promotion card valid 1/1/19 – 2/10/19). Go here for more details.


PANERA BREAD

Through December 31st, 2018 for every $50 in Panera Bread gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 1/22/19). Head here for more details.


P.F. CHANG’S

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $100 in P.F. Chang’s gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Go here for more details.


PORTILLO’S

For a limited time, purchase $50 worth of gift cards and receive a bonus $10 promotional card valid from Dec. 26th, 2018 – March 21st, 2019. The promotional card will be valid to redeem both online and in store. Go here for more details.


 

RED ROBIN

For a limited time, receive a $5 bonus buck reward for every $25 Red Robin gift card purchase (bonus buck rewards valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


RED LOBSTER

For a limited time, spend $50 on Red Lobster gift cards, and get a $10 coupon to use in January (valid 1/1/19 – 1/31/19). Gohere for more details.


REGAL THEATRES

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $50 in Regal gift cards purchased at a participating location you will receive a $10 concessions bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


ROY’S RESTAURANT

Through December 31st, 2018, buy $100 in Roy’s gift cards, and receive a $30 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 2/12/19). Go here for more details and go here to purchase a gift card.


 

RUBY TUESDAY

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $50 in Ruby Tuesday Gift Cards you buy in-store or online, you’ll receive a free $15 bonus card (bonus card valid 1/2/19 – 3/5/19). Head here for more details.


RUSTY BUCKET

Through December 30th, 2018, for every $50 in Rusty Bucket gift cards you purchase, receive a $10 bonus card (bonus bard valid 1/2/19 – 2/28/19). Go here for more details.


RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Through December 31st, 2018, buy $250 worth of more of gift cards, and receive a 10% bonus card (bonus card valid 1/1/19 – 3/31/19). Head here for more details.


SOMA

Through December 24th, 2018, buy $100 in Soma Gift cards and receive a $20 money card (money card valid 1/8/19 – 2/2/19 in Soma boutiques and outlets). Go here for more details.


 

STEAK ‘N SHAKE

Through December 31st, 2018, receive a free $5 certificate when you buy $20 in Steak ‘n Shake gift cards (certificate valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


TEXAS DE BRAZIL

Through December 21st, 2018, for every $100 Texas de Brazil gift card purchase you’ll receive an additional $25 bonus certificate, and for every $50 gift card purchase you’ll receive $10 bonus certificate (bonus certificate valid 1/1/19 – 3/14/19)! Go here for more details.


TEXAS ROADHOUSE

For a limited time, for every $30 you buy in Texas Roadhouse gift card purchased online, you’ll receive a $5 bonus eGift card (bonus gift card will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchase; max. bonus is $100) – note that these offers may vary by region. Head here for more details.


 

THE CHILDREN’S PLACE

Through December 25th, 2018, buy a $50 The Children’s Place gift card and receive a $10 bonus card! Or, buy a $75 gift card to get a $15 bonus card, or buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. Bonus cards valid 12/26/18-2/2/19. Gohere for more details.


T.G.I. FRIDAY’S

Through December 31st, 2018, for every $25 you spend on T.G.I. Friday’s gift cards, you’ll receive a Bonus Bites card worth $5 (Bonus Bites valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19). Head here for more details.


TONY ROMA’S

For a limited time, for every $50 in Tony Roma’s eGift Cards you purchase, you’ll receive $15 in Roma Bucks (Roma Bucks valid 1/1/19 – 3/22/19). Roma Bucks are not valid at Las Vegas, NV; Newark, NJ; or Waikiki, HI, locations. Head here for more details.


UNO CHICAGO GRILL

Through January 1st, 2019, buy a $25 Uno’s gift card, receive a $5 bonus voucher (bonus voucher valid 1/2/19 – 2/13/19). Go here for more details.


YARD HOUSE

Through December 31st, 2018, buy a $50 Yard House gift card, receive a $10 Bonus Card (Bonus Card valid 1/2/19 – 3/31/19). Head here for more details.

Tuesday
Oct302018

Freeform Christmas Movie Schedule

Thursday
Sep282017

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

My grandma Esther, who passed away in 2003, was known for her sugar cookies. She also made rum balls, spritz cookies and more. I have started making her sugar cookies with my son Cam! 

Here's the recipe: 

    1 1/2 cups butter, softened 

    2 cups white sugar 

    4 eggs 

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

    5 cups all-purpose flour 

    2 teaspoons baking powder 

    1 teaspoon salt 


 In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.    Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. 

And here is her icing recipe, though on these cookies we used a different type of icing. This makes a shiny, drizzly icing that hardens to a shiny finish. It works well with adding food coloring too. 

Icing Recipe: 

  •     1 cup confectioners' sugar
  •     2 teaspoons milk
  •     2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  •     1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  •     assorted food coloring

    In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. 
    Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush. 

First, I doubled the recipe and mixed everything in my Kitchen Aid mixer. My grandma mixed most of her cookies with a spoon, the old-school way. 

Then I wrapped everything in wax paper to chill for a few hours: 

Now it's ready to roll! I got out my cookie cutters, including 2 vintage cookie cutters from my grandma. You can find everything you need on ebay for perfect Christmas cookies.