Merry Christmas

 

merry christmas

We hope you’ve been able to use some of our ideas for frugal and beautiful homemade Christmas gifts and decorating tips.

I pray you are enjoying your family time, and celebrating Jesus this season, and every season.

I’m off to go bake some cookies and get my own home in order to entertain loved ones.

God bless!

 

 

If you need some cleaning help as you prepare for company – read the article here on coming clean for Christmas. 

 

Last minute homemade gift ideas are here and here.

Give Molly Green Membership for Christmas at a discount here!

Frugal Friday: simple, frugal, crafts for Christmas

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Happy – Almost – Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be “wrapping up” the last of my Christmas crafting and maybe even a little shopping this weekend. I’ll also be putting some final touches on the Christmas decor and doing a bit of deep cleaning before our company arrives.

If you are feeling a overwhelmed with your cleaning list, be sure to read about how I’m tackling mine here.  Soon enough, we’ll all be Merry and Bright!

About those Christmas crafts . . . .  here’s a terrific collection to inspire you this weekend!

Super quick gifts to make from Better Homes & Gardens 

quick and easy gifts to make

Fine Craft Guild –  Sea Shell Printing 

shell printing

From Good and Messy – a new twist on the Sharpie Mug

new sharpie mug idea

Diary of a Quilter – Great neighbor gift of homemade potpourri 

homemade potpourri

Wrap it all up with this sweet little candy cane craft – It makes a great decoration on a package, and it’s a beautiful ornament that is a gift in it’s own right!

From Sweet Miss Daisy

candy cane craft

For more ideas and a little “how-to” check out my dollar store crafts here 

I’d love to see pictures of your crafting projects for Christmas, or your favorite Christmas recipes!

You never know . . . you could be featured in a magazine or blog post – Share using the links below.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest –  here - I’ve been collecting wonderful ideas for all year long

 

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Crafty Christmas: simple, easy, on a dime

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The count down is on. Christmas is almost here.  There is always much to do on the homefront and Christmas is no exception. Actually, Christmas adds much more to the regular to-do list.

I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to crank up the Christmas music, and dig in to finish up some Christmas crafting!

antique blue glass thrift find

I found these lovely antique Belgium Blue Glass jars at a local thrift stores and paid a few dollars for a set of three. I immediately began brainstorming about what I can fill them with, and came to the conclusion that bath salts treated with essential oils will make a wonderful Christmas gift. (Just don’t tell cousin Midge as she could be the recipient of one of these – keep it just between us – K?) 

The first thing they needed was a good washing with warm soapy water. Once they are completely dry, I will add my top secret, special bath salt recipe (which I’m about to share with you – again – we can keep it just between us). 

I use a simple plastic container with a tight fitting lid. That tight lid is important because once I add the ingredients, I shake -shake- shake it up to ensure we have a well blended mix. I make a big batch because I refill my own bath salt container and can give extra bags of it for refills to go with the pretty gift containers.

Top secret ingredients:

  • Epsom Salts – large bag (about $2.99 or less)
  • Lavender essential oil  (I pay $9.99 for the NOW brand to use in salts)
  • Chamomile (free – I dry my own)
  • Optional additions I like (lemongrass or citrus essential oils)

Here’s the thing – I don’t have a formula and you don’t need one. I add as much of the salt as I want into the plastic container. I then crush and sprinkle in my dried Chamomile throughout. I pay attention to the amount of the Chamomile, as this salt mix will be going into the bath tub. If you are unsure, grab your scoop or a big spoon and scoop out the approximate amount that will be added to the bath (2-3 big scoops). You can then adjust accordingly.

wild chamomile

Learn more about wild chamomile here. 

 Or read about it’s many uses in the Aromatherapy bible here. 

 I’ll be sharing another simple, easy, on a dime craft for Christmas on Frugal Friday.

Are you crafting Christmas this year? Come link up with us for Frugal Friday and share your ideas!

 

A Homestead Christmas: gift ideas for the homesteader – at heart

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American_Homestead_Winter_-_Currier_and_IvesAmerican Homestead Winter – Wikipedia

Christmas on the ‘ole homestead makes me think of candles in the windows, fresh Christmas tree scent with touches of cinnamon wafting through the air and sleigh bells from the old farm horse trudging down the lane. While some of this ideal Christmas may not be possible for everyone, there are a few things we can do to make the homestead lifestyle a reality.

You don’t have to live on a farm these days to be a homesteader. Plenty of folks with homesteader hearts are making the most of life in the city. With touches of this and that, reminiscent of life on the old homestead,  I’ve gathered a few ideas for gift giving especially with the homesteader in mind.

 

For those who will be weeding and harvesting this year

The Roo Gardening Apron saves time and back pain!

Roo Apron

 

Waterwise plants for Sustainable Gardens

 On Sale from $24.95

waterwise gardening book

Pretty feathers from around the farm

like these guinea hen feathers

make beautiful ear rings for the naturalist, gardener,

or wildlife enthusiast in your life!

a pair of feather ear rings

Need a quick and easy handmade project?

These beautiful painted bottles from bywilma.com 

are sure to please!

a painted bottle gift

Whether you are living life on a farm out in the country, or in the big city, you can make that homestead lifestyle a reality. Homestead is more than a location, it’s a mindset, and an attitude. Start small, right where you are. If it is a desire or an outlook that comes from the heart, you know you are on the right track.

You might even start with one of these homesteader style gift ideas . . . for a loved one – or for yourself!

Did you see the guest post - here –  from cousin Midge?  She had some great ideas for your favorite gardener!

Frugal DIY Christmas ideas

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In case you missed yesterdays guest post from cousin Midge – she brought us frugal ideas for thinking outside the box this Christmas. Midge has several loved ones who are avid gardeners, and she put together some wonderful gift baskets they are gonna love! Go here to read about her frugal finds in her gift basket. 

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(I am secretly hoping to be one of those loved ones who are the lucky recipients of these great gardener gifts!)

With personal, frugal, and handmade gift ideas in mind – I’ve gathered a few more choices for you from around the web. Each of these DIY gift ideas include step by step instructions on the original sites. Just click on the photo’s below to learn more and get recipes and directions for each project.

Be sure to follow Molly Green on Pinterest to find unique recipes, money saving tips, homesteading advice and more!

diy soap crayons

handmade lemon soap

branch bangles

Be sure to wrap up all your lovely DIY gifts with a beautiful burlap bow – go to factory direct craft.com for step by step instructions

diy burlap bows

 Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Creative Christmas gift for friends & loved ones

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Thinking outside the box this year for Christmas? Midge has a few ideas up her sleeve to share with you!

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Hi there! Midge again – I’m giving my newly educated frugal mind a good old fashioned work out this Christmas, as I try to stick to a rather strict budget for our family.

Although the gifts are not the most important thing about our Christmas celebrations, I do like to make sure each of our loved ones has a little something to show how much they mean to us.

 

With a budget as strict as the one cousin Molly has put me on this year, it means digging deep and getting creative. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of what I have come up with so far for some special friends who love to garden.

Any input is welcome as we put our heads together and think outside the proverbial Christmas box!
For those sweet gardener friends of mine – I thought new gardening kits would be fun. I found this one pre-made.

Fiskars 9424 Garden Bucket Caddy – Under $12 (not including the bucket or tools – just the apron bucket caddy)

 

gardening bucket - Christmas ideas
I also found this beautiful pink one that I love, but it is double the cost at about $25:

pink garden caddy for Christmas

 

Bond 6930 Pink 5 Piece Garden Tool Bag Gift Set

Other things I came across in my research include this good looking garden hat that could be added to a basket of goodies!

The Womanswork Cotton Rancher hat is $15.98

I found a 3 pack of pretty garden gloves for only $9.47 – which could all be added to one big basket or separated into 3 individual gift packs for friends and loved ones.

For my particularly small budget, I have gathered several pretty baskets from around the house. A couple of them will get a fresh coating of paint to freshen them up. Using things I have, giving them new life with a fresh coat of paint, and creating something new as a creative gift idea is a terrific way to be both frugal and green. So far, I am sure I have Molly’s approval!

My plan is to use homemade shredded paper – from saved colored scrap paper or left over paper grocery bags to fill the base of the up-cycled baskets. I get free shipping from Amazon on all the products I’ve added here with my Amazon Prime membership. You might find other deals locally instead of shopping online. I find it both frugal and convenient to use the Amazon Prime account.
I could divide the 3 pairs of pretty gloves between each basket. I have ordered this 4 pack of Heirloom tomato seeds – from Ferry Morse for only $7.16 and will add a packet of those for sure. Each of my loved ones will appreciate the heirloom seeds because they will be able to reproduce the tasty tomatoes year after year!

I was fortunate enough to find a large pack of vegetable seeds for less than $21  - Ferry Morse Vegetable Garden - It contains 12 different Ferry Morse seed packets.

With the addition of these Peat pots, my plan began to take shape!

 

gardnergiftbaskets

My most frugal option, and one I believe my friends will love, came together as follows:

3 baskets from my own gift storage – FREE

Paper filling for gift baskets – FREE

Wooden tongue depressors - $6.56 (I plan to paint and label these to dress them up)

12 packs of Ferry Morse Vegetable Garden seeds - $20.47

4 pack of Heirloom Tomato seeds – $7.16

Set of 15 Peat pots – $4.27

3 of the $5 aprons – $15.00

Total cost = $53.36 or $17.79 for each gift basket

Add the gloves and the total would be $20.94 each

Additionally, I have several mason jars to place in the baskets. They will hold the personalized plant markers and may be used for ice tea or lemonade while working in the garden. I’ve added little garden notebooks for recording planting information.

These were also FREE as I had them on hand. If needed, you can easily find cute notebooks at the dollar store.

If you decide to think outside the box and make a frugal Christmas basket of your own – you could even add a small container of home baked cookies just to push your delighted friends right over the edge!

Comparable gift baskets  I came across ran on average between $40 and $124 a piece and were far less personal.

All in all – I believe any garden savvy friend would love to receive one of these as a gift any time of the year, and they sure won’t break the bank.

Merry Christmas Membership Giveaway by Molly Green

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Sneak Peek Monday

It’s jingle bell time! Do you have your tree up yet?

I’ve been decorating all weekend with my family. It’s so much fun to play the Christmas music, put on the hot chocolate, and pull out the ornaments that are special traditions in our family.

We love celebrating with you during the holidays by sharing ideas for a frugal Christmas and by giving away memberships to Molly Green Magazine.

This is going to be the best year ever for members! In case you haven’t heard . . . . . we have a brand new magazine launch coming in January!!! This launch is not just a pretty new blog and website (although, I do find that rather exciting) but it also entails some new features I cannot wait to show you!

Right now, you still have time to take advantage of our special. Get your first month of membership and your first Molly Green Magazine subscription for only $1 and $3.85 thereafter. Prices go up with the new launch, but those of you who have already subscribed, will enjoy this locked in rate – for the whole year!

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Members will have a platform for networking and selling all their homemade and handmade goods, as well as to share how-to video’s and more!

Enter to win a full membership for yourself or for a friend:

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Molly Green Magazine Giveaway & Cyber Monday special

If you still have leftovers to store or want to plan ahead for Christmas leftovers – Check out our post here with simple solutions and recipes“What to do with leftover turkey?”

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As part of our Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday special, I have included a free printable gift certificate you can use to give The New Molly Green Magazine away to a friend or loved one for Christmas (Our special price is THAT good)

Get the All New Molly for only 1/2 price between now and through Green Tuesday. Read the exciting details on the new exclusive membership benefits, and purchase your subscription here. 

Enter to win a membership below:

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday

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Molly Green Magazine is thrilled to offer you the biggest best discount available on our brand new magazine! We will launch the all new and improved Molly Green beginning January 1 – and I just cannot wait to share it with you.

Although we are committed to bringing you the finest money saving ideas around, and are firmly rooted in our focus on frugal . . . we are branching out!

We will continue to bring you tips and ideas to save money, you still have access to the eBooks and past issues of Molly Green Magazine – but now, membership will include so much more.

Subscribers will have exclusive access to the Dine on a Dime section of Build a Menu.com to plan frugal meals for the family.

We’ll provide articles on sustainable living, back yard farming, simple living and connecting with nature – homemade, handmade, all things home industry . . .

and even a platform from which to share it! Molly members will now be able to share and sell their homemade/handmade items within the network. The best part? There’s NO additional charge!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday 

During this special, you can get a full year of Molly Green Magazine – for only $29  - At half price, you can get one for yourself, and one for your bff or your sister!

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The prices for the Molly Green Magazine will go up with the launch of the new and improved site. Lock in your low rate today with $1 for the first month then $3.85 thereafter  - or save even more with the huge discount price of $29 for a full year of MG!

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We are giving away 1 full year membership – enter with only one option below – or enter with all the options! Ends December 7

Be sure to read all about what the new membership entails!

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, New Molly – Green Tuesday!

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Happy Monday Y’all!

 

I do hope all your Thanksgiving plans are falling into place.

Today we get a sneak peek at the Molly Green Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Green Tuesday SALE! (It’s a mouthful for sure)

Although I cannot yet spill the beans on the exact nature of the sale price – I can tell you it will be fantastic and that it may have a little something to do with slashing annual membership prices with my gardening shears! 

We are so very thankful for you,  and on that note, we will begin our “knock your socks off” special on Thanksgiving and continue right on through to the brand new  holiday named after – yours truly. . . .

I know! I was just as surprised as you are to hear that the whole world will be celebrating the brand new Molly Green with the upcoming . . . . . GREEN TUESDAY!  Although no one has called yet to officially tell me about this great honor – someone online let it slip that GREEN TUESDAY is all about natural living,  sustainability, with a Green simple lifestyle, so, they might as well have mailed me the invite!

We are loving the new materials, writers and resources for the upcoming launch. January will be over the top exciting, but this . . . . .

a whole holiday called GREEN TUESDAY –  is truly quite an honor.  I’m off to practice my acceptance speech and peel some more potatoes.

See a great Thanksgiving kids craft here 

Decorate a festive table with items found in nature HERE

Be sure to check out the current BOGO Molly Christmas bundle HERE

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