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some-what {HOME-MADE GIFTS}

Here are a few some-what HOME-MADE gift ideas! They would be great for friends, Sunday-school teachers or even neighbors! But let’s talk teachers for a moment! Don’t our kid’s precious teachers deserve the best?  They are so wonderful and do so much for our kids. It never seems like enough to give them a small little gift during the holidays…but I always hope to do at least something beyond thanking them almost everyday in person!  When Paige was just 3 and in her first preschool class I adored her teachers! That year I decorated a small Christmas tree for her teacher that lived in the country and would potentially plant it! It was somewhat personal and cute! For her “gardening-loving” teacher I gave a kit to “grow your own” amaryllis plant in the hopes that she would actually use it! I simply attached a cute tag to both packages that said “Thank you for helping Paige BLOOM this year” and included some home-made goodies for them to munch on (see below). If I were to do it over again I would change the word BLOOM to BLOSSOM or GROW. But even now I still like how it turned out and hope they did too!
At that time Paige was becoming our little Squirrel which was a nice way of calling her a little robber (her teachers were aware since things were finding their way home via her pockets and out of their classroom). With this in mind I decided to call my home-made mix “Paige’s Squirrel Mix” instead of the usual “Puppy Chow” or “Muddy Buddies” (and I gave it a “nutty” twist to make it more fun)! Hopefully they enjoyed eating it as much as I enjoyed making it!
Check out how I made the yummy mix HERE.
What are you making home-made this year?

mylittleGREENheart {GIFT GIVING}

Consider buying your loved one’s gifts that are consumable or that give back to someone or something else!

This year (for Christmas & birthdays) we’re trying to give gifts that express our love but also make less of an impact on landfills and clutter in our homes. Yes I know that some people find this impersonal, and I get that, but let’s be honest for a minute. How many gifts do we get every year that just fill up our home with more stuff? Not that stuff is bad (we Americans love stuff) but with the exception of a few things…here or there…I for one really do not need more of it!
So here we go with a few ideas:
*Consumable Gift Ideas*
*HOMEMADE FOOD (such as jams, breads, nuts, cookies)
*CERTIFICATE for a SPECIAL CLASS (such as cooking, sewing, dance class or swim lessons)
*GIFT CARDS (for meals, clothing stores, grocery stores, movies, spa treatments, shows, events or even flowers)
*GOURMET GIFT BASKETS (chocolate treats for a chocoholic or for a friend with a special diet like celiac you could group together specialty gluten-free products)
*For KIDS: Bubbles, Chalk, Art Supplies, Stickers (one can rarely have enough of these things)
*Giving Back Gift Ideas*
*Have you heard about Operation Christmas Child from Samaritans Purse? Click on the link to check it out and look-up how it works and where you can drop off your box this year! Hurry because the deadline to drop off your box is in a few weeks. Our MOPS group is doing it this year as a fun way to give back and get our kids involved.  Maybe even consider giving a box in place of a gift for a family you know and on Christmas present them with a description of why you have a box in their name and a picture of what you put in the box and where it went.
*Do you know about LOVE146 yet? Their mission is to END CHILD SEX SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION.  I learned about this organization at Blog Sugar and have not been able to get it off my mind. I’m going to buy a few items in their store as gifts (most of the money goes back to their organization).  Check it out and be ready to grab a tissue or two or twenty for this one.
*And of course there are two ways to give to Compassion right now. Year Round: Compassion is an organization that allows you to sponsor children all over the world to help them with basic physical (and spiritual) needs. You pay a monthly fee and are able to write letters back and forth and give extra money for their birthday’s and Christmas if you can.  We have really enjoyed doing this and wanted to spread the word!  Check them out if you are considering a new way to give-back this year!  And one more thought…if you have a baby or small child and are not sure what to get them for Christmas (because after all they are a baby and have no idea what is going on) consider looking up a Compassion child to sponsor by the birthday and gender of your child.  We did this for both the kids for their “Baby’s 1st Christmas” gift and it has been fun watching other children grow up with their birthdays (even though they are not their age)! It’s a nice way to have something in common with these beautiful children all over the world. Just something to consider as you make your lists!
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