Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Merry Christmas to you and yours and may the season bring you peace and happiness and good health.
Hopefully you are done, but what if that one person decides to come to Christmas dinner and you need another gift? Here are some last minute gift ideas:
My favorite of course is to give the gift of wellness for 2016! It’s never to late to start on your Essential Oil journey or gift it to someone. You can sign them up for a Wholesale membership with the purchase of a Premium Starter kit. You can print this Christmas-Certificate to then give the recipient. I will be online if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Best Buy – Buy Online and Pickup Holiday Gifts, ORDER ONLINE BY DECEMBER 24, 4 P.M. and pick up before 6 p.m. local store time.
Amazon – You can send eGift Cards directly to someone’s email inbox, and print a card to give them in person.
Restaurant.com $25 for $6 Code: TASTY
Discount Magazines – Last Minute Christmas Magazine Sale at DiscountMags.com! Save up to 90% off on 100+ magazines. Free shipping, no auto-renewal and no tax!
Fandango ~ Buy a $75 or more Gift card and get a free movie ticket. You can even print your gift card! Use code JOLLYTKT
Living Social – Buy a deal, print and give as a gift. Once you purchase a deal all you have to do is print the voucher and your gift is ready. It’s that easy.
Groupon – Once you purchase a deal all you have to do is print the voucher and your gift is ready.
Kindle Books – You can gift these to anyone with an email address!
Stockpile gift set – If you have a stockpile at home, you could probably whip up a small basket for anyone.
Donate to a Charity in someone’s name. I love this idea!
If you living in the Greater Jacksonville area, you could gift a subscription to the Florida Times Union.
I’m all about recycling and this is one of my favorites this time of year! Not to mention these homemade Christmas bows are more fun and cheaper than buying Christmas Bows!
To get started just find some old magazines and take off the cover.
Cut the cover into 9 strips about 3/4 inch wide. Leave 3 at full length, cut 1 inch off of 3 strips, 2 inches off 2 and the last piece should be 3 1/2 inches.
Then you can use double sided tape or staples to secure them into position, however my favorite and easiest way to do this is with a scrapbook brad. Twist each piece to form a loop at each end. Then staple or use double sided tape to adhere. Take the 3 1/2″ piece and form a circle, adhere with double sided tape.
This is where I use my brad. Start with the smallest piece (not the circle) and punch the brad through the center. Layering all the pieces until you’re done. Here is one half way done. When complete, secure the brad in the back. Then take your circle and adhere it to the center of the bow. Voila!
And look how cute!
Soon you’ll be looking at magazine covers in a whole new light. Just don’t let the Doctor’s office catch you ripping off all of theirs! Oh and how about using up all those catalogs you get in the mail?
You are curious about essential oils. You have listened to friends talk about their experience with oils. You’ve even researched by reading articles (such as this one)!
And you’ve come to this all-important question. How do I know which brand of essential oils are best for helping me reach my wellness goals for myself and my family?
I can help answer that question by sharing several reasons that I am confident using Young Living’s essential oils.
Reasons that set Young Living apart from other companies.
“Seed to Seal” quality guarantee
Young Living has made a commitment to ensuring the purity of their oils. They oversee the entire process from the selection of seeds for planting all the way through the production and bottling of the oils. This means that they select seeds for planting; they cultivate and care for the plants themselves; they harvest the plant material; and they handle the distillation and bottling of the oils. This intensive level of commitment to producing a quality product gives me great confidence as I use their oils.
For more about this amazing commitment, visit www.sealtoseal.com .
Farm ownership / partnership
This is REALLY important, as this means that Young Living’s oils come from plant material that has been grown in the parts of the world where that plant flourishes naturally. For example, they are growing Lavender in France. They partner with farms in Oman to gather the resin that becomes Frankincense Oil. These farms all operate under the strict standards of the Seed-to-Seal quality guarantee.
No oil brokers
Young Living does not buy their oils from oil brokers. Doing so would allow them to eliminate the cost of maintaining their own farms and their own oil distilleries. BUT, buying pre-distilled oils from brokers would mean they would sacrifice control over the planting, growth, harvest, and distillation of their products. This is a sacrifice Young Living is not willing to make.
No expiration dates
Look on a bottle of Young Living’s essential oil. You will not see an expiration date. Think about that… No. Expiration. Date! You may see an expiration date on an oil at a store, and that may mean there is another synthetic added that can potentially go bad. Remember anything you put on you, or diffuse into the air, you want to be pure.
(That certainly speaks well of the Young Living “Seed to Seal” purity guarantee!)
A community of support
A readily available community of support is yet another sign of a company committed to helping members receive the maximum benefit of their oils. YoungLiving.com has informational pages and teaching videos designed to help members grow in their knowledge of oils. Anyone who becomes a Young Living member through me has even more support. My fellow Young Living members provide ongoing support and education through online classes, Facebook groups and more.
My final recommendation for using Young Living oils? I simply LIKE the benefits I see for myself and my family as we use these amazing products.
If you would like to talk with me about Young Living oils and how you can begin to benefit from them, please contact me at Karen@savingthefamilymoney.com.
By Contributing writer Beth Anne.
My favorite thing to do at Christmas time is to bake cookies. Every year my mom and I use the same cookie recipes from my great grandmother and tell the same stories about how my great grandmother did things verses how we do things now. Even though I love the traditional cookies every year I like to try a few new recipes.
Here are 25 new Homemade Christmas Cookies that I have found to try this year. I haven’t decided which one I should try yet but I know that it will be delicious!
I make this every Christmas. It’s usually part of my gift giving bags to family, friends etc. My kids love it too and we call it Christmas Crack. They giggle every time someone says it. I try to tell them that it’s call Christmas crack because it’s made out of crackers but they know it’s really because it’s addicting!
It’s so easy to make you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it before.
Saltine Cracker Christmas Crack Candy
1 Cup Butter (2 Sticks)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
12 oz Semi-chocolate chips
Health bar toffee crumbles
In a small sauce pan melt sticks of butter and mix in brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low/med and continue to stir for a few minutes until well combined. While this is cooking, line a baking dish with foil and spray generously with cooking oil. Then lay out 1 layer of saltine crackers all over the baking dish.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Pour brown sugar mixture over the saltines and spread around. Put in the oven for 5-7 min. Take them out of the oven and let cool for about 5 min to let brown sugar harden. Sprinkle chocolate chips all over and let them start to melt. If you’d like you can stick back in the warm oven for bit. Don’t let them stay in there long as it will change their texture. Trust me I know. Once the chips start to melt, take a spatula or back of a spoon and spread them out over the crackers. Then, this is my favorite touch, adding the Heath bar sprinkles! Place the backing pan in the refrigerator for about an hour. Once cooled, pull up foil and break apart crack into pieces, big or small, it doesn’t matter. I alway store them in a baggie in the fridge. ENJOY!
These gift ideas for Essential oil users are perfect for the Holiday’s. Check them out, I know I have several and love them.
Leather Essential Oil bracelets for kids and adults in loads of colors. Perfect stocking stuffer! (Made in the USA).
Empty roll on glass bottles – These are awesome for making your own roll-ons or even putting larger oil blends like Ortho Sport in a small travel size.
Essential Oil Car humidifier diffuser – An awesome idea for oil diffusing on the go and this one comes with a keychain travel bag and empty bottles for your favorite oils on the go!
Essential oil travel bags – Perfect for taking your oils on vacation or just storing them safely.
Essential oil Key chain – perfect to keep your favorite oils with you all the time.
Essential Oil display and storage shelves – These are awesome to display your oils in the kitchen, bathroom or just organize them in a drawer.
Glass water bottle – If you like essential oils in your water, like lemon or peppermint, be sure you are using a glass or stainless steel bottle/glass. I have this one and I love it!
Essential Oil storage pieces – There are some lovely shelves and storage pieces on Etsy.
Car Diffuser – Great for people on the go.
Allow to cool and harden for a few hours.
Don’t forget I have a special going on right now for the Premium Essential Oils starter kit. Click here to read more.
Be sure to check out my homemade Essential Oil items. I’m adding more all the time.