How to Save Money During the Holidays

The “Holidays”, the dreaded holidays…

Oh yeah, I think you know exactly where this is going! The holidays can be stressful, so stressful it will make your HAIR FALL OUT! Okay, maybe not everyone is like that, but sometimes the holidays can be super stressful. BUT, if you can SAVE just a little bit of money, it could be less stressful! So while you are trying to plan your parties, get gifts for everyone, wrap presents, work, be a mom, and all that other stuff lets talk about some tips to help you save a little green this holiday season!

Make a list, and check it twice…

Ha! I’m serious! One of the easiest ways to keep a level head and to save some cash is to make a list. I write a shopping list when I have to buy for a party. I make a list when I have to buy presents for people. Hell, I even make a list of naughty and nice friends! JUST KIDDING, but not really… It’s on my whiteboard in my office lol, but that is a running joke.

Friends and Family Discounts

I can hear it now, “I don’t have any friends” “No one in my family works in retail”. Well, guess what? You do! How many of your friends are distributors, or work a second job during the season? Shop local, keep your eyes and ears open, and be optimistic! All you have to do is ask. What’s the worst that could happen? They could say no, and then you continue on.

Use Coupons

YAASSSS! This is the best. Shop at stores where you get rewards, keep your eyes open for GIVEAWAYS, and watch the paper and online ads for coupons. There are PLENTY of coupons out there, and they are EVERYWHERE! Before you check out at an online store, Google coupons for that company. I can usually find one 7 out of 10 times.

Get your DIY on!

Do It Yourself! Get your inner Crafty Cat out! Inside everyone is a little bit of creativity. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or elaborate. It can be simple and easy. Some of the most thoughtful gifts are made from the heart!

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Giveaway Time!

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED*

I have partnered with Kimberly of Mom in the GO Lane for 12 Days of Giveaways! She has written an amazing article on DIY kids crafts! Go check out her post here… Click me!

Don’t forget to JOIN the Real Mom Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways Facebook Group as the winner will be announced there.

What is the prize?

Two lucky winners will get a $10 Amazon e-gift card! The perfect addition to all of your Christmas shopping! And arguably one of my favorite places to shop nowadays!

How to enter

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED*

Reminder, the winner will be announced via the Real Mom Blogs 12 Days of
Giveaways Facebook Group tomorrow! JOIN NOW if you haven’t already!

Good luck!

Super Spotlight, Roddom’s Rustic Designs (GIVEAWAY POST)

YAY! December is finally here!

I LOVE December! For multiple reasons too. My birthday, the season of GIVING, all the lights, the decorations, etc. Today is the perfect day to introduce you to Lakota. She and I went to high school together! Lakota has started her own business, and well, I’ll just let her tell you more about it!

Remember to read all the way through to find out about our FIRST giveaway of the 12 Days of Giveaways!

Roddom’s Rustic Designs- Where we began!

I have always had a passion for creating. I started out making small crafts with my siblings and scrapbooking when I was young. As I got older I started doing more wood crafts and home decor items. I always had ideas forwarding around in my head about what project I wanted to work on next!
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Justin took many woodworking classes in school and enjoyed building. He would often build wood projects such as picture frames and holiday decor to give as Christmas presents.
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As we were dating he would often build small gifts for me.  He spent a weekend in his uncle’s shop with a stack of barn wood and made me a beautiful rustic bedframe. Five years later I refuse to upgrade our bed to a bigger size because I do not want to get rid of the frame he built.

(Make sure to “Like” Lakota’s Facebook and Instagram when you are done reading this post! Links at the bottom)

As we moved into our first place together we were short on cash and needed a few additional pieces of furniture and had very little decor.  We tore apart some old pallets left from the hay pile and a few evenings later we now had matching nightstands. I took leftover scraps and starting making a few pallet signs to decorated our bare walls. Before we knew it people had seen the stuff we built and wanted one of their own or would request custom pieces.
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We have since expanded and built many different furniture pieces, some of which include- coffee tables, end tables, kitchen tables, entryway tables, tree halls, shelves and more.  Most all of our home decor pieces are all made from the scrap wood pile left from whatever the last big project was. We love creating and spending time in the shop together and now take our son to the shop with us where he enjoys playing and watches us work.

Take a look at her work!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roddoms-Rustic-Designs-406852822784784/

Instagram: @roddomsrusticdesigns

So what are we giving away?

Well, take a look for yourself! Lakota is giving away this amazing Christmas decor, and Real Mom Blogs will be throwing in some surprises too… To enter the giveaway I thought this would be a perfect time to “Refer a friend”! Since this is our first day of the giveaway, go ahead and add your friends to the 12 Days of Giveaways group on Facebook. For today (December 1st) only, the group will be open for ANYONE to join without being approved first. Tag your friends that you add in the comments of the Facebook post and get an entry per friend!

This house is under ELF Surveillance

Giveaway closes at MIDNIGHT, the winner will be announced on Saturday morning in the group! You will have 24hrs to claim your prize by messaging me. If you fail to message me within 24hrs, your prize will go to the next in line.

IT’S HERE! 12 Days of Giveaways start in 5 days!

You heard me, people! This is not a drill!

The Real Mom Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways starts in just 5 days! December 1st to be exact, and boy, am I SO excited! Are you? Well, if your not, let me tell you more about how this giveaway will go down!

SPOILER ALERT, kind of…

This post contains sneak peaks of the giveaways, so you have been warned. I just really want to give you something awesome to look forward too! The way these giveaways will run is simple; check in every day to our 12 Days of Giveaways group page. If you have not joined the page yet, click on this link!

The first weekend:

Our very first giveaway is a friend of mine from high school! She is such an awesome mom who took upon herself to do something she loves and make a living from it! She has never been spotlighted on my blog before, so day one will be a mommy spotlight. DAY TWO will be such an awesome giveaway! I am keeping it a secret, but I will give you a hint. You might want to be local to Utah to enter that one.  DAY THREE is my birthday! Yes, December 3rd is my 25th birthday. SO, I wanted to sponsor that day all by my lonesome. Everything in that giveaway will be things I LOVE and will probably have a hard time giving away.

LAST MINUTE SHOPPING:

The week following will be some girls who own their own business, or are a rep for a company. This week will give you an opportunity to win some prizes for yourself OR get some shopping done. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO BUY ANYTHING! Let me repeat, you DO NOT have to purchase anything to be entered into the giveaway. I just think it’s nice to support your fellow moms and help them have an awesome Christmas while getting yourself and your loved ones something awesome!

To close out the giveaways:

We are working with the big guns on our last two days! I teamed up with a super awesome woman I met through blogging. She is so much bigger than I am and I am SO grateful she even wanted to help me out! Trust me, all you newer moms, or pregnant moms, or moms who have a new baby, or even any mom out there, you will want to get in on this one! Then finally our last giveaway will be one big basket of AWESOME! This last days prize will grow and grow throughout the giveaways. The more you participate, the more stuff goes into this last giveaway and the more chances you will have to win!

So what do you need to be prepared?

NOTHING! Except maybe a positive attitude and the Christmas spirit!

I also REALLY need your help right now… There will be a couple gift cards randomly put in with some of the giveaways. They will be a surprise and the amounts will vary,  BUT what I want to know from you is; What kind of gift cards do you want? Amazon, Ulta/Sephora, Target, Hobby Lobby, Restaurants, etc. LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

HELP WANTED: Inquire Within

IT’S TIME!!!

Yes, I know, Halloween JUST ended. BUT, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas. Yes, I said it, Christmas! More specifically, Real Mom Blog’s 12 Days of Giveaways! YAY! I am so excited for this years, 12 Days of Giveaways, and I need your help!

This year, we are doing things differently…

There will be 12 giveaways, 12 winners, 12 days. It will start on December 1st, and go until December 12th. All prizes will be shipped out the next day so that you have it in time for Christmas.

This is where YOU come in!

I want to collaborate with 12 “Vendors” to help with the prizes. Each day there will be either a blog post or Facebook Live video about that specific giveaway. You will get FREE advertising in return for helping with this giveaway!

So who am I looking for?

I am looking for other bloggers, Consultants, Fitness coaches, Stylists, Photographers, Entrepreneurs, Crafters, small business owners, etc. We are looking for ANYONE and EVERYONE who would like to be involved!

How do you get on board?

All you have to do is email me at realmomemails@gmail.com with the subject line “Giveaway Inquire” and we will talk out all the details about which days, products, etc. I am not asking for a huge donation, mainly participation.

I am so excited to work with all of you and help spread the word about your business or adventure!

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS with Erin from Everyday Events!

Erin with Everyday EventsI’m Erin and the writer behind Everyday Events.

I’m a mom, wife, party planner, holiday lover and blogger.

 

Blogging has been something I have wanted to do for years, but never felt like I had anything special to bring to the table. I toyed with the idea and talked to my husband about it multiple times, but always pushed my feelings aside. In 2014 my life got flipped upside down when I received a phone call that my Mom was in ICU and not expected to make it. This life changing event is what drove me to start blogging. I felt a fire inside of me and a conviction to tell my story. So I started Everyday Events as a way to honor my Mom, to talk about being a motherless mother and to show how beautiful life can be, even after loss. I have a passion for celebrating life’s everyday events and never want to stop seeing the beauty in the world. I hope you find comfort and inspiration in my blog, but above all I hope you find a reason to celebrate.

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Real date nights don’t happen that often around here. With J.D.’s crazy work schedule, it can be hard to set aside time to go out on a date. So, we had to get creative, and come up with at home date night ideas for when the kids go to bed! All of these dates are so fun and I always look forward to when J.D. comes home early from work, we put the kids to bed, and go “out on a date.” So put those kids to bed early tonight and have a date night!
At Home Date Night Ideas with Erin from Everyday Events
“When I first made contact with Everyday Events, I LOVED her website. I fell in love with this post particularly, because it spoke to what I needed in life at that moment.” -Lynsey from Real Mom Blogs
One. Order take out, light a few candles & pop open a bottle of wine. This is our go-to date night idea, because if you have small children, you know dinner time can be a circus. Everybody needs something, forks are being dropped on the floor, milk is almost always being spilled, and just when J.D. and I get to sit down our food is cold & the kids say they are done. Eating dinner while it’s hot, enjoying a glass of wine and having an adult conversation is easily one of our favorite things to do.
Two. Lay out some blankets and watch the stars. J.D. and I have also been known to grab the baby monitor and climb on top of the roof! There is something so romantic about watching the stars and making a wish on the shooting ones.
Three. Conversation starters. Sometimes it feels like all J.D. and I talk about are the kids, work & what’s going on currently in our lives. We don’t talk about our dreams, hopes & fears as much as we should. A while back I started looking online and found some amazing conversation starters. When J.D. is gone a lot for work or when life gets super hectic, we will bring these out to reconnect, and remember there is more to talk about than the kids!

Want to get something across to your husband? Go to our Dear Husband category!

Four. Sit on the patio, turn on some music & watch the sun set.
Five. Eat popcorn & play card games. J.D. and I both grew up playing card games and love playing together. It brings back so many wonderful childhood memories and I love making these memories with J.D. too. This is a perfect date night idea for winter, when you literally can’t go anywhere!
Six. Have a picnic in the living room and watch a movie. This one is super fun and you can be as creative as you want with your picnic. You could have fondue, wine or beer tasting, or theme the evening with food and a movie from a different country!

J.D. and I have been together for 12 years, and while so many things have changed, one thing remains the same. We love each other like crazy. These date night ideas might not be super fancy, or cost us much money, but they help up to reconnect, laugh, and make our marriage a priority.
What are your favorite at home date night ideas?
XOXO

I hope you enjoyed this post from The Everyday Events! Here is a link to the post on her website along with some other links for you to follow!

DIY Christmas Edition

Let’s Do This!

I’ve done a lot of DIYing lately and I promised to show you all how it’s done. Today’s post will have different “sections” to it. First, I want to tell you how I make my homemade spa care stuff, then I want to show you cute DIY Christmas gifts, and lastly, how to make your own fun social media posts.

I love to just drop a bath bomb in a hot bath and sink into it.

This recipe is so customize-able! Use whatever essential oils you want, then use the bath bomb that is going to fit your mood or need. My skin is so soft and silky smooth after one of these baths! I just love it!

The biggest question I got from the giveaway was how to make the Root Beer body scrub. Well here is how! I use a blend from Eden’s Garden called “Root Beer”. In my opinion, it smells just like the drink! Here is a link to where you can buy this blend. I love it because it is great for sore muscles and grounding yourself. It would be great in a bath bomb too!

http://www.edensgarden.com/products/root-beer

My favorite secret is this delicious, SUPER EASY, lip scrub.

I discovered it when I first started using Lipsense. They tell you to exfoliate your lips often, so I found this easy, yummy, and effective lip scrub. You just have to try it!

This is an easy one! All you need is bottled Root Beer (Or regular for your adult friends), a hot glue gun, red puffs, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes! The rest is self explanatory! I love how easy and cute this idea is. It’s pretty cheap too! For those crafty moms, you probably already have most of this in your house.

 

This last craft is very near and dear to my heart. Our local fire department has been so good to our family, and especially to Tod. We printed a picture he took with them and made them this cute survival kit for Christmas. Very easy, but can become pricey depending on how many you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I wanted to share this hidden gem that I found. I wanted to make custom graphics for my blog and Facebook. I found the site Canva and fell in love! I don’t pay for the upgrade, but you can. Even with all the free stuff, it’s so easy to use and they give you a ton of pre-made templates to use! You can use it for everything! Posters, Social Media posts, blog graphics, the works! Go check it out! https://www.canva.com/