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!

Some of the most thoughtful gifts are made from the heart! Click To Tweet

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!

Instagram Giveaway WINNER! Everyday Amanda

Remember that one time, when I did an Instagram giveaway? Yeah, well meet Amanda, our winner!

Everyday Amanda

Hello, all!

I just want to give a quick shout out to Lynsey at Real Mom Blogs for thinking I’m worthy to be in the spotlight. It’s exciting and unreal, but I thank her! So, so much!

Anyway, a little about moi.

I’m a wife and stay at home mom to 2 crazy kids. Olivia is 10 and going into 5th grade and Alex is 6 and he will be a big 1st grader! My husband is a very hardworking man that is moody and goofy. We have had some ups and downs but mostly ups in these last years.
I am surprised (and a little sad) to say I will be hitting the big 4-0 this year! Although I look like I’m in my early 20s, only because I’m short! A whopping 5 feet! (Hubs says 4’ 11”, but he’s a liar). But I really don’t feel my age. I still sometimes find myself shocked when I say I’m a mom.

I live in a small town in Pennsylvania.

My husband and I have been together for 20 years this year! Married for 12 years in September. I am 3 ½ years older than my hubs. But I feel like he is the older one. I’m a procrastinator. And I’d rather watch a movie with my kiddos than go outside. I’m an indoor person fo sho! We have a Yorkie named Maggie. She will be 13 this year! And she was our 1st baby. She is a part of our family and is very spoiled!

I got into blogging by accident.

A friend of mine, who homeschools her 5 kids, was always telling me crazy stories about her kids. I’m like, you should start a blog! Share your stories! So, I started looking into blogging to help and share with her some info, and started reading and reading and pinning and pinning and started thinking and wondering… “Hey. maybe I could do this?”. I started toying with it but pushed it off thinking “Nah, no one would read what I have to say”.  Long story short, I wrote a few posts, hubs said go for it, what do you have to lose? And here I am! A blogger for about 2 ½ months!

I like to say my blog is a “personal/mom/lifestyle/mishmash” blog.

I write about everyday stuff that when I’m typing it up… it just kinda flows. I do have a million blog post ideas written down, but some only produce a few sentences while others just write themselves. My blog is my first time ever writing, so I was worried about people reading it. But it looks like I have a few people that enjoy what I have to say which is seriously crazy and awesome!

When I’m not messing with the blog…

…or sharing it on social media, I’m usually watching TV or reading. I also love listening to music and singing along… reeeally loud! (In the privacy of my own home, of course!). I love holidays. Especially the ones that gather all the family together. I like to spend time with my family and relax, especially over summer because school time can be pure chaos. With both kids in school and soccer and my daughter in piano, some nights are crazy! So, summer is a nice, slow time for us.

That’s about all I have about me! I hope you stop by and check out my little slice of the internet, laugh and relate with my everyday parenting shenanigans.

Thanks again for having me Lynsey @ Real Mom Blogs!!!
Amanda

Isn’t she SO funny! Everything she writes is super intriguing. She is really good at captivating her audience. I definitely want you all to go check out her blog everydayamanda.com

Here are some of Amanda’s favorite posts:

Everyday Amanda's puppyhttp://everydayamanda.com/mommin-aint-easy-because-kids/
http://everydayamanda.com/adulting-i-dont-want-to/
http://everydayamanda.com/mom-paranoia/
http://everydayamanda.com/worst-summer-vacation-2017/

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Doesn’t that Goodie Bag look awesome?

Well, guess what!? I am going to post tomorrow the details of everything that was in the goodie bag. In the meantime, tell me what kind of giveaway you would like to see next!