Before I began studying minimalism as a lifestyle, I started exploring different ways of becoming more mindful and placing less emphasis personally on consumerism. One of the first steps I took towards that goal was a couple years ago when I gave myself the challenge of not shopping during the month of December. This may seem like an odd topic for BargainBabe, but I think it’s
Yikes! Why does the first half of November speed past so ridiculously quickly? Now it’s practically Thanksgiving and I still have purchased NO gifts! Time to get serious and start “adding to cart”, but this year I have a slightly different mindset: can the gift be less about stuff and more about meaning? Now that the kids are covered with some well thought out gifts that
In the days before Pinterest, people put some branches in a vase or hung up a wreath for Thanksgiving decor and called it good. But now we want more. And we don’t want to spend a lot for it. If you’re lacking in DIY skills like me, you also need it to be easy. Thank goodness for the Dollar Tree and some very clever bloggers. Here are
The holiday season is upon us, ya’ll, and this may be the first year ever that I’ve made it all the way to November without purchasing a single solitary gift! I’m still a very new minimalist and I am certainly not hardcore about it (I’m not downsizing to a micro-home, paring down my possessions to only 100 or vowing to live out of a backpack).
The turkey, your waistband, the mound of mashed potatoes. These are the things that should be big at Thanksgiving, not the grocery receipt. The holidays can be stressful enough, without worrying how to serve dinner on a budget. Whether you are hosting or heading to your parent’s house, here’s how to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make your own spices: Spices can be really
My nephew just turned five this year so he’s still completely in love with the holidays and making crafts. I wanted to create a fun craft table for him and am sharing my favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids with you. I included crafts for various skill levels and ages – something for every age! Even better, they should all cost you $5 or less! Don’t waste money
We all want to give our children a special celebration for their birthday. After all, a birthday isn’t just about the child. It’s a glass raised to you for surviving all the parenting challenges they’ve thrown at you! It’s a celebration of everything you have gone through over the last year, all the homework help, carpools, bedtime stories, violin practice, board games and stomach
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos honors those we have lost with festivals and parties. It is a chance to celebrate the lives of the deceased who are believed to awaken from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones. How to throw a Dia de los Muertos party fun enough to wake the dead. For this post, I consulted my friend Crystal,
You’ve heard of gingerbread houses, but what about gingerbread Haunted Houses? We make them every year. They’re fun for kids of all ages – and adults, too – and there are all levels of difficulty (or lack thereof). Your guide to DIY Gingerbread Haunted Houses. Choice #1: Start with a kit. I found various Haunted House kits, including this one from Target for $8.99. I saw similar
Every autumn, I look forward to stepping into Starbuck’s for a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. I love it when the house smells of pumpkin bread cooking in the oven. And every year, I splurge on my favorite pumpkin spiced soap. But there is such a thing as overkill. Here are some pumpkin spice scented products that have just gone too far. Pumpkin Febreze.
Why go for the same old carved jack-o-lantern when you can do something really creative? Whether you choose to paint your pumpkins or carve them, it’s always fun to do something different. Here are 6 DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. 1. BB-8 pumpkin. Do you have a Star Wars fan in your household? You won’t have to “Force” them to love this adorable BB-8 pumpkin. What
It’s that time of year again – when we get to humiliate… uh, dress our pets up in ridiculous… uh, adorable costumes. We’ve found some of the silliest, cleverest, most amusing Halloween costumes for your dog or cat. 6 Spooktacular Pet Costumes 1. Bear Costume. You’ve seen the viral videos, now get ready to make your own teddy bear costume for your dog or cat. We
Now that fall is here many of us start thinking about the season of gifts! Everyone wants their presents to be appreciated, but in this age of consumerism it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect fit. Personally, I find myself struggling between an inclination to to give gifts that will be enjoyed and a desire to break the cycle of stuff and clutter in our culture. (Remember how I’ve been