Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DIY Holiday Round Up

I LOVE things like Pinterest, or blogs that do things like Sugar Bee's "Take a Look Tuesday", because I can see a plethora of projects, all in one place! These are a few of the BEST I have seen today in my internet travels. 

Free Winter Printables from Laura's Crafty Life

Cinnamon Sparkle Ornaments from


DIY Ginger Salt Scrub from Fun Home Things

Easy Paperclip Angel Ornament from 

Vintage Glitter Bulbs from The Moody Fashionista

Apple Pumpkin Cake 
(OMG are you kidding me?!? Sounds DELICIOUS!) From Architecture of a Mom

Thanks for sharing with the world your crafty and culinary genius! 

FREE Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

I don't know about you guys, but I start my holiday shopping as early as I can, (so that I can afford it)! This year, I am adding as many awesome free deals as I can. Here are a few of the deals I've gotten for stocking stuffers for my daughter and nieces! 

1saleaday[.com] has fantastic freebie deals periodically for new members. I have gotten A Sterling Silver heart shaped necklace (on a sterling chain) and a pair of drinking straw glasses from them, and my 9 year old daughter is going to LOVE them!

Vistaprint.com gives away all sorts of freebies, you just pay s/h. For my munchkin, I got a personalized "Things to do" notepad, "Hey Mom!" sticky notepad (for her to leave me notes or reminders about school stuff), and a fun self inking stamp that says "Property of Genevieve" (for her books,etc).

Whenever Crayola coupons are available, I pair them with super sales and stock up! My kiddo loves to color so we go through a LOT of crayons...I have a fresh 24 count box for her stocking, and I paid .05 cents (DARN NEAR FREE)! Plus I have a few extras for gifts for my nieces and a few neighbor kids. 

Any time Matchbox has a great coupon for their individual cars, I stock up! Our Wal-Mart sells them individually for .88 cents each. With a $5 off any purchase of $20, that is like getting 5 toy cars for FREE! These are also great for neighbor kids or my daughter's friends, but if any of the race cars are Jeff Gordon, or pink, they go in HER stocking. :)

My munchkin is now almost 10, and is learning about money (and coupons!) so prepaid cards are a fun way to give allowance or holiday gifts. I just got her first card, and her allowance will be loaded on it each week. I am adding a little bonus of $10 for the holidays, to get her started. The card was FREE and you can get one here. This is a great gift for teens too!

I am topping it off with a FREE plush dolphin from Frigo cheese! My kid loves animals, wants to be a vet...and loves stuffed animals too! We buy string cheese for after school snacks anyway so this one was a no brainer. 

My Tips:
1.  Use an alternate email address for freebie sign up. 

2. Get the deals ASAP! They go fast! I know some of these are expired, but I wanted to show you why it is never to early to start thinking about your holiday gift list...the Frigo Cheese deal ended May 31, and I have had the plushie tucked away in my gift stockpile box since then! 

3. I add to my stash all year round, and I start the day after Christmas! Otherwise, our holidays would be pretty bare. Hit the huge sales with your coupons! 

4. Score great freebies like from 1saleaday.com (who has ever-changing freebie offers, check our Facebook page for direct links to the freebies!) and stash them away. 

5. Donate any unwanted/unused freebies to shelters or food pantries...Get free toys and give them to Toys for Tots! It feels good to give!

Starbucks 12 Days of Gifting

Starbucks: Twelve Days of Gifting 2012 – Promotion Runs 12/1 thru 12/12

Starbucks is have their Twelve Days of Gifting again this year for 2012.  The 12 days will run from 12/1 through 12/12.  Here’s a sneak peek of the great deals you can score!

December 1, 2012
Buy any Tumbler or Mug and get a FREE Grande Beverage

December 2, 2012
BOGO Starbucks VIA Ready Brew 12-pack and BOGO Tazo Tea Tin

December 3, 2012
Buy the featured Brewed Coffee Tumbler and get a FREE coffee all  January 

December 4, 2012
Get a Stainless Stainless Steel Tumbler for $9.95 and get any 1 lb. Christmas Blend and a Red Stainless Tumbler for only $19.95 (reg. $30)

December 5, 2012
Get a Red, Blue, or Gold acrylic tumbler for $5.95 

December 6, 2012
Buy a Merry Moments Cocoa Gift Set for $12.95 

December 7, 2012
Buy any 1 lb. of Christmas Blend Coffee or K-Cup 12-pack for $9.95 Buy a Starbucks VIA Christmas Blend 12-pack for $7.95 and buy one Christmas Verismo Pod Pack for $8.95

December 8, 2012
Buy a 16 oz. Cold Cup Filled with Frappuccino inspired flavored chocolates for $10.95 

December 9, 2012
Buy a Starbucks 12 oz. Red Cup Collection Mug for $3.95 

December 10, 2012
Save 30% on gift packs

December 11, 2012
Save 40% off on Cold Cups and Cold Cup Straws 

December 12, 2012
Save 40% on a Cranberry Bliss Bar Tray

For more Starbucks deals, click here.

FREE Geeky 8-bit Holiday Gift Tags from Geekorize

FREE Geeky 8-bit Holiday Gift Tags from Geekorize! What a cute freebie! Get yours NOW while the offer lasts, they DO go quickly!

I just got mine! Click HERE to get yours!