Love and gratitude are priceless gifts. Image courtesy of ChineseMedicineLiving.com.
With Valentine’s Day less than 48 hours away, some of us are still scrambling to get our loved ones a gift. But why do we have to wait for a holiday to show people how much we care? It doesn’t cost a penny to show kindness every day.
Ideas That Change People’s Lives
When we are grateful each day, the people around us thrive. Our smiles can engage strangers to pass on the goodwill and although it may seem like a small gesture, for others it will be huge.
Examples of Showing Love Without Pulling out Your Wallet
- Offer to drive an elderly, disabled, or just any person without a car to the store.
- Invite someone who is single/divorced/widowed to dinner.
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway or rake their leaves when you do yours.
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to for awhile ~ and really listen.
- Spend time with family members instead of on your devices.
- While cooking for yourself or family, put aside a meal for a friend and delivery it.
- Volunteer at your local charity or child’s function.
- Surprise your loved ones with breakfast in bed ~ even if you can’t cook.
- Use your unique talents – e.g. wipe someone’s computer, fix something, etc.
- Help with chores – parents/spouses will rejoice.
- Use your crafting talents and re-purpose an item for gift giving. Nothing says I love you more than homemade ingenuity.
So without a penny spent, show your family and friends how much they mean to you ~ everyday. Tomorrow is not promised and money cannot buy love.
To help get your creative juices flowing, see the links below:
27 Weekend Breakfast Ideas
221 Upcycling Ideas that will Blow your Mind
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Gifts made from the heart are priceless, especially when it comes to moms. Below are 12 easy gifts to make that will melt her heart. Better yet, most take less than an hour to accomplish and use supplies you might already have at home.
Make a chore coupon book. Image courtesy of brightnest.com
A dollar store wooden box/broken CD’s becomes a beautiful trinket box. Image/directions at: Elena Nikitina from Pinterest.
Give your tea-loving mom a wreath she’ll use. Image/instructions: dollarstorecrafts.com
Out-grown boots can be used as a flower pot. Image courtesy of beautifulhomeandgardendiy.com
With a picture frame/mesh you’ll help mom keep her jewelry organized. Image courtesy of brokenandhealthy.com
Make a fingerprint clay necklace Image/directions: diaryofamadcrafter.wordpress.com
Reuse CD cases and make a lamp. Image/directions at: blog.cdrom2go.com
Turn a single sock/rice into a colorful heating pad. Image/directions at: upsophisticook.com
With a soda bottle/paint, you can make an awesome bird feeder. Image courtesy of creativecraftnights.blogspot.ca
Make a sugar scrub from home supplies. Recipe/image at brittanyestes.com
With a single drink powder pouch and Vaseline, you can make mom some lip gloss. Image/directions at: loveumadly.com
If mom is always struggling to find the keys, she’d be grateful if you color coded them. Image courtesy of abubblylife.com
To all the mothers who are reading this blog:
Happy Mother’s Day!
It’s just a few days away – the day we honor our loved ones. For some it may be a friend, for others it may be a spouse or child. Yet, the one common thread to Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love.
With the clock ticking, your anxiety of what to give may rise.The key to giving isn’t in how much you spend, but in the effort/love involved. Hopefully, you’ll find something in these DIY projects that will get your creative juices flowing.
What kid doesn’t love a fort? Directions can be found at meaningfulmama.com
Friends will appreciate these thoughtful gifts. Image pinned from Something Turquoise,
Add a frame to your keepsake and it’s almost a guarantee your loved one’s heart will melt. Image from thesuedesofa.com
Neapolitan cookies have multi-layers of flavor: Almond, raspberry, apricot, and chocolate. Image courtesy of thehopefulhestia.wordpress.com
This is part 3 of the series: Get Ready for the Christmas Baking to Begin. These next two holiday favorites are easier to make than expected. Both goodies run about $9 a pound at your local bakery and this frugal gal knows that you can go broke trying to purchase a nice platter of these delightful morsels. With that in mind, I offer you two great gift-worthy recipes:
Italian Neapolitan Cookies
*Coming from an Italian family, I can tell you this recipe is authentic in nature. Other recipes call for other flavored fillings, but most bakeries use these ingredients.
Supplies: Continue reading
Hand print tree image courtesy of The CraftyChicks.com.
Although some may believe their dad would prefer a store bought item, it will be the gifts made from the heart that will be cherished – especially when they’ve moved out and gone to college.
Every project selected can be made for under $10 dollars, but may need a few days to a week to dry and complete. Many of the items needed can be purchased at your area dollar store.
The Tree of Life
A picture frame
A sheet of heavy weight paper (ex. card stock, constructions, etc)
Paint – in any color desired but be sure to use non-toxic for young children (I’ve seen all green hands and multicolored leaf hands used in projects)
A free tree template of a tree such as the Crafty Chick’s version, Kid’s Blogspot version, and Coloring Shape’s version, or if crafty, draw and paint your own.
Optional: matte board for framing picture inside picture frame
1) Before printing template, reformat it to the correct year or reword it in a MS Word or Open Office software program.
2) Pour a small pool (big enough for a hand print) of paint in a paper plate and call the kids in for the printing.
3) Once tree is stamped and dried, place in the optional matte frame and place in a picture frame.
Love in a Jar