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Dowdle Puzzles

Santa Claus brought our family a really cool puzzle this year.
It’s a Dowdle Puzzle of Yellowstone National Park!
My husband and I just recently got a night where we could sit down and do it.
We put on episodes of the Cosby Show and went to town!
It was fun to stay up late and laugh together.

Come to find out – Dowdle creates tons of different puzzles!
Click Here to see their website.

These puzzles makes for an excellent gifts for any occasion!
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Christmas Neighbor Gifts

I have lived in many places and everywhere we go, we always exchange Christmas gifts with the neighbors. We grew up doing this too. Some years we spent SO much time putting together Christmas crafts for the neighbors. One year we made little reindeer out of wood and their tummies were baby food jars. (I wish I had a picture.) Other years we bought treats and put a cute little note or saying on it. When you have time, it’s also fun to make a plate of goodies. However, a couple of years ago I almost burned down my house trying to make Amish bread for all our friends and neighbors!! YIKES!

As I was searching for what to give to my neighbors this year, I found a gazillion cute ideas!
How Does She has a list of 30 neighbor gift ideas. I love this one….I actually did this about 6 years ago, except I made my own cookie dough.

There was also an article in the Deseret News that had 3 pages of ideas! I love these because they are budget friendly. (aka: cheap!! ha ha ha!) You’ve got to think about that when you have a lot of friends and neighbors! You can read the article HERE.

These Creative Juices has a cute ideas for cookies in a jar…
and a snowman candy bar.
She even has free printables to go with these cute ideas. Go HERE!

I also liked this idea! (Found here!)
Healthy and Yummy! It’s a win win!

So…what are you giving to your friends and neighbors this year?


Christmas Ideas For Your Husband

Are you thinking about Christmas yet?  I sure am!
A couple weeks ago we had a special request from one of our AWESOME followers!
She was wondering what to get her husband for Christmas and wondered if we had any great ideas.
The answer is “YES” I do have several ideas, but I didn’t know anything about her financial situation and let’s be honest….that makes a big difference.  So I’ve broken this list up into 5 different catagories.
1.  FREE
2.  Practical Gifts
3.  Under $20
4.  Under $50
5.  For the BIG SPENDER!
#1.  Free

  • Isn’t this quilt amazing?  I LOVE this idea.  My cousin, Natalie, made this quilt out of all the old T-shirts her husband wore when they dated at BYU.  I put this under the free section because if you had some extra fabric to use for the back, this would just basically cost you some time.
  • Coupon Books are also fun to receive.   The Dating Diva’s have a great post where you can download yours for free OR they give you a tutorial on how to make your own.  You can make it fun for staying home, going out, or leave it blank and let him fill it out!
  • A night at home with NO kids!  Let’s be honest….we all LOVE our kids, but isn’t a little break every now and then the greatest thing?  Arrange for someone (i.e. your mom, sister, friend, or neighbor) to keep the kids for a night and you just stay at home! 
  • A massage, pedicure, facial, or scalp treatment!  I know not EVERY man is into these things, but maybe if they tried it, they’d like it.  They can be very relaxing and make someone feel very loved and appreciated!
  • Make a CD -Remember when we used to make mixed tapes?  Why not burn a CD for your husband? Put all of “your” songs on it or all of “his” favorites!


Practical Gifts
I know some people do NOT think that Christmas is a time for practical things, but sometimes it’s nice to give someone something that you already know they need and would like.
  • Gear for Hobbies – hunting, hiking, running, cooking, camping or fishing?
(A new camp chair!) 
  • Items for Work – Brief case, shoes, watch, or office supplies?
  • Socks/Underwear – How great are new socks?  (My husband likes the really thick, nice ones from Costco!  =)
  • Iron –  or other useful item that your husband uses all the time!  (My brother is VERY particular about how his shirts are ironed, so one year he asked for a brand new iron!)
  • Batteries – Does your husband use a lot of batteries?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Costco size package of every size of battery?
  • Fire Safe Box – not super dooper fun, but very useful!

    UNDER $20

    (Yes, he is in his work clothes.  He’d just gotten off work when the kids noticed Santa had been there.  They weren’t waiting!)

    • TOOLS – (or tool box/bag) My husband LOVES tools.  Harbor Freight is a great resource for cheaper tools.
    • Kitchen Tools – How about a new hot chocolate maker from Bed Bath & Beyond? (Grill, Smoker, Apron, Griddle)
    • Books (regular, downloadable, or audio) (Financial, cookbook, church, or Self Help?)
    • Outdoor fun – Frisbee Golf, Lasso Golf, Croquet, or Bocce Balls. (You have to get these on sale to get them under $20, but it can be done! 🙂
    • Gift Certificates to favorite fast food places (i.e. Subway, Burger King, or Arby’s).  My husband hates to take money out of the checkbook for things like this, but it’s nice to stop and get something every now and then and not feel guilty.
    • Games – We like 5 Crowns, Skip bo, and Phase 10. Handheld games are fun too!
    • Itunes gift card!
    • Magazine Subscription
    • Movie Tickets
    • Car Wash Gift Certificats – Not fun to buy, but what man doesn’t like a clean vehicle?
    • A candy bar letter like this one we did for Fathers Day!  YUM!

    Under $50

    • Movies – Does your husband have a TV show he liked as a kid?  Sometimes on Amazon or you can find good deals on full season of shows.  Like we posted here.


    • Clothes – Ties, Dress Clothes, Casual Clothes.
    • Basket of favorites – (Favorite gum, chips, sunflower seeds, soda, candy bar, or breath mints)
    • Car Wash/Detailing Kit
    • Remote controlled car, plane, or helicopter.
    • Tickets to a concert or sporting event! 

    (We’ve gone to REAL soccer game, Utah Jazz game and now Wicked, the musical!  SO FUN!!)


    For the BIG SPENDER
    (This is definitely not our category, but it’s fun to dream!  If this is your category, here are some fun ideas!)

    • A weekend getaway!!  Fly to Arizona, California, or Vegas and have a warm relaxing time!
    • A GPS runners watch
    • A Big Screen T.V.
    • An iPad 2
    • Garage shelves or tool organization system.
    • iPhone 5 (on sale 10/14)
    • 4-wheeler, snowmobile, or camp trailer
    • iPod, iPod dock/speakers , Apple TV, or Blue Ray player

      So, what about you?
      Do you have any great ideas you could add to my list?

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