For the Holidays: More Than Candy

DSC_0695bWe’ll be featuring some of our favorite things if you need Christmas gifts/activities ideas.
(Disclaimer: Affiliate links are in this post. We personally own and love the things we recommend. We are in this season where we are trying to live more simply, so we know that if you are in the same boat, it is sometimes hard justifying buying anything else! Norm and I have many wonderful memories from our childhood, and with our family now, that don’t involve “things” and “stuff,” because we just enjoy being together. But gifts seem to just happen during the holiday season (and birthdays too), so we want to share some things that we like having in our lives. Any purchases made using the links will give us a percentage to use toward gifts for our sponsored children Solissa and Lucnise. Thank you!)

MoreThanCandyCover-1More Than Candy – If you have been around these parts long enough, you have heard the name Sarah Mae. I was a part of her Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe launch team, and have shared the great Discipline and Discipleship eCourse (Click here to view more details) that she done with Sally Clarkson (super mentor mom!). Well, it is not surprise that Sarah has a great resource for us for the holidays. Her ebook More Than Candy has some fabulous ideas on how we can make Christmas count this year. Each day gives us an action that we can take to bless those around us and our families during this busy and sometimes commercial holiday season.

Use the code HAPPYCOUNTING (before 12/25/13) to get the PDF for just 99 cents!!

What are some of your favorite things? Any recommendations for great Christmas gifts?

Affiliate links for other things we enjoy and would recommend.

Christmas Countdown Planner

I blogged about the Christmas Countdown Planner awhile ago. If you didn’t win the giveaway, you can get in on this Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!

The planner will be 50% off through Monday. Click on THIS LINK and you can use the coupon code: BlackFriday.

Affiliate link: Any purchases made using the links will give us a percentage to use toward gifts for our sponsored children Solissa and Lucnise. Thank you!

Giveaway: Christmas Countdown Planner

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of Christmas Countdown Planner is Kayla Rice!

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the Christmas Countdown Planner to review, but all opinions are my own.

So, when it comes to the holidays, I never have a plan of attack…at all. Every year I head into the holidays thinking I will get it together, but then the last-minute holidays cards are flying and decorations are exploding from their boxes. We’re supposed to have stockings? Did I send a thank you card to so-and-so? It is just a whirlwind of a season. I really want to enjoy the real reason for the season, but also enjoy some of the fun traditions. We are starting to get into the groove of what the Christmas season means for our family, but I am so so thrilled to have a tool that will help me to keep everything straight this year!

Enter the Christmas Countdown Planner by Jill Craft aka The Sassy Slow Cooker.

What is the Christmas Countdown Planner?
It is a PDF download of 52 pages of lists and section dividers for the 2013 AND 2014 holiday season. In this 2 year Christmas Countdown Planner you will find:

  • 2013-2014 Calendar Pages for the months of November and December
  • Notebook Cover, Dividers, and Spine Covers
  • Budget Planner
  • Inventory List
  • Homemade Gift List
  • Stocking Stuffer List
  • Advent and Tradition Ideas
  • Christmas Card List
  • Master Gift List
  • Individual Gift List
  • Cleaning List
  • Menu Plan
  • Recipe Section

Jill shares some great tips as she explains the different parts of her planner. She has a tip about filling out the budget form in pencil (simple but genius!) and keeping all your receipts in a pencil pouch so that if you are in need of a exchange/return, the receipt is readily available (again, simple but just need a little nudge in the right direction). I LOVE how she decides who to send Christmas cards to. It’s the same method I use to decide too. 😉 During the holidays, most people feel like they need to take part in every single tradition and to visit with everyone they know, but Jill doesn’t do that. “Relax, you can start doing this next year.” She is also a “sucker for traditions,” like me. I am finally realizing that I can’t follow every single fun tradition that comes along, and we will have to pick and choose what works for our family. I’m glad there is a Devotions section divider because I am loving doing the fun Advent activities with the kiddos, which we never really did growing up…not just celebrating Jesus’ birth, but everything leading up to His birth-day.

Giveaway Time!!
You can win a Christmas Countdown Planner for yourself…and for a friend! To enter, leave a comment telling us what you do to prepare for the holidays, when you start preparing, or what your favorite holiday tradition is…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 2nd at 11:30pm. For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway.

If you would rather get your own copy as soon as possible and get planning, you can click on the following link to get your own copy of the CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN PLANNER.