What makes my blog different?

This is a question I’ve asked myself a lot over the last year of making this decision.  Along with a lot of other questions such as:  What makes my blog so different?  What can I offer to other moms that’s not already out there?  What can I show other moms in a way that will stick and be remembered? The list goes on.Then I figured out what I can offer to others:
I know how to balance all of these crazy demands placed on me,
and how to balance all of it without losing my sanity.

My Homemade Wipes

Have you ever noticed how much you may spend on wipes?  Like, really sat down and did the math?  It’s absurd!  I cannot believe how much I was spending on something so simple, yet such a necessity.Here are my family’s calculations with two kids in diapers (this was done last year when my almost 3yo was being potty trained):
Huggies fragrance free 600 sheets     $11.97 x twice a month = $23.94
Wipes twice a month for one year           $23.94 x 12 months = $287.28
I’d much rather spend that money on other things, not wipes!!
And we really only had one child in diapers.  Could you imagine what we were spending when our two youngest ones were in diapers???I was determined to find a way around this madness.  And I did.Here is what I now spend on wipes (the whole family uses wipes – hey!  They’re just like Charmin Freshmates – why not?):Viva paper towels (once every three months)

$12.49 x one year supply = $49.96
Baby wash (dollar tree)                                               $1 x one year supply = $1
Baby oil (dollar tree)                                                      $1 x one year supply = $1

Total for one year                                                          approximately $52

That is much more like it!!

That’s $235 in savings per year!!

Our Christmas Village Over the Years

One of the reasons we start unpacking our Christmas containers so early is because of our Christmas village.  There are numerous houses, figurines, and accessories, so we need the entire month of November to unpack it, set up, and have it ready for our Annual Christmas Village Lighting.I started the village when I was single in 2004.  After Tim and I started dating, he shared in my village hobby, but gave it more creativity and fun!  It’s an activity we look forward to doing together each year.  And it grows each year, too!!

Here’s a photo of our village the year we got married.

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2005

How our love of Christmas started…

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The day after Halloween, literally the day after, I am taking down the Halloween decorations, packing them in their appropriate plastic tubs, and pulling out my Christmas tubs.  (See how I organize my holiday containers here.)

I just love the Christmas season and all the meanings it encompasses!   For me, it’s the celebration of Jesus, and being with family and friends.  But, quite honestly, it’s the being with family part that I really look forward to.

My husband and I have different reasons for loving the Christmas season, but here is mine:  my grandmother.  She’s my mother’s mom, so thankfully I have a lot of her characteristics with one being the love of Christmas!

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