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Minion Mini Canvas DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments + Bring Home Despicable Me 3 For The Holidays!

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Despicable Me 3 has landed on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray, DVD, On-Demand and Digital! We caught it in the theater as a family back in the summer, and we all agree - this is the very BEST movie in the Despicable Me trilogy {though we honestly LOVE them all!} If you're looking for a laugh out loud flick that the entire family can enjoy, this is the perfect pick! It would also make a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift idea. Pop a copy of Despicable Me 3 along with a few bags of microwave popcorn, some movie candy, and some soda into a stocking or a gift basket, and you'll have a fun family movie night at-the-ready, this holiday season!

After we all watched Despicable Me 3 this past weekend, the kids officially caught Minion fever again! These little yellow guys are just so stinking cute {and funny!} My oldest daughter was brainstorming a DIY Minion Christmas tree ornament, and she came up with these super cute Minion Mini Canvas DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments. Aren't they adorable?! She gathered some of the supplies that we had left over from making our Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments, and a few other simple supplies from our craft stash, and got to work. I love how they turned out! Another fun memory / addition to our family Christmas tree!

Read on for the simple supply list, and for our quick tutorial on how to make your own Minion Mini Canvas DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments, this holiday season.

Simple & Cozy Winter Decor Ideas


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While we're off to the races and the holiday season is officially underway, I'm thinking long-term, friends. Don't get me wrong. I love to decorate for the holiday season. What I don't enjoy, is pulling it all down after the holidays are over, and losing that warm and cozy atmosphere. Am I the only one? It seriously puts me in a funk when the tree comes down, and the glow of Christmas lights are gone and packed away for the season. Winter is long in the northeast area of the country, and I want to stretch my dollars to ensure that we are comfy and cozy, all season long! Not just during the month-long holiday season.

This year, I'm avoiding all that, by decorating for the long-haul! And I'm excited to share some of my winter decor ideas, with you today.  Most of these simple and inexpensive decor ideas, easily transition past the holiday season and into the New Year; ensuring a warm and inviting cozy atmosphere, all winter long.

Read on for my easy and inexpensive decor ideas to "winterize" your home, and create a cozy space  for the entire season!

10 Minute Hot Crab Dip + Grab Your $1 Off Cole’s MIDDLES™ Printable Coupon {Available NOW At Walmart!}


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This 10 minute Hot Crab Dip is AMAZING, and it pairs perfectly with Cole's MIDDES™  Bread Five Cheese bites. So delicious, and simple! This Hot Crab Dip and Cole's MIDDLES, make a great fuss-free appetizer to serve to guests during the holiday season. It's also a great make-and-take recipe, for toting to all of your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Friends, not even gonna' lie. The past few days have been a bit crazy around here. The holiday whirl has definitely begun! As a busy mom (4 kids keep me super occupied, for sure!) I don't have a ton of excess time on my hands, and the busyness of the holiday season only tends to add to our already hectic schedule. In all of the busyness though, I want to pause and soak in some of the holiday magic with the kids this Christmas. So, in an effort to free up some time,  I grabbed my recipe book and earmarked a few of my favorite fast and delicious holiday recipes, to ensure that I don't spend the entire month sequestered in the kitchen! One of my top 5 favorite family recipes, is this 10 minute hot crab dip. My mom used to make this when I was young; totally timeless and always a crowd pleaser!

Looking to grab a few extra special moments with your family this holiday season, too? Grab my easy recipe for 10 Minute Hot Crab Dip and print your $1 off Cole's MIDDLES coupon, below.

One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2017 Holiday Gift Picks -Top Toys & Gifts For Kids + A Giveaway

It's that time of year again! Did you get a gander at my Top Useful Tech Gift Picks for 2017? There are some amazing {super useful} items on the list; literally something for everyone {and you can even enter to win some of my top picks too, HERE!} With Thanksgiving passed, it's full speed ahead to the holiday season, and a brand NEW YEAR! Although I probably say this each and every year, I can't believe how fast this year whizzed by! My older children have now surpassed me in height (how did that happen at just 10 & 12 years old? I feel short around here these days, friends!) and my little ones are growing equally as fast (they are now 3 years old and 1.) They're doing new things at break-neck speed! With my youngest now walking, it seems as though they are always moving in opposite directions. It's definitely a daily workout, but it's still so good to watch them having fun, and growing into their own little personalities. 

Are you ready to start shopping for the kids? I've spent the past several weeks going over a ton of new toys and kids products, and narrowed the list down to the best of the best, to help make your shopping and gifting a little bit easier this holiday season! There are 36 items that made the list this year - and there's something for everyone! Toddlers, kids, tweens, and even the teens! Without further adieu, I give you my official list for the year! 

The One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2017 Holiday Gift Picks -Top Toys & Gifts For Kids are:

See Elf The Musical In NYC This Holiday Season! + Win A Family 4 Pack of Tickets!


What's your favorite holiday movie? The all-time favorite around here, is definitely ELF! It never gets old. I could watch it over and over. "You don't smell like Santa. You smell like beef and cheese!" So funny, and fun! Did you know that ELF is now a seasonal live musical too? It is! ELF the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa's bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy Grows up thinking he's an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he's not like the others. With Santa's blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past. With mayhem, mischief and laughs-aplenty, this fresh and funny holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF, this holiday season!

Read on for a special coupon discount code for ELF the Musical tickets + (1) One Savvy Mom Reader will WIN a family 4 pack of tickets to ELF the Musical! Enter below.

Old Home? Do This! Super Quick Ways To Weatherize Your Home And Save On Heating This Winter


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The winter weather has finally made an appearance around here, and it looks like it's here to stay. Friends, for as long as I can remember now, we've been living in older homes. There's something about their charm that lures me in. Antique fixtures, vintage hardware, beautiful crown moldings; they just seem cozier to me. That is, until the winter hits. Then the charm takes a backseat to the drafts and higher than average heating costs! I'll never forget our first winter, living in an older home. The first heating bill landed in our mailbox and it was nothing short of shocking. After I picked my jaw up off the floor,  I promptly set out to make sure that the heating bills in the months following, weren't nearly as scary. I scoured the Internet and found so many useful money saving tips, for weatherizing your home. After putting several of these weatherization tips into action, I was able to save a ton on heating, and ward off most of the not so charming drafts that were coming from here, there, and everywhere in our home. And you know what? We're not alone.  Almost 2/3 of Americans live in a home that needs weatherization.

I'm excited to share some of the money saving weatherization tips that I've learned over the years, with all of you today. As we head into another winter, these simple tips will help you save big on your heating bill.

Ready to save some money on your heating costs this winter? Read on...

DIY Slipper Care Packages For Warm & Cozy Holiday Wishes

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With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we are starting to brainstorm what we can do for others as a family, this holiday season. These simple slipper care packages were our family project last weekend. We assembled several of these DIY Slipper Care Packages, to gift to the residents of a local nursing home this Christmas. We stuffed each pair of slippers with personal care items, magazines, and small treats. This is such a simple way to send warm & cozy holiday wishes to the elderly residents in our community, to show them that value and appreciate them.

Hi friends, how have you been? A few years back, I started to pare down on what we gift to our children for the holiday. Excess seemed to be the word of the day on Christmas morning, and it wasn't a tradition that I wanted to continue to cultivate. Instead, we started a new tradition. We give each of our children 3 gifts on Christmas. They each get a special item (this is generally something that they wouldn't ask for during the year) a new pair of pajamas and something to read. Then we take the rest of our holiday budget, and we use it to give back to others during the holiday season. We stuff shoe boxes with special items and treats, for children in other parts of the World, that have never received a single gift on Christmas morning. We collect toys for our annual donation to a local children's hospital, and we donate our time at our local food pantry. This year, we've added these DIY Slipper Care Packages for the residents of our local nursing home, to our list. And we're still brainstorming more ways that we can give back as a family, before the year ends.

These experiences have given our entire family a broader view of how incredibly fortunate we really are. It's also brought us much closer together. While we may not live a daily life of excess, we certainly have what we need and beyond, and we have each other.  That in itself, is a gift. When we do have excess now, we seek ways to use it for others who may not have even the mere basics.  It's a far better use of our resources; especially during the holiday season.  I love that my children are learning to find joy in serving others, and that they're learning to walk through each moment with a grateful heart.
After all friends, "The one who blesses others, is abundantly blessed."
Ready to give back this holiday season? Read on for my simple tutorial on how to assemble these DIY Slipper Care Packages.

One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2017 Holiday Gift Picks - The Best Useful Tech Gifts To Add To Your List This Year! + A Giveaway


The countdown is on! With the holiday's mere days away now, everyone is undoubtedly searching high and low for the perfect gift ideas for friends and family. I've poured over piles of products over the past few weeks, and have carefully selected 11 top notch products from the bunch,  to help you take the guess-work out of gifting this holiday season. Without further adieu I give you One Savvy Mom's Top 2017 "Useful Tech" Gift Picks. 

Read on for my Top 2017 "Useful Tech" Gift Picks, and for a chance to WIN a {pretty fabulous} prize pack!

No-Waste DIY Baby Shower Decor

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As a mom of 4, waste simply isn't apart of my vocabulary. Over the past 13 years, I've definitely honed the fine art of no-waste frugality, friends! My brother and sister in-law are currently expecting their first baby (a girl!) in early 2018, and I have a few friends that are currently expecting as well. When I was pondering baby shower decor ideas, I decided to put my crafty frugality to work to come up with some cute no-waste baby shower decor, that I can contribute to the many upcoming celebrations. What's no-waste baby shower decor? Basically, everything that's used to decorate for the shower, can be used after the fact, for baby. 

Read on for my simple no-waste baby shower decor ideas, simple supply lists, and tutorials. Make every penny count, for the mom-to-be and the new baby!

Wood Slice Santa Ornaments - A Super Cute & Simple Kids Christmas Craft


Hi friends, how have you been? There's a definite chill in the air here now, and we're already daydreaming of Christmas. The kids and I got a kick-start on some of their homemade / DIY holiday gift-making last weekend, by making these super cute {and super simple} wood slice Santa Ornaments. These are incredibly easy to make, and they turn out so flipping adorable!

I'm keeping a few to hang on our Christmas tree this year, and the kids plan on gifting the rest to friends and family.

Feeling crafty? Read on for the full supply list and my easy tutorial, to craft your own Wood Slice Santa ornaments with the kids this holiday season.

DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees


These DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees, turned out so cute!  My favorite part? They only cost about $3.50 each to make!

Hi friends, how have you been? The Christmas crafts are in full-swing around here! Last weekned, I paid a trip to the Dollar Tree to look for some cute add-ons/ supplies for a few of the holiday crafts that I'm working on. I was disappointed when I couldn't find any cone foam forms in their floral section. I have a bunch of stockpiled ribbon, and I had my heart set on making ribbon trees to display on the tops of my kitchen cabinets for Christmas. Though I had a plan, I certainly didn't want to shell out $5-$8 for each of the cone foam forms from the craft store, to make my ribbon trees.

After perusing the aisles, my eyes landed on a 3 piece funnel set in the cooking section. Each set comes with a small, medium, and large funnel (just $1 for each set of 3). After stacking them on top of each other, I decided that I could easily use the funnel sets, in place of a cone foam form, to make my ribbon Christmas Trees. Now that they're complete, I actually think they turned out better than they would have, had I used foam forms. The funnels are wider, which gives a much fuller look than the narrow foam forms would have. While I'm using my Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees as a display on the tops of my kitchen cabinets, they would also make a super cute DIY holiday gift idea, this holiday season!

Read on for the full supply list, and my simple tutorial to make your own Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees.

Turn Your Dead Summer Planters Into {Temporary} DIY Snowman Holiday & Winter Lawn Decor!


This summer planter makeover, easily turns your tired dead summer planters into {super cute!} DIY snowman winter lawn / porch decor. My favorite part? We transformed 8 summer planters, into adorable multi-sized snowmen, for just $3! This is such an adorable {frugal} way to upcycle you're existing summer planters for the winter / holiday season. When winter is over, simply pull the snowman decor off (the plastic is simply gathered / tied at the top with string / ribbon) and they're ready to use again for planting, during the summer season. My planters were looking pretty gross after the first few weeks of cold weather here, friends! This was such an easy and fun way to jazz them up a bit for the upcoming holiday / winter season. Our younger kids absolutely LOVE them! If you're looking for a simple, frugal, fairly mess-free DIY holiday decor craft idea for your lawn/porch, this is it!

Read on for the simple supply list, and my easy tutorial on how you can transform your dead summer planters into super cute snowman winter lawn decor, too!

Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments - A Quick & Simple {Super Cute!} Christmas Kids Craft Tutorial


Looking for a cute Christmas craft to do with the kids? These Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments are it! This is such a quick and simple {super cute!} Christmas kids craft; perfect for gifting to friends and family - or for your own Christmas tree. If you're into mess-free kids crafts {and what mom isn't, right?), this easy Christmas craft is definitely the craft for you!

Hi friends, how have you been? Each year, my kids make new DIY ornaments for our Christmas Tree, it's a bit of a tradition around here. It's always fun to look back each year on all of the ornaments that we've made together, when we decorate our tree. Last weekend, we got a jump start on our Christmas crafting, and made these adorable Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments. This is such a quick and simple Christmas craft for kids. These Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments come together in a cinch with a few simple supplies and Kwik Stix {fast drying} solid tempera paint sticks. If your house is anything like mine you might even already have a stray mitten or two {or 20!} on-hand, without a match, that you can easily upcycle for this craft.

Read on for the full supply list and our easy tutorial, to make your own Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments with the kids this holiday season.

DIY K Cup Christmas Trees - A Fun and Frugal Holiday Gift Tutorial!


Looking for the perfect DIY holiday gift idea for friends, neighbors, family, teachers, the mail carrier, etc.(the list goes on and on)? These DIY K Cup Christmas Trees are an adorable frugal way to spread some holiday cheer this season!

Hi friends, how have you been? Christmas is coming! I have a long list of people to gift to during the holiday season. Teachers, friends, family, the pediatrician, the mail carrier, my husbands co-workers etc., like I said, the list is LONG.  I don't have a ton of "free time" on my hands with 4 kids, so I've already started to assemble some of the gifts for all of the people on our list this year. 

Who doesn't love K Cups? Perfect gift, in my opinion! I decided to make these {super cute}super simple DIY K Cup Christmas Trees to house/present K Cups (along with coffee/tea mugs) to some of the people on our list this Christmas. You can grab a variety of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate K Cups and customize each DIY K Cup Christmas Tree according to each individuals preferences,, too. Each one of the pictured DIY K Cup Christmas Trees holds (6) K Cups, although you could easily make them a bit smaller, to accommodate (3) K Cups, if you prefer. One of my favorite frugal K Cup brands, is Market Pantry (Target's brand). You can pick up a box of 48 K Cups (medium roast coffee) for just $15.99! That's a steal in comparison to some of the other K Cup packs on the market. It also makes assembling several of these K Cup Trees, a super affordable gift option this holiday season.

Read on for a full supply list and for my tutorial on how to assemble your own DIY K Cup Christmas Tree gift arrangements, this holiday season!

Making Every Step Count with @CharityMiles - Let's Move Some Mountains!


Hi friends, how have you been? Moment of honesty, here. It's been painfully real around here these days. I wrote a pretty raw post back in the beginning of the summer about my youngest son, and his diagnosis of severe Apraxia of speech. The words are still ringing fresh in my ears. "Mrs. Wilson we don't believe your son will ever be able to speak."  While I have come to terms with much of what this means for him, and for our family, it's an ongoing journey. Some days are better than others. So goes life, right? It's an ever-changing journey.  I feel like the pendulum of emotions, is still in constant motion. It's allot to process, friends. Allot. By nature, I'm a fixer, and this isn't something that has a solution or a fix.

I did (finally) get his Tobii Dynavox Augmented Speech Communication device, approved.  That was a marathon in-and-of itself, folks. My best piece of advice when navigating the roadblocks that insurance companies so frequently set before you? Be persistent and unwavering. In total, I spent 27 1/2 hours on the phone with the insurance company advocating for my son, over the course of 4 weeks. It was exhausting, but at the end of the day it was incredibly worth it. This was a huge win for him. He now has a much-deserved way to communicate (sending a virtual bear hug out the folks at Tobii Dynavox - what you do is amazing and so very appreciated.) He's progressing each day with his use of this device, and he currently has the use of about 55 commands/words . The pride that I have for his persistence and continued perseverance (especially at just 3 years old) is vast, friends. VAST. I shed more than a few happy tears the first time he used his device to say, "Hi, my name is Henry, I use this computer to talk. How's it going?" His strength leaves me in awe, each and every day.

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