Tag Archives: Christmas

All-Natural Lavender Scented Gardener’s Hand Scrub

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I like to make our Christmas gifts ourselves to give to loved ones. This year we’d been working HARD for several months making different flavors of homemade cheese for our gifts. But my aunt is on a special diet, so cheese wouldn’t be a thoughtful gift for her at all. Hummm…

I know – she loves to garden and she’s always planting and tending to the flowers in her amazing garden. (Let me tell ya, her landscape is breath-taking!) I’ll make a hand scrub for her!

All-Natural Lavender Scented Gardener's Hand Scrub. The perfect gift for the gardeners in your life. Includes crushed lavender blooms. #TexasHomesteader

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Experience Gift Idea: Rock Climbing

by Tammy Taylor~

Earlier I told you about this year’s experience gift to our grandchildren. We took them to a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course called Urban Air. This facility was a trampoline park as well. So there was lots of physical fun had by all the kids. But since they came home with us to spend the night, we thought it would also be fun to take them to a rock-climbing experience the following day!

Experience Gift: Rock climbing. We gifted all four of our grandchildren this experience gift for Christmas and we all had a blast! #TexasHomesteader

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Experience Gift: Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course

by Tammy Taylor~

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Several years ago our children requested no new toys for our grandkids. They already had mountains of toys, and Christmas always just sent it all over the edge. So RancherMan & I have been gifting our grandchildren ‘Experience Gifts‘ for Christmas instead.

One year we took them to a live production of ‘A Christmas Story’ at a theater in a nearby town. We’ve taken them to see a live production of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at a lovely refurbished 1940’s theater one year too. Often we’ll drive through a Christmas-Light display at the lake or stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat as well.

But they’re starting to get older, so this year we wanted something a little more physically challenging for them. So we hunted down a Warrior Ninja Obstacle Course/Trampoline park in a nearby town. It was all the rage on TV so we knew they’d love it.

Our kids requested experience gifts only for our grandchildren. We wanted something more physical for them so we took them to an Obstacle Course. #TexasHomesteader

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How to Make a Christmas Santa Sleigh with Candy

by Tammy Taylor~

Several years ago our kids requested no more toys for Christmas for our grandkids. They already had so many toys that the mountains of additional toys they received each Christmas was beginning to be overwhelming. So we started a tradition of Experience Gifts for them. We’ll gather them all up and go do something fun with them. We’ll take them out to eat, do a fun activity together and bring them to the Homestead to have a slumber party with their cousins.

Sometimes the activity is a live Christmas play, the Children’s museum or a drive-through Christmas light display at the lake. This year we took them to a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and also Rock Climbing. This annual experience gift is so much fun for them and us too!

But when we gather as a family on Christmas day, although the grandkids already  received their gift a couple of weeks earlier,  I hate that there’s no gift for them on this day. So I decided to make Santa Sleighs for them this year. A cute gift and a little sumpin’ sweet for them too.

You can make a cute Santa sleigh using candy canes and candy bars. A cute gift for kids, teachers, or anyone else! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Gift Boxes With Repurposed Greeting Cards

by Tammy Taylor~

Those beautiful holiday cards! They all come in for weeks and are displayed for their beauty until after the holidays are over.  Then what?  Whelp, I’m not throwing them away – what a waste.  These days I’m turning them into small gift boxes.  Now isn’t that the ultimate repurposing in action?

Repurposing powers: UNITE! 

Come see how easy this is, y’all…

After the holidays what do you do with those beautiful Christmas cards? Save them! You can repurpose greeting cards to cute gift boxes! #TexasHomesteader

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Want To Keep Christ In Christmas?

by Tammy Taylor~

For fellow Christians who really want to keep Christ in Christmas, there’s no need to demand that companies say ‘Merry Christmas’ instead of ‘Happy Holidays‘ or shout about the design on a disposable cup.  It’s actually much easier than you’d think.

Let’s all strive for a kinder, gentler holiday season this year.

Keep Christ in Christmas. Let's all strive for a kinder, gentler holiday season this year. #TexasHomesteader

~TxH~

 

Thinking of Adding a Pup to Your Home this Christmas?

by Tammy Taylor~

When the kids were little we brought home a little black mini-toy poodle – our youngest named him ‘Toto.  Yep, you can just guess which of her favorite movies our daughter had just watched!  Toto was her constant companion from the time she was 4 years old until she was grown.  When she moved out after she graduated high school she even took him with her.  He lived a long time & died at a ripe old age of 14 years, well loved all the way through.

Are you thinking of having Santa bring a pup for the kids this Christmas? That's AWESOME! But be sure you're ready for the commitment. #TexasHomesteader

 

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Keeping the JOY in Christmas

by Tammy Taylor~

I love Christmas!  There, I’ve said it.  I really do.  Of course as a Christian, the celebration of the birth of Christ is deeply meaningful for me.  And there’s the festive decorations adorning our small tree.  I even add edible ornaments (ie: candy canes).  So if the grandbabies visit they’re welcome to eat our Christmas decorations.  LOL

I love gathering with our extended family who have always been a close-knit group. Whichever family member is hosting Christmas in any given year has only to provide some of the food.  We each bring our favorites to contribute to the meal.  That way no one family is burdened with doing everything themselves.  But even with all this seasonal joy I find myself falling into a dark funk sometimes. Maybe you do too?

I'm working on staying out of the Christmas Funk this year. Many things about the holidays are being re-examined. How do you stay positive? #TexasHomesteader

 

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8 Great Gifts For Your Environmentally-Aware Friends

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems everyone wants to tread a little lighter on the earth – I love that!  Are you searching for environmentally-friendly gifts for your friends?  Handmade items are all the rage this year.  If you just don’t have time to make homemade soap or natural beeswax food wraps you can find many handmade gift options at our Online store, and I’d be honored if you’d hop in & check it out.  But below are other sustainable gift ideas for your green-minded friends and family.

here are many gift options for environmentally-aware for friends. Help them ditch the plastic with a safety razor or glass water bottle - many gift ideas! #TexasHomesteader

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays??

by Tammy Taylor~

This time of year we often see shouting from different sides of the fence about the holidays.  Some are incensed that someone would dare take Christ out of the holiday, some are angry that someone is pushing for only homemade gifts while others are angry that some families like to shop for their Christmas gifts.

I find this puzzling and oftentimes very much counter to the season itself.  A season that typically promotes feelings of joy & peace.  You may not celebrate your holidays the way your neighbor does, and that’s OK!

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What a beautiful thing it would be to celebrate the season with the best gift of all: LOVE! #TexasHomesteader

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