Tag Archives: Holidays

Experience Gift Idea: Rock Climbing

by Texas Homesteader ~

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

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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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Holiday Cooking Shortcuts, Tips & Recipes

by Texas Homesteader ~

The holidays are quickly approaching, y’all. This time of year is filled with many gatherings of friends and family, along with lots of good food. In our family we take turns hosting our family celebrations. The host family typically provides the main dish and all the guests bring their favorite side dish or dessert. That means there’s ALWAYS lots to eat during our big gatherings!

So I thought it would be helpful to share some holiday cooking tips & recipes that we typically enjoy during the holidays.

Are you hosting your family's holiday celebration this year? I'm sharing my favorite holiday cooking tips & quick & easy recipes. #TexasHomesteader

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What Is The Definition Of ‘Mother’? Oh I’ve Learned Some Lessons About Motherhood!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! I’ve learned some important lessons about being a mom.  I have an amazing mother whose wisdom and guidance gave  me the tools to become a loving mom myself.  She was firm in her expectations of each of her children.  We were to respect each other and always respect our parents.  Honesty and integrity were important parts of our character.  She taught us the love of God and the ability to see situations from the other’s perspective.

As important as those lessons are, mom is still teaching me today.  You see, mom isn’t just needed to bandaid a boo-boo, make sure we’re properly fed or set guidelines.  Mom is needed throughout life.  They continue to guide us and teach us to be a better person – more loving, caring, accepting and wise as the years go by.

I've learned some surprising lessons about being a mother. Our family is blended, but that just means there's more love to go around! #TexasHomesteader

 

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How To Make A Cute Gift Box With A Greeting Card

by Texas Homesteader ~

Y’all remember last Christmas I showed you how to repurpose Christmas Cards into cute little Christmas gift boxes?  Well I thought I’d point out that you can use any greeting card to make these gift boxes.  A friend of mine was celebrating a birthday recently. I decided to gift her some homemade Lavender/Rosemary soap, but how to package it?

Quick and easy fix – I pulled the birthday card she gave ME last year and decided to turn it into a cute little gift box. Won’t that be the sweetest idea?  Plus it’s the perfect size for a bar of homemade soap!

You can repurpose a pretty greeting card into a cute gift box in minutes. It's easy and there's no waste! #TexasHomesteader

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Thinking of Adding a Pup to Your Home this Christmas?

by Texas Homesteader ~

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 – Pushing Back Christmas Stress…

by Texas Homesteader ~

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

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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.

Below are 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 Texas Homesteader ~

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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