Father’s Day: 17 Celebration and Gift Ideas for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner.

Are you struggling with how to celebrate this year?

Don’t fret too much because I’ve got you covered. I’m going to share celebration and gift ideas most dads are sure to love.

Enough with the small talk. Let’s dive into how you can celebrate the dads in your life this Father’s Day!

Here are my ideas:

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Celebration Ideas

1. Cookout

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Most dads I know love to throw some meat on the grill, cook outdoors, drink a cold beverage, and shoot the breeze with close family or friends.

If your dad fits into this scenario, make it happen for them on Father’s Day. Invite a few close relatives or friends over, let Dad choose the meat, and put him in his happy zone.

You can choose some great side dishes to go with the grilled meat and have a fun day of fellowship.

2. Day on the Boat

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My husband bought a boat a few years ago, and he loves it! If the dad in your life has a boat, why not have a fun family day on the water?

If you don’t own a boat, consider checking what bodies of water are available near you. Some lakes have boat rentals nearby.

Maybe you could rent a boat for a few hours and enjoy some fun family time by doing something different from your normal routine.

3. Day of Sports

Some dads are extremely active. They like to play golf, baseball, or other sports. If the dads in your life are active, let Father’s Day be spent doing what they enjoy.

If this means the whole family must head to the golf course for the day, go for it. However, remind the kids this is Dad’s day.

It won’t be a fun experience if everyone is bellyaching the whole time. Spend the day participating in the sport the dads in your life love!

4. Pool Day

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Kids aren’t the only ones in the family who enjoy hanging by the pool. Most dads I know work extremely hard.

They need a day where they can stay cool in the pool and rest in the sun. This could give them an opportunity to reconnect with the family for an afternoon.

If you have a pool, utilize it on Father’s Day. You could even add the pool day to your cookout plans.

5. A Day of Rest

My husband is a wonderful father, and we’re so grateful to have him! He’s a great provider, but he works really hard.

I know, this Father’s Day, what he’d enjoy more than anything is a little rest. I’m sure we’ll cook out (because he loves his grill!)

We may even have a pool day, but whatever we do, I know the kids and I will do whatever we can to make sure he has some time to relax over the weekend too.

6. Family Vacation

Father’s Day comes at a perfect time. It’s in the middle of June which is a time most kids are out of school and families are ready to hit the road.

Why not incorporate a short family vacation around Father’s Day? It could be an enjoyable trip for the whole family and a wonderful way to celebrate Dad.

Family vacations don’t have to be expensive. Look at what options you have available and consider getting away for a few days in honor of the dad in your life.

7. Day Trip

Let’s say you love the idea of a trip, but you can’t take off work right now. Then don’t take an actual getaway.

Instead, plan a fun day trip. Maybe there’s a national park nearby your family would like to visit, or you could head to the beach for the day.

Whatever it is, if there’s something nearby that Dad would like to experience, plan a trip in his honor. It’s an opportunity to make fun memories.

Gift Ideas

We’re breaking away from the basic gift ideas like neck ties and cologne. There’s nothing wrong with these gifts, but if you have a dad with a more adventurous side, you should encourage him.

Here’s a few gift ideas for the active dad in your life:

1. Grill and Chill

I already mentioned how many fathers enjoy using their grill on Father’s Day. This isn’t possible if they don’t have a grill.

Plan a cookout in honor of the dads in your life but give them a new grill as their gift. They should be eager to try it out.

2. A New Set

As I mentioned, many fathers work really hard. They rarely have the opportunity to sit back, kick up their feet, and rest.

If you give them a new TV, they might be more prone to rest a little more. Father’s Day is a great time to give them the television set they’ve always wanted.

3. Grill Set

Did you buy Dad a new grill this Father’s Day? It isn’t complete without a new grilling set. They need all the outdoor cooking equipment to make sure they can cook up a feast on their grill with ease.

Not to mention, you don’t want them stealing your kitchen essentials every time they fire up the grill. Make sure Dad has his own!

4. Apron

This may sound simple, but all gifts don’t have to be extravagant. If you have a dad in your life that likes to cook, get them a new apron.

It can be a simple apron that they’ll enjoy around the kitchen, or you could buy them a funny apron that will make them laugh every time they put it on.

5. Gift Certificate

We should value the father figures in our lives. They’re a true gem. If you have a dad in your life that prefers experiences to stuff, why not give it to them?

It could be something as simple as a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. You could give them a gift certificate to a boat rental service so they could enjoy more time out on the water if they don’t own a boat.

Perhaps buy them a membership to a local country club if your father likes to golf.

One year, our pastor’s wife purchased her husband a gift certificate to a car rental place. He always wanted a yellow Camaro.

Though he didn’t buy one, she gave him the opportunity to drive one for a day. It was thoughtful and a great idea!

6. Wrap Him Up

Most men aren’t into getting new clothes, but if you have a rare one who is, go shopping for them.

You could get them work clothes, everyday clothes, work boots, new swim trunks, or even a new set of pajamas.

Don’t ever bypass an opportunity to make Dad comfier when he gets home from work. Whether they show it or not, most men enjoy having something soothing to slip into after working all day.

7. New Gear

If you have an active dad in your life, keep them active by supplying the gear they need. If your dad loves golfing, buy him new clubs.

You could purchase your dad a new kayak, surfboard, fishing equipment, or gear for anything else he may be into.

8. Gym Equipment

Is your dad into staying fit? That’s awesome! You should keep encouraging him to take care of himself by buying him new gym equipment.

If you have a basement or spare bedroom, you could set-up an at-home gym. Low on space? Don’t fret, you could buy them a membership to a nice, local gym.

9. Smoker

Last Christmas, I purchased my husband a smoker. He already had a mack-daddy grill, but I thought he’d enjoy having another piece of outdoor cooking equipment.

He has enjoyed it, and the rest of the family has too! If you have a dad that likes cooking meat in different forms, consider buying them an outdoor smoker.

10. Go Big

If money is no object for you, consider buying your dad a bigger gift. Maybe your family has been considering making a larger purchase.

Why not make the purchase in honor of the dad in your life for Father’s Day? This could be something as large as a boat, jet ski, or maybe even get Dad a new car.

My family can’t afford to do gifts like this, but if you can, give the man in your life a token of appreciation for all the work he puts into your family.

Dads are an important piece to every family. They do more than we probably give them credit for. If you have a father figure in your life that you want to celebrate this Father’s Day, I hope these ideas help.

Enjoy time together with those you love and make memories. Life is short and at some point, the memories are all you’ll have left.

Use this time to show appreciation and love to those who are in your life. Happy Father’s Day!

Need some fun Father’s Day crafts? Check out these ideas!

Want some delicious recipes for your Father’s Day cook out? Check out our Memorial Day recipes and July 4th recipes!

13 Homemade Father’s Day Crafts the Dad in Your Life Will Love

It seems moms get all the cute crafts for Mother’s Day, but dear old Dad gets left out.

Not this year. I’ve scoured the internet to find some of the cutest crafts available and put them in one convenient location for you.

Go ahead! Find the cute crafts, have the kids make dad an adorable homemade Father’s Day craft, and give him a sentimental gift he’ll look back on with fondness over the years.

Here are 13  homemade Father’s Day crafts for you to choose from:

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1. Building Memories with Dad

Are your kids into Legos? Have them pick a few and write fun activities they’d like to do with their dad on the sides. Place the Legos in a glass jar. As they do the activities, they can begin building something together from the Legos used.

2. Monster Hugs

If the dad in your life is a hugger, he’ll love this gift. The kids make a monster with long arms. It represents giving Dad a monster hug on Father’s Day.

3. Father’s Day Fingerprint Dish

Does Dad need a place to drop his keys and pocket change when he empties his pockets at night? Why not make him this cute dish? He’ll smile every time he uses it.

4. M&M Father’s Day Card

Looking for a cute DIY Father’s Day card? This could be it. You make a bow tie from a pack of M&M’s and write a sweet message. It’s cute and filled with chocolate. Most dads would love it!

5. Free Printable Book

If your kids enjoy writing and coloring, this could be the perfect homemade Father’s Day craft for Dad.

Print the book, have the kids write a story about their dad, and make creative pictures. It’s a fun and unique gift.

If your kids like art, check out this neat drawing book meant for kids and their fathers.

6. Daddy’s Grill Platter

If your husband loves grilling, you should have the kids make him this platter. There’s a great tutorial that shows you how to convert a plate and the kids’ hand prints into an adorable homemade Father’s Day craft.

7. Father’s Day Joke Teller

Is the dad in your house king of the “dad jokes?” My husband is around our house, which is why he’d love this gift. My kids would also have a blast making it.

8. Father’s Day Questionnaire

Some kids don’t enjoy making crafts. If you’d still like to have a homemade Father’s Day craft to give, check this out. It’s a free printable questionnaire that’s sure to bring a good laugh!

9. My Dad Rocks Keepsake Box

If you have popsicle sticks, glue, paint, and a rock, you can create this awesome keepsake box for Dad this Father’s Day.

Need a way to use your leftover popsicle sticks? Check out my post on DIY popsicle recipes!

10. The Dad Award

Dads need awards too! You can now make them one with markers, construction paper, and a paper plate. It’s super cute and easy for younger kids.

11. World’s Best Dad Trophy

This is another fun craft that’s perfect for younger kids. The idea is to paint a cup, write encouraging words on it, add construction paper handles, and you’ve got a cute gift from the kids.

12. Dad, You Rock! Craft

This is such a cute gift but so simple to make! Buy an inexpensive frame to place white cardstock inside. Attach two small stones with googly eyes to the card. Write a cute saying and tuck the card inside the frame.

13. DIY Grill Master Barbecue

Do you have a dad in your life that likes to grill? Make them their own homemade barbecue sauce and attach a flattering card that refers to them as “The Grill Master.” This is a simple homemade Father’s Day craft that’s functional and easy-to-make.

If you’re looking for the perfect homemade Father’s Day craft, hopefully these 13 ideas have inspired you.

Father’s Day is approaching quickly, so pick a great craft from the list, gather the kids, and get busy crafting. I’m sure the dad in your life will be thrilled with any crafts you make!

42 Patriotic and Delicious July 4th Food Ideas

July 4th is coming up quickly. How will you spend it?

Will you have fireworks, time around the pool, and a cookout?

That all sounds fun, but the food is probably the best part. Which is why I’m bringing you some of the internet’s best July 4th food ideas and putting them all in one convenient location.

If you want a festive 4th of July, here are the recipes to help bring it all together:

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1. 4th of July Vanilla Oreo Truffles

If you love the taste of white chocolate and vanilla Oreos, you’ll love this recipe. It’s festive, fun, delicious, and easy to make.

2. Flag Fruit Pizza

Are you trying to stay a little healthier this July 4th? Consider making a festive and healthier fruit pizza. It’s adorable and looks delicious!

3. Red, White, and Blue Sangria

If you’re looking for a festive and delicious adult beverage, consider making this sangria. It’s refreshing, patriotic, and should cool you off on a hot day.

4. July 4th S’mores Dip

S’mores are a fun dessert. Why not include them in your July 4th celebration? It can be simple to feed a crowd by making this s’mores dip.

5. No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna

This berry dessert is cool, fresh, and requires no baking. It’s layered with a graham cracker crust, a cheesecake layer, a blueberry Jell-O layer, and a whipped topping. This makes it a fabulous July 4th food idea!

6.  July 4th Deviled Eggs

Is it even a cookout if someone doesn’t bring the deviled eggs? You can have this traditional food with a festive twist thanks to this recipe.

7. Fruit Sparklers

If you want something refreshing and healthy to celebrate Independence Day, consider making these fruit sparklers. It’s fruit kabobs, shaped into a festive design.

8. Berry Patriotic Soda

This drink is a combination of berry juice, cranberry juice, and Sprite. Follow the instructions on how to layer it for a festive beverage.

9. Easy 4th of July Cheesecake Brownies

This is a delicious brownie recipe with decorating instructions. The chocolate treat is also festive because it looks like an American flag.

10. 4th of July Caprese Salad

You can have healthy side dishes without missing out on the festive décor. This caprese salad is delicious, healthy, and perfect for your 4th of July celebration.

11. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Are you short on time but need festive July 4th food ideas? Are you looking for the perfect side dish? This fruit salad  can come together in approximately five minutes!

12. Patriotic Trail Mix

When having a large group of people over, it’s a good idea to have snacks sitting around. This patriotic trail mix is a crowd pleaser and wonderful for snacking.

13. 4th of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups

This is such a simple recipe. It consists of a layer of red Jell-O and strawberries, blue Jell-O with blueberries, and whipped topping.

14. Fresh Berry Trifle

A berry trifle is one of the easier desserts to make, and it’s patriotic. This dessert consists of layers of cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.

15. American Flag Vegetable Tray

Family gatherings don’t have to be filled with unhealthy recipes. Instead, you can make a festive veggie tray with a delicious dip.

16. 4th of July Layer Cake

If you’re a talented baker, this might be the cake for you. It has a clean design on the outside, but the inside is layered with red and blue cake.

17. Mini Patriotic Shortcake Cups

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, consider these shortcake cups. They’re layered with angel food cake, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.

18. 4th of July Flag Krispie Treats

Do you like Rice Krispie Treats? You’ll love this patriotic version. It’s a Rice Krispie Treat with white icing, red licorice stripes, blue icing, and white star candies.

19. Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispie Bites

If you love Rice Krispie Treats but aren’t a great decorator, these bites could be a festive dessert for you. They’re rounded Rice Krispie Treats that have been dyed patriotic colors. What an easy July 4th food idea!

20. 4th of July Popcorn

Popcorn is a frugal food perfect for feeding a crowd. Why not make your popcorn festive this year with this sweet and patriotic recipe?

21. Firecracker Cupcakes

These festive cupcakes are packed with a surprise. It’s a vanilla cupcake filled with patriotic sprinkles. Your guests will love it!

22. Edible Eagles

These eagles are a fun edible treat. The base is a chocolate cookie. The head is made of a coconut covered marshmallow, with candy eyes, and a cashew beak.

23. Red, White, and Blue Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to help you cool off, consider these homemade ice cream sandwiches. It’s ice cream sandwiched between two shortbread cookies that are also stuffed with patriotic M&M’s.

24. Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Punch

This punch is super easy, and the kids will love it. It starts with red Kool-aid. The next layers are white and blue Gatorade.

25. Red, White, and Blue Muddy Buddies

Muddy buddies are a chocolate and peanut butter Chex mix treat. This recipe makes it patriotic because it uses food coloring to make some of the mix red and blue.

26. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

This is another light dessert option that is easy-to-make and festive too. It’s angel food cake and strawberries on a kabob. They’re topped with a blue icing.

27. The Low-Carb American Flag

If you’re following a low-carb diet, the holidays can be tough. This plate is a festive and low-carb option. It consists of meat, cheese, and low carb fruit.

28. Red, White, and Blue Mac and Cheese

Most everyone loves macaroni and cheese. This recipe calls for colored noodles and creamy cheese. It’s a great side dish for your holiday gathering.

29. Patriotic Sugar Wafers

If you enjoy nibbling on sugar wafer cookies, you’ll love this idea. The sugar wafer cookies are dipped in different colored melted candies. The cookies are topped with patriotic sprinkles for a finishing touch.

30. 4th of July Firecracker Dogs

This is such a fun July 4th food idea. It’s basically pigs in a blanket with a kabob stick running through it. At the top of the kabob is a star-shaped slice of cheese.

31. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich Pops

If you’re looking for a patriotic and easy way to cool down this 4th of July, try these pops. It’s ice cream sandwiches, cut into smaller pieces, placed on a stick, and patriotic sprinkles are added to the sides.

32. Firecracker Margarita

If you want a patriotic adult beverage, check out this margarita. It has tequila, lime juice, blue curacao, corn syrup, and red pop rocks for the rim of the glass.

Check out these patriotic margarita glasses and margarita platter for an added touch of decor!

33. Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Cherries

As I said before, it’s a great idea to have finger foods sitting around when a large crowd gathers. This could be a delicious sweet finger food your guests would love.

Check out this food display for serving.

34. 4th of July Milkshakes

What better day to cool off with ice cream than Independence Day? You’ll use food coloring to turn vanilla ice cream into patriotic colors. The milkshake is topped off with patriotic sprinkles and whipped topping.

Check out these serving glasses.

35. 4th of July Strawberries

I get tired of super heavy desserts. These strawberries are a great light-dessert option. Dip the strawberries into white chocolate and dip again in blue sprinkles to complete the look.

36. Red, White, and Blue Candy Apples

Who says candy apples are only for the autumn months? These candy apples are festive, gorgeous, and look pretty darn delicious if you ask me! Just be sure to follow the instructions closely so they turn out properly.

37. Creamy Lemonade Bomb Pops

You probably remember buying Bomb Pops from the ice cream man when you were growing up. Thanks to this recipe, you can make them at home and enjoy them on the 4th of July. 

Check out these popsicle molds.

38. Kool-Aid Patriotic Snow Cones

These snow cones are inexpensive to make, delicious, and look super festive. It requires three different types of Kool-Aid mix, plenty of ice, and sugar.

Check out this snow cone maker.

39. Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream

We enjoy making homemade ice cream around our house! If you do as well, why not make this patriotic ice cream recipe?

40. Red, White, and Blue Jell-O Ice Cubes

When I was growing up, we enjoyed buying the reusable ice cubes because of how fun they’d make a basic drink look. You can give your drinks a festive look with ice cubes too! Make these tasty Jell-O ice cubes to celebrate Independence Day!

41. Firecracker Marshmallows

These marshmallows are so cute, they made both our July 4th food ideas list and our Memorial Day recipes list. If you want a simple sweet treat consider making these patriotic chocolate dipped marshmallows!

42. Patriotic Cones

If you’re going to make homemade ice cream on the 4th of July, you should have patriotic cones to go with. They’re easy to make and adorable too!

You now have over 40 different July 4th food ideas! Hopefully this will put your party over the top and make this Independence Day one to remember.

Enjoy your time with family and have a very happy Independence Day!

10 Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

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Cancel Easter?

Not in my house. It’s my favorite holiday! Yet, I’m hearing of many who are seriously considering calling off Easter this year because of the pandemic.

First of all, let me say this upfront, you CAN’T cancel Easter. Easter isn’t only a holiday that children hunt eggs, get candy or Easter baskets, and show up to church in a fancy outfit.

Easter is the day we celebrate our risen Savior! I don’t care what’s going on in the world or how different things may look, a day like that does NOT get cancelled in our homes or hearts. 

Even if I tried to “ignore” Easter, how could I? I technically celebrate it every day within myself because I am so thankful for my Salvation! So, no friends, we don’t “cancel Easter” due to a pandemic. 

We simply change how we celebrate. Here are a few tips to help you celebrate Easter during a pandemic:

1. Change Up Your Sunday Wear

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Many people are bummed because they can’t wear their new Easter dresses to church. Well, let’s change the perspective here.

You can still order clothing and get curbside pick-up. Yet, instead of going with Easter dresses and outfits, why not find fun Easter pajamas for the whole family.

It can be similar to what many do on Christmas Eve. The night before Easter, let everyone wear their new pajamas and slippers.

They can wake-up and wear those same pajamas to their online church service. It will still incorporate a tradition, but you’re adding a fun twist! 

2. Create a Cyber Scavenger Hunt

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We can’t do an Easter egg hunt with friends this year. Our family tradition is to go to a local corn maze where they host an Easter egg drop. It’s where a helicopter drops eggs in the field, and the kids rush to pick them up.

They cash in their eggs for prizes and have a fun day at the maze learning about animals, playing on the playground, taking a train ride, etc. It’s a fun day!

Though we won’t be doing these things this year, why stop the fun? Many people are using the Zoom app and other apps to keep their kids in touch with their friends.

You can create a scavenger hunt (or borrow one if you aren’t super crafty.) Let the kids find what they need on the hunt at home or in their yards. 

They can take pictures and send them back and forth to each other while on the hunt. Most importantly, kids are competitive so by making it a race, they’ll get a kick out of it. 

Each child’s prize could be their Easter basket, a small bag of candy, or even a homemade baked good. It’s whatever you can do at this time, considering most are under stay-at-home orders and are simply trying to avoid illness. 

3. You Can Still Worship

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Easter isn’t about fancy clothes and Easter egg hunts. It’s about worshipping our risen Savior who died a horrible death on a cross to save the whole world from sin. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Jesus’ sacrifice for you, here’s a great resource

We should worship Jesus every day, but Easter is definitely a special day! Therefore, you should plug into an online Easter service.

Many churches are going live via Facebook during the pandemic. I encourage you to research what time they go live and make sure you and your family are in front of the TV or computer screen at that time Sunday morning. 

Hearing the Word of God can encourage you, challenge you, and refill a soul running on empty. I encourage you to seek Him every day, but especially on Easter by watching a streamed church service. 

4. Get the Family Involved in Service

Some people feel weird about watching a church service via a computer screen. They don’t know whether to sing, lift their hands in praise, or even bow their heads when they pray.

Here’s the great thing about a streamed service: you can press the pause button. If you want to have family prayer while the preacher is praying, click pause. 

Have your kids put together a special singing during the streamed church service. Again, you can pause and incorporate them into the worship service. 

And by all means, if the Holy Spirit is moving you to clap, raise a hand, or simply say, “Yes, Amen!” when you agree with what the preacher is saying, don’t quench the spirit. You’re in your home. Praise Him how you choose! We should do this anyway…even when we aren’t at home. 😉

5. Do a Family “Easter Project”

I got this idea when I was watching the children’s Wednesday night service at our church. Our church is hosting a kids’ service each week via live stream. If your church is doing this, I encourage you to partake in it. 

It’s good for your kids, it encourages them, and provides a sense of “normalcy” in an abnormal time. 

This week, go through your pantry. If you have non-perishable items that you aren’t going to use, be a blessing to others.

Find a Blessing Box (or make one if none are available in your community), and place the food in the box. 

Before you drop it in, add a note with a Bible verse and put some stickers on the packaging to make it look fun and festive.

You never know who is coming to get food from the box. You don’t know where their state of mind is or how much a word from the LORD and a festive canned good could change the course of their life. 

Be a blessing to others every week, but again, especially during the week of Easter. 

6. Study Each Day of Holy Week with Your Family

Whether you’re prepping for a quarantined Easter in advance, or you find yourself reading this the week of, make sure you study and prepare your heart for the Sunday that’s coming.

It’s beneficial to study what Jesus did each day of His last week on earth. It helps transition our minds to that time, think about what He experienced, and use this as a time of reflection.

This time at home is a gift because you should have extra time to study and prepare your heart for the celebration ahead! 

7. Fix a Delicious Meal

I know stores are limited on supplies right now, but you probably still have a few ingredients at home to whip up a special meal for Easter.

Look at what you have on hand and make something special to still celebrate the day! It may look different than previous Easter celebrations, but that’s okay.

You could make a special picnic lunch and eat outside on your deck, in your yard, or on your swingset. 

If you have food in the freezer, now is a great time to pull it out. I have an extra turkey I bought at Thanksgiving and was considering cooking it for Easter.

Any leftovers, I can repurpose into a variety of other meals. 

If you have flour, you can make easy yeast rolls. Any canned vegetables make a delicious side item to an Easter meal. And this year, you’ll have time to make tasty homemade desserts!

Enjoy the extra time at home, pull out your culinary skills, and put them to work. (P.S. Don’t be afraid to get the family involved. Many hands make light work!)

8. Watch Old Videos of Easter Church Presentations

Many churches do a variety of special presentations on Easter morning to celebrate the day. We have participated in cardboard testimonies, our church has done an interpretive dance (similar to this) with the youth, and some churches do Easter plays as well.

If your church has shared these events via Facebook or YouTube, pull them back up and watch them. 

Take the time to go down memory lane and allow your heart to be blessed with all the fond memories you’ve shared through your local church or with your family! 

9. Watch TV

If you don’t have any previous church presentations to pull from, search the internet for the best Easter movies

You could even create a fun movie night out of it. If you have a firepit, create an outdoor movie station from it. 

Place a large white sheet a safe distance from the fire, and use a projector to play the movie from your phone or computer.

Everyone could roast marshmallows, roast hot dogs, and watch a movie about our Savior. What a fun memory to be made in celebration of Him!

10. Do Communion

I got this idea from my mom because her pastor recommended it to their church. Take communion this week. 

It’s okay to use what you have. If you have a cracker or a piece of bread, that’s perfect for representing the body of Christ. If you have grape juice, or another beverage, it will still represent His blood. 

No, it may not be the “norm,” but ultimately, it’s about our heart…not traditions. I hadn’t considered doing this before speaking with my mom, but I believe we’ll be taking communion as a family this Easter…right in our living room. 

I hope this shows you that Easter doesn’t need to be cancelled because we’re in quarantine.

Instead, it’s an opportunity to celebrate in new ways, make new memories, and realize that we can celebrate Christ anywhere!

I hope everyone has an amazing Easter this year! Stay healthy, friends!  

How to Do Christmas Cheap with These 19 Tips

How to Do Christmas on the Cheap with These 19 Tips

Are you interested learning how to do Christmas cheap this year?

Well, friends, Christmas is right around the corner, so if you’re going to figure it out now is the time.

Don’t let lack of funds get you down this holiday season. Instead, try approaching Christmas differently this year.

I’ve compiled a list of a few ways to save money when decorating or shopping for Christmas. Hopefully these tips will help lower your stress levels and allow you to enjoy the season by learning how to do Christmas cheap.

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1. The Old-Fashioned Budget Can Help You Learn How to Do Christmas Cheap

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We can’t discuss saving money around the holidays without first discussing  budget. If you don’t set a budget for your holiday spending (and stick to it) you’re doomed from the start.

Take a good look at your finances and figure out what you can afford. Make sure you have a plan for how you’ll pay for each gift. Don’t spend the next year paying for what you bought during the month of December. 

Starting Christmas off with a budget is key for developing a plan on how to do Christmas cheap.

2. Create a Plan for How to Do Christmas Cheap

Once you know what your budget is, create a plan for how you’ll make it work. Decide who you plan on buying gifts for and who will get a card in the mail.

Don’t be afraid to only buy gifts for those closest to you. This season isn’t about what you buy. It’s a great time to let others know you’re thinking of them whether that means sending them a pretty Christmas card, baking them some Christmas cookies, or buying them a small gift. 

3. Pull That Old Gift Out of the Closet

Some people may find this a bit tacky, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Have you ever been given a gift that you knew from the time you opened it, you’d never use it?

Don’t let the gift continue to collect dust in your closet. Pull it out, dust it off, and give it to someone who may really like it. 

4. DIY Your Decor

Create this festive garland from Create.Craft.Love.

We moved to a smaller house a few years ago, and I had to revamp how I decorated for Christmas because all my old stuff wouldn’t fit.

My mom made me some adorable DIY Christmas decorations, and I love them. Before you shop for new decorations, see what you can make yourself. Also, consider going with a live tree if money is short this year. They’re usually cheaper than purchasing an artificial tree. 

5. DIY the Gifts Too

Since you’re decorating your home in DIY fashion, don’t be afraid to DIY your gifts either. If you have a particular talent for painting, sewing, or crocheting use it to make your gifts.

My mother-in-law was the craftiest woman I’ve probably ever known. She made us homemade gifts every year. Those DIY gifts now bring a smile to my face when I come across them because they contain wonderful memories of her. 

6. Putting Your Credit Card Rewards to Good Use is Great When Learning How to Do Christmas Cheap

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I’m not advocating credit cards, but if you have credit cards that give you rewards, this is the time of year to use them. 

You can cash out your rewards and use them to cushion your Christmas budget. This is a great way to shop for Christmas without ever touching your checking account. 

7. Start an Acorns Account…for Next Year

This tip is a little late for this year, but if you don’t already have an Acorns account, I highly recommend you get one.

Acorns is an app that rolls over your change from every purchase you make with a linked card. It transfers into an account where the money is invested in a variety of stocks. This is how we fund our Christmas budget, and it has worked well for us over the past two years. 

8. Know When to Say “No!” When Learning How to Do Christmas Cheap

There’s a lot of pressure around the holidays to spend as “everyone” does. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really cared what everyone else does.

You can’t simply follow the crowd when it puts you in a pickle with finances. It’s okay to do Christmas differently. Give yourself permission.  

9. Combine Orders to Do Christmas Cheap

I don’t shop outside of the grocery store (if I can help it.) If you try to avoid brick and mortar stores too, shop online.

However, if you shop online, try to combine your orders. This will help you save on shipping costs in some cases. 

Don’t forget to sign-up for Amazon Prime!

10. Let’s Get Together

Kids ask for expensive gifts sometimes. There are so many electronics that they can’t help but want them.

Instead of feeling like you must go it alone, why not ask others who are purchasing your kids’ gifts to make an expensive electronic a group gift. That way your children still get what they want but no one has to sell plasma to fund it. 

11. Go for Experiences

A few years ago, my husband and I decided our kids had enough “stuff.” It was time to stop buying and start living.

From there, we started going for experiences over more clutter. Oddly enough, it saved us money. Consider buying people on your shopping list an experience over the latest gadget. 

12. Make Coupons Work for You

Stocking stuffers can eat into your Christmas budget like nobody’s business. If you coupon, consider shopping your local pharmacies for amazing deals on stocking stuffers.

Many times you can find coupons or earn store rewards for buying things like candy, make-up, socks, and other neat gifts that people like to receive in their stockings. Southern Savers is a great website to let you know which stores are hosting what sales. They also match up coupons for you and offer printable links for coupons. 

13. Shop the Clearance Section

Don’t ever be too proud to shop the clearance rack. This is the time of year when stores will host great sales. 

Browse the internet, look at the flyers being emailed to you, and stop at every clearance section you see to find gifts for a bargain price.

14. Four Gift Maximum

Before we started buying experiences over gifts, my husband and I found that having a four gift maximum rule was an excellent way to do Christmas cheap. 

This stopped us from overspending and only purchasing what our kids really needed or wanted. We decided to buy something you want, need, wear, and read.

15. Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a great way for larger families to have a fun Christmas without spending a boat load of money. 

You set a limit as to how much each gift can cost, everyone draws a name out of the hat, and you only buy one gift each. If you prefer technology, there’s a site that will help you organize your Secret Santa online

16. Search for Promo Codes

Online shopping is a great way to save money when buying gifts for the holidays. Many stores offer promo codes during this time.

Before you pay full price for anything during the holiday season, do a quick Google search. Look for promo codes for the store you’re shopping at to make sure you aren’t missing out on a great discount.

17. Gift Cards Can Help You Do Christmas Cheap

Around the holidays, there are a variety of ways to save with gift cards. To start, if you have an old gift card, don’t be afraid to regift it (as long as it hasn’t been used.) 

You can also get store rewards when buying gift cards at select stores during this time of year. (Again, check your flyers.) If you have old gift cards, use them to purchase new gifts for the holiday season. 

18. Second Hand Gifts

I know some people are funny about buying used items as a gift but hear me out. My husband farms, and if I tried to buy every tractor attachment he wanted new, we’d be in the poor house.

However, if I know he wants something, I’ll look on Facebook Marketplace to see if I can buy it used. He doesn’t care if someone had it before him. He’s just tickled to have what he wanted, and I’m glad I didn’t have to sell a limb to get it for him. 

19. Bake Your Presents

The final stop on our money saving tour is to bake anyone you can a gift. Baking is inexpensive and thoughtful. 

Baked goods make excellent gifts for teachers, friends, postal workers, and others whom we appreciate. Be sure to list ingredients in case someone has an allergy. 

You now have 19 different ways to do Christmas on the cheap this year. I hope these ideas help you enjoy this holiday season instead of fretting over it.

May you all enjoy your holiday season and save lots of money in the process! 

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Inexpensive Side Dishes Perfect for Thanksgiving

15 Inexpensive Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Are you looking for inexpensive side dishes for Thanksgiving? I realized I needed side dish ideas while reading a Thanksgiving book to my children.

We were reading the story of Squanto. My kids and I do research and learn about the pilgrim’s journey to America every year during the month of November. 

What fascinated me was the story of the First Thanksgiving. I had never read the approximate numbers of how many people gathered at that first celebratory meal. 

According to our reading, there were all the pilgrims, Squanto, and 90 Native Americans from tribes in the area. To top it off, they ate and celebrated for three days.

Can you imagine the amount of food they required for such a celebration? Maybe you won’t be feasting for three days and most of us won’t have 100+ guests at our table.

However, if you’re looking for a way to feed a crowd on a budget I’ve got you covered. Here are great options for inexpensive side dishes to feed your loved ones this Thanksgiving without breaking the bank:

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1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Potatoes Are One of Our Favorite Inexpensive Side Dishes

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If you’re a meat-and-potatoes type person, you’ll love this recipe. It has cooked potatoes, bacon, ranch flavoring, and amazingly melted cheese.

To top it off, this side dish is even easier because it can be made in the slow cooker. On a busy day with a million irons in the fire, toss these ingredients in the crockpot and walk away. 

2. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs is Another Favorite of Our Inexpensive Side Dishes

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Oh, shut the front door! This recipe reminds you that just because you’re trying to be frugal doesn’t mean you can’t be cute.

If you have a love for deviled eggs, you already know they’re cheap to make. Incorporate a few extra steps to transform your deviled eggs into pumpkins.

Need to learn how to peel hard boiled eggs? Let this video help!

3. Inexpensive Side Dishes Must Include These Parmesan Garlic Noodles 

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Don’t ever let anybody tell you that plain noodles with a few seasonings isn’t a side dish. This post just blew that argument out of the water.

You can serve up a side of pasta that has been dressed delicately in butter, cheese, and seasonings. Butter and carbs— a favorite combo in many families.

4. Easy Corn Casserole

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Do you love corn pudding? This recipe is similar with a slight difference in texture. It still includes whole kernel and cream corn.

Yet, you get a different texture because Jiffy cornbread mix is added along with a few dollops of sour cream. This recipe doesn’t cost a bundle, but it sure brings the flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.

5. Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole Must Make the List of Inexpensive Side Dishes

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Everyone loves potatoes. They’re tasty, cheap, and easy to transform into a bundle of different dishes. 

When you’re creating a Thanksgiving meal on a budget, reach for this loaded baked potato casserole. Your guests will love the layer of flavors. 

6. Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are one of those dishes that you either love or your hate. I hated them for years but recently, I’ve grown to enjoy them.

If you’re riding the fence, consider making this mashed sweet potato dish. It’s coated in maple flavor with crispy, salty bacon. It’s a flavor combo which is hard to resist.

7. Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Is One of the Traditional Inexpensive Side Dishes

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You can’t have a holiday meal without including macaroni and cheese. It’s a fan-favorite. Plus, it’s inexpensive to make.

If you have pasta, milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and sour cream you can make this amazing dish. Your guests will be glad you did!

8. Roasted Honey Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving can be a difficult day between the expense and the amount of time needed to prepare such a vast meal.

Instead of making difficult and time-consuming dishes, consider roasting vegetables. This recipe will show you how to effortlessly roast butternut squash and add amazing flavors to your meal.

9. Cheesy Ritz Cracker Corn

Would you like to include vegetables at your Thanksgiving, but you also want them to taste amazingly good with cheese oozing from each bite?

Ritz Cracker Corn could be what you’ve been searching for. It all starts with frozen corn, but it ends with cheese, Ritz crackers, cream, and salt & pepper to taste.

10. Honey Roasted Carrots

Okay, I can’t give you inexpensive Thanksgiving side dishes without adding a few healthy vegetables in the mix.

These roasted carrots are easily prepared in the oven. They caramelize and create a sweet tasting dish you don’t have to feel guilty going back for seconds over. 

11. Funeral Potatoes

This recipe may seem a little morbid for the most thankful day of the year, but they’re too good not to share.

Funeral Potatoes are a mixture of frozen hash browns, butter, cream of chicken soup, cheese, salt, pepper, onion, and cornflakes. Yep, not much healthy there, but it sure is good!

12. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

We’ve already discussed how potatoes are a great option for a frugal Thanksgiving. They’re inexpensive and can be transformed into a variety of dishes.

If you love mashed potatoes but want to make them extra creamy, consider adding creamed cheese to the mixture. It gives the recipe a flavor boost and smoother texture.

13. Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

I promised you cheap recipes, and I’m trying my darndest to deliver. You don’t get much cheaper than eating cabbage.

The problem is, not everyone is a fan of cabbage. This casserole could change your mind. It contains cheese, Ritz crackers, and cream of mushroom soup. Cabbage casserole could become your new favorite side dish.

14. Mama’s Cornbread Dressing

You want to talk about what’s not cheap at Thanksgiving…buying stuffing out of a box. Even if the boxes are on sale, you need a blue million to feed everybody.

Instead, reach for this recipe where stuffing mix, cornbread, and broth are brought together to make a family-sized portion of dressing.

15. Easy Crockpot Fried Apples

The less you have to actually cook on Thanksgiving, the better off you’ll be. These fried apples are not only delicious, but they come together in the crockpot.

If your family is anything like mine and love the sweet fall taste of fried apples, they’ll be thrilled you found this easy recipe in time for the holidays.

These inexpensive side dishes should help you round out your frugal Thanksgiving. They’re easy-to-make and easy on your wallet too.

Happy Thanksgiving from our crew to yours! 

Need recipes for other holidays throughout the year?

Check out our Memorial Day recipe roundup!

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Thanksgiving on a Budget: 12 Tips to Help You Host

12 tips for hosting Thanksgiving on a Budget

Are you anxious about hosting Thanksgiving on a budget?

This is the time of year when friends gather around the table, each sharing what they’re most thankful for, and we dress in our beautiful fall clothes hoping to dress up our “stretchy” pants

It’s a joyous time, but it can also beat up your wallet like a bookie does someone behind on their payments. 

Don’t let money knock you out of your thankful mood. Instead, follow these few tips to save money and have a marvelous Thanksgiving on a budget.

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1. If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

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The best way to save money when hosting Thanksgiving on a budget is to start your grocery trip in your own pantry. Most of us are guilty of pushing items to the back of the shelf and forgetting they’re available.

Break this habit. Instead, look at what you already have and figure out how to incorporate it into your Thanksgiving meal

If you preserve your own foods, put them to use. Have you stocked up on sale items lately and shoved the excess to the back of the freezer? Pull those goods out and serve them on Thanksgiving.

Why spend money on buying more,  if you already have usable items in your pantry? 

2. Champagne Taste…Not When You’re Hosting Thanksgiving on a Budget

You know the saying, “You can’t have champagne taste on a beer budget.” It may not be your favorite saying nor do we know who actually said it, but there’s truth in it. 

Therefore, it’s vital to look at your Thanksgiving menu and realize when you’re dining above what you can afford.

Some foods are cheaper than others. For instance, you can create delicious glazed carrots for a fraction of the cost of other dishes.

Buy less expensive foods, cook with less expensive foods, and you’ll find success creating a Thanksgiving meal on a budget. 

3. Check the Flyer

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One of the best ways to save money when grocery shopping is to shop the sales. This all starts with checking the weekly sales flyer. 

Find out what items are on sale and only purchase those items. Most grocery stores offer amazing sales during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. 

Be mindful of these sales and save yourself a wad of cash in the process. Your wallet will thank you for your efforts. 

4. Clip Away Your Worries When Hosting Thanksgiving on a Budget

I can’t suggest you shop sales without mentioning the idea of shopping with coupons and using rebates in conjunction.

I’m not an extreme couponer, but I do believe in saving money by clipping coupons. It’s easy to do and won’t take much time.

I utilize sites, such as Southern Savers, to help match coupons with local sales and only use printable coupons. 

From there, I take it a step further and see if I can cross reference any sales (or any remaining items on my list) with rebates from Ibotta.

This allows me to shop sales, buy sale items using coupons, take advantage of any additional grocery store offers, and earn rebates. 

5. Less May be More When Hosting Thanksgiving on a Budget

I hate to mention this considering it is a holiday, but you need to consider it if you’re trying to host Thanksgiving on a budget.

You may want to consider not hosting such a large get-together if you’re concerned about saving money on your Thanksgiving meal.

I’m not suggesting you disinvite your best friends and closest relatives. However, I am suggesting that you not feel pressured to host a large get-together if you simply can’t afford to.

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of enjoyment. It isn’t intended to stress you out or send you into debt over a meal. 

6. Share the Load When Hosting Thanksgiving on a Budget

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If you have a large family, you don’t wish to downsize (or aren’t able to), or you need help saving money when feeding a small crowd, consider hosting a potluck.

This is when you have each guest bring a covered dish. In most cases, the host is providing a place to eat and the meat.

However, you may have people who wish to bring the main course since you’re opening your home. Either way, make a list of what everyone is bringing and share the responsibility of Thanksgiving dinner. 

7. Manager’s Specials

The next time you stroll through your grocery store’s meat department see if there are any packages of meat that have a special stamp on them. This stamp will frequently read “Manager’s Special” and have a discounted price listed.

Don’t be afraid of these meats. They’re getting ready to expire, but it doesn’t mean they’ll spoil. Instead, you purchase the meat at a discounted rate and place it in your freezer until you’re ready to prepare it on Thanksgiving.

It may prove difficult to find a discounted turkey near Thanksgiving, but you may find other cuts of meat which would be a delicious addition to your meal.

8. Scratch Made is the Best Way for Thanksgivings on a Budget

Most people would agree that eating homemade foods surpasses the quality of any box made food. 

Instead of purchasing expensive boxes of processed mashed potatoes or macaroni, make them from scratch.

The price per unit for noodles, cheese, milk, or potatoes is much cheaper than buying multiple boxes to equate to the same amount of food. 

Give homemade mashed potatoes or homemade macaroni a try. You may love it, and it could save you money too. 

9. Stay Ahead of the Game

If you’re reading this article in hopes it’ll bail you out of a financial hardship this Thanksgiving, this point won’t help you.

However, keep this tip in mind for next year’s holidays. If you have a green thumb, consider growing much of your own food and preserving it.

You can grow vegetables for little money, preserve them via freezing or canning, and have them ready to roll next Thanksgiving. 

10. Break Tradition

It’s considered tradition to fix a large turkey and multiple side dishes for Thanksgiving. Who says you must stick with tradition when you’re trying to host Thanksgiving on a budget?

If you’re having fewer people, consider cooking a hen instead of a turkey. You could make chicken, beef, pork, or even fish for Thanksgiving. Change the entire theme and go with pasta. 

Instead of making a multitude of side dishes, why not make larger quantities of fewer recipes to insure there’s still enough to go around.

This will require fewer ingredients, and you can choose the least expensive sides to make for your meal. 

11. Create a Stockpile 

You may find you love couponing, shopping sales, and cashing in rebates so much that you decide to do it on a regular basis.

This is a great idea because you’ll begin to stockpile certain items. In turn, you fill your pantry which makes holiday meals less stressful on your wallet.

By filling your pantry throughout the year in a frugal manner, it makes Thanksgiving feel like another meal with family. There’s no extra financial planning required. 

12. Special Orders

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but I refuse to make 20 side dishes, have a large turkey, and spend a week’s pay doing it.

Instead, I’ve implemented a rule around my house. If we have many guests, we stick with hosting a potluck.

However, when it’s just my immediate family I take special orders. We vote on a meat and everyone gets their favorite dish for a side.

This gives us a well rounded meal, it doesn’t require cooking for two days to pull it together, and I save money. It’s a true win for everyone.

Good luck to you as you bring your Thanksgiving plans together.

Hopefully these tips will allow you to spend more time being thankful and less time worrying about how you’ll pay for your holiday gathering.

Happy Thanksgiving from our crew to yours! 

Check out my series on quarterly grocery shopping to save money on groceries all year long!

Learn why I started quarterly grocery shopping!

And how I quarterly grocery shop!

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