The 7 Best Gift Basket Ideas For Christmas

I’m a very creative person, especially when it comes to giving goodies to my closest girlfriends during holidays. This year I decided to get really crafty when it comes to the gift baskets and I decided to search online for all sorts of ideas. Honestly, I was truly amazed at the awesomeness! I had so many ideas and I decided to share all of them with you so you can surprise your loved ones.


Bar Essentials Kit

How awesome is this idea!? This was one of the first gift baskets I tried out and honestly my first attempt wasn’t all that gorgeous. However, I tried it once again and WOW! It came out amazing! The gift is a lantern filled with any goodies you’d like to give to anyone. I filled mine with candy and gave it to my niece for her birthday. Since Christmas is just around the corner I decided to use this idea once again but with a much more Christmas feeling to it!


Spa In A Jar

I have a friend who LOVES being pampered and this Christmas was my year to pamper her with this awesome gift basket idea! I filled it with all sorts of peppermint care products and they were so good that I was so close into keeping all to myself! But since I love my friend I decided to give it all to her. I highly recommend this gift basket idea even if it isn’t Christmas.


DIY Bloody Mary Kit

Cindy from her website says: “This is a great idea for all your cocktail loving friends. You could also vary the ingredients to re-create their favorite drinks”. I have to definitely agree with her on this one. My friends LOVE drinking a couple of cocktails every now and then and when I gave them the gift basket they went completely crazy!


Homemade Sundae Kit

This gift basket is incredibly adored by children and even by adults too! I remember seeing this on Pinterest and I knew that I had to give it a try after I saw it. The best thing about this gift basket is that it’s quite inexpensive and truly amazing!


Kitchen supplies in a glove

This idea can actually be a life-saver to many as this gift is perfect for those who moved into their new home! I gave this to my aunt during Christmas which was also a time where she was moving into her new apartment and she nearly cried as she barely had any money to purchase anything and she was so grateful that words couldn’t even express her joy.


Pasta kit

For all you pasta lovers this gift is perfect for you. Essential ingredients to toss in your freshly cooked pasta are the only items you’ll need for this gift basket. You can even decorate in a very elegant or cute way each ingredient that you put in your basket. What I did was grab a bit of pasta and tied it together with a very cute floral bow! It definitely made the gift basket standout more!

How To Effectively Save Money While Grocery Shopping

Going grocery shopping can be quite a pain, especially for your wallet. It’s also much more challenging when you have a family to feed as it can get quite pricey. This has happened to me quite a lot, however luckily I don’t have to feed an entire family but that doesn’t stop me from trying to save money. I’ve even tried using coupons to save money but it wasn’t successful. However, that didn’t stop me from searching for the perfect way to save money while grocery shopping, and the search has paid off.


1)Use filling ingredients like beans, lentils and rice to bulk up soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, burgers, tacos etc., and you’ll keep everyone feeling full longer

This will enable you to have food for a longer period of time without the need to constantly go out and purchase food for your family. I’ve seen my mother try this simple trick and now I finally understand why she did it. It’s quite practical, easy, and money-saving!


2) Buy ingredients online, from home, to prevent impulse purchases made in-store

I’m quite guilty of being an impulsive buyer. I always go to the store to buy one single item and I end up returning home with 5 items I don’t even need. There are times where I don’t even buy what I truly went to the store for! It’s truly frustrating till I started to shop for my ingredients online.


3) Make homemade pizza instead of ordering out

I saved myself a fortune thanks to this piece of advice I got from my best friend. I used to buy pizza every weekend as I’m a true pizza-lover and my Sunday nights were always accompanied by a pizza. I realized (sadly this was after already spending so much money on buying pizza at my favorite restaurant) that by making the pizza yourself was the best way to save money while still treating yourself!

Making pizza yourself is also a lot healthier than purchasing it. Most places make them super oily and filled with so much sauce. By making it yourself you’re able to control the amounts used for each ingredient.


4) Buy Ground Beef On Sale And Freeze Afterwards

This way, your ground beef will last a lot longer when frozen. Also, you can use the ground beef to prepare amazing dishes such as tacos, shepherd’s pie, you can also make sauce with it and it tastes amazing too!


5) Don’t load up on sugar and carbs

What better way to save money than by reducing any foods that contain sugar or carbs? This one was actually difficult for me to achieve as I LOVE chocolate and anything sweet. However, in one month, most of my money went into sweets. It’s at the moment I realized I had more sweets than actual food that I decided to cut down.


6) Serve muffins or oatmeal or granola for breakfast rather than expensive, sugary cereals

Instead of eating those expensive and unhealthy cereals try buying something not only healthy but also inexpensive. You won’t believe the ridiculously high amount of sugar cereals contain. It’s best to either throw them away or simply avoid them at all cost.

How Cyber-bullying Can Affect Your Child

Even I’ve experienced the horrors of being bullied when I was younger. Being bullied during highschool made me feel so sad and lonely. Even with all the friends I had I still felt like I had no one to talk to.


Thanks to technology bullies can now be evil to anyone. Being bullied and cyber-bullying are two different things and both affect in different ways. I’ve noticed that cyber-bullying creates a negative emotional impact than regular bullying. As a parent, as long as your kids are exposed to phones, computers, or other device, they are at risk of being cyber-bullied.


Being exposed to cyber-bullying for long periods can create on both victim and bully a higher chance of anxiety, depression, amongst stress-related disorders. People who are bullied tend to struggle personally and at school. Missing, skipping or dropping out of school are some of the things that people who have been bullied tend to do. Also, receiving poor grades, having poor self-esteem, and using alcohol and drugs are also common.

In a lot of cases bullying can lead to suicide. It’s been proven that adults who were bullied as kids were three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

“Children who are bullied may consider taking violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a past of being bullied.” Says Barbara Coloroso in her book called “The bully, the bullied, and the bystander”.


It’s most likely you won’t even know that your child is being bullied. It’s been proven that about more than 70% of bullied kids don’t tell adults about it. Even I didn’t tell anyone when I got bullied and I wish I did. Its best for your children to tell an adult rather than keeping it bottled up.


How To Prevent Or Stop Cyber-Bullying

There are various ways to prevent cyber-bullying and ways to stop it. If you want to prevent it you should reduce your kid’s electronic usage. This means that any computer, phone, tablet etc. Must be limited. Also it’s important to always report any type of bullying. Teach your children to always communicate any problems they may have with an adult.

Have absolutely no tolerance towards cyber-bullying. Have your child understand that it’s wrong to be bullied just like how it’s wrong to bully someone. It’s common at times for bullied kids to bully others to make themselves feel better. They all need to understand that bullying is harassment.

If you or your child is being bullied report to police immediately. Whether it’s an adult or a local juvenile, report it. It’s most likely that the system’s administrator site in which the bullying occurred will be able to help you. The system’s administrator will be able to identify the people involved so that you can report them to the police.

A very effective way to know if your kid is being bullied is by installing moniteribg softwares. This is something that many disagree on however, it will protect your child.

5 Crafty And Fun Ways To Decorate Your Home

This article is definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I love searching online for the best and crafty ways to pimp my crib. And the best part is that they are incredibly easy. Lately I’ve been spending so much money on items that I could have done them all by myself. But once I realized that by doing some research I could do it all in just a few minutes without leaving my home I was totally stoked. Wait, did I mention it’s really cheap?


I’ll give you a list of the best crafty decorative goods to pimp out your house. Hold on to your horses because you’ll be blown away with the storm of ideas I’ve got for you.

First off, my number one and personal favorite. Actually, now that I realize, it was my first DIY and wow I loved it so much and it definitely brighten up the mood and ambient in my house.


The Rosy Stationery

Not only is it delicious to eat but it’s also an excellent floral stamp. I casually stumbled upon this crafty idea while I was on Pinterest, I wasn’t sure if it would work as most pins do but I thought I had nothing to lose. By the time I was done I was in complete shock with how gorgeous the outcome was. I was so happy I immediately called my friends so they can also try this idea.

I placed the floral stamps all over my room and I’m not even joking; it literally took me 5 minutes to do all of this. The only thing that takes time is for the paint to dry but trust me, it’s all well worth it. To make this stamp you’ll need the head of a Treviso Radicchio. Don’t worry, the fancy name also threw me off but trust me it’s amazing. I’ll try to experiment with other plants and will soon let you know about the outcome.

Now, don’t think, don’t speak, just get your butt off that comfy couch and run to your nearest grocery store and buy that plant now!


Easy Marker Caddy

Now I got to be honest with you. I’m the type of girl who loves coloring and drawing. The only bad thing is that I’m and incredible mess every time I’m drawing. I know, it’s shameful and I’m a really clean person but there’s something about getting crafty where I must make a huge mess and regret it once I’m done.

If you have kids you may also understand how much your child loves it too. Your kids will most likely make a huge mess but don’t worry I have a solution. Honestly this solution has also helped me so much and the colorfulness of this idea inspires even more creativity in me.

Who knew using toilet paper rolls and a shoe box could save you from the pain of cleaning up a huge mess? Once you have your shoe box, place the toilet paper rolls inside the box. In each toilet paper roll you can place all your pens, colors, or crayons. Once you’re done don’t think that you’re just going to show-off and ugly shoe box to anyone who walks into your house. What you must do now is cover the shoe box with your prettiest and most colorful paper you can find and that’s it!


Mosaic Ornaments from CDs

When Christmas is near you know that you’ll need a lot of decorating to do. Don’t worry you’ll even spend any money. Also, charismas may be a very stressful holiday for a lot of people. It’s even worse when you have to do all the decorating, cooking hosting, etc. which gives you no time to buy new Christmas decorations. But I know a way to put some bling into your ornaments.

All you’ll need are CDs in which you’ll be cutting into pieces. They don’t have to be incredibly tiny or huge. The size is mostly a matter of preference. Once you’re done cutting them all you need to do is glue them to your Christmas ornaments. No one will notice they are last year’s Christmas ornaments and don’t worry ill even keep it a secret.


Light Bulb Vase

Another amazing idea I got from Pinterest. This will inspire a Zen-like ambient in your home. It will also promote peacefulness and happiness. And after seeing this pin I’ve regretted so much throwing away the lightbulbs that I had lying around. Don’t make the same mistake I did and get as many lightbulbs you can or this beautiful idea. Upcycle any used lightbulbs into cute little flower vases. I recommend using pliers to disassemble the hardware. You can also hang them using twine.


Yarn Eggs

Perfect for Easter season and a kid’s favorite decoration. states: “Yarn, balloons, and glue are all the items you need for this wonderful idea”. All you need to do is slightly blow you balloon. Once you’re done, place the thread in liquid glue then once it’s been soaked take them out. Criss-cross the thread all over your balloon and wait till its dry. Once it fully dried out pop the balloon and your amazing decoration is ready to be shown-off to everyone.

Teaching Kid’s Different Ways to Go Green

Going green has become a universal way of protecting our selves as well as the environment and children are growing up in this new age of conservation, environmental protection and saving on different costs. Teachers have already begun teaching children young as preschoolers on various ways to help in green living and the reasoning behind it. Parents can help this by joining in on teaching their child when he or she is at home with things such as sorting different recyclable objects.

When a child is at home parents can make the going green a fun learning experience by setting up something as a point system for kids and at the end of the week provide the winner with a treat.

Allow kid’s to have an objective of placing newspapers in one bin, tin cans and soda cans in another bin, plastics, then of course normal trash where it belongs. Kids seem to get more of an enjoyment out of learning anything new when it is presented to him or her as a fun game. Parents have the responsibility of following a child’s schoolwork, such as helping them outside of the classroom with homework so making sure they go green at home should not be any different.

Another thing parents can do in assisting the environment is by explaining to their kids why they should ride the school bus and stop receiving a ride to and from school. Parents with teenagers can explain the transportation part of going green, because the importance of cutting back on driving is taught more to kids in high school. Although, for parents with kids of any age, have fun by walking to the store instead of driving. Explaining the importance of toxins is also important for children of all ages, such as certain bacterial soaps have a toxic ingredient called triethanolamine, which contents can cause severe liver and kidney damage. Nobody would think a hand sanitizer or soap would contain such a harsh chemical but if you research this online, it actually is a very dangerous hazard.

Teachers as well as parents should be constantly on kids for shutting off lights and other electric device when it is not being used, even explain how to save energy without using a AC system or heater in the winter.

Explain to children that they are helping the environment and the cost of utility bills by either putting on a sweater when cold or opening a window when they get hot, instead of turning on any type of electrical power sources. The children now a day are stepping right into the cycle of going green, so teachers are talking about it in classrooms and parents can assist by following this whole concept of “going green” at home.

The most beautiful people

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross