Christmas Hacks

It’s one day before December and we are busy getting gifts for our loved ones. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t let our creative juices come in. We could also try to lessen the waste by reusing stuff found in our houses.

These are some of the Christmas hacks we did for this year’s gift giving season.

1) loombands gift tags

I am sure a lot of us has a stash of loombands somewhere in the house. Remember the year it was so IN?

My daughter’s gifts to her classmates are colorful pens and instead of wrapping it with gift wrappers and waste a lot of paper in the process, we thought of just putting mini gift tags on it.

We printed the gift tags on our stash of board papers at home, got the loombands out and voila, we got our own diy loombands gift tags.

2) old travel magazine gift wrapper

Another thing I decided to do is to use old travel magazine’s pages as gift wrappers. The item is a travel luggage tag and what more fitting than using paper with beautiful pictures on it.

3) reusing paper bags

From shopping and gifts from previous years, we have accumulated all sizes of paper bags. So I reused them for this year’s gifts.

Just put on some holiday tags and they are good to go.

I will be updating this post once I think of more Christmas hacks that could benefit not only me but the environment as well.

Thank you for your time! 😘

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D-I-Y Car Garage

My daughters love cars and they are all over the floor. So we decided to have a fun time and make a car garage out of a shoebox!

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Materials needed:

Toilet Rolls

Shoebox (large size)

Glue Gun

Paper

Decorative Materials

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Collect Toilet Paper Empty Rolls

Cover Shoebox with plain paper or some decorative paper. Gift wrapper will also do.

These are the cars before the garage!

Just glue the rolls according to size. Stick them one by one on a side of the box. Since the kids have bigger sized cars, we didn’t fill the whole box with rolls. The space on top of the rolls will serve as their parking.

For the fun part, just shoot the small cars inside the rolls.


My little girls are proud of their DIY project!

So there! A fun project you could have the kids do with the littlest of effort. And this took time off their IPad time! 😋

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Shopping: DIY Christmas Presents

Busy. Busy. Super busy!

With the Christmas Rush and all, it is really hard to make time for shopping for individual presents for friends and families.  Add to that Exams Week and increased orders for my Lock-It Lockets business.

But this doesn’t mean you just have to let the spirit of giving personalized gifts just go away. This present may be somewhat “generic” but we still made some effort in preparing it.

An ordinary cookie jar turned into something a little extra ordinary.

Lined up and ready to be filled!

Bought these cookie jars and they are boxed.  We decided to take them out of their boxes so it’ll look nicer when given.

Christmas Tags

Printed these tags and cut them out.

Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate

I don’t bake cookies but we wanted to put something inside so we bought Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Drink.  Who doesn’t love chocolates anyway?

We put at least 6 sachets in each jar.  Some of them can’t fit more than 6.

Looped the Christmas Tags into a gold string and wrapped the gold string around the jars.

Gift
Santa
Snowman
Christmas Tree

Aren’t they cute?  It will not be the cost that will make these presents memorable but the effort you put into it.

Merry Christmas!

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Family Mode: DIY Snowflakes

A little arts and crafts on this Saturday morning with my 2 kiddos!

I am sure you have a stash of toilet paper rolls in your houses like we do, but before you throw them away, let us think of a way on how to reuse them.  

Hitting 2 birds in 1 stone with this activity:

1) Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.  Teaching the kids that we could make something out of something.  No need to buy new things all the time.  

2) Fun and Crafty Bonding Session with the kids.  Hampered their You Tube Time by at least 3 hours.

Materials needed:

  1. toilet paper rolls
  2. scissors
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. stapler
  6. clear glue
  7. glitter
  8. string
  9. paper plates
  10. newspaper

Procedure:

  • Flatten the toilet paper rolls.  
  • Use a ruler to measure 1/2 inch per strip
  • Cut the strips.  A roll would make about 8 strips.  A snowflake needs about 6 for a small one and about 18 for a big one.
  • Get 6 and staple them together.
  • Put 2 in between each petal to make it bigger.  Use glue to stick them together.
  • Once dry, the snowflakes are ready for some glitter.
  • Spread the glitters on a paper plate.
  • Get another plate and spread glue all over.
  • Dip a snowflake on the glue plate and then dip on the glitter plate.
  • Check all the sides if glitters are evenly spread.
  • Let it dry.
  • Hang on your Christmas tree or your ceiling.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Family Mode: My Own Egg Surprise

Being a mom isnt’t easy.  But it is so much fun!  You get to be a child once again.

My 2 daughters love watching Egg Surprises on YouTube.  They can’t get enough of it.  So I decided to make my own Egg Surprise for them.  You can do this too!

It took me a few minutes to do this!

1) Prepare some plastic eggs.  These eggs are the ones that can be opened.  I didn’t buy anymore since I found some in their toy chest.  This morning, I asked our helper to wash the eggs.  Put them in a container.

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2)  Think of little things that can fit inside the eggs.  I gathered some of their favorite trinkets.  Then, raided our fridge for chocolates!

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3)  Put these little things inside the eggs.

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4)  Voila!  Your eggs are ready!

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Due to limited time, I didn’t have the time to wrap the eggs anymore.  Maybe for the next batch of the egg surprise!

I can’t wait for my kids to wake up tomorrow and see the box I used which I labelled like this:

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Go make one now!

SassyBiatcheMom

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