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Non-Gift Related Holiday Traditions

Homemade Ornaments

Homemade Ornaments

It may be the season of giving, but the holidays don’t have to be entirely about gifts. We like to focus on togetherness and shared experiences, since the memories will last so much longer than any gifts!

If you’re looking to start some new traditions this time of year, how about celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21st? Some years we’ve packed a picnic, or at least a thermos of hot chocolate, and driven out a dirt road to watch the sun set and the stars come out on the shortest day of the year.

The tradition of wandering from door to door singing Christmas Carols began in the Victorian Era, when a collection of carols was published in 1833. It might not be as common as it once was, but it is still a fun group activity that will put a smile on the neighbor’s face.

Decorating cookies with friends and family is one of my favorite holiday traditions. To make it all about the decorating, have each person bring already baked cookies while you provide the frosting, sprinkles, jimmies, red hots and other bits of flare.

If cookies aren’t your thing, why not make gingerbread houses a tradition in your home? Each year you can try and top the previous houses with a unique design or new trimmings.

Hosting an Open House doesn’t have to break the bank or exhaust your resources. Instead of trying to impress with fancy finger foods, buy a couple of cheese platters and some egg nog and let your friends stop by at their convenience. Then the focus can be about togetherness and socializing.

Trimming the tree is a tradition that most of us engage in this time of year, so why not try your hand at DIY ornaments? There are a million amazing ornament ideas to be found, and most of them are easy and cheap. Instead of hanging a bunch of store-bought ornaments, take the time to make a new one each year. If you get your whole family in on it, you have the perfect gift for your neighbors, postman, teacher, etc.

I would love to hear what traditions you and your family have, so please share! Now that our kids are getting older, I’m excited to introduce some new ones!

Fun With Crafts

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TBT: Green Holiday Gift Ideas

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Green gifts wrapped in reusable wrapping!

The most eco-friendly holiday gift is no gift at all, but where’s the fun in that?! If you’re looking to stay green this holiday season, whether that means making your own gifts, up-cycling used presents or buying new gifts that are greener than their counterparts, check out some of our old posts to get those creative juices flowing!

 

 

Top Eco-friendly Toys for Babies and Young Children

Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Baby

Green Holiday Gifts for Him

Wooden Toys for Babies and Kids

Low Cost Children’s Presents: Getting Creative With Thrift Store Gifts for Kids

Top Five Green Holiday Gifts for Pregnant Moms

DIY Last Minute Holiday Gifts

The Best Books for Preschoolers

Our Favorite Organic Cloth Dolls

20 Non-traditional Stocking Stuffers

  1. Air Plant


    These easy to care for house plants will look good sticking out of the top of a stocking, and are a great choice for people green and black thumbs alike!

  2. Refrigerator Magnets


    Cute magnets are perfect for any fridge, whether they are holding up a grocery list, artwork, or nothing at all!

  3. Green Powder

    For the health food nut, or someone trying to be more health conscience, a little of this goes a long way stirred into yogurt or added to a smoothie.

  4. Nail Polish


    A bottle of this season’s hottest color is sure to be appreciated.

  5. Petroleum Free Crayons


    What kid doesn’t love fresh crayons?

  6. Solar Car


    A perfect stuffer for the boy (or girl, or dad) that loves cars!

  7. Cookie Cutter


    The hardest part will be choosing what shape is the most fun!

  8. Bees Wax


    If you have a family member who is into DIY projects, bees wax is a great stuffer.

  9. Essential Oil


    There are so many uses for essential oils, more than there are oils to choose from!

  10. Thumb Drive


    Perfect for storing or sharing files, photos, videos, etc., it also makes a great stocking stuffer.

  11. Sea Salt


    A small tin of fancy salt is the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life.

  12. Temporary Tattoos


    Be warned that you will probably end up with one of these on your person before the day is through.

  13. Nut Butter


    For those low-energy moments or when you forget to eat breakfast, individual packets of nut butters will keep you going!

  14. Reusable Produce Bags


    Whether you get the kind for dry or wet produce, they are just what the eco-friendly shopper needs!

  15. Handkerchief


    Not just a stylish accessory, a handkerchief has endless uses!

  16. Paint Set


    Like fresh crayons, a fresh paint set is sure to get the creative juices flowing.

  17. Seed Packets


    For the gardener in your life, pick out some heirloom or non-GMO varieties for next growing season!

  18. Pocket Tool


    Everyone needs one of these in their pocket, purse, desk, car, etc.

  19. Culture Starter


    Whether you decide on a starter for kombucha, kefir or sourdough, nothing says I love you like healthy gut bacteria!

  20. Reusable Straw


    Perfect for the smoothie drinker or kid in your family, the hardest part is choosing between glass and stainless steel.

Fun With Holidays

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Fun With Halloween Costumes

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Happy Halloween!

Fun With Pumpkin Carving

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TBT: Used Baby Gear

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Just as good or not good enough?

I’ve always been a bigger fan of “Reusing” than “Reducing” and “Recycling”. I’m not the only thriftstore bargin hunter and garage-salers at The Green Baby Guide, so I combed through the archives for the best posts on used baby gear.

The Thrift Store Thrill

Used Clothing: How Safe is It?

Low Cost Children’s Presents: Getting Creative With Thrift Store Gifts for Kids

Digging for Tightwad Treasures at Outlet Thrift Stores

The Thrill of Thrift Shopping

The Best Place to Buy Used Gear: A Consignment Shop!

Are Secondhand Baby Clothes Greener than Organic Ones?

Garage Sale Gift Shopping

Garage Sale Shopping for Baby Clothes

Easy Garage Sale Shopping With Baby

Furnishing Baby’s Nursery with Garage Sale Finds

Are you a dedicated thrift store bargin hunter and garage sale negotiator? Or do you prefer new gear for your baby?

I think I might give these out this Halloween

I think I might give these out this Halloween

Let’s face it: no kid wants to find raisins instead of candy in their Halloween loot. A toothbrush? Come on! Still, not all of us are comfortable with giving out a bunch of junk food to the neighborhood kids. Are there any kid-approved alternatives, candy or otherwise?

I always thought that packs of stickers were a good choice. There might not be a one-size-fits-all sticker, but you can stock up on choices that appeal to separate age groups and genders. Or just get scratch and sniff stickers, since who doesn’t like those? The bonus is that you can save leftovers for next year, like if you get rolls of Halloween stickers.

Temporary tattoos are great for kids that might be a little old for stickers, or you can get packs that include both stickers and tattoos

Crayons and mini activity books are another non-candy alternative. As a parent, I think these are a great choice! Not only are they sugar-free, but they last longer than a jaw-breaker. A handful of little toys is a similar option.

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks Variety Pack (24 ct) are a sweet alternative to candy, and contain no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives.

This 5 Pound Bag YumEarth Organic Lollipops won’t break the bank and will last all night (contains 325 pops). Free of gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dyes, they are also allergen free AND kosher!

One option I was hoping to include is a fun-sized chocolate bar. I haven’t come across any chocolate choices that are reasonably priced and don’t contain artificial flavors, besides Lindt LINDOR Assorted Chocolate Truffles. I would love to hear your suggestions!

Do you still give out candy or have you switched to other treats for Halloween?

TBT: DIY Halloween Costumes

Me, dressed as Swimming Bear, on Halloween

Me, dressed as Swimming Bear, on Halloween

My favorite part of Halloween has always been making my own costume.  Not only do you get to come up with a creative idea, but then you get to scour all the local thrift stores for the perfect materials! The ones you don’t find lurking in your own closet, that is.  We’ve posted about DIY Halloween costumes every year, and here are some of the best posts!

 

 

 

 

My $1 Maternity Halloween Costume: “The 1980s Pregnant Lady”

The Two Dollar Halloween Costume

More Fabulous DIY Maternity Halloween Costumes

Our Favorite DIY Costume Ideas for Babies and Kids

What are Your DIY Halloween Costume Ideas?

Homemade Halloween Costumes: A Family History

Last-minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Babies and Kids

I’m not planning too hard this year, since I could very well be in labor, or too big to move. But Franci’s grandma has taken charge of her costume and has been busy gathering materials and sewing accessories.

What DIY costume ideas have been your favorite over the years?

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