Birthdays are a really big deal at our house. We go all out!

5 Budget Friendly Tips for Birthdays

  1. Decorate your kitchen table with a sheet or table cloth, you can sprinkle skittles all over the table or some type of candy.
  2. Dollar store balloons, plates, cups, and napkins. Make a chair special for the birthday boy or girl. Decorate it and only they can sit there for the day.
  3. Get balloons and put a lot in front of their bedroom door so when they wake up they see all the balloons.
  4. Make an obstacle course or scavenger hunt (kids love these)
  5. Make cup cakes, cake, or concrete cake. Click the link for my concrete cake recipe. Easy Deserts


5 Budget Tips for Christmas

  1. Set a budget for Christmas.
  2. Plan ahead for meals. Write out a menu. Cook ahead as well.
  3. Let children decorate their rooms and doors to their rooms with wrapping paper or a few dollar tree items.
  4. Make a family night with Christmas music and everyone decorates the tree.
  5. Do online shopping! Especially if you have a lot of children and babies and toddlers. Use Rakuten, get money back while shopping.

We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. I look at this day as an invitation to learn, grow, and give. This is a reminder that we will leave this earth one day and scripture reminds us of that in Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

This is a day set aside for prayer, fasting, and repentance. I know we do most of these things during the year. However, this is a time created to be set a part for us to learn more about who I am in Christ in prayer and reading scripture. Grow in the fruits of the spirit by fasting , and give to the poor and that can be poor in knowledge of Jesus or the poor and needy of where you live.

As a parent you know that more is caught than taught. This is an opportunity to make memories by teaching them through Sacred Scripture and allowing their faith to become real and a part of who they are. This is a great invitation for all Christians to learn, grow, and give.