Five Things Friday: Gifts That Don’t Cost

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

The holiday season can bring families together, feelings of holiday cheer, and more stress than you can shake a stick at.

It’s also a season of “How do I possibly do this?” and “How can we manage that?”

Finding that perfect gift for someone isn’t always an option when the price tag is higher than your ceiling.

Here are few ideas for giving without going broke:

  1. Give the gift of time. Spend a few hours chatting over coffee. Catch up with an old friend. Drive over to your brother’s house. Take a loved one to
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Inexpensive Holiday Decorating at Bedford Manor

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Y’all know how I feel about Christmas, right? That glorious holiday spirit. The season of making and baking, crafting and giving. Simply wonderful.

In the past few years, I’ve strayed from decorating every inch of Bedford Manor. I mean, it’s just me and the cats here, and I doubt they care how many stockings are hung unless they’re filled with catnip and toys.

Instead, I set up a few inexpensive decorations the week of Thanksgiving, and let them stay up until after New Year’s. They’re easy, quick, and I don’t feel like I’m drowning in … read the rest. . .

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Recipe: Doo-Dads

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

[Edited from original post, December 11, 2011.]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
And this is what it looks like in my house:

See that salty good mix? This is my version of the original Chex Party Mix. I’ve always known it as “Doo-Dads”. Others call it “Nuts and Bolts.” Still others, just “Snack Mix.”

A little this, a little that. How could y’all not want some Doo-Dads?

You can deck the halls all you want, but in my house it’s not The Season until the Doo-Dads are made.

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Happy Labor Day

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Labor Day is the unofficial ending of summer in the United States. Officially, it was founded in recognition of the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

For me it ushers in the beginning of the holidays. This weekend is devoted to planning and prepping.

So on that note, I’m taking the day off to celebrate with friends and family.

Happy Labor Day, y’all!

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Merry Christmas! How exciting that it’s less than a week away.

Are you ready? I’m so ready, I’m getting ready for next year already! Okay, not really. But almost really. I’ve definitely got plans. I may even venture into the world of day-after-Christmas shopping to find some amazing pack-it-away-for-eleven-months deals.

But that’s next year, and that’s a little ahead of the game.

This year, I have a few more gifts to give . . . to you!

On Sunday, December 21, the Kindle edition of The Unemployment Cookbook will be available for just 99 cents – that’s well over $2.00 … read the rest. . .

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