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Leta
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   Posted 11/11/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

After lurking for months and reading Alwaysrosie's money saving idea for dinner, I thought maybe we could list ways we could save money and still do things for gifts, dinners, etc for the holidays. I know many of us, including myself are on limited incomes. And even if we are not, why not still try ways to stash extra money in the bank and make gifts for friends and families. This can be a fun upbeat thread, keep our minds and hands busy and also a distraction to keep our minds off our pain and keep us going.

I see Rosie has had the Trivia going, and I have noticed I am not going to the gym like I should and am getting too comfy. I know I am gonna hurt anyway, so I am going back to the gym to do what I can as I noticed I am more stiff sitting around and my pain levels are the same. We can use this as a motivation do get busy and have some fun, and do a few things for the holidays, even if its on the couch making a few things for friends and family from a limited budget.

Okay so here goes. I think at the beginning of our response please list what your idea is so idea so we know what we are reading shocked considering my fog is always there and somedays worst considering if I have had sleep or not. Rosie, please let me know if we can reference other websites for crafts or not as I do not want to break the rules.

Scented/herbal Home made bath salts.
2 lbs. Epsom salts
3-4 drops of essential oil, any scent
3-4 drops of food coloring, any color optional
add few Tbsp of herbs you like to match the essential oil you added like lavender, chamomile

Pour epsom salts in big bowl. In small container add 3 Tbsp of Epsom Salts, the scent desired, and if so the food coloring. Mix thoroughly. Continue to add uncolored/unscented Epsom salts to the colored/scented until you have about 2 cups total. Add any herbs. Add the 2 cups to the big bowl until all is colored and scented. Arrange in jars. Decorate with ribbon or paint.

I have found you can get epsom salts pretty cheap at the local dollar store, Costco/Sams along with decorative jars or nice holiday plastic containers. turn

Hope you all like this as it is inexpensive and goes along way. More to come.

Leta
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Post Edited (Leta) : 11/13/2008 10:27:47 AM (GMT-7)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
THANKS LETA!!

I think I will be using your bath salts as my "gift to many" this year. It really takes some thinking to find something that most folks would/could enjoy. You've posted a perfect one . . . at least for all the ladies.

My family is very large (8 siblings plus their spouses and kids now equals 51 people!!). When I do a gift like this, I usually make a few extra in case we have last minute guests (kids bring a date or we invite a lonely soul last minute). Anyway . . . this is perfect! Thanks!


GRAIN BAGS
One year I made the grain bags (50 of them!!) and gave them to everyone! I bought a couple big bags of feed corn ($10 for 25 lbs). I used upholstery fabric (half price day at the fabric store) and edged them with some pretty piping. They were about 18-20 inches long and about 4 inches wide when they were finished. When I got to the party, I pre-heated some of them in the microwave and handed each the men a hot one. They LOVED it!! I had people calling me for two weeks, saying how special they were. You can also buy plain white men's tube socks at the dollar store and fill them 3/4 full, then stitch the top shut and fold it down and stitch again. Works just as well. I do them for kids that way, but I use colorful fleece and make a washable cover for it. The kids love them too.

Do you crochet?
One year I made crocheted borders for hand towels and then stitched the border to the towels. I used all earth tones so they would match most any bathroom. That was a great hit too. When I visit my siblings, I often see those nice towels in the powder room!! Lots of great feedback with those as well. Very inexpensive because the towels were from an outlet store.

PUMPKIN ROLL
If you like to make Pumpkin Roll . . . these freeze beautifully. I make them up and then wrap them in a nice length of waxed paper. Next I wrap them in foil and freeze. They do take quite a bit of time to make . . . but they are a favorite too.

CHOCOLATE CARMEL APPLES
Melt carmel. Insert a tongue depresser sized popsicle stick into an apple. Coat the apple with caramel. Pack coarsely chopped mixed nuts around the caramel apple. Coat that whole thing in melted chocolate (Hershey bars). Then drizzle with white and green melted chocolate and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles or a bit of crushed candy cane. They are absolutely delicious. The one draw-back on this one is that they need to be done with a couple days of giving, because they don't keep too long.

FLASHLIGHTS
All kids love flashlights. So this is an easy, inexpensive "one size fits all" kind of gift too.

I'll be watching for ideas!! Thanks Leta!!

Blessings!

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh . . . Leta, here is a quote from the Forum Rules, near the end of Rule 4:

"Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) ARE allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc."

So the type of link you asked about would be acceptable.

Blessings!

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okie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi well this is exciting. I am absolutely no good at sewing knitting or anything else for that matter. But I'm going to be watching to see if there is somthing on here I would be ale to do. I am a very good cook if I do say so myself. I thought about baking different types of cookies that I can mail out to my family in arizona. I really loved those blankets that I mentioned getting. I'm sure others could make them by themself.
All they are are fleece blankets that you put a collar on so it goes over your head and has warm floppy arms. That way you can walk around with it and use the computer without taking the blanket off. It also has pockets which is really cool . Somone that can sew would be able to whip them out in no time at all.
thanks for starting the link I will keep checking back in.
Oh those blankets I think even guys would like them if they are designed with their favorite football team or somthing. and kids with their hanna montana or what ever they are into. Like I said I'm not much at arts and crafts but it's just a thought somone else might like it.
If anyone wants a link to them please email me. I'll be happy to send you the link so you have an idea how to make them yourself. My email addy is on my profile.
 

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carol


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Post Edited (okie) : 11/11/2008 3:38:46 PM (GMT-7)


cured4real?
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   Posted 11/11/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all--
The suggestions are great. The bath salts is something I've been looking for.
 
I have another thing I do. I get good, high quality pharmaceutical essential oil mail order over the net (it is much much more stronger than anythingin the healthfood store and much cheaper). So then I can add like one drop to a small bottle of jojoba oil (you can also get that, base creams and liquid soaps quite cheap from the same place and they are pretty hypoallergenic in some cases. A few drops fragrances lotions and soaps and "carrier oils" like jojoba.
 
You can make a very good massage oil with wintergreen, grapeseed oil, vitamin E (to keep the oil from spoiling),and a fragrance of your choosing. The wintergreen oild contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin and also gives a 'bengay" type feeling and a sweet candy fragrance to the oil. The addition of a floral or other fragrance roundsit out nicely. I got this recipe from a paraplegic and he said it helped him alot. My mother really likes it. You can use jojoba oil too or other cheaper options. If you are interested inthe site I can tell you where I shop.
 
I hoe we ssdi get a Christmas bonus--oh, I MUST be dreaming.
Love, Marji
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Leta
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   Posted 11/11/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marji,

Yes please I would love the site as I was up until 2am last night looking for something like that. My skin is so sensitive I wanted to be able to use the stuff I made for others. I believe Alwaysrosie said we could list it as we are not trying to solicit, promote, advertise etc, just trying to help for holidays.

Leta
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cured4real?
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   Posted 11/11/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
email me if you want to know. sorry i goofedup.
the four ounce base cream is great and really cheap. The quality of the lotions and creams exceeeds bath and body works (all they do is buy the stuff and add the oils and b&bw labels). So this suff is really nice. The essential oil is pricier, but get the smallest bottle as these are pharmaceutical grade and you could probably make at least twenty bottles of health food store essential oil from one tiny bottle of the 100 pct pure pharmaceutical oil.

Jojoba is a carrier oil. Feel free to contact customer support the can help alot on dosaage guidelines and products. They have soap base and all kinds of things. I love love the lotion. I bought a bigger bottle of black pepper oil and it was 9 bucks and I have so much I could never ever ever use it all. 2 drops is sufficient for a four ounce jar of cream, to give you an example.

You can save colorful spray bottles and add a few drops of fragrance to some water and use it as fragrance. i mix a few drops in jojoba and make my own potpourri oil to burn or use as perfume. Lavender and hops will be my next purchases if they have hops. The lavender is very good for putting me to sleep and I'm all out. I use alot. Some people mix the lavender with water and spray their pillows, or you can make a little air freshener pillow to put on the bed pillows with he fragrance inside.

Becareful to use rubber gloves with the oils when mixing they are strong., heavy rubber gloves (like playtex or cheap version). A syringe works best.

Take care and enjoy! The oil is good to add to candles if you remake them from wax, you canget the wicks from many craft stores.


Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn

Post Edited (cured4real?) : 11/12/2008 6:47:24 PM (GMT-7)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
We have to be really careful what links we post. If they are outright selling stuff, they are a no-no . . . if they are giving information or recipe's they are likely ok. Kind of a fine line. So getting them by email will sometimes be the answer. You can name the "store" though. Like if something was sold on Eboy.com your could say something like "Its available at Eboy" or "Eboy dot com"

Maybe reading all of Rule 4 would be beneficial. Sorry this is so gray.

Blessings!

In His Grip

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Leta
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   Posted 11/11/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Alwaysrosie, so sorry. Sounds good. We will just stick to good money saving ideas then.

Marji maybe we should have you edit the post.

Leta
sle 01 w/autonomic 11/05, photosensitive 04/04, sjogren's 01, ra 01, fibro 8/05, sinus tachycardia 6/04, asthma 96, multiple allergies 6/04, idiopathic neuropathy/neuro pain 11/05. Epilepsy 3/06-gone, TIA 5/06, Porphyria 5/06, Vitamin D def 4/07, Iron def ferritin 8/07, Chronic migraines 01.Meds- baclofen 40 mg, prenatal tabs, potassium, calcitriol 50 mcg, qvar, xopenex, singulair, plaquenil 400 mg, tramadol 400 mg, darvocet 100 mg, percocet 5mg, amitriptyline 10mg, chromagen, topamax 150mg,


cured4real?
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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Did so, sorry.
Love, Marji
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn


okie
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Don't feel all alone Marji I did the same thing. blush Hey we got our heart in the right place.

love ya

carol


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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
*hangs head* sorry the rule is a bit gray . . . its meant to keep folks from self promoting . . . some of the links are fine . . . I'm just not real clear on the boarder-line calls. *sigh* sorry friends. I'm enjoying the topic though!!

Blessings!

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MJLD
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
This is an awesome thread. It's amazing how this little respites brighen a day! Thanx 4 the ideas. I usually do alot baking and making 'goodie" baskets for friends, family and even hospital staff, docs, nurses, etc...

Another gift I give my really busy family/friends i'll bake thm a pan of lasagna or something that the can use now or freeze for later. They really appreciate it! Judy

cured4real?
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a great idea for turkey leftovers that my son and I sort of invented but probably someone else came up with it. You take a pie shell (or two) depending on how much leftover turkey you have. You make or buy an alfredo sauce. I make it so I make it really thick. Take all your leftover steamed veggies or add some frozen, cooked and drained. put turkey and veggies in the pie shell, pour on the alfredo to fill in and level the pie, then put leftover stuffing on top so it looks like a Dutch apple pie. Cook just long enough to cook the pie shell (see instructions on pie shell) and make sure filling is hot.

It's so cheap to make and my family loves it, though it is fattening because of the alfredo. It beats the heck out of the soup we used to always have and even sandwiches get old.
Love, Marji
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Leta
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Boy did this one sound nice for the dry skin.

SATIN MILK SCRUB idea
3 cups of powdered milk
4 Tbsp of almond meal
1 cup of oatmeal
Several drops of preferred oil you like to scent
One small muslin bag with drawstring closure
2 Tbsp of honey

Combine all of the ingredients listed above and then transfer to a decorative jar for storing. For your bath, you will transfer a half cup or so depending on size of muslin bag and then take into bath. Soak in water and then use to exfoliate your skin.
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cured4real?
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, leta, My son would like that since he uses the oatmeal stuff forhis skin all the time.
Love, Marji
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids


puccini914
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   Posted 11/13/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ya'll, just got my Dec Good Housekeeping mag in the mail and it has lots of homemade gift ideas from Paula Dean(I love her!!!). Just thought I'd let you know.

Jennifer

PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.  Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


firebabe
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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey-I thought of a really cheap on kind of neat gift for people this year.  We normally exchange a gift with one person at work, but the last few years its been getting out of hand.  I mean, everyone is giving gifts to everyone.  It gets really stressful especially when that adds another 15 onto your shopping list.  Last year I felt bad because I couldn't afford, nor did I feel well the last 3 months of the year to go out and buy gifts for everyone.  This year though I visited a craft store near me and purchased little celephane gift bags.  I'm going to fill 2 bags for each person.  The first bag will have homeade hot chocolate mix it in-very inexpensive to make in bulk and the other will contain some dipped pretzals (also inexpensive and easy to do).  This is my solution.  I will tie a few ribbons around each bag and call it a day.  If they don't like it, I'm sure their kids will. 

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