I'm so excited to share with you these fabulous holiday decorating (and surviving!) tips that Casey Noble put together for About Budget Decorating. Casey is a design expert and host of HGTV's Design on a Dime, and she wanted to share with you about how to put together a holiday game plan. I don't know about you, but I could certainly use some sort of plan this time of year!
Not only does Casey offer some excellent ideas on how to put a little sparkle and shine in your home during the holiday season, but also on how to make everyday gifts stand out. Plus, she tells how to do it all on a budget. I especially love her tips on how to take advantage of holiday rebates, sales, coupons and cash-back incentives!
Ready. Set. Go conquer those holidays, You!Creating a Holiday Game Plan
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Many like the red, golds and greens of the holiday season, but some prefer a more understated look. If you lean toward a more modern or contemporary style, it can be a bit harder to decorate for the holidays on a budget. Many things in the the dollar or discount store tend to follow the traditional Christmas style and colors.
However, it's not impossible - nor is it even very hard - to celebrate the season in a more contemporary style. And to still do it on a budget. We've put together a collection of some incredible, gorgeous and budget-friendly finds that will help you freshen up your home for the holidays. Since these items don't scream, "Santa Claus," they are perfect for a home 365 days of the year. However, with a combination of rich fabrics and holiday-like gleam, they will certainly look great in your modern home this season.
When the weather outside is frightful, it is so much fun to do a little crafting while sipping hot tea in comfortable clothes by a fire. Not only is DIY decorating and gift-making fun, but it is super frugal too, which is great news during what can often be the most expensive season of the year.
We've got tons of great ideas to help you have a happy and merry DIY Christmas and holiday season. Use these affordable and easy DIY projects to have a little "me" time during the holidays. Not only are they great for you - and many are great for the planet - but they can keep little hands busy, too!DIY Holiday Inspiration
DIY Christmas Art
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DIY Party Ideas
DIY Christmas Wreaths
DIY Christmas Decor
We all know that the holidays can be dangerous, and the dangers don't just come in the form of Aunt Hilda's holiday fruitcake. The yearly reports on injuries and deaths that occur due to Black Friday should be a wake-up call to us, but unfortunately this all-to-wild shopping day seems to only jump start an eerily unsafe season.
The Allstate Insurance Company recently released data that shows a large jump in homeowners insurance claims occur during the holidays, and many threats to home security and safety rise significantly during the holiday season. Their survey also highlighted how holiday pressures and changes in activities, behaviors and routines can leave homeowners vulnerable to home perils.
Whether it is candles left unattended with curious toddlers close by or an unattended house with delivery packages left on the porch, holiday hazards and robberies are unfortunately very real.
Kathy Mabe of Allstate Insurance states, "While 76 percent of respondents say they're mindful of potential hazards in the home, preventable claims do increase during this time of year. By taking some simple precautions, families can celebrate with better peace of mind this holiday season."
Thankfully, Allstate has given us some great holiday safety tips for keeping our homes and ourselves a little safer this season. Though we can't protect you from Aunt Hilda's fruitcake, we can help you play it safe throughout the holidays and beyond.
Sadly, sometimes even the best safety precautions fail. HomeZada is an online home organizing and managing tool that provides a place for you to inventory your home's items, store important information and data, and even allow you better organize your home improvement projects in the upcoming year.
So slow down this season, breathe deeply, and turn out those Christmas lights before going to bed, because all of us at About are wishing you a happy and safe holiday season!Holiday Safety Tips
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When it comes to decorating for Christmas, nothing beats getting your decorations for free! To help out your wallet this season, I put together a fantastic collection of free Christmas printables from around the web.
Not only are there tons of free printable decorations and decor ideas for your entire home, but also the collection includes party and table printables plus activities to keep the little ones (and the big ones!) busy during the holiday season. From printable gift tags and gift wrap to complete kits of coordinated Christmas printables, these ideas should have your decorating covered this season. Pair these printables with our DIY ornament ideas, and now all you need is your tree!Free Christmas Printables for the Home
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I've explored some fantastic home stores and put together a collection of hot tableware items for 2013. Plus, there is even an idea for a complete "party in a box" that will help you set a cocktail scene in only a few simple steps.
All of these affordable items are chosen to coordinate together, or pick your favorites and pair them with your everyday dinnerware to set a beautiful holiday table on a budget.Holiday Tableware Ideas
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Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~ Robert Caspar Lintner
All of us at About Budget Decorating would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! May this day and season bring bountiful blessings into your life that resound for years to come. Among our many blessings, we are certainly thankful for our readers (you!) and look forward to helping you through another busy holiday season of decorating on a shoestring budget!Photo © Michael Hitoshi/Getty
The countdown to Black Friday is on, but so far in my poll, it looks as if the majority of you will be sleeping in. I'm right there with you! You also won't find me out and about on Thanksgiving Day. I'm not fond of the recent trend to open stores early. My heart goes out to the retail workers who may have to leave family and friends to open checkout lines so we can get a "good deal."
If you are like me and want to sleep in, or if you like to shop from home in addition to the stores, I've put together some fabulous finds and great gift ideas that will fit right into any budget. So now you can mark off your gift list while sitting on the sofa in your PJs!
Of course, some of the most unique and special gifts don't come from a store, so consider staying home and crafting handmade gifts this year. They are usually a frugal alternative to store-bought items and often mean much more.
To further help you in your search for great deals, our experts have put together some Black Friday info that will help you score great gifts (and goodies for yourself, too). If you are looking for home electronics, check out About Home Theater's blog daily because Robert is always posting Black Friday info there. Also, our furniture expert, Abe Abbas, always keeps his readers informed on Black Friday furniture and home decor deals.
So cheers to a happy and stress-free holiday season, and happy shopping!
Gearing Up for Gifting
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Gifts for the home are perfect for the holidays and can certainly show a loved one that you care. Many of these affordable gift ideas also make the perfect hostess present and will last much longer than a bottle of wine. Of course, the biggest temptation will be to refrain from buying a few of these "gifts" for yourself. (However, there's really nothing wrong with buying yourself a little something too!)
Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly gifts for the home this season so hopefully you can get all your holiday shopping completed early this year!2013 Gifts for the Home
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If you are looking for a way to have fun with family and friends on Thanksgiving day (or even the days leading up to it when the kids are out of school and stuck indoors!) then these fun Thanksgiving-themed games and activities are for you.
Not only are these Thanksgiving activities and games festive and a great way to keep little ones entertained - and big ones, too - but many of the activities can double as Thanksgiving decorations and may even help spread a feeling of thankfulness throughout your home and your guests.
Hmmmm... decorations, fun, fellowship and laughter? Sounds like Thanksgiving to me!Thanksgiving Games & Activity Ideas
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