Wednesday, June 18, 2008

How to Make Handmade Birthday Gifts for under $10

There's no need to spend a lot of money on birthday gifts. Creating a personalized gift can be more meaningful than picking up an item at the store. With just a few supplies or a computer, you can create handmade personalized gifts for under $10 that can be made into a treasured keepsake forever.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:

Construction Paper
Windows Movie Maker
Printer paper

Buy some construction paper, stickers, stampers, and markers or crayons. Create a handmade birthday card using some of your favorite greetings or create your own. Decorate your card with stickers, stamps, glitter, and markers.

Take some favorite photos from the birthday person. Decide on a theme such as family, friends, or birthday, etc. Use some construction paper or decorated paper that you can buy at the scrapbook store. Find some stickers to match the theme. Add a small story or description to go with the page and add to it. Create a scrapbook page that you might put into a book, and then frame it. This would make a great keepsake that can be displayed anywhere in the home or even as an office desk decoration.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How to Stay Cheerful during a Hurting Economy

Life may seem difficult when all of the things in the world seem to be spiraling downward. High fuel costs, rising food prices, the verge of unemployment, and other downfalls of life can give us a dim outlook about our current situation. By remembering that we have family and friends who care about us, and taking time to spend moments with those in our lives, it can be easy to get through the tough times in our life. Below are some simple steps that can help you try to stay cheerful even when the moments don't seem to improve as fast as we would like them to.

Things You’ll Need:


Take as much extra time as you can to spend it with your family and those you care about. Turn off the television and shut off the computers. Too much media in the news and digital distractions can cause stress. Get out the board games, a deck of cards, take walks, or ride bicycles together as a family.

Plan mini vacations and small get aways that won't cost alot. Pack up a picnic basket and head to the nearest park. Organize a small game of baseball, volleyball, horseshoes, or any other fun outdoor activity.

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