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Holiday Gift Exchange Idea for the Mom with a Tight Budget

Family Christmas gift exchange idea

Single mommies have tight budgets.  I know how it is.  You wish you could get a gift for every member of your family, but your budget doesn’t allow it, so you decide christmas presents only for the kids this year. 

Believe it or not, big kids aka “adults” also look forward to opening christmas presents on christmas morning…I know I do.  Why disappoint them this year?  

I have a large family. A few years back we discovered a great way to make sure every big kid in our family receives at least ONE gift by using Elfster.com.  Elfster is a free website that simplifies gift giving in more ways then one.  It’s fun and easy to use. 

The steps are simple.  First, create a group that includes all the people who would be participating in the gift exchange.  They will receive an email invitation asking them to accept.  Then, schedule a date when names will be drawn.  Elfter.com will draw the names automatically on the date you scheduled.  Each participant will receive an email with the name that was drawn for them and the gift buying process may begin.

Elfster is the perfect holiday entertaining game for friends and families, office parties and communities!  Its features include:

+ Universal wishlists

+ Anonymous Q&A (think “what is your favorite color?”)

+ Personalized gift recommendations

+ Activity updates, or “exchange feed”

+ Group discussions, and more.

 Make that “Big kid” in your family happy this year and start an online gift exchange, but remember to keep your secret Santa identity a secret!

 

Single Mommingly Yours, M

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Choice mommyhood. Is it “fearless and daring”?

Choice mommyhood. Is it “fearless and daring”?

Self Magazine recently published an interesing article titled, 13 Ways to be Bold. The article lists 13 different acts of boldness taken on by real women.  Of particular interest to me was bold act number 4, I had a Baby on My Own – on Purpose.  A Philadelphia woman in her late 20s describes how she made the decision to have a baby on her own and become a single parent.

So I’m not the only crazy one in the world! Other people have done this!

The word “Bold” is an adjective descibing a “fearless and daring act which requires and exhibits courage and bravery.”

What do you guys  think?  How true to this definition is choice mommyhood?  Do you think it’s fearless and daring or do you think we’re just crazy?

Click on the link below to check out the Article
13 Ways to be Bold – Self Magazine

13 Ways to be bold

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What is “single-mommingly” and what does it mean? Well, it’s a word I completely made up! Duh! And here follows an explanation of how my genius and creative mind came up with the word. As defined by Wikipedia.com: (Not the … Continue reading