WFMW – Be an Angel

I’m sure most of you have heard of Elf on the Shelf. It is adorable and looks like so much fun!

I’ve thought about joining in the fun, & even looked for an inexpensive elf when I was out shopping.

One thing kept holding me back though –> I don’t want to encourage my children to delight in naughty behavior. While all in good fun, it is just not compatible with Jesus as the center of our holiday.

I put my thinking cap on & came up with Be an Angel.

We already had the angel bear in the pic, but you could also use an angel ornament or print one out.

It will make a debut tomorrow morning in our December Advent Countdown Box.

The rules are simple: Secretly do something nice for a member of the family & leave the angel bear behind.

That person could then do the next nice thing & leave it, but I have a feeling that in our family there will be some sneaking around & snatching of the bear in a race to serve each other. Exciting is always better, right?  ; )

I plan on incorporating some of the silliness of Elf on the Shelf (like making snow angels in the sugar, or a cotton snowball fight), but hopefully our angel will be a little more well-behaved.

There are tons of angel ideas on Pinterest if you want to make your own.

Update: I am curious – is the phrase “Be an angel …” used in other parts of the country, or is it a Southern (or Texan!) thing? Example: Be an angel and hand me those chocolate cranberries before you rub yummy cake-scented lotion on my feet. : D  Chime in!

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great ideas!

Btw, I’ve had this idea brewing for a couple of months now, but just last night I cam across The Christmas Angel. I don’t know if it is the same idea, but you might check into it if you want to purchase a set. (not affiliated)

WFMW – Be a Coupon Fairy

I went to the store to buy laundry detergent this morning, and there on the shelf was a high dollar coupon. Someone had been playing Coupon Fairy!

Many of us are feeling the economic crunch during this giving season. It doesn’t cost anything but a few seconds of your time to be a Coupon Fairy.

Here are some simple Coupon Fairy tips:

  • leave coupons on the shelf next to the product
  • pin coupons to a community bulletin board
  • leave behind Catalinas that you won’t use (Catalinas are the long coupons that sometimes print out at the register)
  • not a couponer? give your inserts to a neighbor/co-worker/friend/relative/church member
  • pass along special one-time-use codes for online websites – you could give away through Facebook or your blog

Have you ever been a Coupon Fairy? Add your tips in the comments!

Run on over to We Are That Family for some great tips!

WFMW – Free Fall eCookbooks

Isn’t yummy food one of the best things about Fall?

Kick off the season with these free eCookbooks!

{these eCookbooks were free when posted, but always double-check!}

Betty Crocker Soups, Stews & Chilies

Mr. Food Fall Favorites

Gooseberry Patch Pumpkin Cookbook (Kindle-limited time)

Gooseberry Patch Fall Favorites

Smart School Time Recipes   (Kindle -limited time)

What recipe do you pull out when cooler weather arrives?

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!

WFMW – Battle a Stomach Bug

My supposed week of reviews & giveaways somehow morphed into That Didn’t Turn Out Quite How I Intended It!

We got hit with a stomach bug. We don’t tend to pass around most viruses, but a stomach virus can wreak havoc on a big family.

This time around, only three* of us out of seven got sick. We did the usually Lysol/hand sanitizer routine, but there was one new weapon that I think must have helped.

About this time last year, I received some samples from BioGaia that included these digestive health tablets. We didn’t have a need for them last year (thank you God!), so I tucked them away in the medicine cabinet.

I pulled them out this past week when I went on the warpath against our unwanted visitor. Everyone got a tablet a day.

Let me tell you that I can’t stand the chalkiness of chewable tablets {{shudder}}.  These were really good and tasted like lemonade, with no chalk at all!!

They also come in a flavorless drinking straw and drops (I tried both of these last year).

You can purchase by phone, online, or interestingly enough with a form that you print out & take to your pharmacy. They can order it for you if they don’t carry it.

And according to this site, BOOST Kid Essentials by Nestle has a BioGaia Probiotic Straw. I couldn’t find any info on the Kid Essentials website about that, but it might be something to check into.

Even though I got sick*, it was only half a day. And that works for me!!

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!

*We should have probably only had one sickie. Sassyfrass came down with it first, and then Stinkpot Sweetpea got it when she stole sick girl’s Capri Sun after she had finished her own. I got sick from holding an ailing Stinkpot Sweetpea and, well . . . you get the picture.

~I am not affiliated with BioGaia.~