The holidays are a time when we all want to indulge our families. But spending too much just leads to anxiety, which is no gift to your family.
I wanted to start this forum to allow ErieMoms to share some of the creativity I know is out there -- and give you some time to make or track down some of the money-saving projects/gifts that you can do.
As I find ideas, I'll be adding them. But I hope you will too.
One of my favorites is to go to one of your favorite photo Web sites, I use Kodakgallery.com, and create calendars with pictures from family gatherings. You can make them for about $15 per calendar, comparable to what you can buy in the store but personalized.
One money-saving idea is to work with your kids outside to create Christmas presents for their friends and family.
This allows both you and your children to get outside and get exercise and conversations about the outdoors.
Recently my daughter and I have been collecing sea (beach) glass. These piece are being turned into both earrings and cards for friends and family. This morning I was drilling the glass to make earrings. Later today we'll get out the glue to turn the white pieces into snowmen for cards. It's a great way to remind family members who don't live here anymore about the region's natural beauty.
The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Presents 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and Other Eric Carle Favorites: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Walker Recital Hall, Mercyhurst University; stories from award-winning author/illustrator are brought to life onstage through puppetry, light and music. Cost: $15; senior citizens and military members, $12; students, $9. Info: 824-3000, http://miac.mercyhurst.edu.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; join the Presque Isle Audubon Society for annual bird count; stay as long as you like; binoculars, identification guides and professional assistance will be available. Cost: Free. Info: www.trecpi.org, 833-7424.
Winterfest: Sunday, Feb. 14, noon-4 p.m.; L.E.A.F. Education Center, 1501 W. Sixth St.; ice fishing demonstrations, ice carvings, horse-drawn carriage rides, recycled sled rides, duckie race and more, indoor and out. Cost: Free. Info: www.leaferie.org.