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.
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; JMC Arena, 423 W. 38th St.; showcase of summer activities. Cost: Free. Info: www.ymcaerie.org.
Mystery of Magnets: Saturday, April 18, 1-3 p.m.; Experience Children's Museum, 420 French St.; for 6- to 10-year-olds without an adult; explore the world of magnetism. Cost: $15; $12 members; preregistration required. Info: 453-3743.
Raptor Experience: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; learn about hawks, owls and other birds of prey; resident owls and hawks of Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation will be present. Cost: Free. Info: 833-7424.
First Day of Trout: Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; East Water Works Pond, Presque Isle State Park; join park naturalists and S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie to learn about trout fishing; bait and equipment provided. Cost: Free. Info: 833-7424.
Trout Cleaning and Cooking: Sunday, April 19, 1-2 p.m.; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; learn how to clean and cook your catch. Cost: Free. Info: 833-7424.