Weekend Links

Before I get into sharing links, here is our family’s Christmas card. Isn’t it beautiful?

It was designed by Angela of Tilley Claire’s, who actually used to be a contributing writer here on Keeper of the Home. These days, you can find her designing gorgeous greeting cards that you can print yourself.

We’ve done a lot of things for cards in previous years, including just choosing one of the basic options from somewhere like Costco or Walmart and sticking a photo in it (knowing that 1/3 of the church will have chosen the same card as us), and we’ve also had more professionally designed cards from an online photo shop (like Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.) but those are too expensive for my budget, cute as they may be.

I wanted to share with you our cards this year because I think it’s such a great option. You pay about $15-$18 for the front design and you can add on a matching back design for $2 or a fancier custom one for $10 (I added one that let me share our family’s highlights of 2012). Most designs allow multiple photos, I just happened to choose one with only one photo because I was using a collage I had made. You can use these to send digital Christmas cards via email OR you can have these printed if you more old-fashioned, like me.

Isn’t this a great idea? If you’re still figuring out Christmas cards for this year (or want a fresh idea for next year) you can take a look through Angela’s designs in her Etsy shop.

Links I loved this week:

Honey Sweetened GAPS Peanut Butter Cups @ Nourishing Roots (the moment I’m over this flu, I’m making these)

How to Make Button Hair Pins @ A Delightful Home (stocking stuffers for sweet little girls?)

How to Make Champurrado- A Mexican Thick Hot Chocolate @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa

Simple solutions for the most complicated time of year @ Simple Mom

How to slow down Christmas @ A Holy Experience (love the idea of planting seeds)

This Season Won’t Come Again {in the Trenches of Toddlerhood–and Preschoolerhood and Babyhood to boot} @ The Humbled Homemaker

Winter Branches and Leaves with Duct Tape @ Nesting Place (easy and beautiful homemade winter decor)

Your Search for the Perfect Chili Recipe is Officially Over @ Red and Honey

Dear Overwhelmed Mother of Littles Ones @ The Marathon Mom

How to take your picture in front of a tornado @ Jon Acuff

This week…

What I’m doing: Making every home remedy under the sun to beat this flu-turned-mega-sore-throat I’ve been battling all week.

What I’ve been making: Cold kicker remedy, anyone?

What I’m wearing: Sweat pants, t-shirt and zip-up sweatshirt. When I’m sick, it’s all about comfort.

What I’m enjoying: Watching my baby boy learn to crawl… army-style. He’s adorable, pulling himself along the ground with those strong, chubby arms.

Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? And what home remedies have you been making lately?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Awesome batch of links – some of these I had already read and totally loved, others were new. Honoured to be among them. Hope you feel better soon! :)

  2. I was wondering if anyone had considered making their own Christmas cards. We not big on that here but there’s some great free options for it. There are tons of free fonts and other creative resources online. Add that GIMP, a program very similar to the ever pricey Photoshop, is completely free and simple to use ( as long as you duplicate your images so you are not using the original files, save often and use layers). It can be found here: http://www.gimp.org/ Of course, if you’re not into that, by all means, do use a professional!

  3. I love all of these links this week! And that is a great card that captures all the memories from throughout the year! O always do a photo card every year.

    • Thanks, Rachel! And isn’t it fun with the collage? I usually just do one family photo, or maybe 2-3 photos, but I didn’t have one photo that I loved this year so I came up with this, and now I think I’m going to make it a traditional. It was so fun to go back and look at everything from the year. :)

  4. I just want to say that the “weekend links” feature has become one of my favorites at KOTH! Great idea! {The tornado one this week is my favorite! } I sure hope you feel better soon!

  5. Thanks for including me in your weekend links, Stephanie! I love, LOVE the Christmas card. I’m going to have to check that out. Can you believe it, I still haven’t gotten ours done. (I’m sure you can believe that, lol!) Have a great weekend!

  6. The card is drop-dead-gorgeous!!! I’m totally putting her info. in my file for next year. The past two years we’ve taken a family mug shot outside, printed off penny photos on Snapfish…and sent them with a card. Snoozeburger with a side of yawns. Shoot me your snail mail address, and I’ll send you one. I suppose it will cost $36 to get it to Eskimo land. But you’re worth it.

    • Oh, there’s nothing wrong with family mug shots. That’s what we’ve been doing for years. :)

      I’ll email you my address, if you email me yours. It will only cost about $1 (at least, that’s what it will cost me to send one to you). Promise. Eskimo land isn’t all that far away. :)

  7. Your Christmas cards seem like a great idea! One question I have, though – since these are double sided with color and photos, where do you have them printed?

    • You know, I should have researched that more before, because I know that some places will do a double-sided print, but I ended up having them made in the Costco photo card size, and you can’t do double-sided with that option. So I ordered the front of it as photo cards with envelopes, and the back as separate prints to stuff in the envelopes, but it did make it more expensive. Next year I’ll do my research first instead of trying to figure it out last minute.

  8. “And what home remedies have you been making lately?”
    Son (15) had a really bad sore ear . I looked and all red on the ear drum and the canal. He never complains of pain and he was in a lot of pain. Thought I’d have to take him in and I’d really not like to give him anitbiotics for various reasons, unless he really needed them. Long story short I tried a couple drops of coconut oil and teatree oil and wiped in his ear with cutip. Couple hours later MUCH BETTER only his ear drum was all red still. 2nd time I just scooped a tiny bit of coconut oil onto a spoon the added teatree oil drops made a paste and drop a few clumps into his ear and let melt down to where he needed it. (much better method.) the tea tree oil had the added benefit of numbing the pain. only tried this 3 times and the red is down to just a stripe on his ear drum. I have been also giving him the wonderful immune support from Whole Foods. He also had a red goopy eye, we were thinking maybe pink eye… I had him wipe coconut oil on the out side and that is better too, probably a combination of all the things we are trying to help him with.
    He is still fighting something he now has a bad sore throat.

  9. I’d love to hear more about: “What I’m doing: Making every home remedy under the sun to beat this flu-turned-mega-sore-throat I’ve been battling all week.”

    • Hmm, I don’t know what links to share specifically. Here are some things I’ve been doing:
      -eating tons of raw garlic
      -taking baths with ginger powder and epsom salts
      -using essential oils like On Guard (doTERRA) and tea tree and oregano oil rubbed on the outside of my neck, near my glands
      -gargling with salt water and also some antibacterial essential oils (like myrrh)
      -extra vitamin C (both chewable supplements and lots of fresh fruit smoothies)
      -drinking echinacea and elderberry tea
      -using my homemade cough syrup (you can just search for that one on the blog- it’s easy to find)
      -trying to get tons of rest
      -taking extra zinc capsules
      -using Cold Kicker remedy (awful tasting, but it helps- another one to search for on this blog)

      Hope that helps! It’s probably not everything I tried, but it’s a good start. :)