Gift Card Holder Templates

Gift Card Envelopes - Seal Shut

Giving gift cards? Use these free templates to make gift card holders for them. [Read more…]

Christmas Curb Shopping

We took the kids on a Christmas light scavenger hunt the other night, and we soon found ourselves curb shopping. It’s just what happens in our family. I think a lot of people must be decluttering before their holiday guests arrive because there were tons of piles.

We picked up two nice coolers at one house, but our real score came when we spotted a massive pile in front of a house that had just been placed on the market. We scooped up a large framed mirror, an umbrella-style clothesline, a truck bed liner and several storage bins. Then, we turned our attention to the large black trash bags. I nudged one with my foot, and it sounded like it was full of glassware, rather than trash. Hoping it was kitchen items, I decided to load it into the car, too.

Around this time, the homeowner pulled into the driveway and he came over with a flashlight to help us shop. Ha! Apparently someone else had shopped his pile earlier in the evening and scored a sewing machine. Nice.

With our trunk full, we decided to head home to see what was inside the grab bag that we’d chosen.

And man was it a good bag!

Stoneware Mixing Bowl

This stoneware mixing bowl was one of the first things we pulled out, and as soon as we saw it, we new we were going back for the rest of the bags.

We sorted through 10 bags in all, and this is what we kept. [Read more…]

Printable Christmas Dinner Checklist

Printable Christmas Dinner Checklist

Hosting Christmas dinner at your house? Use my Christmas dinner checklist to help you manage the task, so you have more time to spend with your family.

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Monogram Labels for Candles

Sometimes all it takes is a small detail to turn a nice gift into a really nice gift. I made a bunch of beeswax candles this week, and I finished them off with monogram labels.

Candles with Eclectic Monogram Labels

Don’t they look nice?

If you’d like to make some to give as gifts (or to enjoy in your own home), you can! [Read more…]

Working a UPS Holiday Job

UPS Man

This holiday season my husband is working for UPS as a driver’s helper. His friend has been driving for them for 18 years, and my husband is helping him with deliveries.

He went to orientation last Wednesday, and he now has a week of deliveries under his belt. The pay isn’t great – $8.50 an hour, but he’s getting lots of exercise, and he’s enjoying spending time with his friend. When you live with three women (and five hens), I’m sure a little guy time is welcome.

He gets a call each morning telling him what time he needs to meet his friend. He might go in at 10 a.m. He might go in at noon. It just depends on how many packages they have to deliver. Most days they make about 200 stops, and they finish sometime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

He logged 37 hours the first week, but that will probably go up as we get closer to Christmas.

It’ll be interesting to see how much money he makes doing this. I’ll post an update at the end of the season to let you know. But in the meantime, here a look at the best and worst part of the job so far.

THE BEST PART:

  • Working as a driver’s helper is like getting paid to curb shop. If my husband sees something good, we go back for it after he gets home

THE WORST PART:

  • He was bit by a dog on his first day. It was the last delivery of the day, and they were delivering a package that had been put on their truck by mistake. No good deeds and all that. It wasn’t a bad bite, and the dog’s shots were up to date, but it still wasn’t a great way to end a first day

Have any questions about being a UPS driver’s helper? Just leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer them.