Our family usually goes all-out for Halloween. For Thanksgiving, we invite all of our friends and put up a few decorations. But when December rolled around, I realized that most of my friends jubilantly updated their Facebook statuses announcing they had decorated their home for the holidays. Darling Christmas decorations stared at me from one status to the next. Gorgeous trees and even Menorahs seemed to mock my lack of holiday cheer.
So… my daughter and I decided to decorate a tree on December 1st – just in time for breakfast. I can guarantee you that it went up faster than anyone else’s tree – and probably went down (with a cup of coffee or milk) a lot faster, too!
This photo didn’t turn out very well, but when I came back with my good camera, the kids had already dug in and there was nothing left to photograph! LOL. I found the Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree recipe on Pillsbury’s site, but it was my daughter’s idea to add the cherries. In fact, they have MANY very cute recipes. My kids would love the Silly Snails, but I want to try the Java Glazed cinnamon rolls. Be sure to stop by their coupon page and print the latest coupons needed for your recipes. They actually had one to save .50 cents off 2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands Sweet Rolls when I wrote this post, but their Pillsbury coupons offering changes up often.
Sure, it’s not a real tree, but it did help my holiday doldrums enough that I boxed up the Happy Harvest decorations – and it doesn’t drop needles all over the floor, so it’s really better than a real tree – at least for now.
So easy to make and so cute on the table, my daughter and I had a blast making this cinnamon roll Christmas tree. The kids had a blast eating it!
- 1 cans Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls
- Maraschino Cherries
- Christmas Sprinkles
Wrap cookie sheet with foil. Assemble cinnamon rolls as shown in image and bake according to package directions. Spread with frosting (included with cinnamon rolls) Decorate with cherries and sprinkles.
Thanks to Pillsbury for the VIP coupon for a free can of Pillsbury® Cinnamon Rolls OR Grands!® Cinnamon Rolls. We sure had fun putting this together… and even more fun eating them. While Pillsbury’s generosity was an inspiration to post, my thoughts are genuinely my own. I’m sure I will be coming back to print some more Pillsbury coupons so we can do this again – or try a different fun recipe.
Free Trick-or-Treat Bag from Halloween Express
Get a Free Trick-or-Treat Bag from Halloween Express when you share one of their costumes to your Facebook or G+ page! You can get up to two bags. I have two kids going Trick or Treating this year, so this will be very handy!
I found the offer looking for Monster’s University costumes. It could be on other products as well. Just look for the image of an orange pumpkin Trick-Or-Treat bag that says like or share to receive it free. It looks like the image on the right. Click the “Click Here” button and fill out the form in the new window.
I’m not sure how long this will last, so jump on it quickly!
Be sure to see my other posts about holiday freebies and reusable bags
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Denny’s Milkshake until July 13
Want to Buy 1 Get 1 Free Denny’s Milkshake?
Print this coupon, take it to Denny’s and Buy 1 Get 1 Free Denny’s Milkshake until July 13, 2013. Choose between the red Strawberry Cheesecake shake, Blueberry Cheesecake shake or Lemon Icebox Pie Milkshake. These special shakes are part of Denny’s 4th of July Red * White * and Blue Plate Specials. They are only here for a limited time, so grab a friend and get a shake – or just go enjoy two shakes yourself!
This actually sounds like a fun date idea! I’d like to try the Strawberry cheesecake one. Which one will you pick?
Be sure to see my other posts about buy 1 get 1 Free coupons, free food, holiday freebies, and restaurant offers
Free Lent 2012: Release Your Inner Splendor Booklet
I realize this is more than a bit after Easter. I posted it a few weeks ago and it’s still good – so I am reposting it again for those that missed it.
Unity Church is offering a free booklet – Release your Inner Splendor. The description sounds like something that we could all benefit from – even outside of the Lent holiday.
From their site:
Release Your Inner Splendor will also help you:
- · Open new channels to give and receive love.
- · Give way to the flow of life.
- · Gain new spiritual understanding.
- · Transcend past experience.
- · Awaken from the illusion of lack.
- · Surrender that which doesn’t serve your greater purpose.
Be sure to check out some other Christian Freebies on the site.
Free Christian Book – 2013 Lent: A Season for Spiritual Growth
This free Christian book is based on the works of Charles Filmore’s Keep a True Lent.
It contains daily Bible passages for all the 46 days of Lent. A Season for Spiritual Growth also promises to offer insightful reflections about familiar texts. This free book covers stories like the Sermon on the Mount, the Parable of the Sower and the Seeds among other biblical passages.
This is now available via download only
Be sure to see my other posts about free stuff for Canada, Free books, holiday freebies and free religious stuff.
Free Craft Ideas using Junk Mail and Recycled Cards
Check out these awesome Christmas craft ideas that reuse junk mail and recycled holiday cards. I usually despise junk mail. It just fills up my mail box, and the marketers seem to really go after me at Christmas! Our mailbox is so stuff full of catalogs and offers to buy things that our recycle bin is overflowing weekly. I am also a bit of a pack rat. When someone takes the time to send me a Christmas card, I feel guilty for throwing it away. However, I don’t know what to do with all the cards from over the years and artistic creativity is one of the things I lack. I was very excited when I discovered the Party Planning Center Blog. They have all kinds of great free printables, recipes, party ideas and resources.
She also had the answers to my dilemma.
Christmas crafts made from Recycled Junk Mail
I am intrigued by these adorable homemade Christmas ornaments made from junk mail. What an inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays. She has the complete tutorial on her site. You just need your favorite craft punch or scissors and a steady hand, some ribbon and your chosen embellishments and you are ready to go. Just follow the tutorial linked on this page.
Christmas Garland Craft made from Reused Christmas Cards
I also am in love with this Christmas Garland made from last year’s Christmas cards. I really like tinsel garland, but I have cats and they like to eat it. Tinsel is extremely dangerous for pets, so I prefer not to use it. I love her idea to use Christmas cards from previous years to make a garland. I don’t like to throw them away because they represent thought someone had for our family. What a great way to preserve those memories! It also seems like a great way to make some new memories! Both of these crafts seem pretty easy and I look forward to making them with my kids. It’s better for the environment, it’s cheaper than buying new ornaments and it adds a personal touch. You can find the easy to follow tutorial for the Christmas garland made from old cards is linked on this page.
Butterfly Cupcake Toppers
Also, if you subscribe to her newsletter, you can get the pattern to make these beautiful Winter Butterfly Cupcake toppers. Just in case you can’t tell by my website’s theme, I have a thing for butterflies 🙂 She also occasionally sends out other free printable crafts and party decorations in her newsletter, so it’s definitely worth subscribing to.