Target Dollar Spot Christmas Haul

Recently I took several trips to Target and found some great Christmas finds at the Dollar Spot.  I found everything from gift wrap to Christmas decor and all on budget.  In today’s video, I show you everything I got and how I’m going to use it!  Plus, I got 5% off my total when I used my Target REDCard at checkout!   You’ll also love the white mini Christmas tree I found for under $5.

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Free Christmas Spelling Words Pack

Christmas Spelling Words Pack is here and just in time for December. It’s a one week spelling activity pack of 5 pages which includes: Christmas spelling words, copy work 3 times each, sentences, abc order, pre-test and final test fill in the blanks. Great for 1st grade-6th. Use this pack as a fun alternative to your spelling curriculum, or with your Christmas unit study.

Hadara and I love to take a week during the month just for fun season units where we read books according to the holiday or season we are in.  This helps break the monotony of using our regular curriculum.  You’ll love this easy to use Christmas Spelling pack.  Just subscribe below to download your freebie!

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Christmas at the Dollar Store Vlog plus Free Holiday Dollar Gift List

It’s been a while since we did a shopping vlog so I thought it would be fun and helpful to show you what the Dollar Tree has for Christmas!  I found beautiful holiday decor, homeschool finds and gift ideas all for $1. Although it’s the dollar store, we must be wise with how we spend our dollar.  Not everything at dollar store are good deals.  When I shop on a budget, I also look for quality.

Did you know there’s an online dollar store app too?  Lately, I’ve been checking what deals I can spot on my Hollar app.  Great brand name finds in different price ranges and they have a Hollar for Your Dollar section.  So many smart ways to shop on a budget!

Here’s a list of holiday decor and gifts ideas I believe are a great deal compare to shopping at retail stores.

Decor 

Decorating your home for the holidays is a snap with the fun things I found:

  • Wood wall art- I love decorating my home with the snowman theme for the holidays since we don’t get snow here in my part of Arizona.
  • Tons of wrapping paper, even name brand names and gift bags
  • Pretty ornaments- great quality, variety of colors and package sets by the dozen.
  • Sparkly silver jars- perfect for candles or holding holiday treats
  • Kitchen towels and oven mitts- I also use these to make gift sets for teachers or neighbors.  Add a baking mix and a wooden spoon to a oven mitt, tie it with ribbon.
  • Holiday dinner plates and chargers in gold or silver add glamour to a table scape.

Gift Ideas 

  • Paperback books- add a coffee shop gift card and tie it with a bow.
  • Pretty stationary-great for moms or scrapbook lovers.
  • Adult coloring books- add some colored pencils to complete the gift.
  • Calendars or daily planers- make great gifts for teens or moms
  • Pencils, erasers, and mini games make great stocking stuffers or Hanukah gifts.

Homeschool 

  • Activity packs of various subjects for different grade levels
  • Classic books- I found A Christmas Carol which is great for read-aloud in December.
  • Crafts in a bag- great for homeschool art projects and decorating the home.
  • Plastic ball ornaments- make great DIY projects for the kids to paint and embellish to make their ornament of the year.
  • Stickers- great for adding to packages, cards and for crafts.
  • Bible mini figurines- the best find of my vlog!  These are perfect for telling Bible stories especially the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Dollar Gift List 

Since we are talking about gift giving, I have a gift for you!  I’ve created a helpful Christmas Dollar Gift List you can download below for free.  Subscribe to my blog, download and print it up!  Use it to make your holiday shopping a snap.  Also, great for kids to use as an easy shopping list guide.

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I hope you liked our video and got some simple and affordable ways you can holiday shop on a budget at the Dollar store!  I’ll be sharing more Christmas videos so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and blog.

What are some ways you holiday shop on a budget?  Leave your comment, I’d love to know what you do.

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Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!

Sadly, last night was the end of Chanukah-8th day.  My family looks forward to celebrating this feast of the Lord every year.  This past week has been a time of reflection, dedication and a celebration of miracles.  Also, it’s been a special time of family traditions, noshing on latkes and jelly donuts as the kiddies play dreidel and sing songs.  Oh, and a small gift is opened every night too!   It’s been a week long party!  
Watch my Chanukah 2014 highlight video here.  

Today is Christmas Eve.  Do you think it’s a coincidence that Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication occurs during the Christmas season?  In John 10: 22,  Jesus celebrated the feast in the temple with His fellow kinsmen.  It’s mind blowing to think that Jesus the light of the world is standing in the midst of His Jewish people in the temple during this festival of lights.   Jesus is standing among the people as the ultimate light of the world.  Wow!  He fulfilled the feast of the Lord.  According to John 8:12.  Jesus said, ” He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”.   The New Testament book of John is the only reference to Chanukah and also full of references of Jesus as the “light”.   Yet many could not see Him as the ultimate light.  Sounds familiar with the way it is today.  Although the temple was lit by the menorah, Jesus lights of the hearts and souls of men.  Yeshua’s the light!  The Light who drives out the darkness.  

During this season, my family likes to drive around and look at the pretty lights that adorn neighborhoods and shopping malls.   I also love to watch the glow of the flickering candle lights dance on the menorah.   As each night passes, one more candle is lit and more light illuminates our home.   Light is a beautiful thing.  Yet, it is more noticeable in the darkness.  It glows softly, yet with glorious power.  As believers and followers of Christ, let us remember to shine our light to others in this manner.  May our words and actions be loving and gentle, yet bold and powerful.  May our lives be lived in a way that the light of Jesus in us can shine bright to others and wake up a dying world.  Through the darkness there is light.  


Chanukah is also a time to remember the miracles of God.  Throughout the Bible, God shows His miracles in various ways.  The Lord shows us that He is faithful.  He may not come when you want Him, BUT He comes right on time.  Jesus came to us right on time.  Joy to the world, for the Lord has come.  The birth of Messiah was a perfect plan, ordered and designed by the Father.  Perfect Timing.   The world had to wait many years for it’s Redeemer to be born.  O Come O Come Immanuel.  The good news is that He came, and He is coming again.  Jesus, the light of the world will reign once again on this earth.  Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!   

May your family be blessed with joy and love this Christmas season.  We are thankful for all your support and encouragement you’ve given us this year.  If I could reach out and hug every one of you, I would.  You are simply the best!  With love, from our Little Pink Casa to your casa, Merry Christmas!  

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Four Steps to Party Perfect Makeup!

Do you need a holiday makeup look?  On Fashion Friday I shared about the Peppermint Twist Christmas party I attended with my husband Ruben.  Today I share with you the makeup look I wore that night in four easy steps.  It’s time to get glam for the holidays! 


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Four Steps to Party Perfection starts here: 

Step 1: SMOKY EYES
Apply Mary Kay Silver Satin mineral eye color over eyelids.  Line with Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black and smudge.  Tap Brillint Black mineral eye color from lash lines to creases and along outer lower lash lines.  Add Crystalline to inner third or eyelids and along brow bones as highlights.  Blend well. 

STEP 2:  LUXE LASHES
Use Mary Kay Lash Primer for added volume followed by my favorite mascara, Mary Kay Lash Love.  



STEP 3:  SUBTLE BLUSH 
Sweep Sunny Spice mineral cheek color from the apples of the cheeks to the temples.  Blend well. 



STEP 4:  LUSCIOUS LIPS 

Complete your party look with Red lipstick and Rock ‘n’ red lipgloss.  



Another tip for all night makeup staying power is to apply the Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia.  I recommend this product because it kept my makeup looking fresh and perfect all night long.  

I hope this showed you how easy it is to pull together a glamorous holiday makeup look.    You’ll be shining at all your Christmas parties and family get togethers!  I’d love to see how your makeup looks turn out.   Please share with me on social media.  Merry Christmas!  

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Fashion Friday {A Peppermint Twist Christmas Date}

Every year for Christmas, Ruben and I plan a special date.  We started this Christmas tradition the first year we began dating.  It’s sort of sentimental for us.  Some years are simple, and some are more extravagant.  Some years we exchange gifts and other years we just enjoy each other’s company.   The importance about this tradition isn’t what we do together or how much money we spend, it’s about being together.  

This year, Ruben’s company hosted a Peppermint Twist party for all the employees at a beautiful hotel.  We decided to take this opportunity to use this event as our special Christmas date besides it fell on 12/13/14.  Too cool!  I made a fun vlog video about our evening.  You can watch it here or scroll down below.  


It’s been a while since I attended a banquet so I had so much fun getting all glamorous.  Can you see how excited I am on our way to the event?   Usually Ruben attends my Mary Kay gala events with me, but this time I got to be his guest.  The theme for the party was peppermint and the colors were red, white and black.  Ruben looked dashing in his favorite charcoal grey suit.  He also wore a white tuxedo shirt and a red silk tie he found at Ross (which totally matches my dress).  I wore a chiffon red dress which is one of my favorite oldie but goodies closet staples.   My feet sparkled in my silver princess heels.  Every woman should have some of those. . . shoes that make you feel like a Princess!   Next, I had fun with my makeup.  Who can resist red lipstick when you’re dressing up for a Christmas party?   You can’t tell in this photo but you can see it more in the video.  My makeup holiday look will be coming up in a tutorial this weekend.  

Overall, we had a blast!  After dinner,  we devoured a yummy white chocolate dessert.  The presentation was so pretty.  

The night was young, and we were off on the dance floor.    Ruben and I held each other close as we danced the night away.   I think that is my favorite and most romantic memory of the evening.  I could have danced all night (in Audrey Hepburn singing voice).  We so needed this evening together!  

Sometimes, we just need to get away and spend a wonderful evening with our spouse.  No kids, no interruptions, just us.  I encourage you to take some time this busy season to enjoy your spouse.  It’s important to make memories with your children, and it’s even more important to make memories with your spouse.  Even if you can’t get away,  spend a romantic evening together at home.  Put the children early to bed.  Slip into a jazzy dress,  start the music and dance the night away . . .   Merry Christmas! 

Blessings and Shalom, 



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White Chocolate Pretzel Sticks Christmas Recipe

 

Hadara and I had fun mother daughter time in the kitchen Sunday making a yummy Christmas treat.  Combine pretzels, white chocolate and peppermint and what do you get?  A delicious and easy Christmas gift idea!  There’s just something about the combination of salty crunchiness, white chocolate, and candy cane.  Speaking of candy canes, I love the story or legend of the candy cane and how it can relate to Jesus.  In our video today, you’ll see our fun recipe and hear Hadara share the candy cane poem from Ministry to Children with you.  Thank you for watching our video below.

I love making precious memories in the kitchen with my daughter.  We crank up the Christmas/Hanukkah playlist and plug in the lights.  We talk about the meaning of Christmas and reminisce about Christmas past while the wonderful aroma of Christmas fills the air.   During the next few weeks, I’ll be taking time to enjoy my daughter, making those cherished family memories that one day I hope she’ll carry on with her own family.  

 

This season, take some time to get messy in the kitchen with your children.  Cherish the time you have with them.  Forget the schedule, to do list, and keep it simple sweetie.  Joy truly comes from the Lord and He can give you and your family joy through this season.  No matter what you are going through during this time.  Don’t allow the pressures of this world to keep you from truly enjoying what matters most.  Joy to the World, the Lord has come!  Joy to your family today and always.  

Merry Christmas!

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Little Girls

Need some gift ideas for the little girls in your life?  Whether you’re shopping for a birthday or the holidays, you always need some great gift ideas.  While my daughter Hadara and I were shopping last week before the crazy rush, she filmed a fun video of unique gifts for little girls.  You can watch her video, Ultimate Gift Guide for Little Girls here.  These gifts are fun, encourage role play imagination and keep the little in your little girl.   

Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Dora and Friends Cafe

The new Dora is older and has sweet little friends.  Hadara had outgrown Dora the Explorer and since we don’t have cable t.v. or satellite, well we just don’t watch the cartoons anymore.  However, this cafe play set is always great for imaginary play and we love how it is interactive. 


Fisher-Price Peppa Pig Peppa’s Ballet Bag

Hadara found Peppa Pig through youtube videos and it’s such a cute show about a pig family from London.  What a great gift for your little dancer.  



Just Like Home Ice Cream Parlor

Hadara loves to play kitchen or restaurant still even at nine years old.  She created her own ice-cream parlor in her room with a table and chairs and menus.  This is a great gift for girls or boys! 

Lalaloopsy Tinies Sew Royal Castle

Hadara has collected Lalaloopsy for a few years now, but she really likes the tinies collection.  This playset comes with two Tinies Cinder Slippers and Prince Handsome.   The Royal Castle small enough to tote along to Grandma’s or to play with in the car.  A great travel toy.  

These cuties are precious, soft to cuddle and very big.  A doll from around the world dressed in nostalgic handcrafted goodness.  

Melissa & Doug Felt Food – Pizza Set and Sandwich Set 

Pretend play is great for all ages and this felt food is good for sensory learning.  Hadara loves play food especially when it’s Italian pizza! 


Exclusive Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Friends 4 Figure Mix and Match Fashion Set with 24 Pieces

Hadara loves Strawberry Shortcake and it’s one of my childhood toys.  This fashion set will keep your little girl creative and busy for hours.  


Hope this gift guide helps you.  No matter which one you choose, either one will put a smile on any girl’s face and keep her from growing up too fast.   Happy Shopping!! 

What are some of your top gift ideas for little girls?   Which one would you pick? 


Blessings and Shalom, 





P.S.  Check out Hadara’s video:  Ultimate Gift Guide for Little Girls Here!  
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Is There Room For Jesus? A Christmas Message

Today, I remember a compelling message given by one of our Pastors we served under in ministry years ago.  It touched me then and still convicts me even years later.  I share it with you as a reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.  

He still comes in to a crowded world.  It was crowded then, but it’s more crowded now.  We live such busy, cluttering lives and they are even more so than at the birth of the Messiah.  We come home loaded with bundles of gifts of love for others, but we get impatient and blow our horns at the cars ahead of us. Hardly anytime left enough to buy a tree, and we frantically wrap the last of the packages just moments before we are to tear them open and rush off to somewhere else and back again.
Exhausted.
Here we are during the Christmas season again.  Hoping to hear the angels singing.  Needing a star to follow, really wanting to kneel at a manger. We mean to adore Him with Mary and we do believe with Joseph. We want to worship with the shepherds.  Our hearts long to rejoice with the wise men, but somehow there’s not any time.
And it’s in such a world that the angels come again and again to sing these life giving words,
“Yeshua Jesus is born!”.

Just as those words came and changed a barn filled with cows, straw and bush rind.  A hillside dotted with sheep and shepherds into a cathedral.  A sky filled with stars with a message from our Father.
So they come, to you.
They as old as eternity.  As fresh as the morning, simple as a baby, as majestic as a psalm and as warm as a mother’s arms.  And as mighty as God himself.  Yeshua Jesus is born.  Yeshua Jesus is born.

-Pastor Ron Treadway (Pastor T)

Will you make room for Him today?  Will you make room for Jesus in your life?

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.


From our Little Pink Casa to your Casa, 

May you be blessed with the peace (shalom) of Adonai and the love of His son Jesus Yeshua, the Savior of the World. 

Blessings and Shalom, 

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas: A Message from a Prisoner Set Free

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a guest post written by my brother Joshua for Little Pink Casa.   If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Rosenda on FacebookPinterest, and Google+!

So my sister asked me to write a post about being home for Christmas entitled just that , “I’ll be home for Christmas “.  This will be the first year in over ten years where I can truly say “I’ll be home for Christmas”.  


First I must explain some things.  You see , I had been in prison for Christmas 2011 and Christmas 2012.   However,  the years before that I was incarcerated in a prison of my own making.  I had been struggling with addiction for well over the last 15 years of my life.  Addictions ranging from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin.  The last ten years have been the most destructive.  Especially the last three.  My addiction finally reached a fever pitch and I found myself in a lot of trouble.  


The point is . . . I haven’t really been home for Christmas in many many years.  I have four  beautiful children and I honestly can’t even remember spending Christmas with them . Not because I wasn’t here physically , but because I wasn’t there mentally.  


However …. this year by the grace of God .. I will be home for Christmas.  


I’m proud to admit and give God all the glory that I have been clean going on eight months now. I have never reached the one year sobriety mark , and am looking forward to it.   None of this would be remotely possible if it weren’t for Jesus’ redeeming grace … I truly am blessed to be able to share this Christmas with my children, close family and loved ones this year.  I give the one and only true God, creator of heaven and earth , all the glory honor and praise for setting me free physically and mentally from all that was keeping me bound.  


I’d like to encourage you to take a little time out of your day today and hold the ones you love dear closely.  Tell them you love them.   Life is too short for regrets and we are all on borrowed time.   I thank you for all your prayers and please continue to keep me and my family in prayer as the battle isn’t over.  I go back to court January 6th on the new charges the state is alleging against me.  Please pray that the Lord’s will be done.  


In closing, I’m so thankful to have come home and be with all of you.  I hope and pray this is the first of many Christmas’ I’ll be spending with you all.  I’m so blessed to be able to say, “I’ll be home for Christmas!”.  


There is power in the Name of Jesus to Break every chain!
As a sister of a brother who has been set free of addiction, I honestly can say, my brother is Home for Christmas this year because of the constant power of prayer!  Only through the redeeming blood of Jesus was my brother delivered from addictions and pain.  May I encourage you also?   

Are you suffering from addictions or know someone who is? 

Do you have a family member in prison? 

It may take years.  It may take months.   It may take many tears.  It may take much persevered faith.   It may take surrendering all to the Lord.  No matter what, there is hope for you and your situation.  The Lord hears your prayers.  You are not alone.  Never give up. 



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