The holiday season always puts me in the spirit of giving and sharing. Over the last few years as the economy has continued to have a negative impact on my finances, I have sought ways of sharing that don’t break the bank.  In this post I will share some of the ideas I have used in the past and request that you leave a comment sharing ways you are approaching this season of giving that emphasize your love more than the size of your pocket book.

1.  Making Gifts—If you are creative—sew, knit, crochet, etc., handcrafting a gift for a loved one is an excellent idea.  A  handmade gift definitely shows love and originality.    One can also bake cookies, make candies, etc. and give as gifts.

2. Sharing a fun event—Invite family (friends) over for fun and games.  Serve light refreshments.  Have guests bring a dish of their choice.

3. Have a movie night—invite others over to share a special feature movie (rented, cable, TV, etc.).  Serve light snacks.

One of the benefits of having an activity is that you can reach several individuals at one time.

Hopefully, you can use the above ideas as a platform to take off from in developing your own creative ideas.  Your goal is to let others know you care.  What better way is there to do that than by sharing your time, which is the most limited asset we all possess.  Though each of us is given the same amount of time daily, no one knows how many days the future holds for us.

Below are a couple of   recipes you can try.

almond cream cu-touts         Almond Cream Cutouts

The secret to these festive, low-carb cookies is almond paste. With only 7 grams of carb per serving, this delicious holiday treat is a guilt-free celebration!
Chocolate Covered Pretzlels

Pistachio-White Chocolate Pretzels

Put a gourmet twist on chocolate-covered pretzels. These easy no-bake holiday treats make a festive addition to any cookie platter, or give them as a delightful food gift.   Makes: 16 servings  Serving Size: 1 pretzel  Carb Grams Per Serving: 8


 holiday gift set
The LXBE Skincare Gift Set makes a wonderful Holiday Gift and a Great Value  $89.99
LXBE Skin Care Gift Sets comes amazingly boxed in a Holiday Glitter Box and bowed to make the perfect Holiday Gift.  The set contains one each of the 1.35 oz (Full Sized) skincare products for all Skin Types.  The PERFECT Starter Kit.  And Perfect Gift for Christmas.
Each Box Contains:LXBE RemoveLXBE GROUP 4 REMOVE150sm – A soothing, non-irritating, oil-free formula that removes makeup from delicate eye area.  Leaves no oily residue.  Fragrance free.
LXBE Cleanse –LXBE Group 3 cleanse 150smA gentle, mild, cleansing, milky lotion derived from Coconut and Sugar Beets.  Contains Chamomile, Aloe, Cucumber and Japanese Green Tea to tighten, soothe and deliver antioxidants.LXBE Protect –LXBE Group 3 Protect 150sm This daily moisutrizer with an excess of 18% oils of Jojoba, Avocado and Grape Seed, 2% Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerine and Vitamin A provides a soft finish and ensures smooth makeup application. 


Category: Healthy Living

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Theresa was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Fall 2009.

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