Five Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards

If you’re like us, you probably have a few Christmas cards you’re trying to figure out what to do with since Christmas is over.  These are just a few ways we’ve reused cards over the years.  I’d love to hear your ideas, too!

Five ways to recycle Christmas cards:

1)  Save the cards to create simple crafts next December.

Search for recycled Christmas card crafts, and you can find a plethora of ideas for using the fronts of old cards.  We made this Nativity ornament.  You could also make:

Also, Martha Stewart has a great photo gallery of ideas for recycling Christmas cards.

 

2)  Make a “Wall-of-Fame” with the photos you’ve received.

I have a special bulletin board in my office where I hang the pictures I’ve received.  It’s nothing fancy–I just cut-out the photos and tack them in place.  I enjoy seeing photos of family and friends and remembering them throughout the year.  When Christmas rolls around next year, I’ll take down the old photos and replace them with new ones.  You could also make a nicer display with a fabric-covered board, photo frame, etc.

 

3)  Send them to St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program.

St. Jude’s accepts used, all-occasion greeting cards and uses the front of them to make “new” cards.  Children and volunteers create these cards which are then sold to support St. Jude’s programs and services.  You can find out more details about the St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program here.

 

4) Create a “Stay-in-Touch” Basket

Place all the cards in a basket.  Each week, you can pick a card and do something special for the chosen family or person.  Send a handwritten note, make some cookie, call, or visit them.  The ideas are limitless!

 

5)  Create a Prayer Basket

Just like in the idea above, put all the cards in a basket.  Each week, pick a card and pray specifically for that family or person.

 

What do you do with your old Christmas cards?

Free 4-Day Healthy Living Challenge

Four Steps to Your Healthiest Year

If you are looking for some ideas on getting healthy in 2015, you can sign up for a FREE 4-Day Healthy Living Challenge.  These are quick and simple changes you can make to get healthier in the new year.
Here’s another cool thing about joining the challenge.  Once you join, you’ll get a referral link.  You can use that link to refer your friends to the challenge.  If you refer five friends, you’ll get the 12 Week Healthy Living Audio Course.  If you refer 10 friends, you’ll get the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for free (it’s a $1000 value)!  Awesome! 

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 6 (Where Are All of You?!!)

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!   P.S. I missed hearing from most of you last week–I know it’s so busy this week, but I hope you’ll take a second and leave your progress in the comments!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge
Sorry for the late update this week!  Yesterday I was down with a fever and sore throat, but thankfully I woke up feeling much better this morning.  I’ve been working on revamping and starting up my Faithfully Nourished website again.  If you are interested in health & wellness, simple living, faith, and homemaking, I’d love to have you join me there.  Today, I finished up a pretty personal story about finding food freedom over the past year, but I know that I am not the only one on that journey!  You can read it here.

 

Let’s get back to the goals!

Here were my goals for Week 5:

1) Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM! I made a little progress–four out of seven days.

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com. Complete!! Still love this so much!

3) Eat mindfully and slowly. Only one meal this week where I felt that I didn’t “honor my hunger” and listen to my body, so that’s big progress!

Guess what? Same goals for Week 6.  I know with Christmas and traveling, it’s going to be a little more difficult, but I really want to turn these into habits!

1) Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.

3) Eat mindfully and slowly.

If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works: 1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.) 2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week. That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT. Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015! I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :) You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge! Unfortunately Facebook has banned me from posting, liking, or commenting for 30 days (I’m not sure why except that I had tons of posts go into my Motherhood on a Dime group on Black Friday), so I won’t be posting in there for a while, but you are welcome to throw out questions and suggestions to people in there. I can see everything…I just can’t respond! :(

Last week’s winner of the $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card is: mcoble06@. This week, you can choose from your choice of Jillian Michael’s DVDs or a $5 Amazon Gift Card!  There are just three weeks to go, so be sure you comment on at least four posts to be eligible for the $100 gift card!

Plus, I just want to know how it’s going!  I’ve been praying for…and thinking about all of you!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 5 Update (Where I Go to Too Many Christmas Parties….and Feel Like a Failure!!)

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

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Good afternoon everyone!  How are you today?  As we move closer to Christmas and have parties, I’ve noticed I’m slacking a little bit.  I’m still keeping up {mostly} healthy habits, but the sleep thing is huge…and I’m still trying to get myself to be in bed by 10:30.  I read a really interesting article over on The Healthy Home Economist last week about the little known signs of adrenal fatigue.  It really stuck out to me when she said this:

“Get to bed no later than 10:30pm

This piece of advice was given to me by an Ayurvedic MD over 15 years ago.  It is still one of the best pieces of advice any doctor has ever given me.   She explained how the hormone system cleanses between 11pm and 1am (generally speaking) and if you are not asleep during this time, the flushing process will not take place, essentially backing up the hormone system with toxins.”

I haven’t researched it, so I’m not completely sure on this, but it definitely makes sense to me since I have always been such a night owl…and struggled with all kinds of hormonal issues.  So, I will continue trying to reset my circadian rhythm!!

 

Here were my goals for Week 5:

1)  Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!  Absolutely failed this.  I will keep working on it

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.  Complete!!  Yay!  One goal met.

3)  Eat mindfully and slowly.  I would say I accomplished this about 90% of the time.  We had two Christmas parties last week, and we made my absolute favorite sugar cookies (that I only make at Christmas), so that was challenging for me.  I tried to savor them…but I really wanted to inhale them.  Making progress though!

 

Guess what?  Same goals for Week 6:

1)  Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.

3)  Eat mindfully and slowly.

 

If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works:

1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.)

2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week.

That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT.

Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015!

I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :)

You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!  Unfortunately Facebook has banned me from posting, liking, or commenting for  30 days (I’m not sure why except that I had tons of posts go into my Motherhood on a Dime group on Black Friday), so I won’t be posting in there for a while, but you are welcome to throw out questions and suggestions to people in there.   I can see everything…I just can’t respond!  :(

Last week’s winner of the $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card is:

davidandamandaboots@

This week, we have the same choice!  You can pick either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Starbucks gift card!  So, get to commenting!!  Even if things didn’t go as planned, it’s okay!  We’re in progress….