Suggestions for the #highfiveholiday

High Five Holiday shopping for under $5.00 is underway! A quick stop at Ulta had me looking for some mini treats, and I thought I would share some ideas.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Cranberry Candle, $2.99, (also available in Iowa Pine and Orange Clove scents)

Cranberry Soy Candle Tin
Mrs. Meyer’s Cranberry Soy Candle

This cute little candle packs a powerful punch at 12 hours of burning time! For the clean-minded, you could gift any of the other delightfully scented products (like the Orange Clove dish soap– so fresh!)

 Burt’s Bees “A Bit of Burt’s Bees” kit, $4.99 (several varieties available)

A Bit of Burt’s Bees set

This little set includes cuticle cream and a traditional Burt’s Bees lip balm- I stock up on a few sets for myself every year! If you’re looking for multiple stocking stuffers, the Beeswax Bounty Classic Kit will run you $9.99. You can divide the 4 Burt’s Bees lip balms for multiple gifts. If you use a $3.50 coupon at Ulta (buy a little something to bump up to the $10.00 minimum), and bring the cost down even more!

Wet n Wild “I Need a Refresh-Mint” color, $1.39

Wet n Wild “I Need a Refresh-Mint”

Wet n Wild has been my go-to nail polish since high school. The drugstore cheap polish is often overshadowed by the pricier favorites, but I have found that it has great staying power- and it’s cruelty-free to boot! Throw in an emory board and some toe separators and you’ve got a pedicure kit!

Remember, the best gifts are ones from the heart- these ideas are just extra!





My Suggestions for Holiday Eats

Our hospital recently had a presentation by one of our dietitians for healthier holiday eating, and I sent them a list of some of my favorite recipes. I thought perhaps my readers might enjoy, too!

  • A+ Green Bean Casserole Sautéed yellow onion, walnuts, and whole grain croutons instead of fried onions. Veggies like myself can use vegetable broth.
  • Candice Kumai’s “hot stuff” Spinach Artichoke Dip: I use frozen, defrosted leeks from Trader Joe’s instead of onions- $1.99 for a bag. You can use carrots and celery instead of bread if you want to have fewer carbs. Whole wheat baguettes or light pita chips are also yummy 🙂

Feel free to comment with some of your favorite holiday delights!




The High Five Holiday

Hey everyone!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the store shelves with orange and black are quickly being being replaced by red and green (and blue and silver!)

Andy and I have really been making a conscious effort to save money this year. Trips to the gym instead of the bars, making budget-friendly meals whenever possible.

So this year, we are starting the High Five Holiday. We will only give gifts that cost $5.00 and under, with encouragement to others to do the same.

Some ideas for gifts might be:

  • Books! Goodwill often has books for $1 or less (some are new!). OR, you could be even savvier and dust off a book or two from your own shelf!
  • A collection of inspiring recipes from food magazines. Slap on some sheet protectors and put in a binder (on clearance at Target now!) and you’ve just made your own custom cookbook!
  • Make a list of movies to rent from the library (or queue on Netflix) and include favorite candies in movie-sized versions.
  • Nothing beats something personal and from-the-heart. Write a poem or a collection of memories for your gift recipient.

Get creative, and have fun saving money this holiday season!