How to give cash {ways to give money}

With only 3 days left until Christmas, here is a super simple last minute gift ideas. Cold, hard bacon! But it’s boring to just hand someone a card and a $20 bill. So, here are 21 clever ways to give cash as a gift this Christmas (or any holiday for that matter)! 
21 Ways to give cash creatively

1. Money bags

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2. Matchbox money

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3. Hide cash or gift card behind an embroidered canvas

Creative ways to give gift cards

4. Free printable pillow box

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5. Money balloons @ She’s crafty

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6. Chocolate money @ Life as a mom

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7. Origami money @ Homemade gifts

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 8. Peppermint Money Rolls @ Martha Stewart

9. Gift Card Cuff @ It’s Toile Good

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10. Canned Money @ What I live For

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11. Money Tree @ Then She Made

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12. Money Lei @ Lil luna

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13. Clue Games @ C.R.A.F.T. (and here’s another post about scavenger hunt games)

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14. Money Lottery: My brother invented this method. He puts various amounts of cash in envelopes, fans them out and allows us each to pick one envelope. Typically this happens on Christmas afternoon. One year the big prize was $100!   I must say it is pretty exciting, and my siblings and I look forward to it each year!

15. Gingerbread “dough” +poem @ Heart and soul scrappers

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16. Book Money- Hide a crisp $20 bill in a good book. Freakanomics, Matilda, or maybe even a cook book. The hard part is not telling the recipient. Just let the recipient find the hidden treasure as they flip through the book. I promise they will be excited…it is like finding $10 in your winter coat pocket!

17. Kleenex money box @ Lovezilla

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18. Brown bag envelope @ Mish Mash
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19. Frame money @ Create my event

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20. It’s raining money @ The seasonal home 

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21. Pizza box

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With Christmas just around the corner, I feel like this might be a handy post :) Do you have any other ideas about how to give cash creatively? I’d love to hear…

How to give cash creatively

Feeding baby solids {Happy Family}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products . All opinions are 100% mine.

Maxwell is 8.5 months old (ahh! Here is his 6 month update.) and loves food. Just a side note in case this happens to others mamas: We attempted feeding him baby solids at 6 months old, and Maxwell was not a fan. He didn’t like sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, avocados, I was pretty sure I was going to have to breast feed him forever. I attempted to feed him some kind of real food once a day. He mostly made faces and spit it out. And then one day, about 6 weeks later (7.5 months old), I gave him mushed bananas with cinnamon and he devoured it. Now, one month later, he eats everything. I’m talking curry, onions, yogurt, kale, anything. Weird stuff that I’m pretty sure I didn’t eat until I was an adult.

So, with the holidays here, we will be traveling here and there and everywhere and Happy Family is going to make my life a heck of a lot easier! (Tips for traveling with babies on planes and tips for traveling with babies in cars) Maxwell’s first Christmas is off to an awesome start… He met Santa for the first time and ate puffs on Santa’s lap, ha! He’s even opened a few presents and declared tissue paper his favorite. Since he is the first grandbaby on both sides, he is a very hot commodity… everyone wants him!

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We are going to try our best to accommodate both sides of our fams and give them what they want… Maxwell!  We will bring Maxwell’s favorite Happy Family snack on all of our travels… yogurt and fruit snacks, that’s what is in that purple and white bag next to his right foot! That’s also what he is feeding himself in the picture above. Feeding himself is one of his favorite things to do and keeps him entertained on planes, cars, and at restaurants!Happy familyOh and did I mention that Happy Family is always certified organic, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial food coloring, and no genetically modified ingredients. Happy mama, happy baby! Happy family I love that Happy Family has such a variety of baby foods. I also really like that Maxwell can practice his pincher skills and feed himself the puffs, yogurt snacks, and teethers. He likes to eat the pouches on his own too, but that makes a giant mess. So for now, we feed him the pouches from a spoon! Happy familyHow do you feed your baby on the go? I’d love to hear… Enjoy a $1 off coupon for Happy Family baby food pouches and let me know what you (and baby) think! Visit the Happy Family website to learn about organic baby and toddler food.


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Baby Proofing Checklist

Note: This post is sponsored by Munchkin, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

If there is one thing I’ve learned as a mama, it’s that making your house 100% baby safe is impossible! I swear Maxwell can make anything dangerous. I’ve witnessed him use my car keys as a weapon to his own eyes! I’m just attempting to limit the dangers in our house and make things as safe as possible for my crazy munchkin on the move! (Here’s the first 6 months all in one little update!) He’s now 8 months, and took his first step over Thanksgiving (ahh!). He’s certainly not walking yet, but he can stand alone for 30ish seconds at a time and walks around the edges of everything. He can crawl like nobodies business and when he sets his eyes on something, he absolutely figures out a way to get it! Even if it means climbing a bench, box, toy or whatever. Baby proofing our house is a must. Here’s what we did…

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Living Room:

  • Outlets: Just to be safe, I stuck these in all of our outlets.
  • Fireplace: This was a major dilemma for us since our fireplace sits at ground level and Maxwell loves the fake ash, go figure! I had cardboard taped over it for about a month. And then my mom came to town and suggested we move one of the benches from Maxwell’s room in front of the fireplace. Works like a charm! Obviously, if we want to turn on the fireplace, we have to move the bench.

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  • Coffee table: We decided to get rid of our cute little table we scored at an estate sale for $7.50 because it was light weight and Maxwell could easily knock the whole thing over! But, if you have a sturdy table that you love think about adding Munchkin soft impact corner cushions.
  • Cords: He loves cords. It’s so weird and gross to me. He like to put the metal outlet in his mouth. Yuck. We are doing our best to teach him “No” and hide the cords that can be hidden. Like this one, under the rug:
  • Blinds: Maxwell is infatuated with the blinds and cord. I just keep most of the windows up halfway and loop the cord around the blind so that he can’t reach it.
  • Hardwood floors and rugs: We have hardwood floors, and a thin 8×10 rug on the floor. I found a really great deal on exercise floor foam peices and put them under the rug for extra padding!
  • Secure furniture: Things like bookshelves need to be secured to the wall.



  • Toilet: Make sure you close your toilet seat after each use!
  • Cabinets and drawers: We used these Munchkin latches. Easy to install and Maxwell can’t open them.
  • Bathtub: The bathtub faucet is very exciting. It’s shiny and water spills out of it… Maxwell can’t resist. Thus, we covered it with a cute elephant to keep him from hitting his head! He know loves the elephant too.

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  • Cabinets and drawers: We only put latches on the cabinets that have cleaning supplies in them. He knows where the cookie sheets, plastic strainer, and measuring cups live!
  • Oven: This one is really scary to me, and I’m not sure what to do about it, except to continue to attempt to teach him “No” and “Danger” and “Hot”. When we moved in, I was seriously so confused about our oven drawer, but finally figured out it is a broiler. regardless, I’ve never used it and it gets really hot when the oven is on and that handle is perfect for Maxwell to pull up on! Any suggestions?
  • Cups: He loves to drink water! And I love this Miracle 360 cup! It allows him to drink out of the rim like he prefers, but doesn’t spill. Like really doesn’t spill. Only the suction of your mouth can break the seal and allow water to come through. Pure genius! Here’s Maxwell and our favorite cup:

Baby proofing checklist

  • Poison control: Hopefully we never need it, but just in case, I have the number to poison control on the fridge. The poison control emergency hotline is:  emergency hotline is: (800) 222-1222
  • Trashcans: Put them in a spot where baby can’t get it. It just makes such a mess!


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