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Hand Made Christmas Gift Idea: Homemade Bath Cookies

These spa type cookies for the bath are easy to make but so fun to give!

((Remember--these 'cookies' are for the bath, not to be eaten-- so it may be wise to keep them away from little ones!))

Ingredients:

2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp light oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2 eggs
5-6 drops essential oil of your choice

To Make:

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Combine all the listed ingredients and form into a dough. Using a teaspoon or so of dough at a time, roll it gently in the palm of your hand until it forms a ball. Form all dough into one teaspoon balls, and gently place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Consider sprinkling the bath balls with herbs, flower petals, cloves, citrus zest and similar aromatic ingredients. Bake your bath cookies for ten minutes, until they are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Allow the bath cookies to cool completely. To use, drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Yield: 24 cookies, enoug…

7 Cheap Ideas to Help Survive This Holiday Season

Spending more money than you have is not a great way to spend the holidays or start the new year. Here are a few frugal holiday ideas from decorating to gifting that can help save money this Christmas season:

1. Holiday Decoration Easy and Cheap:  Fill a glass bowl with glass ball ornaments. Try using all the same colors or mix them up! Just keep this decoration away from little hands--place on a table or high shelf.

2.  Use pinecones to fill baskets, bowls and vases. If you like, spray them with gold and silver spray paint as well.

3.  Visit your library and borrow Christmas books and magazines--place in baskets by couches and/or stack them on coffee tables.

4. Bake and decorate sugar cookies. Get some inexpensive tea cups and coffee mugs and fill with cookies. Wrap with a pretty ribbon and some cellophane for an inexpensive gift from the heart.

5. Shop Your Closet First. Maybe there is a pretty scarf you have never used....or a cute hat just sitting gathering dust. We know not ever…

Need Extra Cash For Christmas-- These Online Sites Might Help You Find Some Money!

Need money for Christmas shopping? If you are feeling blue, panicked, distraught about the gift giving season, and are stressed trying to figure out ways to get some extra money for Christmas, check out these ideas here. These are a few places online where you can trade, sell and turn your old stuff into cash, just in time for the holidays!

1. Electronics. If you have electronic gadgets you no longer need, then check out these online sites where you can maybe trade them in for a check or store gift card (even if they are broken sometimes)-

BuyMyTronics.com YouRenew.com BestBuyTradein.com (Best Buy)
HP.com/united-states/hho/buyback-recycle/index.html (Hewlett Packard)

Extra Tip: If you have bought a laptop, iPod or cellphone from Best Buy and still have your receipt, you can sell it back and get cash or a gift card on the spot.)

2. Clothes. You can open a free storefront and sell clothes atSmashion.com
Just upload pictures of the clothes you want to sell, write a brief description, and set …