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Handmade Ornament Exchange

This year is the third year I have participated in Arkansas Women Bloggers handmade ornament exchange. Since Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I was excited when this was announced we would do this again. I signed up right away and waited to be paired with another blogger who was going to get my ornament. A couple of months ago the email arrived and I was paired with Talya from Grace Grits and Gardening. Go check her out! I promise you like her.

Now, the blogger who got my name is Jodie from The Coffee House Life.  She is a wonderful sweet lady and a great friend.
Now I have the joy to know her in real life but we are from the same town. When she came to the gym at work, I thought she was there to come help with wreath making for Christmas and Candlelight. However, she brought me a box.

 Cute is the box! She wanted to give it to me before she forgot. When I opened it up she had left me a card.
In the note, she said the acorn caps came from their own place and her and her little coffees are going to be making one for themselves. Glitter Bug could not wait to get this on the tree.
It is an amazing fit on our tree. I love how Momma Coffee spent time to figure out something great for us.  See our tree will never grace magazine covers or be featured on blogs but it is our tree and tells amazing stories about our life.
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The bottom part has never had lights put on it. This goes back to when Glitter Bug was a baby/toddler and loved to pull lights to look at them.

 

And here is our ornament from my parents when we moved into our very own home.
Remember this from last year? This is from last year’s ornament exchange.

 

And this one was the first ornament my parents gave Hubby and I  when we had our first place together way back in 2005.
Share your favorite ornament in the comments! Can’t wait to hear all about them.
Until we next meet,
A
 
 
 
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AR 529

Every year my mom asks me the same thing: What does Glitter Bug want for Christmas? And it is just about time for that dreaded question. Seriously, this question ranks right up there with breaking a bone in my opinion. I really don’t have a clue what she wants. She is one of those children who never really asks for anything expect for a book and candy.  This year I am armed and ready for this question thanks to AR529.
I had never hear of this wonderful program until I had a chance to go to P. Allen Smith home to learn about this great program.
AR529 is a way to save for college for your child or another family member. Right there caught my attention. I have a few nieces and nephews who are all around the same age as my daughter. If my daughter didn’t need any of the money we saved then, one of the other children could benefit from the saving. Or Hubby could use some to take a couple of classes. And there is also a little something for the person making the gift. Your gift is

Eligible, as an Arkansas taxpayer, for a state income tax deduction of up to $10,000, if you’re married and filing jointly; or up to $5,000, if you’re single.

You get to help yourself now and your child later. So it is kind of like two gifts in one.

Also, this makes a great baby shower gift. Babies grow so fast which means the clothes from the baby shower will be a short lived thing and a gift towards their future won’t be a short lived thing.

As the season of gifts is upon us, think about a child’s future and give the gift which keeps on giving AR529

Go check out my friends Jessica and Sharla who also went to learn about AR529 and check back soon for all the pictures of our trip and all the fun we had.

I was invited to Moss Mountain to learn about this program. All opinions are my own.

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