Shepard on the Search
DIY Blog, Family

Faith-Focused Alternative to the Elf on the Shelf

Sometimes in the hustle and the bustle of Christmas it can be challenging to focus on and teach the reason for the season. Between the gift buying, gift receiving, parties, events, and gatherings its easy to get caught up in life and forget those little details of why we celebrate. What’s even harder is remembering to talk to your kids about the meaning of Christmas and why we make it such a big deal. This year, instead of having an Elf on the Shelf visit your house (or maybe in addition to), invite the Shepard on the Search. Its a fun way to incorporate the message of Jesus’ birth into each day as we approach Christmas.

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DIY Farmhouse Family Ornaments
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DIY Ornaments: Family Farmhouse Style for Christmas

Christmas is most definitely my favorite time of year. I don’t decorate for every holiday, but I go all out for Christmas. My favorite style is modern farmhouse, even though it is a total cliche since I live in Southern California. So when I saw a set of white ornaments with holiday words on them I fell in love…however, not so much with the price. Then I thought, I can totally DIY those ornaments. So I did, but I added a twist. I put the first name of each of our family members on them instead. Check out these sweet farmhouse style DIY ornaments and make a set for your family tree.

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4 gift rule planner +ideas
DIY Blog

4 Gift Rule + Printable Gift Tracker to Help You Stick to It

Our family has gone by the 4 gift rule during Christmas for a few years now. We have 5 kids so it helps to keep our budget reasonable and our kids are always satisfied with what they are given. I’ll tell you how we use the rule, how I plan, and give you a FREE 4-gift rule printable planning page to make it easy to keep track of it all. Also, I’ll be sure to mention some of the gifts that have been a hit, and classic ideas that are always good choices.

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Man Gift Ideas
DIY Blog

Gift Ideas for Your Guy that will Make Him Feel Like a Man

Give your guy that manly feeling with these gift ideas that are sure to make him puff out his chest with pride. Not only will he love opening up a present he can use, but it will give his man confidence a boost too. Check out our list and impress your man with the one that fits him best.

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Birthday card + genius gift ideas
DIY Blog

Printable Birthday Cards + Genius Gift Ideas

You know those times when you just totally spaced that you needed to buy someone a birthday card, and your schedule is so jam-packed that you can’t make it to the store? I tend to procrastinate and getting a birthday card is generally one of the things I put off the most. Even if I know a birthday is coming up I wait until the last minute to pick up a gift and card. Usually, that will send me into panic mode while I try to find the perfect present. So to avoid the scrambling I created three different printable birthday cards that I could print off at home when I found myself in a jam, and I’m giving away to my readers .

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