Do Your Cyber Monday Shopping with Awesome Gift Ideas

Cyber Monday shopping ideas for awesome and unique handmade stocking stuffers.Cyber Monday! Whoever came up with the notion of shopping in your pajamas with cup of coffee in hand was genius. How can this not be your absolutely favorite way to shop!

I’m a less ‘frazzled’ mom when I don’t have to drag the kids to the store with me on the quest for something, anything, for that someone on my list. Being a stressed out shopping mama is no good to anyone!

I have compiled some really fun shopping guides to keep you calm and cool this holiday season while you lounge on the couch, fave online tool in hand, keeping the chaos at home instead of in a store.
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9 Gifts that Support Awesome Social Causes for a Better World

INSIDE: Gift ideas for social causes that help make the world a better place.

Find a gift from a shop that gives back to a charitable cause | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWant to gift and give at the same time? You know, cross off two items on your gifting list in one easy swoop?

Check out these socially conscious, charity-supporting gift ideas for social causes that will not only please the receiver but will make you feel good as you pull out your card at checkout.

Plus, these items are all pretty cute and fun!
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How to Use a Shower Caddy as a Vertical Planter

INSIDE: How to use a shower caddy as an outdoor vertical wall planter. Easy garden craft!

My mother saves a lot of stuff. Sometimes the most random items are brought over. Do I really need a collection of plastic takeout salad boxes? (Ironically, I did keep a couple of those boxes in order to dye coffee filters for this pumpkin project. Go figure they’d come in handy.)

One such peculiar item hauled to my house was a metal shower caddy. For all I know, this was probably saved from my college days…way too many years ago! This random goody I did snatch up knowing immediately what I’d do with it…
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DIY Merry Welcome Holiday Chalkboard Plate Charger Sign

Make a holiday chalkboard plate charger | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever walked out the door to find your spouse on a sudden and manic¬†clean-out-the-garage mission? The kind of serious business where the garage belongings are now sitting pretty on the driveway, your secret stashes and clutter exposed for the entire neighborhood to enjoy? As he emerges from the swirls of garage dust from his determined sweeping, I’m greeted with a no-messing-around “Why are we holding onto this thing?”

One such garage clean-out finds was a decorative metal plate charger. An inherited belonging to a late aunt. It’s always hard to get rid of items that belonged to a beloved family member, which is why this plate charger was buried in a pile of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-but- I-can’t-get-rid-of-it assorted items.

With this plate charger now thrust in my hands, I set about giving this garage “trash” a treasured new life…
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Make an Easy Clean Thanksgiving Table

How to create an easy clean-up Thanksgiving table | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever noticed that the dinnertime clean-up takes longer than it takes folks to eat the food? Holiday or not, the food seems to get consumed at some break-neck speed with nothing left but dirty plates, crumpled napkins and crumbs on the floor as evidence a meal just occurred.

So this Thanksgiving, why not cut yourself some slack and focus on the food, family and dinnertime drama instead of a sink full of dirty plates and silverware?

See how I used plastic tablecloths and paper plates to create an easy clean-up Thanksgiving table.
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Get Vintage and Retro Ideas For Easy Gift Giving

Retro holiday gift guide | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comAre you grooving for some cool and different gift ideas this year? Vintage, mid-century modern, retro. Regardless of how exactly you want to define it, these throwback styles are in these days. And that makes me happy. I’ve been finding myself totally drawn to these old school decor looks and vintage accessory items.

So I have compiled a great collection of retro and vintage-inspired finds on Etsy so you can start checking off that gift giving list today.
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Make an Easy Thanksgiving Wreath From A Paper Bag

How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath from a Brown Paper Bag | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGobble, gobble! As the media likes to inform us this turkey time of year, Thanksgiving is America’s most expensive dinner. When you add in knick knacks to gussy up your table and all those mini pumpkins to put all over the house, no doubt, it’s a pricey holiday.

So if you want to be a Thrifty Turkey this year, request your frozen Butterball be bagged in a brown paper bag. Learn how to use a standard grocery brown paper bag to create a Thanksgiving turkey wreath. Google that up!

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Make Your Own Solar Lights to Hang in a Tree

INSIDE: How to make DIY hanging solar lights to display in a tree or throughout a patio.

How to make DIY hanging solar light orbs | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGot a tree that needs to see the light? Our front yard has several large and looming trees but only one is green. Yes, a green tree. (Hey, I live in Arizona with its own set of quirks like green trees called Palo Verdes!) So this tree is nothing short of a focal point.

A while back, I created a hanging orb plant basket to dress up said tree. Call me biased but I think it looks pretty cool. Using the same hardware store materials, I created a series of hanging solar light orbs. And this is how I showed this green tree the light…
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How To Make a $2 Pumpkin From Coffee Filters

How to Make a $2 Coffee Filter Pumpkin | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI was given the creative challenge to create a #FallFrugalFun idea on behalf of Personal Capital. All ideas are mine.

So, I love coffee. I have no recollection of when exactly I started drinking coffee (college, probably) but I’m hooked. Would it shock you to learn that for each child I’ve had, an extra cup of coffee has been added to my list of daily (survival) needs?! So a “stroll” through the grocery (aka: more like a speedster with kids hanging off the cart) led me to grab a package of coffee filters for some #FallFrugalFun home decor.

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Pregnant? How to Make a Fun Ghost Family Halloween Announcement

Make a Halloween Pregnancy Announcement with Paper Bag Ghosts | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comLet’s get some important info. out there first: I am not pregnant. There is no little pumpkin #4 baking in the oven. As much as I love my three little BOO’s, I am tired. I spend more time than I’d care to know handing out snacks and filling cups; have grudgingly accepted that I now drive a mini van complete with carpool duties; and a recent visit to the beauty salon revealed my first “platinum blonde” (read: one lone silvery strand sitting comfy on top of my head). So we’re all good on the kid-front here.

But a couple years back, I was not quite so ready to list all the baby gear on Craigslist. I need one more pumpkin to add to our patch, I told my husband. And this is how I found myself one October desperately thinking of some creative way to tell the families that in a few short months, another little goblin would be joining the BOO Crew. This is how I crafted our way to the pregnancy announcement…
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