Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simplify Tips for 2014

Holidays are stressful, they are sometimes depressing for those who don't have close family. And sometimes even depressing for those who do have close family.

One of my most helpful thoughts about the holidays is SIMPLIFY.

Your family will not suffer if you don't have 21 dishes of yumminess for them. Decide what your favorite 4 or 5 things are, and do that.

The deli is your friend, whether it is letting them cater your meal or make your desserts, you do not have to cook everything, there is NO law anywhere that says you do.

Your crockpot is another of your friends, you can cook ham and turkey in a crockpot (turkey breast) and them turn out wonderful. Veggies can be cooked in smaller crockpots. Dressing can even be cooked in a crockpot.  USE it, you have it!!

Now I love my Christmas decorations, all 5 of my trees (two are just little pre-lit, undecorated silver and pink trees) and I love all my nativities so I am one who wants to decorate big time.  This year I chunked it up, on Monday of the decorating week, I decorated the big tree and put out my nativities, nothing on Tuesday on Wednesday I decorated the tree in the family room, it is a small tree that we do in rustic ornaments, lots of rustic ornaments, I also put out the miscellaneous knick knacks. Thursday nothing. On Friday evening I decorated the red, white and blue tree in the sun room. Now all of these trees were put together and set up on Monday morning by my darling husband before he put up the outdoor lights. Because I love my decorations and want them out, I SIMPLIFIED   by breaking it into a week of decorating, with rest days in between the work days. I didn't get stressed out. I still need to get the table decorated but it is covered with book launch stuff at the moment. ROFL. I will be mailing packages tomorrow. LOL.

Simplification doesn't mean your not celebrating, it means you have stepped back and examined what is important to you. Always remember we are celebrating the birth of our Savior.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

These are recycled tips

Sunday, December 09, 2007

poor poor blog

I have neglected you so bad lately...I am sorry bloggie..hehehe soo are you ready for some hints and tips..
FIRST a funny story...I was watching Paula Deen the other day and she was giving tips..and I laughed so hard I thought I would wet is Paula's tip of the day "Never bet on the fat jockey" heheheh it was too funny...she cracks me up, because as a southern gal myself, I tend to think she is a little put on with the accent..LORD I HOPE we dont sound like that....ROFL..

soo on to some tips...
When packing up ornaments and decorations, pack all the decorations for each tree (if you do more than one) together, it will be so much easier the next year you when get ready to decorate.

I also take all my everyday decor down to put up the christmas decor and I just pack it away in my empty christmas storage boxes, so then when I take down the christmas stuff all the regular things are right there to put back up.

Online shopping is a gift from God...HEHEHEHEH welllllll maybe not, but that is what I am believing ROFL. You dont have to leave home, and the mail lady or the brown truck brings it right to is NICE. Dont forget to do internet searches for online coupons to save yourself money...

Monday, December 15, 2014

MORE hints from days gone by...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thoughts and ideas..

about the holidays..
How do you feel about the holidays?? are you like me, always excited about them and looking forward to them? or do you dread or even hate the holiday season?? Some of my happiest childhood memories are connected with Christmas Eve and Christmas a child and even now we dont do alot on birthdays, but our big bang was always Christmas.
We dont do birthday parties (we stopped, when the boys were around 9/10) and we keep birthdays super low key, but on the holidays I do like to make sure the boys get gifts they want and love. I was talking with a friend and we were talking about how much they spent on each child, and I felt guilty, because we do spend a bit too much (but thank the Lord it is just once a year) but was thinking if she adds up for her 5 children, she spends the same amount as I do for my two.
So have you been shopping yet?? I avoid avoid avoid, malls, the W store and most stores like the plaque, but I do love online shopping, all of my boys gifts were bought online. There are some good deals out there to be had.
so some ideas for boys gifts do some girl gift ideas.. we go..
some girl gift ideas...
lotions and potions, ROFL..that is what I call them for my neices. art projects, crafting projects, scarves, makeup (of course) scrunchies and hair accesories, favorite cds or books....(you tell me some now)
some boy gift ideas....
cologne, favorite cds or books, dinosaurs, trucks and cars (toys) music accessories such as guitar straps, or strings etc, subscription to a sports magazine...(your turn to share now)