I am blessed. Every day I wake up I thank God. I am married 20 years. I am still hot for my hubby. I have two healthy, smart children. And right now as I sit here drinking coffee I am thinking about all my gals out there. I am grateful to know so many wonderful women through this website. God bless you and your families. Enjoy your day. I just put my turkey in the oven. I am grateful to be able to afford a turkey. I worry about all my moms out there struggling this holiday season. I am praying for you. You are strong. You are my hero. Thank you for being part of my life.
And, ladies lets not support the stores opening on Thanksgiving. Give me a break! Can we not stay home with our families two days a year? And what about the employees? I feel terrible for them. They can’t stay home and enjoy their holiday. I don’t understand? I know we are a shallow consumer nation but have we completely lost our values? We can all wait to shop on Friday.
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Recipes & Tips
The Perfect Bird
PREP TIME 30 Min
1 (18 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 cups kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine
Rub the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Place the bird in a large stock pot, and cover... [Read more >>]
Countdown to Turkey Day!
Turkey Day Countdown ~ What, When & How to do it all just right!
What to Do: 2 or 3 days before Thanksgiving
Sit down with your recipes and make shopping list.
Prepare any of the recipes that can be made ahead of time, you will appreciate this later.
Getting the chopping out of the way can be a real time saver on turkey day!
If your turkey is frozen,... [Read more >>]
Marriage & Parenting
Pilgrim Hat Cookies
Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies
Large Marshmallows covered in melting chocolate or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (small or large)
Chocolate frosting(for glue)
1 orange or yellow M&M (hat buckle) or
Turn your cookie upside down, and slather on the chocolate frosting.
Place a chocolate covered marshmallow or Peanut Butter... [Read more >>]
I just joined ur email list and I admire u for this last email. Please keep them coming makes us feel normal. We don’t need advice its a since of reality check for us. Work on u and ur husband and forget about the teens. They will come back around in their later years trust me! God bless u and ur family!
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That just broke my heart. I realize that this doesn’t offer total peace for you at the moment BUT …..what are WE doing wrong. Remember, it takes a village to raise a child just too bad the village does not accept that role anymore. They are suffering in silence like you. Because we no longer have that “universal front” in either... [Read more >>]
I just read your article about bullying and while I agree on most
points, I have to disagree with you about some others. I didn't see
the news story you saw,but I can tell you that it isn't always
possible to move a child to another school. Our daughter was harassed
in one school she went to for being gay. We were living in a small
town on the... [Read more >>]
Cleaning & Organization
Make the bed as soon as you wake up.
Wash up—do your make-up, throw on some jeans and a tee.
Wipe down the bathroom counter when you leave the bathroom in the morning. Wipe mirrors, my kids always spit toothpaste onto them, I keep Windex wipes under the sink.
Do a load of laundry, every morning, fold it, and put it away as soon as it’s... [Read more >>]
Health & Nutrition
Count your blessings
One of my favorite songs goes . .
Are you ever burdened With a load of care,
Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear.
Count your many blessings Every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing As the days go by.
What a beautiful message! I find myself singing this song whenever I feel life’s burdens pressing down on top of me, when the... [Read more >>]
Budgeting & Work at Home
Budget 101: Where to begin
Change always is difficult. You may have been saying to yourself “I’m not good with money” or “I don’t know what I’m doing”. Well, you’re wrong on both counts. Did you know that becoming financially savvy isn’t about the book knowledge so much as it is about your nature? Most of us have the basics down – spend vs. save, income vs.... [Read more >>]
Beauty & Fashion
Party ready in 20 minutes!
The holidays are such a busy time… baking, errands, shopping, entertaining, and sometimes things sneak up on you! Follow these simple tips for being ready for a party in twenty minutes or less!
Plug in hot rollers and set hair – 5 minutes
Hang lbd (litle black dress) in bathroom to steam while showering – 30 seconds
Shower –... [Read more >>]