While people are out shopping the sales and busy trying to get their hands on the latest toy I am here to urge you to remember the Spirit of Christmas! What is important is not on sale. What your children really want they will never write on a list to Santa. What your husband or wife needs is something you cannot put a price on. The best gift of all this Christmas is you.
So while we are all running around this holiday season it is important to remember the little things. Take the time to bake cookies with your children. Make time to visit someone who is alone. Say hello to those you pass. Give yourself to your church. Donate what you can. Create a warm and cozy home. Cuddle on the couch with your children and watch Christmas movies. Write a list of your own of all the reasons you love your husband. Drape some lights along your child’s headboard. Cut out snowflakes and hang them from your kitchen ceiling. Snuggle with hot chocolate outside on your porch at night and look at the stars. Read A Christmas Story to your children. Invite friends and family over for some holiday cheer. Ask the school counselor if any children can use our child’s old warm clothes, coats, and boots. Bring an unwrapped toy to your local Toys for Tots center. Send a letter to someone you have lost touch with. Call your elder relatives to say Merry Christmas! Sing Jingle Bells with your children when you are driving down the road. Be silly together. Count down to Christmas with your very own custom 12 Days of Christmas calendar. Each day do something special. Hang mistletoe and smooch with your hubby. Bring food to your local pantry. Pray for our troops. Kiss, hug, kiss, and hug, your family. Teach your children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them the gift of compassion, generosity, and selflessness. Look in the mirror and remember how special you are. You are a gift from God and a gift to your family.
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Recipes & Tips
Sugar Cookie Tips
Make the most of your dough this year! Check out the following tips to ease you into the Christmas baking spirit!
Rolling and Cutting
Cookie dough is much easier to work with after it’s been refrigerated for at least half an hour–and the cut-outs will hold their shape better if the dough is cold.
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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
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Marriage & Parenting
Beaded snowflake ornament
Photo and Article Courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens
What You Need:
10 corsage pins with pearl ends (available in fabric and craft stores)
Crystal-like beads in desired shapes and sizes
1 small cork
Iridescent white glitter paint pen (usually used for fabric, available in craft and discount stores)
1. Add beads... [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.
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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
All I want for Christmas is to be debt free!
Every bill that arrives stares back at me
My credit is shot as you can see
I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!
All I want for Christmas is to be debt-free.
To be debt-free. Yes, to be debt-free.
Gee if I would only be without that debt. Then I would have a Merry Christmas!
It... [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
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