Photo Credit: Monica Ferrel
Photo Credit: Monica Ferrel
My forever favorite 💚
Photo Credit: Gail Lynn Christiansen
With the holidays here, we have just a few weeks left to shop & the thought of gift giving is center stage. This year, I am going to try the DIY route and do homemade gifts. Call me crazy but I think getting crafty is the way to go. Yes, the supplies would of course be purchased but the assembly is gonna be all me. I hope.
For example, this etched glass is at the top of my list. It wont say Merry Christmas, probably more along the lines of an initial or a universal sentiment so it doesnt get packed away as a seasonal item.
These jars, although decked out for the holidays, can be filled with anything and the letters can be swapped out.
For the one that needs a little pampering, nothing like bath products to make you feel like splurging. If the bottles look like a familiar shape, you are a coffee drinker like me!
I pinned lots of ideas to my board and have a list to try out. Wish me luck!
One of my favorite holidays, if not thee favorite, is Thanksgiving. Some of my fondest memories are of food prep with my dad the night before, and getting the meal started with my mom the morning of Thanksgiving. We would prep the stuffing at night to allow all the flavors to get comfy & yummy in the baking dish! I used to get my hands in there and at a young age, I was elbow deep. Slathering on the butter and seasoning on the turkey knowing it would be juicy in just a few hours was divine! I had no problem letting mom clean out the cavity though…not my favorite part. Raised by my grandparents (who I refer to as mom & dad) you would think I may have limited memories of my mother around the holidays but the opposite is true. I remember thinking she was a master of the glazed ham. She would make this mustard and brown sugar glaze and I was convinced making it in a ceramic dish made it taste better. It was the perfect blend of sweet, salty & delicious! Its no wonder why I enjoy it so much. What other holiday, or frankly any day of the week, do we focus so much family time on meal prep? We are always so busy, focused on the temporary moments when the forever moments are right there waiting for some love & attention. At 40 I am thankful for the memories I had with my parents now that they are all gone, and for the table I get to set this year to make even more.
Comfort food, warm & fuzzy clothing, cold weather & family. I love Thanksgiving!
In keeping with the upcoming holiday, I have a Halloween theme for the blog posts this week. Today being Manic Monday, I thought some tips to destress would be helpful. Perhaps a workout. (UGH!) With the yummy food we are all about to eat over the next two months, which I am blessed and thankful to have an abundant table, I think a little added movement with a festive theme is on tap.
Grab an empty gallon jug of water or milk and get crafty! A simple face made with a Sharpie can transform your empty jug into a cute or creepy ghost. Turn on the tap and fill that baby up! A gallon of water is about 7 pounds so its a moderate weight. Want to start half way? Sure, just remember that your movements will make the water sway inside the bottle and cause a momentum shift. Just a tip for those with balance issues like me!
I mean how cute is this?!
Don’t have any empties lying around? Grab those pumpkins you have decorating the house. Why not make it fun?! All the stress will just melt away. Found this cute lil workout from Happy Food Healthy Life.
Yup…time to work on my arms for sure!
Happy Manic Monday!