Tag Archives: Holidays

How to make your resolution stick

1 Jan

Millions of Americans are going to make New Year’s resolutions today. It is no secret that very few of them will stick to their resolution in the first month. Would you like to ensure lasting change as you set your goals for the coming year?

Here are some strategies that will give you the secret edge:

Keep a positive attitude
Be specific about your goals
Be realistic about your goals
Put your resolution in writing
Develop a plan of action
Reward yourself for progress

Happy New Year!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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The First Christmas

15 Dec

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom”! Please follow along through Christmas day as Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling, Rachel Hauck, Tricia Goyer, Maureen Lang, and more share their heartfelt stories of how God has touched their life during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND BEST OF ALL … there’s also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS! You may enter once a day. The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day at the Pearl Girls Blog! Pearls – a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all.

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The First Christmas
by Pat Ennis

It was October of my eighteenth year of life when my Dad stepped into eternity. As a college freshman I not only had to deal with my own grief, I also was faced with the responsibility of helping my mother adjust to a new lifestyle. You see, when Dad died, she not only lost her husband of thirty years, she also lost her circle of friends. Suddenly the married couples (my Dad was the first of their group to die) didn’t know what to do about Mother—so they did nothing. Her grieving process was actually extended because of the withdrawal of her friends, many with whom she and Dad had enjoyed fellowship for years.

Our plight was magnified by the reality that we did not have extended family and I was an only child. Quite frankly, the outlook for the holiday season appeared pretty dismal!

As the holidays approached our neighbors, who embraced a different faith than we, graciously invited us to share their Christmas celebration with them. The sincere invitation, their effort to fold us into their family, inclusion in the gift exchange, and intentional conversation that focused on recounting the blessings of the year as well as looking forward to the next turned what could have been a miserable day into one of joy. Of course we missed our husband and Dad but the focus on the Lord’s provision for us through the hospitality of our neighbors (Philippians 4:8-9, 19) soothed our grieving spirits.

I have a happy ending to my Mother’s loss of her circle of friends that I described at the beginning of this story! Ever the gracious southern hostess, she did not cease to extend hospitality because of the change in her marital status—in the five years that she lived beyond Dad’s death, we entertained frequently, and eventually our guest list included widows from the group that had earlier excluded my Mother. Though her arthritic condition precluded her engaging in as much of the food preparation as she was accustomed to doing, she continued to help me hone the skills that were second nature to her.

The loving hospitality extended to us on that first lonely Christmas served as a catalyst for Mom and me to open our home throughout the year—especially during the holiday season! Will you consider displaying biblical compassion by including some of the “others”—singles, widows, and the grieving in your holiday celebrations? Who, knows, you might be entertaining an angel incognito (Hebrews 13:2)!

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About Pat: Dr. Patricia Ennis, author of Precious in His Sight, the Fine Art of Becoming a Godly Woman, co-author of Practicing Hospitality, the Joy of Serving Others,  and contributor to Pearl Girls, Experiencing Grit, Experiencing Grace as well as professor and establishing chairperson of the Department of Home Economics at The Master’s College. Visit Pat’s blog, Unfading Beauty for more information.

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A three strand pearl necklace will be given away on New Year’s Day. All you need to do to have a chance of winning is {FILL OUT THIS QUICK ENTRY FORM}. The winner will be announced on the Pearl Girls Blog (http://margaretmcsweeney.blogspot.com) on New Years Day!

12 Pearls of Christmas Series and contest sponsored by Pearl Girls®. For more information, please visit www.pearlgirls.info

Create and Organize this holiday season with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape

10 Dec

Around the House

  • Moving furniture for the tree –Mask off your desired layout using ScotchBlue to make sure everything will fit just right the first time.
  • Labeling and wrapping gifts – It’s easy to make sharp edges and cleanly wrapped gifts by using ScotchBlue to hold wrapping paper edges down until you’re really ready to tape.
  • Cups at holiday parties – Everyone knows the guest who keeps misplacing their cup! ScotchBlue can be used for quick and easy cup labeling.
  • Your wish list – Make sure everyone knows which gifts you want without ruining the catalogues. “Discreetly” label your choices with ScotchBlue.
  • Labeling leftovers – Sweet potatoes look a lot like squash, and permanent markers are, well, permanent. Avoid any food confusion by labeling your leftovers with ScotchBlue.
  • Labeling holiday decoration boxes – There’s nothing worse than not knowing where you put the star for the top of the holiday tree.  Use ScotchBlue to ensure a hassle free holiday this season and next.
  • Storing holiday lights – How frustrating are tangled up holiday lights? Use ScotchBlue tape like you would use rope; a guaranteed way to make sure your lights don’t get tangled in the box before next year’s season.

For the Kids

  • Making gingerbread houses – Let’s admit it – not everyone’s edible glue holds their gingerbread house together. Hopefully ScotchBlue tape can help you stabilize your house. Not edible!
  • Mark spots for school and church plays – No more questions about where your child is supposed to stand during the holiday play. Mark small X’s where each cast member belongs.
  • Decorating ornaments – A fun arts and crafts project for the kids. Make sure they get the best result by using ScotchBlue to create unique designs using paint or egg dye.
  • Holiday designs on cards – ScotchBlue is the guaranteed way to ensure clean lines on your homemade holiday cards, whether you’re using water color, oil paint, markers or crayons.

Christmas Gifts on a stay-at-home mom, one income budget

29 Nov

The C Teams Christmas is quite simple. Our priority during this time of year is the celebration of our Lord Jesus birth. The winter months are a difficult time financially for us, as work slows down for my husband in his line of work.

Our Christmas list usually includes one of the following for each child:

  • toy
  • outfit (top & bottom)
  • book
  • movie
  • game

Stocking Stuffers are also a necessity and our tradition makes it a great morning/day!
We include the following for each child:

  • individual serving of cereal
  • cute spoon
  • bowl
  • cup
  • tooth brush ( the cool battery operated kind)
  • favorite toothpaste travel size
  • cologne for boys, perfume for girls (travel size)
  • new pair of gloves
  • letter from Mom
  • letter from Dad
  • letter from Santa

This is great plan. It makes Christmas shopping a breeze and does not put stress on our budget nor our relationship. The kids know that this is how
we celebrate Christmas and we enjoy each other during the holidays. Every now and then I wonder if they would be happier if they got all the cool toys and games like all the other kids. If I would be happier if my husband purchased me a diamond or two each year. But that is just the world barging into my head. I excuse those thoughts out of my head as quickly as I catch them.

If we had more money I would like to provide things for people in need, not more stuff that my family wants.

Sponsoring a child (I would sponsor them all if I could)

Toys will break, games will get tired of, diamonds never get worn with a stay-at-home moms attire! But love, family, special traditions and good food lasts a life time of love and memories that can be shared over and over and over again!

Many Blessings & Giggles to you and yours this simple and loving Christmas Season!

Mama's Losin' It

Happy Thanksgiving

25 Nov
This was made in about 10 min.

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
 

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

Written by Scott Wesemann

Child-friendly Thanksgiving crafts

22 Nov

Assist your children to be included in preparing for Thanksgiving this week. Let them create the Thanksgiving decorations for your home and/ or for homemade housewarming gifts for those you are planning to visit. These crafts will keep your children active while you accomplish your goals in preparing for this holiday.

Place mats

Lay down a large piece of construction paper along with crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, glitter, and other supplies. Have each child make a Thanksgiving themed picture, or older children could write what they are thankful for on a sheet of paper and glue it to the place mat. Include their names on their creation. Then laminate the drawings so each child has a personalized place mat to use during Thanksgiving dinner. Have children make extras for the adults in the family.

Turkey Apple

Turkey apples are a fun craft to make with the kids as well as a healthy snack. You will need an apple, 6 toothpicks, 1 large marshmallow and 5 miniature marshmallows as well as some raisins and one piece of candy corn for each turkey. Set the apple stem up on a flat surface. Stick a toothpick in the top part of one side of the apple. Add the large marshmallow to the top of the toothpick. Decorate the face of the turkey with two raisins as eyes and stick the candy corn in upside down into the marshmallow to make the beak. Thread each of the remaining toothpicks with 3 raisins, and then top it off with one of the miniature marshmallows. These will be the tail feathers of your turkey. Stick the 4 toothpicks evenly spaced on the opposite side of the top of the apple. Add guests name to use these crafts as a place card.

Pilgrim Hat

You need a large paper grocery bag and some construction paper in black and yellow for each child. Fold the rim of the bag over to make a brim for the hat. Then cut a large strip of black construction paper and tape or glue it around the hat. Cut a belt buckle shape out of the yellow construction paper and glue it to the belt in the front of the hat.

Turkey Hand Print Craft

First, outline your child’s foot once on a piece of brown construction paper. Then, outline her hands twice on red or yellow construction paper. Cut a beak out of orange construction paper.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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I am on a technological fast

20 Nov

Besides a few posts that I have scheduled already this week, I am on a technological fast for Thanksgiving week Sun – Sat.

  • No Facebook
  • No Twitter
  • No New Blogging (as I said there are a few posts I already have scheduled to post this week)
    However I will choose the winner of the giveaway on Wednesday!
  • No e-mail

I am taking this Thanksgiving week to be with my Jesus, my family,  and my friends.  Blessings & Giggles to you &  yours this Thanksgiving!

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