Motivation Monday – Make A Joyful Noise Week #1

Hey, happy Monday all! The Christmas season is in full blast! Can you tell I’m a bit excited? 😀 On Mondays, for the next two weeks,  leading up to Christmas, I’ve decided to help boost your Christmas spirit by playing some non-traditional, poppin’, jumpin’, Christmas music! How does that sound?

This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but maybe it doesn’t feel so wonderful.  Are you feeling down today? Well, the only way to combat it, is to turn UP the volume & get ready to make some noise! A joyful noise! So, tune into your “Happy Feet” station, & tune out the negativity & enjoy this song, “JOY” by the group “Selah” 😀

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Black Friday / Tree Friday

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A great way to kick off the holidays 🙂

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While America now knows the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, for the last couple of decades at our house it’s been Tree Friday. For many years this was the day that Child and I headed out to chop down a tree for the holidays.  These days I head down to Bachmans (they have a 25% off fresh trees on Black Friday and they are really close by).

In fact, it was 7 years ago on Tree Friday that I got my nickname from Jacque. Dale had written that day a great bit about Black Friday and used some Shakespearean language to get us going.  My bit was:

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the north and Hansen Tree Farm is the sun.

Open up, fair Tree Farm and await the crowds
Who, already stuffed and sleepy from yesterday
Swing saws and other implements of destruction.

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Wishful Wednesday – Togetherness

Hey, everyone.  Another Wednesday is here…& Thanksgiving is TOMORROW!  For some of you, the kids may be out of school, you have every burner on your stove going, & food dishes spread all over the place!  My plans include bringing extra containers for leftovers, & a knife & fork. (LOL)  Others, may not have any special plans, or to-do’s scheduled.

So, my wish for you today is…….Togetherness

Whether you decide to hang out with family & friends…or just chill alone, may you feel warmth & comfort, & most of all….. LOVE, this Thanksgiving like never before ❤ 😊

Must See Creative Table Decor To Wow Your Guests

Holiday Tables

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Hey! How are you? Do you have all of your Thanksgiving preparations ready? Well, since I wasn’t able to post this on Friday…I just had to share these great tips on how to present your meal with some extra pizzazz. Enjoy! 😊

 

Flaming Foliage Candle holders

Give colorful fallen leaves one last chance to shine…or glow, by repurposing them as decorations on glass candle holders.  Dress up inexpensive glass candle holders with real fall leaves.  The kids will have fun helping to gather leaves for this craft.

 

Kernel Candles

This idea, again…only requires a couple of glass candle holders, or you could even use your own large drinking glasses.  Add some un-popped popcorn kernels & a pillar candle of your choice. Surround the outside of the glass with nuts or leaves…voila!

 

Glass Bowl Leaf Candles

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A beautiful, simple way to embrace fall’s beauty. A glass bowl filled with an array of colored leaves with candles. You can also use flame-less candles to avoid any mishaps.

 

 

Mayflower Ship Place cards

ship place card

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Really neat huh?  The pilgrims had a long voyage before hosting their first Thanksgiving. Luckily, your guests only need to walk to the dinner table! These paper ships double as both place cards & an easy way to serve dry snacks like popcorn, nuts, & dried fruit. Perfect for the kids table. You’ll hit a home run with the kids with this one…believe me. 😉

Great ideas right?

Now…my question for you is, What are YOU thankful for today?

Wishful Wednesday – Time

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“Time management is an oxymoron.  Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”― John C. Maxwell

 

So my wish for you today is …. Prioritize

 

Another year will soon come to a close…omit the stuff that is draining your precious time & energy, & keeping you from focusing on the more important things that really matter 😊