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100 Days to Christmas starts Today!

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I found this little gem of information and organization last year and posted it on my blog. Take it from someone who usually starts feeling overwhelmed at the beginning of October for the next few holidays around the corner, the orderly and organized bite sized tasks are easier to manage and less stressful.

I know it seems early, but 100 Days to Christmas isn’t just about Christmas, it’s a countdown that gets you prepared and through Halloween and Thanksgiving while preparing for Christmas as well. The strategy is to give you tasks everyday to prepare you and your home for the upcoming seasonal events and holidays in a timely manner, and avoid procrastinating certain things (that would be me) in hopes that you will feel less stressed which in turn helps you enjoy the holidays even more.

Last year we spent Christmas with my family in Texas, so I was able to somewhat omit quite a bit of the preparation. This year, we spend Christmas at home, so I will need to pull from this information even more.

For more information click here, you can get the ebook, or sign up for daily emails giving you the tasks you are to do that day. And don’t worry the first several days are fairly simple and you can easily catch up, or use the guidelines and go at your own pace.

100 Days to Christmas starts Tomorrow!!

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Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon with me to discover what we can do in the next 100 days
to make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable?

I hope so! I’m actually more excited about this than I thought I’d be.
As much as I love the holidays, the stress starts to build immediately as they approach.
It’s usually because I bite off more than I can chew – which in turn creates havoc for me to get it all done.
And, when I do, I generally forget something key and important that pretty much negates all my hard work.
And then I deflate like a balloon.

But not this year, right? We are going to be organized and live to tell about it!!

We will “own” the holidays this year and enjoy them!!

Are you with me?!!

Okay first things first, if you haven’t checked out the 100 Days to Christmas website or the ebook, go here

Secondly, if you you haven’t check out the Facebook page, go here

Lastly, Join the Facebook Party tomorrow to kick off the start of 100 Days to Christmas properly, go here for the details

I hope to see you there!
Oh, and wish me luck 🙂

I have a feeling I’ll be needing it, following an organized plan for 100 days may be quite a challenge for me!!

September is National Sewing Month!

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The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Sewing and I have a love/hate relationship. At times I love it, and at times I hate it. Well hate is a strong word. Let’s just say I have to be in the “mood” to sew.

It can be fun and very gratifying to see a finished project that you made with your own hands. But as with anything else, sometimes it can be frustrating, especially when the projects don’t turn out the way they should 😉

I decided to take advantage of the month of sewing and try to finish a few projects I have sitting around the house. I have some outfits for Chase, and I have material to sew bedding for both Chase and Xander. So I have plenty to keep me busy. I’m sure I won’t get to them all, but if I can knock out one or two I will be pleased.

  


I guess I’m going to have to dust off the sewing table and remove the dust cover from my machine before I can get started. Wish me luck!

January: International Creativity Month

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*The last few blog entries were a bit deep and heavy (although very insightful and informative information we need to keep things rolling in our lives), but I must admit, I’m ready for something a little more light and fun!!

**Time has run short for me today and therefore I didn’t have the time as I would have liked to spend on this topic. So just know this was kicked out rather quick and fast, but that does not mean the information is less important!

National Creativity Month was founded by Randall Munson, a professional speaker and presenter who is notorious for using humor, magic tricks and creativity in his presentations to businesses and firms around the world (clients include Disney World, Microsoft, and IBM) as a means to inspire not only large corporations and business, but individuals to capitalize on the power of creativity and innovation.

The purpose of the observance was to give us more time actually spend on our goals and resolutions. To put more thought and effort in finding creative ways to re-energize ourselves and those around us, whether it be at work or at home with your family. When you think about it the family unit is like running an organization. We can find creative ways to improve our communications and our leadership skills (again parenting and running a well oiled family machine can benefit from such ideas.) Let the family get together and have a “think tank” to come up with innovative ways to help everyone remember their tasks, or finding a new way to do their tasks.

Munson suggests that to we should all have a humor folder, and in that folder we put things that we find funny. Newspaper clippings of add or headlines gone wrong, or comics, pictures of signs, bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc. that make you laugh. Have the folder in a handy, easily accessible place, and when you are having a particularly bad moment or the stress level is climbing, take out your humor folder and go through it. Soon things will calm because of the laughter factor – laughing releases stress.

I highly recommend clicking here, and take some time to read some of his articles as you scroll down the page. I’m sure you will find something that not only makes you laugh, but very informative as well.

I found this interesting and thought it would be a good thought provoking closer:

“A center for creative learning studied the creativity of children and found that during the first five years 90% of children are highly creative. The next two years, ages six and seven, the percentage of highly creative children dropped to 10%. By age eight or nine, the percentage of highly creative children fell to only 2% and stayed about that level from that time on.”

Almost all of us were highly creative when we were little children. We were created creative. It’s time to unleash that creativity you were created with.” – Randall Munson

Create Away!

January: “Get Organized” Month

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January: “Get Organized” Month

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, next to losing weight, getting organized is the most common new year’s resolution. And it’s not like I can do without either one! So in my never ending quest to get more organized, which theoretically should cut down on my stress, I came across a couple of websites the other day on pinterest (gotta love it.) That might offer some aid and know how, and break the sometimes overwhelming task down into smaller easier tasks.

Home Storage Solution 101 has a 52 week Home Organization Challenge. All you have to do is sign up, I did, and it’s free! It should be more fun and easier to handle with a more bite sized portions approach to organizing your home.

Another website I found that kind of makes organization and cleaning (which goes along with organization to make it work) a no brainer is Get Organized Now which has a monthly check list that walks you through things to do everyday for the month. For me, it has to be simple and easy or I won’t do it. Not that I’m lazy (ehem . . . ) but as mentioned before, it can be a bit overwhelming which makes diving right in kind of scary. So if you don’t have to think about it . . . Like I said “no brainer!”


Now most of us know our problem areas, but sometimes those problem areas might take some major work, or many of us have too many problem areas to deal with, and we feel lost because we can’t see the starting point over the mountain of “stuff.” Where do I start? Do not fear! I found these tips on the Southern Home Organizers website:

Don’t know where to begin? Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

1. Update your planner with important dates: birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments and other annual appointments, annual veterinary appointment for your pet’s vaccinations, vacation days,vehicle license tag renewal date
2. Go through your household files and pull tax related papers
3. Make an appointment with your tax preparer
4. Archive 2010 and earlier papers
5. Set up files for 2011 bills and receipts
6. Set up a mail-handling system – no more piles of unopened mail this year
7. Clean out desk drawers and organize the essentials
8. Turn your kitchen junk drawer into a utility drawer and fill it with items you use often
9. Update phone lists and contact information
10. Renew your driver’s license, professional license, passport, dog license, etc.
11. Organize all closets and donate old, unwanted items
12. Organize one room per month by clearing out clutter and getting rid of items you no longer need, use or love.
13. Recycle or donate old magazines
14. Update your home inventory using a digital camera or video recorder
15. File your digital photos in online albums or electronic files

Get it Done Wednesday – Christmas Decorations

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*This isn’t suppose to come out until tomorrow, but since I accidentally sent a post before I was done, I feel I must now send out the “real” post.

Since we were gone the first 10 days of this month I just haven’t had that “feeling.” You know, that feeling you get when you’ve finished the decorating and you have that . . .warm, excited, Christmas-y feeling . . .  even though we had our tree up and decorated after Thanksgiving, somehow that “feeling” just isn’t there for me.

I’m sure it’s due to the fact I’m still working on new decorations. But it’s actually been okay . . . because I’m not freaking out that I haven’t finished making those decorations and everything isn’t “perfect,” I just keep telling myself “next year” and that this was a good year to be interrupted (so to speak), since we were gone a good portion of the month anyway!” The tree is a bit bare and all, but I’m just going to keep working until I’m finished.

So you’ll be seeing posts from time to time sharing Christmas decorations, even the holiday is gone and past.

Here are some things I have finished but just didn’t have the time to post yet.

Making a Sleigh Ride sign

Adding ice crystals to berry garlands (Don’t worry, this is a picture taken during the process, the glue dries clear!)

Adding some greenery and ice crystals to my berry wreath

Yummy Monday with Holiday Leftovers

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Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

What to do with the leftover turkey? I’m sure most of you have already gone through your turkey and stuffing leftovers.

I used mine in a casserole the other night. It was so good I ran and got my camera, snapped a picture of what was left in the pan, and decided I should post the recipe for our Yummy Monday.

If it’s too late for Thanksgiving leftovers, you may have something to look forward to come Christmas!

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of good memories, and blessings to be grateful for . . .

Remember our “Christmas in July” post?

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Back in July we posted some Christmas ideas, in my case – changing to a new theme entirely,
and in Amy’s case – adding some fun new things this year. You can see our post of ideas here . . .

 And then it was never mentioned again . . . until now!

The problem was I knew exactly what I wanted. And at the same time I was stumped as to what exactly I wanted.

It’s confusing I know, but this is how my mind functions 🙂

 It took me quite some time to pull my thoughts and ideas into something I could visualize and then carry out. This, at times, is quick and easy and other times can be a slow and frustrating process for me. Needless to say this was one of those slow arduous processes.

I have finally completed some decorations that I can show you. I will post more as I get them done – don’t be surprised if it’s after Christmas and well into next year. I went into this knowing it was going to be a gradual change over the next couple of Christmases as my time is quite limited!

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“Get it Done” Wednesday

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Yeah, I know it’s been a while (a long while!) since we’ve posted on our  “Get it Done” Wednesday page. We’ve been kind of “missing in action” so to speak around my house especially. I am not good at having a billion things to do and actually doing them all, in a timely manner at that.

Anyway, I finally finished a project I started in August when school started, it just took me 2 months to do something extremely simple 😉

*Please excuse the poor quality picture, lighting isn’t all that great this time of day in my kitchen and I’m without my photoshop for a couple of days . . . but, I didn’t want go without posting this project another day!! Had to “get ‘er done!” You know what I mean?
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Pumpkin Chili! Pumpkin really is versatile :)

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As Amy explained yesterday, I was having some difficulty finding canned pumpkin. I finally found some in a small local grocery store because I couldn’t find any in the big, main local grocery stores, or Wal-Mart, so thank you Sunflower Market! You saved my behind in blogland!

Apparently Starbucks and Einstien Brothers have the monopoly on purchasing canned pumpkin before October!

Amy actually found this recipe and pinned it for me on pinterest. What a great friend she is to have created a board just for me! I thought it sounded promising and wanted to try it out. I made it for dinner last night (just couldn’t get it posted until now) and I am here to tell you that it was very delicious. Not a strong pumpkin taste at all, very subtle. I am also including a recipe for Creamed Corn Cornbread.

So click on the picture below and try out the recipe!