December 2014 archive

A Few of My Favorite Things 2014

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Oprah has her list of favorite things each year, and I have mine…

I am a practical gal and try hard to only spend money on things I will truly use.  That’s why I pulled my 2014 most favorite things straight from the rooms of my home.  In fact my most favorite list should really be titled my most practical list.  See what you think.

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12 Days of Christmas: Celebrating the True Meaning & Making Memories

‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.’ 

Luke 2:11

As my 12 Days of Christmas Series comes to a close it seems only fitting to re-focus on the most important reason for this season – Jesus’ birth.  In the decorating and baking rush of it all, I find that I’m in even greater need of quiet time in The Word and connecting with those I love the most.

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12 Days of Christmas: 3 Last Minute Homemade, Thoughtful Gifts They’ll Adore

It’s Day 11 in my 12 Days of Christmas Series, and I’m talking last minute gifts.  I’m sorry to remind you, but the countdown has begun.  There are only 10 days left until Christmas!

I’m honestly not a procrastinator (normally), but I’m finding myself making the list and checking it twice during the last few days leading up to Christmas.  Please tell me you are with me, and I’m not alone!

There’s nothing more special and thoughtful than a homemade gift!  Nothing.  So I’m sharing three gifts they are sure to love!  And the best part, they take 15 minutes max.  If you are short on time but big on heart, I have you covered.  Not to worry.

Gift #1: this amazing wrap bracelet.

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12 Days of Christmas: My Spicy Tea Break on Day 9

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Come on in!  It’s cold outside, but I’m serving up spiced tea and great conversation on Day 9 in my 12 Days of Christmas Series.

I am one serious tea drinker.  Hot…cold…it doesn’t really matter.  There’s something so comforting about sitting down with a cup of tea, especially when it includes sharing the time with a good friend.

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12 Days of Christmas: Baby It’s Cold Outside on Day 8

It’s Day 8 in my 12 Days of Christmas Series, and baby it’s cold outside!  I’ve been indoors baking, crafting, and decorating, but not anymore.  Put your hat and gloves on and join me outside for a look at our Christmas decorations.

Once again my amazing friend Laura has joined me to host this post, and I’m also giddy to show you the amazing outdoor decorations from my in-loves (also referred to as my in-laws) home.  Let’s take a look around.

Laura’s entrance is striking!  I absolutely love this garland outlining the entrance, and the front door wreath Laura created is fabulous.  This little guy makes me so happy, and yes, that’s a real paper chain.  How does she do it!  Whimsical, and just perfect.

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12 Days of Christmas: Two Homemade Gifts They’ll Love in 20 Minutes or Less, on Day 5

It’s Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas Series, and I’m creating homemade gifts for friends and co-workers.  I love a thoughtful, homemade gift!  Don’t you?  The idea that someone has me in mind, and spends time creating just for me is such a blessing.  And, even more, I LOVE, LOVE giving homemade gifts.  My guide is, if I would like to receive it, it’s probably a good idea to gift it to someone else.

So today I’m sharing two homemade gifts with you that can be made in 20 minutes or less. Here goes.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce    20 mins preparation. caramel

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