Monday, November 24, 2014

{Holiday Madness} Finding A Little Time for Me

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You know how crazy the holidays can be with all the hustle and bustle of everyone going to the stores and looking for great bargains, sweet deals.....and sometimes with their (loud)kids....????  Yes....I'm that mom.  By the time you're home you are completely spent.  It's not often we moms get some downtime for ourselves.  Well, this weekend, I'm glad to say.....I did!  If only for 30 minutes or so.

Our initial decision for Thanksgiving was that it would be just us four enjoying a small 'quiet' (wishful thinking) holiday with no fuss.  However, that all changed when Thing 1 convinced her dad that this holiday means family and everyone should come over.  FUN TIMES.  So, I scrapped my plans to craft all weekend and instead I headed out to the local Safeway grocery store to scoop up all the food I would need for our (last minute) Thanksgiving in tow.

I tell you, going to the stores with my kids isn't always fun, they always want something, I inevitably have a floater wandering the store as soon as I turn my back and I almost always for get the ONE thing I went into the store for in the first place.  After doing all that shopping, and explaining 50 times why Thing 2 could not buy a $14 500 piece Lego set, a girl has to have a little down time.  One of my favorite ways to relax is with a good magazine and CHOCOLATE.....oh how I loooove chocolate.  JUST SO HAPPENS that the People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive issue was on the stand.  I could I pass up that, right?  Hunky fellas and my FAAAAAVORITE Hershey's Chocolate bar....can't go wrong. Helloooooo Mr.  Hemsworth!

So, when I got home, I got the kids all settled down (tablets are my fave new thing), groceries put away, I sat down in my big comfy chair, kicked back and opened up my magazine and chocolate bar.  What a fine way to relax! 

We moms have to remember it's important for us to have a little time to ourselves, right?  If you haven't done something nice for yourself in a while, I encourage you to grab a People magazine.....don't feel like I'm twisting your arm to get this particular issue.......

I'm really not.........really.......I'm not.......

How do you find time to relax during the crazy holiday shopping season?   Take a break, kick up your feet and enjoy reading a People magazine and grab yourself a Hershey's Bar while you're at's a $1 off coupon (while supplies last) towards the purchase of a People magazine and King Size Hershey Bar - that's good living right there, I tell ya! (You will have to register for Just4U to get your coupon).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Etsy Shop} Christmas Holiday Yarn Pompom Garlands

I am not one to put the cart before the horse.  I like my Halloween to be followed by Thanksgiving and my Thanksgiving followed by Christmas and so on and so forth.  However, I do know that holiday shopping and decorating has started for many of you.  That being said, this will probably be my last Christmas-y post until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  LET THE TURKEY'S HAVE THEIR DAY!!!

You all know that I am crazy about yarn pompom garlands, it all started here, and I haven't stopped making these poofy babies since!  Every year, I've made some type of garland for my own holiday parties, but haven't really offered them in my shop.  That's all changing today, because, you can now choose from five NEW holiday yarn pompom garlands that are in my shop!  Yaaaaaay!!!  Be sure to check out the sweet offer for my readers at the end of this post.

I made all kinds with different themes in mind....

This one would be AWESOME for a very classic Christmas!  Can't go wrong with red, white and green, right?

How about Hanukkah?  I really love the blues in this garland.....and it works well for a Winter Festival or dare I say......a FROZEN themed birthday party.  Elsa would be proud.

For a more cheerful Christmas color scape, I made one with Cherry Red, Grass Green and Evergreen colors. 

For something more playful, I made two with bright colors.....I love the Cherry Red, Grass Green and Iced Aqua colors in this garland!

This one happens to be my fave!  I love pink!!!  So, a touch of pink to the cheerful pompom would work out great for a bright and colorful Christmas scene for your home!

I'm offering a sweet deal on all yarn pompom garlands in my Etsy shop. Use the code POMPOM15 at check out and receive 15% off your purchase of any yarn pompom garland over $20!  This offer will expire on Friday, November 21st - so act fast.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

{Gratitude} 5 Tips to Writing Thank You Notes

There's something about November and the onset of the holiday season that makes ya start thinking about gratitude.  When I am out and about, and come across a cute pack of thank you cards I will always grab them to add to my 'collection'.  I loooove stocking up on thank you cards and sending little notes to family, friends and associates who go out of their way to do really nice stuff for me.  We live in a world where it's so easy to just send an email or text.  However, there really isn't anything more thoughtful than sending a handwritten note.  So, with the season of thanks and giving at hand, I thought I'd share 5 tips to writing thank you notes.

1.  Make it timely - Although I am certain anyone would appreciate being thanked for whatever reason at any given time, it's best to do it in a timely fashion.  If you're sending out thank you notes following a party or event, the note should be sent out as soon as possible and no later than a month after the event.  If you do end up sending it later, just be sure to express your apologies for not sending a note sooner.

2.  Be prepared - Have pretty stationary, note cards, stamps, envelopes, pens that work and updated addresses at the ready.  Write your notes under good lighting at your desk or  find a nice comfy place on the couch with a lap desk and get to writing.  Also, being prepared does NOT include having pre-written thank you notes, IJS.

3. Stick with a Basic Template - Short and sweet wins the race.  Have a basic format but stay sincere and personable.  If  you have a good amount of notes to send, say after a big event like a wedding or shower, you'll want a basic thank you note that expresses your gratitude.  Be sure to mention the gift, how you plan to use it, if you enjoy it .  If it's not something you really are fond of, you can simply say you appreciate the gift giver's thoughtfulness. 

4. Do not mention money - If you're writing a card to thank someone for sending you money or a gift card there is no need to mention the dollar amount.  It's in poor taste to do so.  That being said, you can simply express your appreciation for their kindness, hospitality or generosity.

5. Take your time -  Slow and steady ALSO wins the race.  Pace yourself and take your time while writing and putting your thoughts onto paper.  If you find yourself getting tired after writing a good amount of cards in one sitting - feel free to take a break.  It's better to err on the side of caution than to air on the side of caution.

Hope these tips were helpful and that you take a little time out to send a note of thanks to someone you are absolutely grateful to have in your life!

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