I know most of us will be enjoying quality time with friends and loved ones surrounded by the smell of sunscreen, charcoal, and beer that is starting to get warm – let us take a moment to remember why this holiday was created. It was created to honor all those who have served, and continue to serve and fight for us to enjoy all time off, time with loved ones, and time to complain about never getting the good parking spot at work so you have to walk an extra 5 minutes into work.
I thank you.
I know for a lot of families, they plan ahead of shopping routes, stores sales, whose car can hold the most stuff, and which big ticket item they are buying this year months before Black Friday is even a thought in most of our minds. I’m not even kidding when I say they map routes. I have known people throughout the years that would literally map out their routes and hand out copies to family members to score the best deal on that majestic Friday. I think military strategists could take a lesson or five from them. I know for some families, they have the tradition of getting up early and going shopping on Friday, or just enjoy the thrill of the hunt; not so much the long lines, possible fighting, and waking up hungover from booze and turkey filled stomachs. Is there really any advantage of all the effort shopping and planning? I think years ago it was beneficial to shop that day to save money, but with the way things are now, most companies offer better sales all through the year, especially after big marker holidays.
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As much as I love to dress, style my hair, pile on makeup and do my nails – I really don’t dress up on the actual holiday. You know what? I don’t think you should either. We work ourselves to the bone the rest of the year and deserve to sleep in, wake up looking a mess, make a huge mug of coffee and relax in our best pajamas. This is what the holidays are really about. Sit around, eat, socialize with family, eat some more then simply sit back and take it all in. I see so many people stressed out because they didn’t iron their table clothes the right way, or they have to settle for using plastic plates instead of fine china as a table setting because their wondrous set was missing a piece. All the fancy dresses, accessories and such, save it for those special holiday parties.
You know what I’m wearing to my Thanksgiving meal? Leggings, fake uggs, a long sleeve tunic top, throwing my hair in a bun and calling it a day. I’m all about comfort and functionality. Who wants to suffer through a delicious meal in constricting jeans? Ugh, I hate denim!
If you do get dressed up, I hope you look fantastic and all your effort was worth it! Remember to pair your gravy stain on your top with the appropriate wine stain. You would hate to appear gouache when Thanksgiving meal hopping today.
Stay safe & be thankful!!
The weather is finally cooling down and the days will start getting shorter. This cuts down on a lot of activities that can be done outside but how do you inject fun in your routine through the cooler months?
This Fall and upcoming holiday season I have challenged myself to tackle a new kind of craft. I usually lose my shit for the Christmas holiday because I’m that person. I am a few years away from the ugly sweater that has dough and icing stains on it while I force my family to take awkward pictures to capture the moment(s). As a child, I would dedicate hours to Martha Stewart’s shows learning new tips and tricks (back when her show was better and it was just her for the hour and her crafts). I intend on making wreaths. One day I will showcase how I decorated my son’s nursery. I made flowers and vines for the jungle theme I choose. It looked awesome but the amount of insects that I attracted, I will never do something like that again for a kid’s room. I didn’t realize they would want to invade a room with fake flowers but I lived and learned.
The few wreaths I’ve come across on Pinterest look awesome but they’re so overpriced. Stay tuned for my adventures in crafting! I plan on making something for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. What are you getting into? Taking any risks? Learning anything new? Let me know!
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