Holiday Tips: How To Find The Best Presents For The Ones You Love

cheyanneandme I can’t wait to see my grandkids on Christmas day…So excited! They are both at the right age for some fun on the holidays!!

 

A recent survey showed that the majority of Americans love shopping for others. The only hiccup that some experience while shopping is trying to find the right gift. This guide will help you choose the right present so that you do not experience awkward moments when you present your gift.

What’s the Deal With Gift-Giving?

Most experts believe that the reason some people love to give is because it gives them a psychological reward. People seem to have an emotional high when they get the opportunity to give, which could be one of the major reasons why Americans love to give gifts. However, you also want to make sure that you find the best possible gifts for the ones you love. So here are just a few ideas to help you find the best possible gift.

Personalize the Gift


You might be thinking of buying a gift that is sold by the thousands. This means that the gift is probably not too unique. One way to make sure that your gift is special is to personalize it. You can engrave a piece of jewelry or get your loved one a customized shirt from a place like Absolute Screen Printing or a similar place. That way you can make your gifts individualized and personal for everyone.

Make a List

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Follow old Saint Nick’s tip, and try to make a list. The list should include everything that the person you are buying the gift for is interested in. Connect a gift to the list of likes. Remember that you do not have to get every gift; just choose one that you feel works best.

Stalk a Little

Social media has given everyone a little more access, and you can use this access to your advantage. The idea is to stalk his or her social media pages for clues about what he or she may want. Some people have used the person’s laptop or smart device to see if there is a wish list on certain shopping applications.

Give Cash

Of course, there are times when buying a gift becomes impossible. At this point, the best thing that you can do is simply give cash. Now, this does not mean that you have to give someone cold cash. Perhaps, you can give a gift card. The best gift cards are from major credit card companies because your loved one can go anywhere. Be sure to make it fun for your loved one, too. Maybe you can give your loved one a treasure map to make finding the money fun.

Finding the best gift is never easy, but it is always worth it. There is definitely nothing better than seeing the face of the people you love light up with a thoughtful gift. That definitely makes all of the effort well worth it.

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Beautiful Fall Colored Leaves, Hoodies, And a Sleep In Sunday

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This grandma is looking forward to Halloween with her grandkids! Here it is October 24th. Where has this year gone to!!

Sis and I slept in until 10:20 AM (yesterday – Sunday) guess we needed the sleep! Lol

 

 

 

There hasn’t been frost on the pumpkins yet, however, it’s coming. This has been an exceptional year weather wise. lol I’m wondering how mild our winter is going to be?

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I’ve been staying with my sister while she recovers from a surgery. I love ️ making a difference in someone’s life. It does my heart good.

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I’ve become a (decaf) coffee drinker again…at least until my urologist tells me otherwise. I LOVE coffee ️!!! And gotta love Denny’s!


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I drink (2) bottles of water (before) drinking the coffee, and also, afterwards. I also make my coffee weak and put quite a bit of creamer in it. So far, my bladder hasn’t been affected.

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I’m enjoying the color change of the leaves and the (gradual) crisp breeze in the weather! I simply love the autumn season!

My weight loss challenge…well, let’s just say, I’ve taken a hiatus from this challenge. Both eating healthy and working out.

That’s going to change very soon!!!

I don’t remember the last time I had makeup on…probably the last Avon video I made. It’s been awhile.

At least, I’m making an attempt at keeping busy blog posting.

Happy Autumn and Halloween !

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Be safe this Halloween!

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Happy Father’s Day To My Dear Sweet Dad

youngdad My dad was undeniably one of a kind. He ALWAYS went out of his way to spend time with me, teach me, console me, make me laugh, and raise me the best way he knew how.

Dad was indeed a profoundly special person in my life; I loved him dearly! I will miss him again this Father’s Day as usual.

Below are 12 things about my dad that made up his character 🙂

 


Dad was a perfectionist
Dad was a quiet man
Dad was tender hearted, and cried easily
Dad was consistently trying to make people laugh
Dad was quite shy; that is where I get my shyness 😉
Dad was not confident
Dad took extra care of himself
Dad always fought his inner deamons – depression and anxiety
Dad was a family man; when he felt good
Dad loved God
Dad loved me =)
Dad was loved (and is) loved by many

I searched this world over and could not find a better dad than MY dad! I got the best!

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Below are a few quotes I found that touched my heart

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again
– Enid Bagnold

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. <3
– Anne Geddes

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.
– John Mayor

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Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. 😉

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but you’re not out of the woods yet. 😉

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. 😉

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol 😉

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. 🙁 I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

I also wanted to share with you an amazing deal with OVER 200 Low Carb Low Fat Gluten Free Recipes for Your Health and Weight Loss I’m so pleased with these books. 🙂 (5) Stars!

 

In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

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A Wake Up Call and Happy Thanksgiving

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My heart is heavy this morning with all the anger and hatred going on (not only in Ferguson) but in other areas of the country. I’m not going to comment either way on my thoughts on the decision that was made on the death of Michael Brown. The most important thing is what’s going on in reaction to it. I’ve never seen anything like this! 

I was glued to my TV the night before last from 5pm until about 2:30 yesterday morning. My heart goes out to the Brown family. What a painful loss. I could not even begin to imagine if that were my son! I watched in enormous disbelief, and all the while asking myself, “What is this cruel world coming to?” I know to an (end) in an hour that we do not suspect.  (Rapture) I truly believe that; as my mother taught me this, and the Bible tells us so. 

◄ Matthew 24: 43-45►

43″ But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

44″For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

45″Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?…

What was I witnessing as I sat there in horror? Violence, hatred, and anger…towards who and what?! 

We ARE living in the last days, specifically how many, we do not know. 

I agree with many…violence  is certainly not the answer! Again, I’m not commenting. I’m just leaving you with a few more scriptures… 🙂

*** From a few apps on my iPad…

O God, grant me a heart full of tender mercy.

Dear Lord, keep my thoughts fixed on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.

Dear Lord, help me to stay focused on Your word rather than what my human eyes can see.

Dear Lord, may we never retaliate when we feel wronged, but help us to make choices that would show that we love.

Good Jesus, give me a deep love for Thee, that nothing may be too hard for me to bear from Thee.

Let’s keep the Brown family in our hearts and in our prayers! I can only imagine what their holidays  will be like. 😉

With that said, my wish for everyone of you…have a SAFE and Happy Thanksgiving, and please continue to pray for our country and everyone that was affected by the non-indictment of officer Wilson. Pray for peace! 🙂

In addition, lets keep praying for all the police officers that are putting their lives at stake and while they are doing their job to the best of their abilities.

Website Review – Get Them Gifts – Solution For Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping

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Ahh, the holidays are upon us once again!

I absolutely love doing website reviews…this is an excellent one. 🙂

 

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There are many people that gets things rolling very early and have all their gift giving complete and wrapped by now.

I wish I were one of these early birds that’s always one step ahead of all the rest.

There is an easy and hassle-free solution that I personally, just discovered! 🙂

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You can handle all your holiday shopping needs with just a few simple clicks online! Yes! You don’t have to be one of those that are found waiting in a long check-out line 1 or 2 days before Christmas.

However, there ARE SOME that follow tradition and does all their gift giving searches on Christmas Eve. That’s not me…I don’t have the patience for that! All the good stuff is picked over by then, and you probably wouldn’t find the perfect gift for that special person on your list!

I say, “Don’t Chance It!”

For all those that DON’T have that kind of patience, I discovered the perfect solution that can get all your shopping done while in the privacy of your own home. I love the idea of shopping online!

This gem of a gift-giving website has a smart, clever Gift Guide that houses endless categories for finding that specific gift that you just can’t seem to find. Be smart this year, avoid frustration and shop online. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

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Rabbit Cake

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From: The Simple Joys Of Grandparenting – Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes and More

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Here’s a fun cake to make for Easter or Anytime! 🙂

You Will Need:

Two round cake layers
Cutting board and knife
Vanilla frosting
Dried shredded coconut
Maraschino cherries

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One cake layer will be the rabbit’s face. This one doesn’t need to be cut. Cut the other layer into ears and bowtie (as shown above).

Put the pieces in place on a cutting board and frost. Dust with the dried coconut for “fur.” Cut a maraschino cherry in half for eyes. Use a knife to “draw” whiskers in the frosting. Frost the inside of the ears with pink frosting.

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10 Recycled Valentine’s Day Wreaths

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By Naomi Shaw

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Need some unique ideas for decorating your humble home? Here are 10 crafty ideas for making your own recycled Valentine’s Day wreath.

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1. Cardboard + Book Pages

Instead of buying a styrofoam wreath form from a crowded craft store, use reclaimed cardboard as the base and an old book from storage.

Trace a wreath on the cardboard using a plate to get that perfect circle; then cut it out.
Color the recycled book paper with crayon shades of pink and red. Use about 10-15 pages.
Hole punch the pages until you have hundreds of tiny colorful confetti-like dots.
Spread your glue evenly across the wreath form and scatter the confetti onto the glue.

2. Paper Curls Wreath

This spirited wreath can add a fresh burst of color to any front door. It’s so easy to make you can invite some friends over for a simple and fun wreath-making party.

Tightly wrap 6 inch strips of colored paper around a pencil to curl.
Glue the ends of each curl together to make a loop.
Hot-glue the paper loops to a foam wreath form until it’s covered.
Brush a liquid adhesive over the curls then add glitter for a glamorous touch.


3. Rags to Riches

Get rid of your dry cleaner hangers this Valentine’s Day. You can make fabric scraps from clothes you haven’t worn in ages.
Bend the wire hanger into a circle (or circle-like shape). Pinch the part that hangs twist it downwards so you can hang the wreath.
Cut as many 1 inch by 6 inch strips of fabric as you need to cover the hanger.
Tie each piece onto the wire hanger and scrunch them together so you can’t see the wire anymore.

4. Picture Frame Wreath

This unique wreath from Crafting a Green World, an eco-friendly craft blog, is sure to put a smile on any loved one’s face.
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Cut out four triangles from recycled paper and spell out the word “love;” one letter on each triangle.
Color each triangle pink and attach them to the twine using glue or tape.
Tape the twine across the empty frame so that your triangles hang.

5. Clothespin Wreath

You can clip pictures, notes, and Valentine’s Day cards to this wreath.
Take your clothespins apart to paint pink and white. This clever mom from craft blog Clean & Scentsible used a unique paper to create patterns.
Bend a wire clothes hanger into a heart shape.
Add clothespins and hang.

6. Converted Christmas Wreath

Turn any Christmas wreath into a Valentine’s Day wonder by adding red and pink embellishments.
Make flowers out of pink cupcake liners and attach with toothpicks.
Add some chocolate candy hearts that can be eaten later.
Remove any Christmas themed adornments.

7. Felt Rose Wreath

DIY enthusiast, Stacy Vaughn, wrote this detailed tutorial on how to make a gorgeous felt rose wreath. Below are the basics.
For the rose, cut a small piece of felt into a spiral; starting from the outside of the spiral start rolling the felt, then attach the last piece to the bottom.
Using craft glue instead of a glue gun to attach each rose can help you avoid those annoying hot-glue strings.

8. Heart-Shaped Rag Wreath

Similar to the rags to riches wreath mentioned above (#3), this wreath is in the shape of a heart. Just bend your wire hanger into a heart shape instead of a circle.

9. Paper Heart Wreath

You will need mini glue dots, a paper trimmer, ribbon, and a decorative patterned paper.
Cut the patterned paper into 2 inch by 11 inch strips and fold in half.
Use the glue dots on the edge of one of the strips; attach the other end to form a heart shape. Repeat until you have enough hearts for a wreath.
Attach hearts to form circle or oval shaped wreath.

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10. Sweater Wreath

You will need a few old sweaters, a pool noodle, glue gun, serrated knife, and packaging tape.
Cut your noodle in half, then tape the two ends together to make a V shape.
Cut the sleeves off your sweater, then cut them into even smaller pieces to make a striped pattern.
Pull the sweater pieces around the noodle and hot glue the pieces together.

Any of these wreaths would be great a for a crafting party or simply to hang beautifully on your front door.

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3 🙂 Naomi Shaw is a stay-at-home mom in Southern California. After being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she works full-time as a freelance writer. Naomi frequently collaborates with AllStoreDisplays. She enjoys blogging about DIY crafts and mommy tips providing insight, advice and more! She hopes you enjoy this article.