Aren't those cute ideas above for serving veggies this Christmas? It's highly doubtful that I'll ever take a stab at that house, but the tree looks easy! (Both ideas were from Facebook — you'll never find any ideas like that floating around in my brain.)
Christmas is only a week away guys! I've been a little teary missing Mom, it'll be our second Christmas since she passed, and I know many of you are dealing with the same pain this year. Our Christmas tree has memories of Mom all over it because she gave us about 90% of our ornaments. She had a tradition (that I plan to continue with our kids) of buying us ornaments for any special occasion. So Kent and I each have “expecting” ornaments for the Christmas before our first son was born; we have a “new home” ornament from 1998, our first Christmas here in the home we built; every year she let each grand kid pick out a special ornament from her and Dad — you get the idea. I know I thanked her for those, but why didn't I have a clue just how much each one would mean to me someday when she wasn't here?
Beyond all that though, we're looking forward to our whole family being together again next week and all the Christmas festivities. We are so blessed, let's all remember that! Here's what I have on my desk so I don't forget to thank God:
Wouldn't it be a shame if you were living a wonderful life and didn't even notice?
Here's what I've found for you this week…
- First up today, my sponsors at Vital Proteins are having a 20% off + FREE shipping SALE (on U.S. orders) right now through the end of 2015 — Click here and use the code KITCHENKOP20 before 12/31/2015 to get the deal on their superfoods like collagen, gelatin, and liver caps! (FYI, if you have trouble with the coupon code, try another browser, if that doesn't work, email them: firstname.lastname@example.org. Most will have no problem though.)
- What are you making for family and friend gatherings this coming week? I'm making this yummy Napa Salad for our bible study get together, it's a favorite.
- Do you ever wonder if Paps are even necessary? Click here to read the article: Doctors are examining your genitals for no reason. OR click here to read the interesting conversation on my FB page with both “sides” of the issue represented well.
- Do you think about what would happen if all the search engines just went down, everywhere? I was listening to a podcast about this the other day and they were saying that that's one of the reasons we should ask readers to subscribe to our email list, so we can still get information out to you that way at least. It would also be good in case my web hosting ever went down. AND it's a great way to keep up on the “inner-workings” around here and to keep you in my “main tribe”. 🙂 (Unfortunately you can't just follow me on Facebook, because you'll see only a fraction of what I post — they want me to pay them ad dollars to get you to see more.) So if you're unable for whatever reason to help keep the blog going by shopping via my Amazon link, or by buying my book, or shopping through my resources page, if you could at least click here to subscribe for my list, that makes me happy, too, even if it's only monthly! You also get FREEBIES, plus a chance to win giveaways if you stay subscribed…
- Speaking of giveaways… TODAY I'M ANNOUNCING THE $75 AMAZON GIVEAWAY WINNER so you still have time to shop before Christmas!!! There were 259 comments, but the winner is… BETH, comment #205, and a longtime faithful reader, too, thanks Beth! I've already sent your gift card. 🙂
- I love our boys like crazy but wow, there really is something neat about daughters… (Besides that back-talking thing, which Mom always said I totally had coming!) The other day she decided the fridge looked too cluttered, so she not only cleaned off all the old artwork, she also made sure names and dates were on the back PLUS she put it all into the kids’ special “to save” boxes without me even asking!!! Plus she really likes cleaning and organizing, too, NOT kidding. (I wonder if it will last?)
- Did you know that excess sugar can cause canker sores? My friends Will and Susan from Orawellness tell you how, and give you three natural remedies to help get canker sores healed up quick! Click here to learn more. ***Also, be sure and check out my post on natural oral care products and why Orawellness HealThy Mouth Blend is what we use for a healthy, clean and fresh mouth. (No chemical mouthwash for us!)
- Remember playing Yahtzee? My whole family loves playing this classic game together during family game nights, and maybe you've got some of those nights coming up over Christmas vacation? Make some tasty appetizers, or hot cocoa and healthy popcorn, gather up the family and find out how fun this game is all over again. (We also love the UNO game, too!)
- Did you know that only 60% of meals served at home are actually cooked at home? Not surprising considering fast food establishments spend over 4 billion dollars a year advertising their “food”. No wonder America is now the most obese country in the world! If you would like to donate to a cause this holiday season that will touch many lives, will you please consider donating to Hilary's project trying to get a new TV show going about this?! Hilary is the author of The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet and has recently started an Indiegogo campaign to raise enough money to produce a TV show where she will teach about real food, how to buy it, cook it, and most importantly, why it is so important. Click here to learn more about Hilary, see the cute video, and find out how you can help her help America eat better.
- This was neat from my friend, Jill… “What a powerful detail I never noticed before about the scene in the Charlie Brown Christmas when Linus recites from Luke about Jesus' birth…” Click here to read it.
- Did you catch all of these recent posts? Here they are in case you missed them:
- Benefits of Walking vs Running — How to Find the Time and Get Peace in Your Life
- Spending Time with Two Super Heroes!
- Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers Dip — A Quick Make-Ahead Twist on a Favorite Appetizer
- How We Finally Found Our Groove (Plus: the BEST Homeschool Materials and… am I an UNschooler?)
- Cell phone Safety for Your Kids — EMF Radiation Protection Tips and Best Products (Why I Switched)
- Kelly’s Gift Guide for Easy Christmas Shopping!
- Should We REALLY be Concerned and Stop Smart Meter Installation?
Have a good weekend everyone!
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