I am always looking for tips and tricks to help me make the Holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable…These stay stress free tips from M&J are just what I needed with just 8 days left until the big day. I hope you find them helpful…Merry Christmas!
Originally posted on M&J Blog:
The holidays are a time for togetherness and celebration, but they can also be extremely stressful. From planning to shopping, hosting and decorating; the stress of the holidays can take the joy out of the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some ways to keep your cool during this busy season.
Keep It Simple – When it comes to gift wrapping or decorating, you can use shortcuts without sacrificing style. Wrap all of your gifts with one type of wrapping paper, and then customize each with different trim.
I hope you are enjoying the wonderful holiday season…Christmas is my favorite of all of the holidays. This particular holiday seems to bring out the Martha Stewart in everyone…If you are a book lover you will really enjoy these creative Christmas Trees. Merry Christmas!!!
Originally posted on anacalum:
In the giving spirit of Christmas the Gift of Saving Grace shared this incredible rendition of Carol of the Bells by the Acapella group the Pentatonix. I have chosen to reblog this to you on this 6th of December. Merry Christmas!
Originally posted on Gift Of Saving Grace:
As Christmas gets closer I like to listen to Christmas music even more ( yes I listen to it sometimes year-round.) Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite songs (or melody). This group did such a good Acapella job, I wanted to show you!
Thanks to Sherry at Fabulous 50′s for this beautiful pictorial of the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill. A true labor of love and worthy of today’s Christmas reblog…Merry Christmas y’all!
Originally posted on Fabulous 50's:
Last night my husband and I drove an hour North to see the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio. I was excited to test out my new photography skills, since I’ve taken a few classes, and am now shooting only in Manual mode and RAW format. And because I now have a remote shutter release for night-time shots. The 50 degree temperatures and weekday night made it the perfect time to go. We didn’t freeze and weren’t squeezed by too many people! We arrived at 5:30pm and there were already a few photographers set up even though the lights don’t come on until 6:00pm. As we munched on some popcorn, since we didn’t have dinner, I talked with the other photographers a bit. An announcer came on a loud-speaker two minutes before the lights came on to notify us and once they did, I heard a collective “Ahh”. As you can see, they’re spectacular!
While we were waiting, one of the other photographers took our photograph for us…
Step up…this is not a political issue. This is a human rights issue. Be Saeed’s voice. Let this be your random act of kindness today. Use your social medium platform today for something other than posting what you had for lunch. #FREESAEED
Originally posted on thesisterslice:
||Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for over a year for the crime of being a Christian.In recent negotiations with the government of Iran over their nuclear program, his plight was left unresolved by our administration.Use your platform to speak out and demand his release. Don’t have a platform? If you have a voice or a cell phone or email or twitter account or face book page or instagram or linkedin or blog, etc – you have a platform. Use the hashtag: #freesaeed and/or #savesaeed on all your platforms today!What if it were you? What if it was your spouse, son, brother, father?
And lest you think that he is being cared for as a political prisoner know that he is in a horrific, over crowded prison. A prison in the middle of nowhere built to house 5,000 currently holds over 20,000. He is surrounded by murderers and rapists. They have held him at knife point to take what few items he was given. Prison officials have denied him the right to receive prescribed medication given him to help heal internal beatings at the hand of his interrogators. He is covered with louse from head to toe. He is gaunt and in pain.
Demand that our government use it’s God given power for good to secure his release.
There’s much we all disagree on, but over the issue of human rights, dignity and injustice we’ll unite our voices.
Saeed Abedini may not be of interest to President Obama but he is to “us” and therefore as an elected official working “for the people” we want it to be his priority too.
Also, because Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی has both FB & Twitter accounts, we want him to be aware that Saeed is not forgotten nor insignificant, and we want his immediate release.
PRAY: Saeed’s life and his future are ultimately in God’s hands. This God, is a Father who lovingly gave this broken/sinful world his greatest treasure, not because they were asking, but because he is Good.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. – Proverbs 21:1
I have held the hand and watched the tears roll down the cheeks of his beautiful wife Naghmeh. She is a woman of great faith whose heart is breaking for her husband and their children. She has been his voice and champion since his abduction. Please stand in support with her for her Saeed.
Please help, Amy
Tweet President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی
Contact your Senator (U.S. Senate: Senators Home)
Contact the House of Representatives:
Pray anywhere and all the time.
Every day this month I am going to reblog one post that screams Christmas…And this one form The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything! does just that. This post has captured some of the most unusual Christmas Trees I have ever seen. Each one is more amazing than the one before it…I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Merry Christmas!
Originally posted on The top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!:
The World’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Christmas Trees
Some people have real ones, some have plastic ones and some people (like myself) even have fakes ones with built in lights! I am of course talking about Christmas trees! We all think out own trees are works of art, but some people like to make a nice festive tree out of anything they can find, so I would like to show you….
There are so many talented individuals sharing their passion for life through photography and writing. My interests are varied therefore I am all over the place on the blogs I follow; photography, travel, books, humor, diy, culture and food. I have been inspired and encouraged by many in the blogging community by simply reading their posts.
There is one blog in particular that gives me a warm cozy feeling every time I visit. Stopping by JustaSmidgen is like walking into my favorite cafe. I can smell the coffee brewing and the bread baking. There is the smell of fresh cake in the air. I sink into the overstuffed chair at the corner table and all is well with the world.
The visual layout is inviting. The writing is comfortable. The photographs are warm. The recipes leave my mouth-watering. This is one beautiful blog…I would love to curl up at the kitchen counter and watch this blogger in action. But, calling Barbara a blogger doesn’t quite do her efforts justice…she really is an artist!
Here is a chance for you to experience this beautiful blog. Barbara has compiled her top 10 recipes of 2012 in one post. I hope you enjoy the beauty and creativity of Barbara at justasmidgen as much as I do. Here is a photo from one of the featured recipes…just a sample to whet your appetite. Enjoy!
Maybe you are like me and you need a little help putting away your Christmas decorations…Every year I tell myself, “Self…this is the year we are going to organize the Christmas decorations as we put them away”…I also have had grand visions of actually putting the containers away in a manner that allows me to easily access the things I need first, then second…you get the idea. Year after year I have grand plans but no real plan in place.
If you are in need of a plan of attack visit “Putting Away Christmas” over at Just Organized, they have a plan and it looks like a good one. I also want to give credit where credit is due…I actually saw this link on the Happy Housewife blog…Check her out for some great posts on simple living, Organizing in 365 and diy…I wish you JOY while putting away Christmas!
Tall tall trees…wait those aren’t trees they’re tomatoes!!! It looks like Farmer Hubs is going to have a stellar tomato crop. The plants are quite impressive. They seem to be growing at least 2″ a week…the stems are as thick as my thumb…the leaves are large and dark green…and the plants are heavy with fruit…some plants have as many as 10 tomatoes clustered together.
This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge. This post is brought to you by the letter “T”!