Everyone I know is putting up their Christmas decorations today. I think our neighbors are having a competition to see who can get it all done first. But I really don’t mind because it makes the neighborhood so festive and cozy and when I pull up into the driveway and see all the beautiful lights I can’t help “feeling that gingerbread feeling.” That was a joke, it’s a line from a Home Alone song that always makes me laugh. What exactly is “that gingerbread feeling?” Is it different from that “candy cane feeling?” or “that figgy pudding feeling?” and if I had a bad day would it be “that lump of coal feeling?”
I digress. Ahem…
Jones Design Company (whose blog you should check out any way because she is full of divine inspiration) has provided this lovely (and free) Christmas printable and it sums it all up and to be completely honest, kinda chokes me up because in all the craziness of the holidays it’s so easy forget what it’s all about:
To us a child is born, to us a son is given and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
It comes in 2 colors and all you have to do is print it out and pop it into a frame. I just love it and can’t wait to print mine out. What a great way to start out the Christmas season.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you haven't found some holiday decorating inspiration yet you can start right here. Several generous bloggers have provided free printables for Thanksgiving, I will pass on a few (just click the photo and you will be taken to Pinterest, then click the photo again and you will be taken to the website where you can download):
Printables are the generosity-currency of the blog world. Seriously, bloggers are so kind and share the cutest, most inspirational items for free. I'm kind-of-a-sucker for a printable. And if you have been around here for a while, you have at times been bombarded with the printables I find out there in blog-land. But I have been a good girl, I haven't done that lately. In fact, I don't even remember the last time I shared a printable with you. So to make up for lost time.....
I know some of you have young'ins. I know because many of them are my nieces and nephews! What a great little DIY project to help your kids start learning how to save their own pennies.
I really wish I had written a meaningful and deeply spiritual post for Easter. As a Christian, this is one of the most important times of rememberance for our faith. I would loved to have shared something from the heart about the Easter season.
But the truth is, I'm worn out. This past month, life has chewed me up and spit me out and all I want is to sneak off to some far away place, no cell phones, no computer. Just me, the sunshine and a lounge chair. And silence.
You know your week wouldn't be complete if I didn't point you to another free printable! This one comes in three spring time colors and is a quick and easy way to brighten up a coffee table. Thanks to Our Daily Obsessions for offering it!
I wanted to do something special for Valentine's Day for the other 3 nuts I live with. But with so many other things going on this past couple of weeks, I just didn't have time to do anything fancy. And because I'm lazy. So I did this (please excuse the quality of the photos; I was too lazy to pull out my big camera):
1) I printed out this design from Twig & Thistle (another printable, I know!) onto little food envelopes that I also purchased from them. Because I was too lazy to make my own design.
It was so easy. Just feed the bags through upside down so they don't clog up the printer (which incidentally is the only way they would print correctly anyway) and set the print size to 5x8. Thanks Twig & Thistle!
2) I made brownies. But I'm not sure if they quite qualify "homemade" as it says on the bag. I used Betty Crocker. Because I was too lazy to go the store and get the ingredients for my mom's 4H Brownies.
3) I wrapped the brownies up in plastic wrap, put them in the bags and closed them up with little sticky hearts that I had in my craft-stash. And I added their names to the bag. I just printed their names out on my computer, cut them out and pasted them on. Because I was too lazy to write them fancy with colored pens.
I left them out on the counter, so they can pick them up tomorrow before they leave for work and school. And that was my Lazy Valentines. Maybe next year I'll plan a little better and do something fancy.