… the fact that I truly to get to choose gratitude
… whether I can change the trouble this day may hold or not
… I will sing a new song to the Lord
… because He has called me to
… because He knows it changes me
… because it can be the flicker of hope that grows to a flame
… because the flame can shed enough light for the next step
… because taking the next step can bring life
So I choose gratitude.
How about you? For what are you grateful?
If you’re not living in a flame of gratitude season, then my prayer for you is that today you find your flicker. And that day by day your flicker grows to a flame. And that your flame will bring light to all around you.
Happy Thanksgiving friends! I’m so grateful for each of you. For your company and your encouragement. I pray you’ll know the flicker you’ve been in my journey.
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, many of us have started planning the menu, writing out the grocery list and even detailing preparations for the big day. The menus may vary from home to home, but each family seems to have some sort of tradition as to how the day unfolds and what will be served. In the end, the feast is typically bountiful, gratitudes are expressed and memories are made. Every year, we seem to pick up another way to streamline the “work” that goes into the day so that we can focus on the “together” that happens.
It’s not like any of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are very complicated, it’s the sheer quantity that make it such an ordeal. When the kids were little, we assigned each of them an easy dish that Steve and I helped prepare. We each took 2 of them and figured out how to coordinate mixing, and cooking times. It sounds like some sort of child labor abuse, but they actually enjoyed it. They always made sure we knew which dish they had prepared when we sat down, as if we had mysteriously forgotten, and waited somewhat patiently for us to comment on how wonderful it was.
Now they choose which dish they want to make and we coordinate it all so everything is ready on time. A few years ago I wrote it all out on my iPad, including my shopping list and the schedule for when to prep and put each dish in the oven. The next year it dawned on me that I could just use the previous year’s list and tweak it as needed based on how many we were hosting and menu changes. Apparently, I was too tired to realize that the first year.
10 Tips for a more relaxing Thanksgiving Day
1. Smoking your turkey saves room in the oven, and they taste amazing too.
2. Mixing and freezing dishes ahead leaves more time and energy to enjoy the company. Some of our favorites to prep are dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and butternut squash pie ingredients.
3. Using a crock pot and roaster oven frees up space in the oven.
4. Accepting the offer of local guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish ensures that even if it isn’t their usual menu, they have at least one familiar dish to enjoy.
5. Making a list of which days to complete specific tasks, like cooking potatoes or chopping onions and celery, reduces exhaustion when the big day arrives.
6. Picking up some festive paper goods is actually okay for some occasions. If you’re hosting a large gathering, consider this to be one of them.
7. Searching the Internet provides great inspiration for recipes and decorations, but don’t make it the standard for measuring a successful Thanksgiving. It’s an idea list, not a task master.
… and a few bonus ideas…
8. Allotting a specific amount of time, maybe 1 hour or 9 pm or whatever works for you, to work through the to-do list and then calling it done can be very freeing. It helps us prioritize, de-stress and have energy left to enjoy the true purpose of the day.
9. Spending 30 minutes to an hour de-stressing – reading, soaking in the tub – after #8 is a great way to slow down and savor the moments ahead.
10. Breathe. Be present. Savor every moment in your mind and enjoy!
So what tips and secrets do you have for de-stressing these days of celebration?
This post was updated from one originally published in November of 2015
Anybody up for some Inspiration for your Holiday Table?
I love this time of year when fall rolls around bringing her cool crisp air, deep colors and early evenings. She all but requires chunky sweaters, fuzzy socks and long evenings enjoying the cozy of home. Followed by more hot chocolate and the flickering flames of fireplaces in winter. I think this instinctive turning towards home is much of why decorating for these seasons is so much fun. My favorite decorations are those natural ones that transition seamlessly from fall to Christmas and right into winter. Though I don’t have all the decor details worked out yet for this year, here are a few gorgeous tablescapes to bring a little inspiration for you Holiday table in this season and Read More
One of my favorite spots in our home is the skinny little chalkboard wall between our kitchen and eating area. For the past 3 years, it has held grocery lists, messages, childhood masterpieces and an assortment of random thoughts. After last week’s kitchen purge, it seemed like the right time to freshen it up a bit and shift the focus a little to make it a chalkboard wall of thanks.
You may remember this shot from last year when I armed our son-in-law with a jar of chalk and a few ideas. I asked him to do something magical and he more than delivered on that request. It took until Valentine’s Day for me to be convinced that maybe it was time to erase his work.
October is known for all sorts of things. The most obvious being the beginning of all things pumpkin season. Unfortunately, October can also usher in a whole new slew of allergens, and according to some experts, it’s officially the beginning of cold and flu season. This little tidbit calls for stocking your under the weather survival kit.
We’re not talking about medicines and chicken soup here, more like books and ways to occupy our hands and distract our minds a bit. We can only watch so many movies and reruns after all! Here are a few of the items in my under the weather survival kit …
I hope your part of the world has enjoyed a proper hello to fall, even if it is in the form of a bag of leaves purchased from the local craft store. Here in the Bluegrass, we’ve had a few days that peaked in the high 60’s and more evenings each week that would qualify as brisk. Fashionwise it’s a bit of a limbo season. Hence the need for some great foundational pieces that transition from one day to the next, or one time of the day to the next, as the case may be. Well, you’re in luck because it’s Fashion Friday with Glamour Farmsand today I’m sharing 5 ways to style an A-line tunic dress for fall! Our featured items are the Carson Tunic Dress in taupe and the Rachel plaid scarf in navy.
Are y’all just loving all the fall home tours as much as I am? It’s such a colorful and cozy season that invites us to slow down and gather with friends and family. As much as I’m loving all the beauty and inspiration to be found, I’m starting to wonder about my own approach to decorating. What if fall decor is actually about my own vision and creating cozy spaces to gather together instead of some misguided standard I’ve devised in my own mind to use as a standard in which my own home and decor skills are always found lacking? That’s not why people share their home tours, it’s to give us a peek into their homes and special spaces. I’m choosing to enjoy these for the inspiration that they are while at the same time enjoying the beauty that fills the spaces around me.
With that in mind, I would love to offer you a steaming cup of coffee and invite you to sit and hopefully enjoy what I see when I look at our own decor for fall. Beyond that, I would love to see what makes your own decor special and what makes you smile in your own space.
Thrifted couches and a coffee table rescued from the trash pile
I hope y’all have been enjoying the Mission Organization Closet Makeover series. It has been fun to hear from those of you joining us and see the variety of ways to organize and make our closets work for us. Designing and beautifying this space has been such fun for me, and it makes me more intentional in what I add to my closet – whether it’s organizing helps, decor or clothing. And hooray for curating your closet because it’s Glamour FarmsFashion Friday! Last month the Isabella Tunic/Dress was our featured item and this month it’s the Long Grove Dot Top.
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Did you know that if you go to Glamour Farms site and search 3/4 length sleeve tops, there are almost 100 items that come up? Seriously, try it here. Can I just say, they’re a staple for these let’s-start-as-fall-but-hit-mid-summer-then-drop-back-down-to-fall-temps-days?
This top is made with a cotton/rayon blend knit with just enough spandex to make it super cozy. And I love that the neckline is just wide and low enough to be comfortable and flattering without constantly falling off your shoulder. I don’t know about you but I’ve always loved the mustard color because it reminds me of fall leaves. The problem is it’s not a great color on me, so this pop of polka-dot mustard print peeking out under the top layer is perfect.
Football and all things Fall
The first thing I thought when I saw this top was how fun it would be for a football tailgate party. We live right smack in the middle of the Big Blue Nation (aka. Kentucky), I’m officially a UK Mom and we’re all about the basketball, but I’ll still always love football. Naturally, I had to add a gold scarf to cheer on my alma mater the Mizzou Tigers, or I may switch it out for garnet when the Noles are playing in honor of my hubby and his family.
The Long Grove Dot Top also comes in an ivory & blue dot print, just in case your team is not blessed with the black and gold color scheme. And if that doesn’t work for you, Glamour Farms has a lot of comfy and unique tops to show your team spirit in a sea of the same ol’ team color wear options. As a sports mom I always wanted to wear the “right” colors, but you do get tired of wearing the same few shirts every weekend!
You can dress it up a little more with a different jacket, like this black one from my closet. I paired it with my favorite comfy American Eagle skinny jeans, similar to the Elizabeth Skinny Jean The necklace is a fun little piece that my daughter, Katy and I made the other night. You can look for a tutorial on that in the coming weeks.
Just like last month, Glamour Farms has graciously offered a $10 off coupon code for So Much Moore readers. All the details are below, so be sure to use the code when you place your order. And we would love to see what items you purchase and how you choose to style them. You can add pictures in the comments or tag me and Glamour Farms on instagram.