Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December Sneek-Peek

This is the time of year when I want to belt out in song like Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music. Snuggle in sweats and blankets while drinking hot cocoa. See all the Christmas lights and hear Christmas music everywhere (I know, we aren't even past Thanksgiving yet). It's the BEST time of year!

As Christmas gets closer, I am becoming even more neurotic about planning and wanting to make it perfect. 

These are the things I'll be sharing with you throughout the month of December and I can't wait!!!!  

Here's a sneekpeek......

1.  I scoured all over Pinterest to find Elf on the Shelf ideas.  Then took what I liked and filled in the ideas on a calendar.  Some of the ideas are acts of kindness, activities to do with my 3 year old, or to introduce Christmas to him.  I'll be sharing the calendar and photos of Elf on the Shelf each week to give you all ideas.

2.  It has taken me a LONG time to figure out what exactly to do for Advent.   There are sooo many options for Advent.  There are advents geared towards doing something everyday for the month, just counting down till Christmas, Nativity advent, and on and on and on.  I'll share more about this next month after I get my items ready.

3.   I really want to incorporate something related to the story of Jesus and the main reason for the season. Either I'm really picky or there's not much that caught my eye.  I found a few simple ideas to share the Nativity story with my son. Last year we tried Truth in the Tinsel but my son was a bit too little to comprehend anything and would just scribble on all the paper ornaments we were trying to make. Truth in the Tinsel may have to wait another year or two so all my organization doesn't go to waste..... I know the main thing is to get the story of Christ to be the center of it, but again, my neurotic self can't stand cutting out and collecting all the craft items and then my son has no idea what we are doing. So I have a different idea up my sleeve to focus on the Nativity story.  Just waiting for Black Friday to purchase the item and then I will share what I'm thinking about ;)

And since I change my mind about 50 times, I might still do Truth in the Tinsel (especially after I just found out I won a Truth in the Tinsel busy bag giveaway...). We will see what happens.

What are some things you will be doing for Christmas?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The WhatIf Monster Military Challenge

I am asking for your help. Our troops are coming home with high rates of PTSD and other anxiety disorders due to time served in combat zones. This is causing significant stress and anxiety on their families including their children. A fellow Usborne Consultant is married to a Wounded Warrior and has a dream. She would like to get all children of military members a WHATIF Book and Monster.
The book Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster gives an identity to anxiety and fear. Having a Whatif Monster plush empowers children to tell their fears and anxieties to their own monsters. It can be a powerful tool for healing. -

  How can you help?

--Make a monetary donation. 100% of the donations, through the link, will go towards the purchase of the Whatif book and plush monster for a military child.

--Shop for yourself, your children, grandchildren, gifts, etc!

Usborne Books and More has agreed to match the donations I collect with an additional 50% for these families.

Please share this opportunity with everyone that you know. We want as many military families to be blessed with these wonderful books and plushies as possible. And if you know of any other individuals or corporations that would like to be involved in this event let me know!
Thank you for your support and please spread the word.

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