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Many of us love to see the signs of fall each year and all the things that go along with it…. crisp air, colorful leaves and fall festivals. But what also goes along with it is the shortening of our daylight hours and that can lead to problems.

Now fall has turned into winter and in addition to the shorter days, the temps have been frigid for some of us making it difficult to get outside.

I knew that dreary, cloudy weather and shorter days affected the way I felt and now I know why.  I have Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Read more….

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DiY ChalkboardOne day, about a year and a half ago, I was browsing through an antique store with nothing particular in mind, just looking.  What I found was the frame for a mirror that had been on an antique dresser.  It was just the frame, no glass, nothing else.  But I liked it!  It was only $25 so it became mine!  My thought was to turn it into a chalkboard.

As I’ve mentioned before it often takes quite a bit of time at our house for something to go from being an idea to reality, so a year and a half later, I’ve finally turned my frame into a chalkboard!

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make-ahead breakfast

 

Christmas morning can get pretty crazy for most of us.  Whether it’s entertaining visitors at your house, rushing off to spend Christmas day with family or simply the hustle and bustle of your own family opening presents.  Something that makes the morning run much smoother is to have the breakfast preparation already completed.

I’ve put together 15 make-ahead breakfast recipes that can be made the night before and will be ready to go on Christmas morning.  With this amazing group, we should be ready for breakfast this Christmas!

To see the recipe, just click on the link below each picture and Read more….

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gift of cashIt’s so easy to buy gifts for our children when they’re little.  It’s all about the toys!  My grandchildren have browsed through the toy catalog from Toys-R-Us so many times that almost every toy in the book has been circled now.  But as everyone knows it gets more difficult as they get older.  And as for the adults, at least in my family, they usually want a gift card from somewhere.

I decided to send a gift of cash to my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in California, but I wanted to package it in some way that would be fun and they would have to work to get their money out.

I came up with an idea to use Read more….

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fairy gardenLast week I was strolling through the Christmas decoration aisles at Walmart and I happened to see this Jumbo LED Globe Ornament on the top shelf.  I instantly thought “fairy garden” and knew I had to take it home with me.  So after struggling to get it off the top shelf, it became mine!

My plan was to fill the bottom with snow and add some fairy garden items.   Read more….

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Are you looking for an educational toy for your grandchild that will actually keep his or her attention for longer than a week?  I know I’m always on the lookout for ideas, so I’ve put together some of the toys I’ve come across this holiday season in this guide.

Educational Toys

The toys in this holiday gift guide will keep little hands busy while causing creative juices to flow! Read more….

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Christmas TreeAt the end of last years Christmas season, it was time to say farewell to our old Christmas tree.  My husband was tired of wrestling with it each year to put it together, hold it together, get the lights to work and so on.  That meant a new tree for this season.

We went looking for a tree and picked out a small, 5 ft tall tree.  We chose this tree because of next years retirement plans which include selling our house and probably living in a 5th wheel for awhile, but that’s a different story. So anyway, we bought this little tree so it would fit wherever we happen to be next Christmas (hopefully!).

The bloggers participating in the DIY Blog Challenge were challenged this month to create a Christmas decoration.  I needed to decorate my little tree and I needed a DIY project, so I decided to make a macrame garland for the tree. Read more….

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brain healthI recently attended a seminar on the subject of brain health and it was a real eye-opener.  How many times have we heard “you are what you eat” and just brushed it aside?  Well, it’s true and the impact on our brains is immense.

At this time Alzheimer’s Dementia is estimated to affect 5.4 million Americans and by the year 2050, the number of people 65 and over to have Alzheimer’s may triple to 13.8 million Americans.  Shocking numbers!

I don’t want Alzheimer’s disease, no one does.  Genetics does play a role in our risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I know we can’t change that, but what we need to realize is the role our nutrition and other lifestyle choices are influencing the disease.  Read more….

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The Blogging Grandmothers Holiday Giveaway

I’ve partnered with some of my favorite blogging grandmothers for a holiday giveaway.

We have come together to give one grandmother who blogs a $50 Amazon eGift Card. Who couldn’t use that, right? Read more…

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I love having our grandchildren over for play days and sleepovers and wanted to have a room for them they considered their own.  I’ve worked to create just that space for them.

The room had to be appropriate for boys and girls, so I chose two shades of green for the walls.  I purchased paint from Lowes and painted three walls a pale green and one wall bright green.

When decorating their room, I needed more space for storing toys, books, and games.  Paul, who is great at building things, removed the door Read more….

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