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Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!!

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A day to salute our veterans

 

You always know when Veterans Day is. Veterans Day (unlike its close cousin in the holiday family, Memorial Day) is an easy holiday to remember. If you ever wonder, it’s ALWAYS celebrated on November 11 (whether or not November 11 falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or any other day that ends in “y” –  it’s always on the 11th of November).

Memorial Day, on the other hand, panders to those who pine for three-day weekends. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day are Federal holidays. And, both pay respect to those who served in the United States military, however, that’s where the similarities end.

Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service of this country. Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars, living, and those who have passed since serving.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, Veterans Day stems from World War I – which was known at the time as “The Great War.”  WWI officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In 1938, November 11 was made into a legal holiday known as Armistice Day — “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace” and to honor the veterans of WWI.

In 1954, after World War 2 and the Korean War, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans.” Veterans Day was born — “a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Now you know!

This November 11 (a Thursday, by the way) say a silent prayer when you wake for those who served this country in military service, and if you see one during the day offer them your gratitude and thanks.

 

 

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday!!

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Small Business Saturday!! There are a number of ways individuals can help their communities. They can volunteer their time for a community cause. When they walk down the sidewalk they can pick up a stray piece of trash and dispose of it away properly. You can deliver meals to the sickly and home-bound. However, there is something else you can do which you may not realize helps your community.

In a few words:

Shop Local! Shop Small!

While the nation was still coming out of a recession in 2010, the credit card company American Express created an American shopping holiday as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday — the Saturday following Thanksgiving — encourages people to shop at the local small businesses, versus shopping at the mega-big box stores or online.

How, you may ask, can shop at your local small business instead of going out of town or buying online help your community? Glad you asked.

First, a strong small business base is the anchor of any thriving community. In Michigan, small brick-and-mortar businesses pay higher tax rates for local schools. Local small business owners are also the people who support student fundraising, athletic and academic endeavors. They sponsor little league teams, buy ads in high school sporting programs and yearbooks. They donate time and money back to their communities to make their communities better places to live and do business.

Many times, these same small businesses are the places where young adults go to get their first jobs and to learn their work ethics.

The Facts

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) reports in 2020, there were approximately 122,000 retail establishments in the state. Michigan’s retail industry directly employed 758,000 workers. Those workers earned nearly $23 billion.

To help local small businesses, the MRA created a program similar to Small Business Saturday. Their program is called Buy Nearby and it’s always the first weekend in October. This year’s theme was Clicks to Bricks: Taking Stock in Retail’s Economic Impact in Michigan.

According to the MRA online buying in 2020 increased by nearly 3 percent. Because of this and the pandemic, direct retail employment decreased by 14 percent from 2017. Many local small businesses have closed their doors for good.

The MRA says, if Michiganians redirected 10 percent of their estimated $23.7 billion in out-of-state e-commerce to local small businesses, Michigan would gain $1.9 billion in increased economic activity.

Further, they estimate that a 10 percent change in shopping mentality would create 14,000 new jobs.

Supporting local small businesses has a snowball effect economically on a community. Consider this, aside from employing locals, sponsoring ball teams, and paying local school taxes, small businesses also hire cleaning companies, attorneys, accountants, security staff, and more. This allows these other small businesses to do the same thing.

This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 27, please consider shopping local that day and every day. Support the businesses that support your community and your kids.

 

 

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National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Bologna Day!! October 24th. You either love it or hate it.

Its origin came from the city of Bologna, Italy. It’s also believed to have been introduced to America by the Germans.

Bologna as it is known in America, can be eaten as is or, fried. Throw it on some toasted bread with pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.  It can be served cold with cheese or chopped up and mixed with eggs, mayo, and veggies for a bologna salad.

The smell of fried bologna takes me back to my mom’s kitchen when she would make all my siblings and me a fried bologna sandwich for lunch.  Have a hot bologna sandwich today and reminisce about your childhood. Simple and delicious.

 

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Butter for frying

2 slices of toasted white bread

Mayonnaise (put plenty on each slice of toast)

5 slices of bologna (slice the middle of each bologna slice so it will not puff up.  Brown the bologna in a skillet)

1 Slice of cheese

Optional:  tomatoes, cooked egg, lettuce, onion, potato chips, or pickles

 

 

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National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Dessert Day. Yummy…. My favorite day of the whole year.  On October 14th. Calories do not count!!  After a year like we have had you deserve a day without guilt, toss that salad and enjoy a dessert that you have been dreaming of eating all year long.  A hot chocolate lava cake with ice cream on the side.

The term “Dessert” originates from the French word desservir, which translates to the action “to clear the table”.  This is because dessert is served after a main meal’s dishes have been cleared. 

 

 Chocolate Lava Cake

Butter as needed

2 egg yolks

2 eggs

3 tablespoons white sugar

3 ½ ounces chopped dark chocolate

5 tablespoons butter

4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons flour

1 pinch salt

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. Generously butter the inside of 4 (5-1/2 ounce) ramekins. Place them in a casserole dish.
  2. Whisk together egg yolks, eggs, and sugar in a bowl until light, foamy, and lemon-colored.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture until combined.
  5. Sift cocoa powder into the mixture; stir to combine.
  6. Sift flour and salt into the mixture; stir to combine into a batter.
  7. Stir in vanilla extract into the batter
  8. Transfer batter to a resealable plastic bag. Snip one corner of the bag with scissors to create a tip.
  9. Divide batter evenly between the prepared ramekins, tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  12. Arrange the ramekins in a casserole dish. Pour enough hot tap water into the casserole dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes
  14. Loosen the edges from the ramekins with a knife. Invert each cake onto a plate and dust with powder sugar.
  15. Add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy
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Best Banana Split

Best Banana Split

banana Split Recipe

Best Banana Split

In 1904, the first banana split recipe was made in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store.  Here is his original recipe.

 

Super Easy To Make

1 Banana, peeled and split lengthwise

1 Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream

2 Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping

2 Tablespoons pineapple chunks or 1 tablespoon pineapple ice cream topping

2 Tablespoons whipped cream

1 Tablespoon chopped peanuts

1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup

2 Maraschino cherries with stems

Place peeled/split banana in a dessert dish, place scoops of ice cream between bananas.  Top with remaining ingredients. 

Banana, peeled and split lengthwise.  Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.  Although, Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping. in conclusion, Tablespoons pineapple chunks or 1 tablespoon pineapple ice cream topping, 2 Tablespoons whipped cream. 1 chopped peanut or 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup 2 Maraschino cherries with stems. Place peeled/split banana in a dessert dish, place scoops of ice cream between bananas.  Top with remaining ingredients. Banana, peeled and split lengthwise, 1 Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, 2 Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries, or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping. The Best Banana Split recipe

Pecan Pie Day August 20th

Pecan Pie Day August 20th

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Pecan Pie Day August 20th

Sugar pies were extremely popular in medieval Europe, and as Europeans started to immigrate to America, many sugar pie recipes were reimagined using local ingredients.  Pecan Pie is believed to be a variant of chess pie which also has a butter and sugar custard center.  While pecan pies were likely being eaten before the 1800s, the first official published recipe was in an issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine in 1886.

 

Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

“Filling only”

 

2 cups pecans

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup maple syrup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

 

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool completely.  Reserve 15 pecans, then roughly chop the rest of the pecans.

Bake the pie shell as directed (I use premade pie shell for a 9-inch pie)

While the crust is baking, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and, stirring constantly, continue to boil for 1 full minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in chopped pecans and vanilla.  Set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.  Whisk the eggs into the filling until smooth, then pour the filling into a warm crust.  Top with the reserved pecans.

Bake on the lower rack until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly loose in the center, 40 to 45 minutes.  (If the edges of the crust begin to get too dark, cover the edge loosely with foil).  Cool on a wire rack completely before serving.

 

 

 

 

Show them the love

Show them the love

Show them the love

Show Them the Love

The strains of the last year have us all walking around frazzled. Now it’s time for Valentine’s Day. Telling the people we love how we feel is sometimes lost in the shuffle of everyday life, let alone in times of stress and struggle. Instead, show them the love you know they deserve.

I do every day, I think?

Some folks can relax in the comfort of their relationships. A good thing, but reaffirming that comfort is better. Some of us are a little insecure and need to be assured that the world isn’t shaking things up. Especially in uncertain times.

So, don’t think, know that you have expressed your feelings and affection. We’re here to help you shake it up on your own. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

What do they hear?

Do you actually know what proves your love…to them? Maybe you’re buying flowers or doing laundry, but what they want are hugs and kisses. A “well done!” is great but doing the dishes for them might be better.

A Southern Baptist pastor named Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book 19 years ago called, “The 5 Love Languages” and it was quite the sensation! On daytime TV talk shows and touted worldwide, he sold millions of copies. Aimed primarily at Christian couples, the book was designed to teach a person the language of their loved ones. For example, giving your teenager all the gadgets they want may not convey to them your affection like a long talk would. YOU know you love them, but do they?

Take the Quiz

People often don’t know what they want, really. They think they do, but occasionally we have to coax it out of them. But do we know the right questions to ask? Dr. Chapman figured that out as well. He devised some quizzes to help us get there. These simple inquiries help sort out these categories:

  • Receiving gifts From trinkets and baubles to expensive items, some folks just love
  • Quality Time Just being there, hanging out, talking…your time is important.
  • Words of Affirmation Atta boys and ‘good job!’ s can prove you’re paying attention.
  • Physical Touch A hug, handholding, a caress during a conversation…can mean everything.
  • Acts of Service A helping hand without being asked can imply volumes!

 Flowers and candy are great, but they can be expensive and quite boring. Learning and really knowing those you care about takes dedication and devotion. And love. Just remember that what you love may not be what they love.

Do you know what everyone loves? A clean house they didn’t have to clean! Let us help you love your people! (This one is easy…)

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Creative dates

Creative dates

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Creative Dates

It’s hard to believe that Covid has been around for only a year. So much has changed in the last 12 months, some of which is pretty normal now: masks, staying home more, and online…everything. Creative dates have been a bit of a challenge with minimal seating at our favorite eateries and theaters. So how do you romance your partner in the middle of a pandemic?

Blessing in Disguise

If there’s one thing this pandemic as shown us, it’s that ingenuity is the new normal. What an opportunity to switch things up! Especially now because maybe there’s been quite a bit of *togetherness* in recent months. It’s difficult to keep a good routine going when the rules are constantly shifting, so rather than resist…embrace the change!

Whether it’s been a few months or a lot of years, relationships ebb and flow anyway. Varying circumstances allows us to see where we might need to make some adjustments, but also where we can add some sparks. Remember the newness of when you first met your partner…close your eyes and recall the butterflies and zinger feelings of anticipation. Zero in on that first kiss…WOW!

Inspired Time

Restaurants and movies are so pre-covid. It’s time to liven things up and make some new memories! Here are some ideas we researched that might be the ticket!

  • Breakfast, not dinner may be just the change you need. At Valentine’s in particular, restaurants (even at a limited capacity and with outdoor seating) also have limited menu options because they plan to be busy. At breakfast, you’re both fresh, seating will be better (and possibly indoors), and you will have the rest of the day together <eyebrows flicking>.
  • Day Dates are a great way to reconnect! Maybe the kids are in school and you have the house/car to yourselves. #1 Rule…no “errands” or “grocery shopping” is allowed! Get take-out from a favorite place and go for a hike!
  • Rent a Luxury Car for the day. Drive around the area or explore another town nearby! Talk, pull over, and admire the scenery, be in the moment.
  • Home is Where the Heart is. Maybe some of these are out of your price range after last year’s economy roller-coaster. A creative date doesn’t have to be costly. Arrange for a sitter if you have kids, or maybe work out a trade with another couple with kids. Light candles and put on some music and just dance with each other.

Feeling Social?

Maybe you need to check in with friends and think a group activity would be a nice switch. Again innovation wins the day! Creative dates can include friends! Some interesting things we found to also help small businesses!

  • Online Cooking Classes! Many local restaurants have been dealt a near-deadly blow to their businesses by the pandemic. Chefs have started online cooking classes on some of their favorite menu items for you to make at home. In some cases, a kit is prepared for pickup (for a fee) then prepared in your home during a designated class time. A great way to connect with new friends meet local chefs, and maybe try a new place!
  • Virtual AirBnB® has cooking classes and more. Travel the world from your living room!
  • Zoom Newlywed Game could be full of laughs with your favorite friends!

Reconnecting with your partner is super important during these trying times. While routine can get us through the day, it can be a buzz-kill for relationships. We can help set the mood with a house cleaning appointment! Covid doesn’t have to compound anything more than it already has. Get your love on!

 

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Making the Goals Stick

Making the Goals Stick

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Make the Goals Stick

 

Here we are again, January of a new year. Fist bumps to everyone! It was a rough one last year, no doubt! Near the end did you start to think about any resolutions or goals for this year? Did you put on a couple of pounds or funds are a tad low? (Hint: we all had a few missteps!) Setting goals to improve is how we flourish…how we learn. We want to offer a few ways we’ve found to help make the goals stick.
Add, don’t subtract!
Much research has been done in this area and the overwhelming consensus is to add good habits instead of subtracting bad ones. There’s a psychological reason that just the thought of something being eliminated, no matter how bad it is for us, is still mentally counted as a “loss”. So, say you want to “lose” weight (the most common of resolutions), how do we approach it without thinking we will also lose some of the food we like to eat?
• Reframe it with better words. You’re not “losing weight”, you’re “getting” thinner/healthier/more fit.
• Add a goal date. By “X” date, I want to be a size ___.
• Add good and healthy food and that will edge out the not-so-healthy eating habits.
• Start small. Walk before you run. Run before you do a race. Doing too much too fast will secure failure.

Be S.M.A.R.T about the Goal

You may have heard this acronym before. It stands for:
S-Specific. “Losing weight” is too general. Pick a number, of course not too big.
M-Measurable. Using a scale or a tape measure to account for progress shows progress.
A-Achievable. Running a marathon in 6 months when climbing stairs right now winds you is not achievable. Shoot for a 5K, maybe, first.
R-Relevant. If you’re doing something because someone else is or wants you to and you’re like “meh”, you won’t be motivated. What do YOU want?
T-Timed. Set a specific date that you think you can do. Remember the “achievable” part here. Make the Goals Stick!!

Break It Down

There’s a saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Similarly, realizing any worthwhile goal will take time…baby steps. Well, how do you know what each bite will look like? Ah! That’s the right question!

Backward is the New Forwards!

Working backward is the way to finding the doable pieces and making the goals stick! It will also show you if your objective fits with the S.M.A.R.T method or if you are aiming for the stars when the moon will do.
• Pick your target date and start date
• Decide what you can do each day/week/month (reasonably) between now and then
• Divide your commitment into the total time between then and now
Clear as mud, huh? We’ll keep with the “losing weight” theme, but you can also apply this to saving money, reading books, fitness levels, and so forth. Say you want to lose 30 pounds by this time next year. It seems like a lot, but if you do some research (and maybe consult your doctor), you may find that it is totally doable.
Next, what can you commit to? A pound a week? What else do you need to do to get there? Dietary adjustments? Will you exercise? Outdoors/home/gym? What’s the time commitment on that?
Then…what’s your reward at the end? Make it BIG! What will make you work to get that prize? The caveat here is that it must be what YOU want. Not to prove yourself to another person. This is no Bueno. Make the Goals Stick!!

Ok, so now…

• Divide your goal into the number of weeks (we chose 1 year/52 weeks)
1 pound a week is…52 pounds! But that’s more than I want to lose!
See? Easily a bite-sized piece! You can adjust for a faster timeline and it would still be workable, or you can mosey your way to a thinner you in a year! But now you see that 30 pounds can be made very stress-free.
If you need some extra time carved out so you can make the goals stick, we’d like to help you! Wouldn’t have your house cleaned be THE BOMB? Check us out!

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Clean up your devices

Clean up your devices

Clean up your devices

Clean Up Your Devices

Your phone, tablet, laptop… is neglected. “WHAT?! “ you say. Arguably an additional appendage for many, with constant scrolling, texting, and picture taking. If we treated our homes like our devices, we’d be in big trouble. It’s time to clean up your devices.

What am I referring to? The clutter. Imagine all those texts as letters and photos as actual physical photographs. The junk email alone would bury us alive!

New Year, New…device?

One of the reasons that people buy new gadgets is that their “old” one is too slow or doesn’t perform as well anymore. Part of that could beeeee….that it’s clogged up. When was the last time you scrolled through your pictures? Do you look at some and think, “What is THAT?” and …keep going? Do you read an email, then go on to the next? How many apps have you installed since you bought the phone? Your phone or laptop could run like new again, not to mention saving you a large chunk of cash!

Like addressing a teenager’s room, it’s time to get busy with a periodic hosing out of your device(s).

Don’t Be Afraid

If you’ve ever done a “delete all” (or similar feature) on any part of your computer and afterward you realized that you really did…delete all of it, that sense of panic that erupts in your gut is no fun! In the early days of home computers, there were no fail-safes, and your data was doomed to the ethers for all eternity. Nowadays there are recovery methods that can undo the dumbest of keystrokes, thankfully. Just know that when the pop-up appears with “Are you sure?” it’s best to be…sure.

Keep the end result in mind…virtual elbow room in your gadget. Room for updates and new games/apps!

 Start Simple

It is generally agreed upon that the 3 largest hogs of space are photos, apps, and email. Start with the easiest part, your photos, and videos. These actually take up a HUGE amount of space on any device. Whether you have an android phone or an apple device, you can delete single or multiple photos at once. Try not to get caught up looking at your pictures, though. We’re cleaning, remember? And unless you save the ones you have left to another storage area (hard/thumb drive), they could be lost forever if something happens to the phone/device. Unlike the “old” days, there are no negatives to reprint the pictures.

Next move to your apps. There are lots of pre-installed apps that many of us never wanted in the first place, but a few may be “vital” to the basic operations.  Most will tell you so when you go to delete them, but the others are there in hopes that you will at least get curious and try them. Nyet. Just like the flyers that load up your mailbox (wasn’t there a “paperwork reduction act” a while back to reduce paper waste?), these also take up space on your electronics. We found this handy video for Apple® for visual learners (love the pause button!), and here’s a quick take for android users.

Get Organized

There are many people who really don’t use computers much anymore. If you are one of those who pretty much conduct all your business (personal and business) on your phone, it’s important to keep things cleaned up and orderly. Imagine living in one room and all your activities must be confined to that one room. It would need to be neat and tidy, right? Though they are small, they can do more than the first home computers put out only 30 years ago. My first PC had a 250MG hard drive. That’s about 10 jpg files now!

Here’s a good roundup of all the areas that you can do to clean up your device(s) including ways to keep it neat and clean.

Technology moves fast. Smartphones can last for years, saving us loads of cash! Just like anything we value, we need to look after them properly. So, clean up your devices.

 

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When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

In this time, almost everything we do requires an electrical connection whether it’s a phone, laptop, tablet, or television, it can be a challenge when the power goes out.  Most families can manage for a few hours, but what if…it’s a few DAYS?

Have a Plan

Despite being something you’re used to, it’s never a waste of time to prepare. During cold weather provisions should be made anyway, like:

  • Extra charged up batteries for phones/radios
  • Have a solar charger handy for phones
  • Sign up for emergency text alerts from your utility provider
  • Ways to stay warm
  • At-risk neighbors…plan to check on them.

Because so many things need power these days, and it’s certainly a relief when the power comes back on, that electrical return can surge and can blow out your devices.  Even if you have surge-protector strips, not everything gets plugged into them…like phones. When the power goes out be sure to get important electronics like TV’s and computers unplugged. 

But…I’m BORED!

If you already have your plan going and are settling in with stockpiles of snacks and all the important stuff is taken care of, then there’s the “keeping everyone occupied” part of the equation.  If your kids are used to their electronics for entertainment, this could be a trying time for them.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to make some memories! But different families like different things.

  • If you’re a ‘together’ family, board games like Monopoly® or Clue® are long enough to keep everyone happy, but not too long. There are dozens of lists of favorite games out there, including this family-friendly games list, but it depends on everyone’s interests (and age).
  • Instead of a board game, how about getting everyone moving with a game of hide-n-seek? If the house is dark, even better!
  • FORTS! SO much fun and you can call it ‘camping’ in your living room! If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you might even be able to make S’mores.  YUM!
  • If “togetherness” is a little too much for your clan, maybe everyone could get a little reading in.  Books and magazines can fill hours of blank time.
  • It’s a good time to start, continue, or finish some house projects like cleaning out closets or dressers, sorting clothing for charity, or rearranging the furniture.
  • How about an old-fashioned letter-writing or Christmas card campaign? With our mailboxes filled with junk mail, a real-live letter can really lift the mood of:
    • Distant family relatives or someone who may be isolated because of covid.
    • Soldiers abroad.
    • Senior citizens in nursing homes who have no family
  • If the weather is reasonable, you could build snowmen or shovel the sidewalks on your street.
  • Sledding, friendly snowball fights, or forts are also a great way to get some exercise as well
  • Not enough snow?  Maybe a quick yard cleanup party could do the trick!

None of these sound good?  Are you getting “looks” and rolled eyes?  Here are 50 more things to spur some ideas. Have a pow-wow and pick out a couple! 

Don’t forget, though, when the power goes out, cleaning can be tough without electricity to see what to clean or run the vacuum.  Give us a call if you need some help getting caught back up and treat your family to a “day off” of chores.

 

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Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

 

In this exceptional year of years, you may be wondering how in the world Christmas is going to pan out and if you have kids, doubly so.  May we suggest a different point of view…Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Tap the past…

Consider what you, as a kid, loved about the holidays.  What was your favorite year?  Did you get a gift that sent you over the moon with joy?  Was it a huge family gathering or just a few people? Did you love all the lights and music? If we remember why it felt special, then let the memories be a powerful reminder as well as help motivate us. Indeed, we feel all feel like we’re out of steam.

It’s important to realize that kids have had a rough year too with all the things that have changed.  Maybe they’re doing online classes and can’t see their friends or teachers from school. Everyday activities have been restricted or outright stopped. Draw from their bottomless enthusiasm for the season…what do they think would be a super cool Christmas through their eyes? Their answers may surprise you.

What is their favorite part of Christmas? Watching as gifts slowly gather under the tree? Is there a certain box they can’t wait to open? Do they like baking cookies and waiting for Santa?  Or is it just spending time with the family in their pajamas all day? Capitalize on their responses!

Fresh Ideas!

Perhaps they would like to do a themed tree. One that focuses on superheroes, or a particular color group, or maybe an old fashioned back-to-basics tree with homemade ornaments and stringed popcorn and cranberries. Doing holiday crafts adds a personal touch and engages creativity…and kids love crafts!

Does your family make contributions to local charities during the holidays? Or perhaps your children know of someone in their class whose family is really struggling because of the pandemic?  Would they like to help them instead? Maybe they want to bake cookies for the doctors and nurses at a local hospital. How about a leg up with some housecleaning? Always a welcome gift! This year the need is greater than usual, and of course, kids are natural ‘givers’, so maybe they have some ideas on what they would want to do to help someone in need. Making it extra special this year might be just the ticket to pop us all out of the dreariness.

Kids never fail to sustain their excitement for almost everything including Christmas through the eyes of your child. In view of a time when we, as adults, have taken a mental beating, let’s allow their enthusiasm and delight for the holidays to lift our spirits and remind us that all is well.

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